@ ASS.... did you miss the hyperlite ROAM circa 2004? SS didnt get a wakeboard into the showroom until 2007
Nope I didn't miss it, but it's not the same construction and is a completely different board with a completely different purpose.
SS bit the bullet and layed down a whole range of boards meant for full time wakeboarding and cable instead of just buttering around and hitting an odd rail like the Roam. Not to mention they bought a whole new concept in wake to the table with the 4 hole mounting system at a time where everyone still had 8 inch baseplates, allowing their boards to utilise their flex even better. I would say they pioneered it because they were the only ones brave enough to go out and do it full scale. I'm not talking about who invented it.
@ cloud... I could be wrong but I think Hana crew beat just about everyone to the punch in 01 or 02., but then again you guys are from another continent and the internet was just a glint in Al Gores eye so I had no idea DVNT even existed back then. When did you put out your 1st cassette const. run?
I know a few people in Australia who were running similar construction at the time, there was even a snowboard company "force" that was making kiteboards for a while to. Hard to say who did it first, but it's not like it was a wild leap of the imagination to put 2 and 2 together and try it.
Kiteboard construction didn't really influence the wake side of things at all in making hybrid boards such as the new LF Watson. These boards are an entirely new concept with real bottom shapes and contours built into a thicker regular styled wakeboard with some flex, also the rails are urethane not ABS like kiteboards. It is nothing like any kiteboard that has been built so far.
If wakeboarding borrowed the idea from anywhere to make flex style boards it would have been from snowboarding as thats where it originated.
Also Kiteboard contruction didn't really influence SS wake line either, more snowboarding. They made a much better wakeboard than any of the kiteboards around the same time and they now use that technology in most of their kiteboard line up as well.