surfing deerfield beach (So. Fl.)..south of the pier about 6 yrs ago?.....NE wind and wind swell....and i am watching this little flag of a kite darting up and down.....wayyy outside....going downwind....in retrospect it was probably like a 7M
as i am done with my session....and run into the guy on the beach...ask the guy a few questions and on my way.....I thought...hum...that was pretty cool...
Me and a friend, first guys to do it seriously in mexico city 5 years ago. Had a lot of trouble learning, as no one could teach us, videos barely existed, and the internet was starting to develop. I am surprised we did not hurt ourselves! Now there is a big community here growing by the day.
I started in 2000, but belonged to the first "wave". For me before 2000 they were pioneers.
Just talk to Stefan on Saturday, and he started in 1998 or 1999. First kite: Wipika Classic or so.
But the first one getting into KB I know from Germany is Peter Fleischauer.
He even went down to France to get the first tube kite the Leganouix brothers produced!
He also reserved the domain kiteboarding.de
This way you can always tell who was first....
in late 1999 i found a small vid (120*120 pixel, 20 sec.) on the net, someone with a kite on waterskies and on a longboard. never saw anything like that in real before. went to a kite-shop immedialtly and bougth a ... c-quad
i still got the vid and watch it from time to time, cause it was the beginning of a long and glorious friendship