There are some Really Good responses here ; it would appear that kites
have bin used by the Chinese for over 2,000 + years.
According to Wikipedia , it was back around , (1820 ) that George Pocock , used
kites to propel a cart on land, and ships in water ; they could also go Up-wind.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kitesurfing
If Ya Google Kiteboarding, Wikipedia will group it with kitesurfing and use
them interchangeably ; but then they go on to say it's the same as kite landboarding or
When i questioned --Joe Faust-- over on the thread (new flysurfer), about
why his profile says he started kiting in 1963 ; he stated that The sport of kiteboarding
has been around way before 1963. He used Ben Franklin as an example :http://soundcityreading.com/rsstories5-6.pdf
YES -- Ben got pulled by a kite across the pond ; but IS That kite boarding , or is it
what I call "Body-Dragging" , something we learn to do in order to retrieve our
board when we Fall ?
Since I flew my first kite when i was 5, should i have placed in my profile for this forum,
that i started kiting in 1957 ; or go with the spirit of the question and say 2004,which
is when i first kited on the water , while STANDING on a board ?
Should the question in the profile be modified to ask : "years Kite boarding" , instead
of years kiting ?
I'm thinking we need an actual definition for the sport of Kite Boarding, or the Joe Faust's
of the world will claim something spectacular when asked if they have ever
actually bin out on the water with a kite board ;
and here was his response :
from (new flysurfer)
Thanks for your pleasant welcome, Bille.
Yes, kiting since 1963.
And founder of K.I.T.E.S.A.
Kite Information and Technology Exchange Society of America.
Just highly interested in kiting.
Not bored at all. Just high on kites.
Founder of Low & Slow publication.
Founder of Hang Glider magazine and its weekly format.
Founder of http://www.EnergyKiteSystems.net
Founder/moderator of KitePatents group
Founder/moderator of highjump group
Founder/moderator of KiteLinks group
Founder/moderator of KiteApplications group
and several other kite groups.
YOU are welcome to each of them for furthering your interest in the kite sector.
Founder/moderator of scores of web sites dedicated to specialized sectors of kiting.
Daily: hobby all. I put in about 8 hours daily on my hobby of kiting.
Sorry about the episode in OZ where my posts filled the page one week; since that episode, I have kept Davis' discipline that he and Scare arranged for my enthusiasm. Some enjoyed the posts, some were without the time to enjoy the flow. I take it from your tone that you might not have the time to mine my flow; feel free to skip over my posts; I have no agenda to force you to the kiting table that I am excited about. I am interested in your kiting, though. Keep me informed; thanks.
[ ] ?
Notice that I am here in KiteForum as "rare" poster. It appears you do not want me to post in KiteForum. Is the KiteForum your special turf that would be bothered by my flow? What specific topic seems to grind against your temperament? [ ] ?
You are welcome to choose the one-penny option to get a $20 value classic: http://EnergyKiteSystems.net/Birdflight/index.html
Or if you see me at some kiting site, just mention the book to me and I will hand over a new copy to you without the postage-handling cost or penny, just free to you, Bille, as the supply lasts; right now I have over 1000 copies that I want to gift to kiteboarders.
The sport of kiteboarding has been around way before 1963.
~ Joe Faust, joef, joefaust
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Kiting since: 2004
Local Beach: Lake Mohave
Gear: Ozone Edge
Brand Affiliation: Barz Optics
One of the early kiteboarding stories:
Print out and give sets of 30 to local teachers of young children:http://soundcityreading.com/rsstories5-6.pdf
All are welcome to advance the glossary project:
Glossary project where "Bille" is a term:http://www.energykitesystems.net/KiteBo