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KiteBoarding History Timeline
Thanks to Bille for the inspiration for getting this started.
What is kite system? What is "board set"? What is "kiteboarding" in its essence? 
Noteworthy and significant steps in KB history? Who? When? Where? What? Why?
Additions? Corrections?

  • Pre-history? What are the speculations?
  • Aloha,
    Randomly, I found your web page on the History of kite boarding,
    A few months ago I put together a web page on the same subject. Maybe you'll find something of interest,
  • Early Indonesian waters? What have we?
  • Early China kiting? What have we towards KB?
  • Texts that are telling?
  • What was known in Pocock's surroundings?
  • What have we from Woglom's world in late 1800s toward KB? FFAWE? 
  • 1940s?
  • 1950s ?
  • 1960s?
  • 1970s?
  • What of Dave Culp's doings?
  • 1980's and the Roesler family and friens? Actions? Documents? Links? Cory Roesler and his dad end of 80's.
    Hood River                [kitesurf Cory Roeseler 1987]
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  • 1999      AR 3.5, AR 5     Naish perspective:   
  • 2000
  • 2001
  • 2002
  • 2003  Pay-to-read perspective
  • 2004 Bille starts KB per his profile in a forum
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  • 2007      Video make date? Yesterday and Today: A 3:57 History of Kiteboarding with a Naish perspective
  • 2008
  • 2009
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2012
  • 2013   Bille inspires this KB Timeline   June 27.
  • 2014
  • 2015
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  • Speculative futures?
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When, where, who, what, why?
  1. One-line kite KB
    Two-line kite KB
    Three-line kite KB
    Four-line kite KB
    Five-line kite KB
  2. Stack KB?
  3. Train KB?
  4. Tandem KB?
  5. Two-persons on separate boards using same wing set  for KB?
  6. Vying?
  7. Down-winding KB
  8. Up-winding KB
  9. Orgs?
  10. Newsletters?
  11. Magazines?
  12. Forums?
  13. Patents?
  14. Accidents?
  15. Jumping
  16. Boosting
  17. Race
  18. PKRA
  19. KPWT
  20. IKA
  21. RC over the wing
  22. Powered KB?
  23. Long-distance travel?
  • Personal perspectives
  • Manufacturers' perspectives
  • Historians' perspectives
  • Mechanical perspectives
  • Kiting perspectives
  • Sailing perspectives
  • Organizations' perspectives
  • Pay-to-read perspectives
  • Open-forum perspectives
  • Inhabited
  • Uninhabited
  • Windsurfing
  • Media for tether-terminal wing sets
    • Soil-Air
    • Ice-Air
    • Snow-Air
    • Water-Air
    • Air-Air
    • Air-Plasma
    • Plasma-plasma
    • Soil-soil
  • Water-Water
  • AR 3.5
  • AR 5
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One wiki on June 27, 2013 showed a perspective:

Kites originated in China thousands of years ago (two kite masters Kungshu P'an and Mo Zi flew kites as early as 478 BC) and have managed to remain unchanged until the modern time, when multiple line controllable kites were introduced by George Pocock in 1826. For the first time in history, instead of letting the wind fly the kite, a multiple line controllable kite flyer can actually pilot the kite on the sky. Click for a chronological table of kite history and for a bibliography related to history of kites.

When flying across the sky, a kite generates lift like an airplane wing. Since lift is proportional to the size of a kite, some kite flyers realized that if you make a kite big enough it would generate enough power to propel a vehicle on land, snow, ice or water. This type of kite is called traction kite. Certain forms of traction kite has been used by many pioneers such as George Pocock in the past, but it only became popular in the early 1990's and its popularity has made traction kite flying more a sport than just a recreational activity. While a windsurfing sail is dependent on the wind to generate power, a kite is only dependent on the wind to fly. When a kite is flying across the sky, it creates its own wind (apparent wind) which is faster and therefore produces much more power than the actual wind can provide. Since lift is proportional to the square of the wind velocity, if the apparent wind of the kite is twice that of the actual wind you will get four times as much power from the kite. This simple fact is not easy to appreciate until you actually fly a traction kite. Numerous first-time traction kite flyers have been injured in the past for misjudging such power.

As soon as traction kite was introduced, a number of kite flyers started thinking of using kites to replace conventional sails in water sports such as windsurfing. To make this popular, you need a kite that can be launched directly from the water. After years of research, a number of water relaunchable kites were introduced: Wipika inflatable kite (introduced by the Legaignoux brothers in the 80's), Kite Ski frame kite (introduced by Bill & Cory Roeseler in the 80's) and in late 1990's FOne foil kite (Raphael Salles), Concept Air foil kite (Michel Montmigny and Benoit Tremblay), Arc (Peter Lynn) and Naish inflatable kites (Robby Naish & Don Montague). While the fundamental technologies are different and the degrees of relaunchability vary, these kites share the same characteristic that allows a kite flyer to launch them from the water after a fall. There are also a number of other pioneer kitesurfers with their passion and devotion has helped to make the sport feasible in the early days: Laird Hamilton, Manu Bertin, Laurent Ness, Flash (Marcus) Austin and more. Thanks to all those pioneers, a new sport named kitesurfing was christened and destined to be the most exciting sport for the new millennium.

wikipedia on June 27:

Kite boarding encompasses various sports which make use of a kite for power and a board for support.


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