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  • In 1957 a UC Berkeley-trained engineer and Olympic gold medalist named Lowell North founded the North brand. A committed and driven competitor both on and off the water, North quickly drove his company to the top of its fi eld. His innovations include being the fi rst to scientifi cally test stretch and fatigue in sailcloth, the fi rst to analyze sail shapes using computer fl ow codes and the fi rst with computer-driven cloth cutting. Today the North brand is the worlds premier sail and kite maker with 63 major lofts and 56 service, sales, and satellite lofts in 29 countries.

    The fi rst indication that the North record for achievement would be extended via North Kiteboarding, was the companys commitment ten years ago to build kites using Dacron rather than the fatally weak mylar laminates that were popular at the time. Dacron was more expensive, but it proved to be the right choice: everyone quickly followed our lead and has used Dacron ever since.

    Another indication that North is committed to producing the best-performing and best-built kites is that North is the only company in the business with two full-time kite designers. Again, it may be expensive, but the upside is that our customers know that their kites werent slapped together on deadline. We could spend that money on marketing, but we believe theres no substitute for quality and performance in the actual products that we produce.

    Over a period of 53 years and with an unmatched record in competitions from the Americas Cup to the Admirals Cup to the kiteboarding world championships, North is the name that stands for true innovation in the design studio and true achievement on the water.

    Ken Winner

    INTRO3 INTROTRUE 10YRS NKB 2

  • In 1957 a UC Berkeley-trained engineer and Olympic gold medalist named Lowell North founded the North brand. A committed and driven competitor both on and off the water, North quickly drove his company to the top of its fi eld. His innovations include being the fi rst to scientifi cally test stretch and fatigue in sailcloth, the fi rst to analyze sail shapes using computer fl ow codes and the fi rst with computer-driven cloth cutting. Today the North brand is the worlds premier sail and kite maker with 63 major lofts and 56 service, sales, and satellite lofts in 29 countries.

    The fi rst indication that the North record for achievement would be extended via North Kiteboarding, was the companys commitment ten years ago to build kites using Dacron rather than the fatally weak mylar laminates that were popular at the time. Dacron was more expensive, but it proved to be the right choice: everyone quickly followed our lead and has used Dacron ever since.

    Another indication that North is committed to producing the best-performing and best-built kites is that North is the only company in the business with two full-time kite designers. Again, it may be expensive, but the upside is that our customers know that their kites werent slapped together on deadline. We could spend that money on marketing, but we believe theres no substitute for quality and performance in the actual products that we produce.

    Over a period of 53 years and with an unmatched record in competitions from the Americas Cup to the Admirals Cup to the kiteboarding world championships, North is the name that stands for true innovation in the design studio and true achievement on the water.

    Ken Winner

    INTRO3 INTROTRUE 10YRS NKB 2

  • NKB raised the bar in 2004 by setting a new industry-wide standard in board construction, with the release of the first kiteboard to utilize snowboard technology. ABS sidewalls and controlled flex remain state of the art industry standards to this day. This year also saw the release of the groundbreaking movie Space Monkeys, sparking the progressive freestyle / handle pass movement that revolutionized new-school and competition riding, as well as the surf movement. NKB team riders Jaime Herraiz and Will James opened peoples eyes by ripping apart the surf on John Amundsons North Rocket Fish, which quickly became the most talked about kite-surfboard in the sport, igniting a surf movement that is still going on today. 2004 was also the year that the legendary Vegas, one of NKBs best selling kites of all time, was introduced. The Vegas remains synonymous with new-school freestyle riding in todays market and it is setting the standards every single year.

    2005 marked one of the greatest safety innovations in the sports history. The North 5th Element safety system offers the highest level of safety and is still utilized on all North kites as well as many other kiteboarding brands. Sky Solbach joined the North team and began developing kites alongside Ken and Jaime.

    2006 saw both Olaf Marting and Dirk Hanel hold world speed records and it was also the year that we launched the new style of Vegas, with its improved relaunch and depower.

    Jaime Herraiz went on to spearhead the North Young Blood Camps in 2007, bringing a new level of professionalism to kiteboardings youth, opening new avenues for young riders to pursue careers as athletes in the sport. Our high de-power, loaded 5th line Rebel was released and proved itself as a per-formance and safety leader in an extremely competitive market place while most other kite brands were busy chasing the bow kite revolution. With the growing demand for an increasingly diverse range of kites, North brought on a second full-time kite designer, Ralf Grsel, in 2008.

    Ralf developed the free-ride / new-school Evo with 4 and 5 line compatibility, which continues to be one of our best selling models and is now taking care also for the Vegas and the Neo.

    In 2009 the high performance, no-compromise Team Series range hit the market along with the Gonzales entry level board and NKB also already introduced the first ever production course racing board. It was developed by Ken Winner, Dirk Hanel, Sky Solbach and Sean Farley, making Charles Deleau the world-champion. Since 2010 NKB has been working in close cooperation with leading global material providers like Teijin and Oxeon to develop the best materials and products, such as the Techno Force D2 canopy material or the lightest and most high-tech carbon twin tip on the market, the Select. North Kiteboarding have now utilized 10 years of experience in kite production to create Progression 10, the highest quality kite construction method ever achieved, with the closest attention to every last detail on all kite models.

    Quality control and steady improvement are the major tools we use to earn the respect of our customers and to fulfil your desires with the best possible products.

    Philipp Becker

    The very beginning

    North kiteboarding was born in 2001 in the USA; right from the start the brand established itself as a full-range supplier of kiteboarding equipment. Innovation, continuous product development and improvement have always been the main priority for NKB. Over the last 10 years our experience in R&D, performance innovations and our commit-ment to outstanding quality have made North Kiteboarding a world-wide market leader in the industry. Even at this early stage, Till Eberle, who remains the boss at North Kiteboarding, took the reins and set the company focus on technical excellence combined with style.

    The moment NKB kite designer Ken Winner finalized the design of the Rhino 1; a powerful 4

    line C-kite with an (at the time) innovative seg-mented leading edge, the brand was destined for great things. The Rhino blew minds that year with its impressive low-end grunt and huge hang time.

    During 2002, North Kiteboarding introduced a full range of bags, harnesses and accessories and decidedly made a point of not patenting certain kite related innovations to benefit the growth of the sport as a whole.

    2003 saw the release of the first Jaime Pro Model twin tip. NKB team rider and tester Jaime Herraiz remains one of the most well-known and respected riders in the industry to this day, with his contagious smile and timeless style. His pro model board is still one of the best selling boards in our line-up and quite possibly the best selling kite board of all time.

    10 years of North KiteboardiNg

    10 years of blood sweat aNd tears

    10 years of coNtiNuous developmeNt but above all else

    10 years of true KiteboardiNg

    TRUE 10YRS NKB 6 7 Intro

  • NKB raised the bar in 2004 by setting a new industry-wide standard in board construction, with the release of the first kiteboard to utilize snowboard technology. ABS sidewalls and controlled flex remain state of the art industry standards to this day. This year also saw the release of the groundbreaking movie Space Monkeys, sparking the progressive freestyle / handle pass movement that revolutionized new-school and competition riding, as well as the surf movement. NKB team riders Jaime Herraiz and Will James opened peoples eyes by ripping apart the surf on John Amundsons North Rocket Fish, which quickly became the most talked about kite-surfboard in the sport, igniting a surf movement that is still going on today. 2004 was also the year that the legendary Vegas, one of NKBs best selling kites of all time, was introduced. The Vegas remains synonymous with new-school freestyle riding in todays market and it is setting the standards every single year.

    2005 marked one of the greatest safety innovations in the sports history. The North 5th Element safety system offers the highest level of safety and is still utilized on all North kites as well as many other kiteboarding brands. Sky Solbach joined the North team and began developing kites alongside Ken and Jaime.

    2006 saw both Olaf Marting and Dirk Hanel hold world speed records and it was also the year that we launched the new style of Vegas,