North Kiteboarding began in early 2001 under the influence of David Johnson and Ken Miller, and joined soon-after by current North Kiteboarding CEO Till Eberle later that year. The early years saw North Kiteboarding grow at a frenetic rate, as companies raced to outpace each other in innovation and performance improvements. In many ways, as the sport was so new, these companies were competing against each other for not only market recognition, but a public acceptance of kiteboarding. North Kiteboarding gained early notoriety with the North Rhino and North Vegas. In the mid-2000s however, like many other kitesurfing brands, North Kiteboarding was plagued by quality issues as their desire for innovation led to a neglection of manufacturing uniformity and construction integrity.
In 2008, North Kiteboarding refocused their priorities, moving their production center from China to Sri Lanka. They began to standardize different parts of construction and invest in process automation, allowing for a higher build quality by greater precision and uniformity. By this point, the industry was transitioning to bow kites, and North Kiteboarding introduced the Rebel, a hybrid kite. With the crossover ability of the Rebel, North has been able to penetrate a much larger market, and now stands as an industry leader in kiteboarding, recognized for their product quality and high-performance gear.
For those of you interested in a full and detailed history of North Kiteboarding, be sure to check out True, a nearly 300 page book filled with pictures and insights into the North Kiteboarding legacy.
North Kiteboarding Kiteboards
Talk to anyone who has ridden a North kiteboard before, and they’ll quickly tell you what you are missing out on. North Kiteboarding offers some of the most high-quality, high-performance kiteboards on the market. From the durable construction to the smooth and deliberate shaping to the aesthetically pleasing graphics, North delivers far more than just a kiteboard. Rather, it delivers an experience. Their track mounting system allows for easy installation and ultimate stance customization. Coupled with the North Entity straps, you are in for the most comfortable ride of your life.
North Kiteboarding designed the X-Ride with the ultimate freeride experience in mind, it easily being North’s most versatile kiteboard.
The Jaime delivers a premium freestyle/freeride experience, the 2013 model offering an even greater freestyle outline to encourage progression.
The Gambler is North Kiteboarding’s de facto wakestyle kiteboard, infused with an aggressive rocker and durable base to handle not only big tricks on the water but also off of sliders and features.
The Select is North’s most technologically advanced kiteboard, made completely from carbon fiber to offer the definitive freeride/freestyle experience.
North Team Series
The North Team Series, or TS, is designed for competition-minded kiteboarders, made of carbon fiber to reduce weight and increase stiffness.
Much the same as how matching a piece of art to the right buyer can be monumentally difficult, equally so can selecting your North kiteboard. Give us a call at 800-622-4655 and we’ll be happy to lend our expertise to your tough decision. No matter what you decide, you are surely getting one of the best kiteboards in the industry.