Liquid Force Kiteboarding
Liquid Force was founded in 1985 by Tony Finn (inventor of the Skurfer) and Jimmy Redman. Both coming from diverse backgrounds in the wakeboard industry, they combined Jimmy’s aptitude towards board design with Tony’s marketing prowess to originally form Waketech with another investor, which upon his leave, left and spearheaded a new company, Liquid Force. Hearing accounts on the beginnings of a new extreme water sport that involved a kite pulling someone on a wakeboard, the duo headed to Maui in the late nineties, their interest piqued.
Jimmy and Tony ended up not only meeting but learning from early kiteboarding pioneers and legends Lou Wainman and Elliot Leboe, and found themselves immediately hooked. Despite a lack of investment capital, the duo recognized the existing discrepancy between what wakeboards offered and kiteboards needed, and created the Liquid Force Picklefork.While looking at a Picklefork now can’t help but inspire laughter, in the early years of kiteboarding the Picklefork was a major advancement, allowing kitesurfers to transition from windsurf boards and wakeboards to a kite specific, quasi twin-tip design.
Despite this breakthrough, Liquid Force suffered some hard times financially and briefly went out of business, choked by venture capitalists who placed no credence in the kiteboarding industry. Cutting those ties, Jimmy and Tony found new investors and capital, and requested a significant amount more than they had ever in the past, hoping to give the company the working capital needed to expand. To their surprise, their audacious request was approved. This allowed them to invent and reinvent, stumbling through various iterations until they were able to deliver unique and functional products.
As Liquid Force continued to grow, so did their designs, fueled by the cross-pollination between wakeboarding and kiteboarding. Often times, an advancement in wakeboard design would lead to a breakthrough in kiteboard design, which would in turn influence their wakeboard design once again. With Jimmy the impetus behind kiteboard design, Julien Fillion soon joined Liquid Force as their principal kiteboarding kite designer. The brand has since continued to expand, delivering highly functional and user friendly kiteboarding gear at very cost efficient prices.
Liquid Force Kiteboarding Kites
Liquid Force kites are recognized by many for their accessibility, yet exceptional performance. The experience begins immediately on the beach with the MaxFlow inflation system, combining both a shockingly large nozzle attachment and beefy pump that in combination delivers the fastest inflation system on the market.
The bar and lines are simple yet effective, making setup a cinch. One of the defining characteristics of a Liquid Force kitesurfing kite is how quickly it launches and relaunches, getting you on the water expeditiously and back out of it promptly when you go down to make another pass at that trick. The safety system is effective, allowing you to instantly depower the kite if the conditions suddenly take a turn for the worse.
On top of it all, colorful and arresting graphics let other kiteboarders know you are on a Liquid Force kite. The Liquid Force kiteboarding kite arsenal includes:
Liquid Force Envy
The Envy is easily Liquid Force’s most popular kiteboarding kite, and it is easy to see why. Easy to use and accessible for new riders, fast and responsive in the surf, and powerful unhooked performance allow the Envy to appeal to a large range of kitesurfers.
Liquid Force HiFi X
The HiFi was created for those extreme kiteboarders demanding the high performance of a c-kite shape.
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