The story of kiteboarding dates back to 1979 when two French brothers, Dominique and Bruno Legaignoux were winning competitions in the sailing world using kites instead of sails. Their first personal kite was tested on waterskis and was successful enough that they patented the idea in 1985, unfortunately for them, it didn't catch on yet.
It took 8 years for windsurfing companies to start to take on to the idea and with the help of Neil Pryde, the first series of kites began to flood the market under the name Wipika.
Then kiteboarding started to get noticed by people such as Don Montague, Pete Cabrinha and Robby Naish who were avid windsurfers already and they too started to build their own kites and kite companies.
Kiteboarding began to be seen as a serious growing new water sport. Many new brands kick off their activity and the athletes and organizations spread through the world. In 2008, Dominique and Bruno Legaignoux announced that they have entered into an ongoing intellectual property licensing agreement with Best Kiteboarding.
The video below is the movie of how they got started, its an hour long so grab some popcorn and a beer! Enjoy!