Key characters, moments, locations and developments that hold a special significance in the history of kiteboarding’s most notable brands, as told by those involved

FOLK AND LORE

AS TOLD BY THE BRANDS INVOLVED

WORDS: RAPHAEL SALLES, F-ONE FOUNDER AND KITESURFING PIONEER PHOTOS: F-ONE ARCHIVES

Main image caption: Leucate, 1999. A time when everything seemed possible. I can’t imagine doing jumps like this now; unhooked with a 2.5 metre board and a two line 3m² foil kite. It seems so unreal

Ponta Preta, Cape Verde, 2002. In the late nineties to early 2000s the trend was to surf unhooked so you could feel free like a surfer in your movements, but the four line inflatable kites were such a challenge to hold with one arm, especially in Ponta Preta’s strong offshore wind! Luckily we went back to ‘chicken attitude’ and got fully hooked!

Gruissan, France, 2021. This image of Charles Brodel represents a turning point in the history of kitesurfing. The addition of the foil in kitesurfing has increased the possibilities. The level of commitment and risk is growing within the discipline and we can’t wait to see what the future holds Photo: Ana Catarina

Mauritius, 2016. It’s almost impossible for us to choose just one picture of Mitu Monteiro. We’ve discovered so many waves together and shared so much joy, excitement and adrenaline. He is an inspiration to us and the sport as a whole

Madagascar 2011 during the filming of our movie, Antandroy. F-ONE trips have always been a special moment for us; the opportunity to go on an adventure together and to finally enjoy the material we have been working on all year. Wherever we went, we always made sure to pass on our passion and I find it difficult not to smile at this image of Mitu with the local children: a moment of sincere and joyous sharing