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

Ocean Rodeo founder, Richard Myerscough, and his lifelong friend, Ross Harrington, grew up as avid adventurers, spending their formative years windsurfing, cold water surfing, kiteboarding and SUPing. Self taught in making early models of all their equipment in the 70s and 80s, they were never happy with the status quo. While Ocean Rodeo has grown significantly from the early days of 2001, now more than 20 years down the line, the brand continues to develop with the introduction of industry changing materials and designs.

CAPTIONS FOR PHOTOS BELOW: RICHARD MYERSCOUGH, OCEAN RODEO ORIGINAL

Main image above: Philippe Alengrin, Chile, 2004 on the Mako

1. Ross Harrington with his very first kite prototype. From the moment Ross (then sail maker) saw a kite on the water he knew he wanted to be involved with the emerging sport and that he would design his own kites 2. An early Harrington prototype being flown by Grant McPhereson. This was the first kite made using a dacron airframe. All previous kites used a mylar bilam material 3. Grant McPhereson wearing the Pyro drysuit, Ocean Rodeo’s very first product, launched in 2001, while riding our first kite, the Bronco, launched in 2002 4. Me in 2002 with the Outlaw; the first kiteboard on the market to use a snowboard construction 5.The Mako launched in 2003. 18 years later it’s the longest running production kiteboard. 6. Accepting the ‘Product of the year award at ISPO 2003, for the Push-Away safety release 7. Reece Myerscough using the first generation Shift Bar. After five plus years of product development, the Shift launched at Surf Expo 2017, introducing the world to back line trim adjustability Below: Giel Vlugt competing at the 2021 Red Bull King of the Air. After years of working alongside ALUULA Composites, Ocean Rodeo launched its first kite featuring the material in May 2020. When we first revealed our work with ALUULA to the kitesurfing world, there was reasonable and valid debate as to whether it would live up to the hype and to the performance levels we were promising. Happily, as has since been proven and documented, the hype has gone beyond everyone’s expectations