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ROOTS: Cory Roeseler in 1997

Photo Michael Hildreth

Words by Cory Roeseler

This photo captures the Kiteski product in action. My dad and I founded Kiteski, Inc. in 1992 and we were awarded a US patent for the system that included a kite, board(s), and reel bar for deep water starts.

After years of early trials in the 1980s with cumbersome stacks of sport kites, we thought independence was a critical key to the success of the sport, so that drove the design process.

We’d simply swim out to deep water or stand at the water’s edge, throw the kite up, reel out the lines, and ride away unassisted.

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