While the market-leading team formerly known as North Kiteboarding has transitioned to the new name Duotone, the logo lives on under a new management and design team. Ending its third-party licensing agreement, North Kiteboarding will now be run by its license holder North Sails. Their newly established leadership team is composed of a group of accomplished professionals with experience as division and design managers for other industry brands who are determined to make kiteboarding more accessible, sustainable, innovative and exciting. North Kiteboarding lives on, and while they won’t be making the Rebel, Dice or Click Bar, as Duotone owns the intellectual property rights to those products, we’ll just have to wait and see what the new North will have in store for us — product launching August 2019.
Read the full press release below:
20 July, 2018, Connecticut USA — North Technology Group (NTG) announced it will make a significant investment in its brand North Kiteboarding — bringing the design, innovation and manufacturing of its products home under the umbrella of the group and ending its third party licensing agreement.
NTG will support North Kiteboarding’s newly established world-class leadership team to produce a full product range; sharing and harnessing North’s unrivaled technology innovations across all components of wind-powered craft — foils, technology, masts and boards.
The first new North product range is currently under development and will be released globally in August 2019, while in parallel tapping into the firepower of the NTG to develop exciting new products for all North riders and the wider kiting community.
Mike Raper, Director of Development and Brand at North Kiteboarding, said: “This is exciting news for the industry, the team is really looking forward to sharing new, innovative products with retailers, riders and the community.”
North Kiteboarding will be stronger than ever under a new, more efficient business model. The team will soon reveal a new brand experience that will enhance its connection with the kiteboarding community through its products, retailers, and digital channels.
Tom Whidden, CEO of NTG, commented: “We have so much technology within our group which we can better share with our fellow lovers of wind and waves. Sailing and kiting are equipment-driven sports – when you have the best gear, being out there in the wind, on the water is so much better – in fact it’s the greatest feeling on earth.”
NTG’s recent world firsts and successes with America’s Cup hydrofoiling, masts and North 3Di composite sail innovations as well as Solar airplane prototyping present exciting opportunities to adapt and cross over into kiteboarding, that can only be fully realised by producing their own gear through the North Kiteboarding brand.
The new leadership team behind North Kiteboarding is made up of experienced industry innovators and leaders, determined to make kiteboarding more accessible, sustainable, innovative and exciting.
David Mead, Director of Manufacturing & Operations at North Kiteboarding, said: “Our team is working very hard to leverage years of experience and passion to develop a high performance range of gear. It’s awesome to be working closely with the NTG’s composite engineers and designers, as well as leveraging the unmatched aero and hydro expertise the Group has within its portfolio. It’s a very exciting time for the sport.”
The company will make further announcements late 2018. To keep up to date with developments retailers and fans of the brand can register for email updates at www.northkb.com.