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Sporting-Sails

Play With Wind

Ride the Wind

Catch the wind and soar on your board with Sporting-Sails by Sukrafte.

Sporting-Sails are a descendent of Ski-Klippers wearable sails, which were originally invented in the 1970s by avid skier H.W. Smith Jr. The sails wrapped around a skier’s wrists and ankles, allowing the skier to harness the wind while carving down mountains, creating enhanced control, stability and a little freestyle elegance.

In 2006, Smith’s grown
grandsons who are outdoor adventurers, Nick and Billy Smith, rediscovered Ski-Klippers in the attic of the family’s Vail home. They realized that with some modification, the sails were perfect for not only skiers and snowboarders, but also skateboarders and longboarders. So they patented their grandfather’s idea and their sport sail business was born.

Skaters love Sporting-Sails because the wind resistance slows them down, making gnarly roads more manageable. Previously, the only way to create drag was with a skater’s hands (ouch!) or feet, ruining many a good pair of shoes along the way.

The sails are made right here in the USA, weigh only 8 ounces, and are easily folded and transported in a compact sack. The simple design is perfect for no-nonsense adventurers and bright reflective tape adds extra safety. So, strap on a Sporting-Sail and reinvent your descent!

— Julie
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Billy
    Billy

    My name is Billy Smith and I am excited to introduce the SPORTING-SAIL to Daily Grommet! Before we begin with questions and comments, I would like you to take a deep breathe, cup your hand 6 inches from your mouth and blow! Fantastic. You just deployed for the first time. Now lets go farm some air...no time to spare...its simple and fun..."sporting sails" in the sun...down a favorite run...reinventing the descent...on snow and cement...any ability...any board or ski...its all good you'll see...finding the time...to draw new lines...checking out the trees...sifting through the breeze...controlling with ease...stability in the knees...colorful kites...bold and bright...day and night...hold on tight...laughing and smiles...for miles and miles...carving conversations...natural inspirations...sailing the dream...just being seen...experimenting with others...sisters and brothers...simply enjoying...the feeling of deploying...sharing with friends...imagination with no end..."

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/22/2010 5:26 PM

    It looks like the kids are having so much fun with this! To feel like you're flying while still having your feet (mostly) grounded sounds absolutely exhilarating.

  • Julia
    Julia – Grommet Team
    10/22/2010 5:56 PM

    Ahoy Billy,

    It has been so fascinating to learn the story of you, Nick and your grandfather. We have all held a hand out the car window while cruising along the road, cupping and playing with the wind. You explained how using a sporting-sail is that feeling on a much larger scale. How else would you describe this experience to a non Sporting-Sailor?

  • Billy
    Billy – Special Guest
    10/22/2010 6:38 PM

    @Julia Kemp @Katherine - Daily Grommet Discovery Team: Hi Julia & Katherine! Thank you for commenting. The Sporting-Sail works just like you said. It involves the simple concept of wind resistance. Using the Sporting-Sail explores what wind resistance can offer on a grand scale. Manipulating the Sporting-Sail is simple and fun and doesn’t get in the way of the boarder’s raison d’être: rapture —?the feeling of blissful expansion, like you’re absorbing the world all at once, the same kind of unbounded sensation that makes humans want to fly. This levity suspends not so much the body as it does the mind, releasing the inner ear from the pragmatics of gravity. It is an imaginative departure from the same ol' skateboard or ski/snowboard run and allows you to experience the mountain in a new kinesthetic way - to relearn the topography you thought you knew cold and rediscover the sport that is being applied. It is amazing to think how something so simple as to harness the wind and air can really capture that feeling of flight! Not to mention the benefits of speed management, control and stability. Da Vinci had it going with his parachute design back 1485! Just imagine what he could have done if he knew how to skateboard :)

  • Sheryl
    Sheryl
    1/14/2011 5:49 AM

    @Billy Smith: So, can I slow myself down while skiing down the mountain? And what would my horse think of this??

  • billie houston
    billie houston
    10/22/2010 9:34 PM

    I have seen this is action, it is amazing and looks oh so fun! Just like a flying squirrel soaring down the hill.

    such a great idea!!!!!

  • Lee Accavallo
    Lee Accavallo
    11/25/2011 2:39 PM

    I really hate the location of the SUPPORT TAB......As i scroll your pages I keep hitting the tab

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/25/2011 4:44 PM

    @Lee Accavallo: Thank you for that feedback. I will forward it on to the team.

  • Bobi Trani
    Bobi Trani
    11/29/2011 1:21 PM

    Ordered this on Nov. 18th- no confirmation or acknowledgement of the order that is paid for. Need this for Christmas- live in Alaska with longer shipping time needed....hello how about an answer?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    11/29/2011 1:32 PM

    @Bobi Trani: Thanks for letting us know. I have forwarded your information on to our Customer Support team who will be in contact with you.

  • Bobi Trani
    Bobi Trani
    12/17/2011 1:12 AM

    Sail arrived and all is well..thanks.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/17/2011 1:44 AM

    @Bobi Trani: Enjoy!

  • Kim
    Kim
    11/4/2012 1:42 PM

    Hi these come in several color combinations... do I have a choice of colors.. how do I know what color I will receive?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    11/4/2012 2:15 PM

    @Rebellious Raven: You get the red/white color sail when you order from us.

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