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!