Starting in a garage in 2006, owners Andy and his wife Marlys started Bellingham Kiteboarding as a kite school just blocks from Locust Beach in Bellingham, WA. Andy and Marlys had taught kiteboard lessons for years in the Bay area and upon returning from college to Bellingham, began exploring our local bay for the perfect kiteboarding access and working with authorities for launch and landing locations. With the growth of the sport and local kiteboarding community in the late 2000's they made the decision to move the store out of their garage to the current location where we are today, and Kite Paddle Surf was born!
As a shop we pride ourselves with having employees that are experts in our sports. Some of our employees have come from pro kiteboarding backgrounds, while others have gone on to become the next kiteboarding pro level riders. The shop has grown to include surf and paddleboard selections and accessories. We are excited to have the largest paddleboard selection and the only surfboard selection north of Seattle.
In 2016 Dave Sanford, a long time shop manager at Kite Paddle Surf, purchased the store from Andy and Marlys and has enabled the shop to expand it's inventory, become more locally involved and grow it's online presence. Dave's background in the outdoor industry stems from a career as the Marketing and Product Coordinator for a large kayak manufacturer. In addition to his work in the paddlesports industry, Dave was fortunate to spend time working with and learning from local surf and paddleboard shapers, as well as working on design and marketing materials for some SUP manufacturers.
While Kite Paddle Surf is successful because of customers like you, it is also because our wonderful employees love getting people on the water and are passionate about kiteboarding and wing foiling. Our customers feel that energy in all their interactions with the shop.
Kite Paddle Surf has a long standing relationship with core manufacturers like Slingshot, Naish, Armstrong, Ozone, and Mystic. We have found that these companies align with our business practice and understand our customers' kite needs. By teaming up with these brands we offer exclusive pricing and options for package discounts unlike any other in our industry.
Take a look through our website and then, I highly encourage you to come visit our store, touch and see the products for yourself. We are open year round, 7 days a week. Drop by or send us an email.