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Get the Kite Controller in time for summer! The Kite Controller is a next generation reel-bar from Pacific Sky Power. This system enables kite-sailing from kayaks and canoes with 1 to 3 square meter foil kites. Experience the thrill of kitesurfing from a boat. Sailing with a kite is a new option for paddlers looking for a free ride from the wind. The system can also be used as a rescue kite. Rescue kites are now required for some offshore racing. This gives boats backup propulsion if sail or engine power is lost.

In the last decade, kitesurfing with boards has exploded from a recreational past time to a full-fledged competitive sport. Kitesurfing from a boat takes on a different feel and you can bring along passengers to share the adventure of sailing with a kite. The Kite Controller won’t boost you into the air but will pull small boats at impressive speeds.

Purpose of Campaign

The purpose of this campaign is to spread awareness and offer customers the lowest possible price. We’re looking for a minimum of 10 orders or $1000 to achieve our goal.

The new kite controller has many potential uses, from land based training to a wide variety of kiting applications. Out on the water, the main advantage is the ability to easily launch and retrieve directly from the boat. Hold the kite so it fills with wind and then start reeling out. Once the kite is fully deployed, steer with the control bar. When it’s time to head in, reel-in and paddle to shore.

Kite Controller Specifications

Control lines: Two 250 lb, 20 meter long control lines 

System weight: 3 lb

System width: 23”

Materials used: Aluminum, UV resistant plastics, Structural laminates, Stainless-steel hardware

System bag
System bag

All controller reward selections except the $99.00 option come with a nice nylon bag with adjustable shoulder strap. This makes the kite controller easy to carry with the kite connected and ready for quick deployment. Pull out the system, clip on the waist harness and your ready to fly.

2015 And Years to Come

 With this successful Kite Controller project we are looking for retail opportunities and sales reps for demoing at popular sailing spots around the world. All interested parties can contact Dan Tracy at dan@pacificskypower.com .

Risks and challenges

At Pacific Sky Power, we have experience innovating products and bringing them to market. To develop this system, we have conducted extensive trials of different reel systems and refined our designs. A few years ago, we started with a reel-bar that was heavier weight, higher cost and a bit bulky. Our new controller is half the weight with size reduction and some component modifications.

Like most manufacturing projects, we will face challenges but since we have started low rate production we feel confident in taking the next steps. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, materials and components will be ordered, manufacturing will begin and all rewards will be shipped to our backers by the end of May 2015.

Many thanks going out to all our supporters!

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    You will receive an embroidered badge with the Pacific Sky Power logo.

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    You will receive two 250lb, 20 meter long replacement control lines for the Kite Controller.

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    Seattle WA or Bar Harbor ME Kiting Adventure - You will experience the thrill of kitesurfing from a small boat in Seattle Washington or Bar Harbor Maine.

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    Early Birds - Help us get started and you will receive the Kite Controller from the first production run. This reward includes the kite controller with kite lines and a waist harness. This system can be used on a wide variety of small boats for downwind kite-sailing or as a rescue kite on any vessel.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    You will receive the Kite Controller with kite lines, waist harness and a bag. This system can be used on a wide variety of small boats for downwind kite-sailing or as a rescue kite on any vessel.

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    Pledge $210 or more About $210

    You will receive the Kite Controller with an HQ 1.8 m kite, kite lines, waist harness and a bag. This system can be used on a wide variety of small boats for downwind kite-sailing or as a rescue kite on any vessel.

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    Pledge $260 or more About $260

    You will receive the Kite Controller with a Sensei 2m kite, kite lines, waist harness and a bag. This system can be used on a wide variety of small boats for downwind kite-sailing or as a rescue kite on any vessel.

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    Pledge $450 or more About $450

    You will receive the Kite Controller with an HQ Hydra 3m kite, kite lines, waist harness and a bag. This system can be used on a wide variety of small boats for downwind kite-sailing or as a rescue kite on any vessel.

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