MACkite has been around since 1981 and selling kiteboarding gear since 1999. We spend a lot of time in Grand Haven at our local kite spot testing the gear we ride. All of us here are passionate about the sport and love to help people get set up with gear that’s right for them. We also teach kiteboarding lessons at our lesson center located on the beach in Muskegon, MI.
It’s true that MACkite started life as a kite shop. How do you get from kite shop to boardsports? One step at a time, as it turns out. Traction kiting, or power kiting, has long been a passion of the more adventurous stunt kite pilots. Our own Steve has been known to grab a powerful foil and zip around the beach in a low, three-wheeled kite buggy. So when kiteboarding started to spread in the late 90’s, it was only natural that he’d bring one of these powerful kites in, “just to try”. In no time at all, local surfer James Otis had rigged one of his old boards with straps and borrowed the kite to become the area’s first kiteboarder.