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Are Wind-Catching Sails the Future of Skateboarding?
Posted By Ariel Schwartz On September 15, 2010 @ 7:49 pm In green gadgets,Green Transportation | No Comments
We love innovations that keep people out of their cars and using alternative methods of transportation , so we were intrigued to hear about the Sporting Sail. This $79 kite-like device purportedly lets skateboarders  harness the wind to control their speed.
The idea for the kite  came when its inventors, a pair of brothers in Mill Valley, California, stumbled upon a prototype sail  in their grandfather’s attic. That sail was intended to help downhill skiiers catch wind. So the brothers added on some nylon, velcro, and reinforced stitching, and patented the idea.
It’s a pricey add-on for a sport that tends to attract teenagers (not the wealthiest market), but the inventors insist that the Sporting Sail pays for itself in sneakers that aren’t ruined by being dragged along the street to slow down. The Sail  can also be used for skiing, snowboarding, and even as a hammock. And if that isn’t enough to persuade you, the thing looks like a whole lot of fun, to boot.
+ Sporting Sail 
Via SFGate 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/15/are-wind-catching-sails-the-future-of-skateboarding/dd-sportingsail1_0502115620/
 transportation: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/chinese-traffic-jam-extends-60-miles-and-nine-days/
 skateboarders: http://inhabitat.com/2009/08/06/recycled-skateboard-stools-transform-thrashed-boards-to-treasure/
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/09/15/are-wind-catching-sails-the-future-of-skateboarding/sporting-sails2-364175752_large/
 kite: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/18/energy-generating-kite-park-offers-extreme-green-parasailing/
 sail: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/03/elegant-floating-plastic-dining-room-in-vancouver/
 Sail: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/07/16/japans-ikaros-spacecraft-successfully-propelled-by-solar-sail/
 + Sporting Sail: http://www.sporting-sails.com/
 SFGate: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/09/10/DD131F2I43.DTL
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