A HISTORY OF INNOVATION
Founded in Hawaii in 1979, Dakine builds backpacks, travel bags, accessories, outerwear and clothing for people who love to surf, snowboard, skateboard, mountain bike, ski, windsurf, kiteboard and travel.
Dakine got its start on Maui’s North Shore in 1979. Rob Kaplan was a surfer first, but he was also a tinkerer who loved building stuff. Word got out, and soon fellow surfers began turning to him with their gear problems—most often busted surf leashes. After repairing enough leashes, he set out to make a new leash with the kind of bombproof materials and stitching only someone who’s lost a board to the rocks would know how to make.
In 1980, Dakine introduced windsurfing’s first adjustable foot strap, followed in 1982 by a waist harness and a whole bunch of travel bags, then the seat harness in 1983, and then the now-ubiquitous thermo-molded waist harness. These advances in equipment design helped windsurfers sail faster, jump higher and ride in more intense conditions.
ALL ABOUT THE DOWNHILL
By 2005, Hood River had grown into a legitimate mountain bike destination, and those same friends started to bring a different set of problems into the shop: What’s the best way to load three bikes into a pickup without dinging the down tube? How do I ride down with full-face helmet and pads on, but ride up without sweating to death? Is there a way to carry a chain saw, hammer and set of loppers up a trail on a bike? The answer we found, was yes!