More days in the water
Rob Kaplan began manufacturing the Da Kine Leash in Haiku, Maui , Hawaii in 1979. Maui ’s reputation for great wave conditions is the catalyst for this location. The DAKINE surf leash is designed to withstand the rigorous Hawaiian conditions and sets DAKINE’s standard for innovative design and high quality. In Rob’s words, ‘it was the first leash that you could pull a car with!’ Whatever it could pull, it opened up previously unsurfed breaks around the world.
By 1980 Pro windsurfers ask Rob to help build footstraps for their new waveboards; he had the sewing machine! Ho’okipa became the international mecca for windsurfing’s top athletes and test site for DAKINE products. From 1981-1984 DAKINE definine themselves as the leading innovator in technical windsurfing accessories by developing the 1st adjustable footstrap, seat harness, and waist harness
By 1986 DAKINE opened its North American office, manufacturing facility, and warehouse in the outdoor recreation capital for North America – Hood River , Oregon.