History: Peter Lynn Kiteboarding (PLKB)

Bannière Peter Lynn Kites

1946-1990: Origins and development : The birth of traction wings and kitesailing

Born in 1946, Peter Lynn loved flying kites from an early age.

He began his career as an engineer, "graduating BE mech Hons" in 1969 and working full-time in the field from 1971, since when he has been a leader in innovation and a driving force in the international kite industry. With the sole aim of being on the "leading edge" of kite development, Peter and his team have an impressive list of innovations to their credit, including the Buggy in 1990, the C-Quad in 1997 and the Arc Style/Twinskins kites in 1999.

In 1990, Peter Lynn's invention of the Buggy showed for the first time that a kite could be a very practical means of converting wind energy into motive power. From then on, Peter and his group of designers devoted 100% of their time and energy to the development of traction and kitesailing.

One of the first wings to bear Peter Lynn's name was the Peel. With a very simple design, this two-line wing offered excellent performance, stability and handling. The Peel was launched in 1991 and was a huge success for over 15 years.

Although handicapped by the wings (the best performances at the time were achieved with enlarged delta-type wings), Peter and his team managed in just a few months to successfully sail all the races in winds from 10 km/h to - on one particular occasion - over 100 km/h. By 1988, they had successfully water-skied using the power of a wing, mastered towed ice-skating and even tried their hand at kiteboarding.

The invention of the modern Buggy in 1990 marked a breakthrough in traction kite development: kitesailing could continue in winter even when their favorite lake was frozen over, with the wheels replaced by 3 mini boat hulls. The result was immediately recognized as a manageable Buggy, and production began just a few months later, giving birth to what was to become a world-famous sport with perhaps tens of thousands of practitioners.

Peter lynn en buggy

1990-1997: The firstkite-buggies

As he continues to develop all kinds of Buggies, Peter Lynn tries to keep them as simple as possible. The main feature of Peter Lynn's classic Buggy, one of the very first to be marketed, was indeed its simplicity. By unscrewing just a few bolts, the Buggy could be adapted to the size and preferences of its user. The Buggy featured an extremely simple but cleverly designed seat, and the forks were made to fit only the smallest wheels.

The second generation Peter Lynn Buggy was far superior in terms of performance. From the classic thin-tube Buggy, Peter Lynn developed the much more elaborate "Competition" Buggy, which is still available for sale today.

At the same time, Peter Lynn developed a wide range of extensions and accessories for the Competition Buggy, from extended wheel axles to enlarged frames and extra-wide wheels for tandems. The first wheels used are perfectly suited to use on hard sand, but slow down or stop as soon as they encounter softer sand, forcing the rider to walk to a better place. And so the Big Foot Buggy was launched! The big difference with other versions is its extra-large wheels, enabling riders to venture out on soft sand and uneven terrain. In addition to the wheels, the Buggy is also wider for greater stability.

Last but not least, the Folding. The Folding is a Buggy whose main feature is that it can be disassembled without the use of any tools: ideal for storage in the car or at home. Aside from this aspect, the Folding is also an excellent freestyle Buggy, with a perfectly balanced center of gravity and a particularly rigid frame.

Visit as tricks became more and more extreme, freestylers began to do more freestyle, and a durable, solid design became necessary. The answer was the Competition XR Buggy, a more solid version of the Competition.

Peter Lynn en buggy

1997: The C-Quad

In 1997, the invention of the world's first hybrid traction kite, the C-Quad, with its great speed and performance, took traction kite users all over the world by surprise. The C-Quad quickly became widely used in many traction disciplines, proving perfectly suited to Buggy, kitesailing and kiteboarding.

The secret of this wing lies in the fact that Peter designed it to generate a minimum of drag while offering exemplary handling. A delta wing is very efficient with little drag, but large deltas require larger diameter tubes and are therefore relatively expensive and difficult to transport. Conversely, a foil is much easier to handle and transport, and it's simpler to build large foils.

The C-Quad is an excellent blend of two wing types, combining the unique skin of a hang glider with the bridles of a foil. The wing, supported by the entire structure, requires only a 4mm frame, even for the biggest versiosn like the C-Quad 10 m². The four-line system is also a mix of delta and foil, this makes the wing ideal for high-speed buggy riding.

In some places, Peter Lynn's C-Quad is still used in Buggies competitions, and the performances are still top-notch!

 Peter lynn c quad

1999-2004: The arched wings

1999 saw the launch of a revolutionary new product from Peter Lynn. The Arc is a new-style paraglider. In simple terms, it's a foil without bridles. This new style of wing features incredible flying qualities, and in particular a stability that no other style of wing has ever matched. You can fly a Peter Lynn Arc overhead and run straight ahead until you're out of breath, but the wing won't run away.

The standard Arc is an incredible kite, totally re-launchable in the water, which will surprise the kiteboarding world with an approach absolutely different from any other brand.

The standard Arc was followed in 2002 by the F-Arc, a high-ratio wing designed for riders looking for a good hangtime. Its design is not for the faint-hearted in a rapidly expanding market with more and more radical brands.

2003 saw the launch of the Peter Lynn Guerilla, a wing that proves that performance and handling are not mutually exclusive. The Guerilla offers excellent depower and a very good lift, making it a versatile freestyle wing.

In early 2004, two new models were introduced. The Guerilla II brings more lift and improved speed. The Bomba is a new kite for waves and wakestyle.

In 2004, Peter Lynn introduced his followers to a radical new wing design, the Phantom. With a high aspect ratio of 6.5, the Phantom is a new type of wing for land traction. Many people are seduced by this Twinskin, with its incredible lift and the possibility of using a single wing to cover a wind range usually covered by two or three foils.

 Ailes en arche Peter Lynn

2005-2013: Democratization and high performance

Over the years, Peter Lynn's in-house product designers in the Netherlands became key to the development of the range. Twinskins have made a significant breakthrough, and foils have changed significantly. By taking advantage of new design techniques and research into housing manufacture, Peter Lynn products have pushed the possibilities to new standards.

In 2005, the Peter Lynn Pepper surprised the beginner wing market by becoming the ideal wing for those wishing to begin traction. The Pepper is easy to use with its two lines, while offering great stability and power.

After this great success, Peter Lynn developed a wide range of products for beginners to intermediate users who want to progress easily in their favorite sport.

This range is called the Access Range. The Hornet, Twister '08, Twister II and Viper allow all those who want to start, progress and push their limits, whether with a buggy, a mountainboard or even a snowboard. Each kite is designed with a specific goal in mind: to provide maximum stability for beginners, lift for freestylers or speed for kite float pilots.

In 2006, the first wing in the "Pro Range" was launched: the Reactor. This excellent wing has been developed for competition and speed in Buggy, in mountainboard and snow. The Reactor flies very fast while remaining extremely stable and forgiving. This is the first wing to be designed according to the Peter Lynn Pro Range criteria, which offers the most demanding riders the very best in terms of manufacturing techniques, materials and finish. Once again, Peter Lynn sets the bar very high, defining new standards of quality.

In 2009, a superb, high-performance all-round traction wing was added to the Pro range: the Core. This high-quality yet affordable wing is the result of the very best technical development technologies from the Dutch designers at Peter Lynn. A model of expertise that marks the first step towards what will become the Pro range: ultra-high-performance, affordable wings.

2010 is a vintage year for the New Zealand brand, which launches a kite that will definitively establish Peter Lynn as the specialist in high-performance kites for kite-flying: the Vapor. In less than 3 years, in the hands of some of the world's best pilots, the Peter Lynn Vapor would climb to the top of every podium, and even win 2 world titles and numerous world kite-flying speed records. Even today, this kite remains one of the most popular buggy kites for racing and speed pilots.

2013 marks the launch of the 3rd generation for most of the wings in the Peter Lynn range. Models such as the Hornet, the Impulse and the Twister, all real commercial successes, are renewed with new technical improvements. More than ever, Peter Lynn offers beginners high-quality products for discovering the joys of traction.

Peter Lynn Reactor

2013 to present: Kitesurfing and pudding kites

But above all, 2013 marked a new milestone for Peter Lynn, with the launch of the first two wings of the kitesurf the Escape and the Fury. Faithful to its commitments, these new models are the fruit of many years' work, resulting in models designed using the finest materials and the most advanced manufacturing techniques.

The Escape and Fury are given a new look in 2014, with two other new additions to the range: the Fury Lite, dedicated to Light wind, and the Swell, the first wave kite made in Peter Lynn.

Aile de kitesurf Peter Lynn Swell


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