In 1979, Rob Kaplan began manufacturing the DaKine Leash in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. The DaKine surf leash was designed for rigorous Hawaiian conditions and set the standard for innovative design and high quality. After this innovative breakthrough, DaKine started to build on its reputation by building technical surfing accessories defining the company as the leading innovator in Surfing and also in the windsurfing market where they developed the Dakine footstrap for windsurf boards. Today, the top tow-in surfers ride the biggest waves in the world using those same footstraps to stay on board!
DaKine moved their manufacturing and operations to Hood River, OR in 1986; besides being a popular windsurfing location on the mainland, it is also a gathering place for the best professional snowboarders looking to ride on Mt. Hood. In 1989, after proving themselves as leaders in surf accessories, gear, and bags, DaKine committed to the rapidly expanding snowboard market with snowboard gloves, board accessories, board bags, and gear bags. By using their commitment to unique designs, high quality, and the desire to stay true to the spirit of the sport, the company would become the world leader in this market over the next 15 years.
After celebrating it’s 30th anniversary in 2014, DaKine continues to pride itself on developing products for the top professionals in every board sport and building its reputation for innovation and quality for over a quarter of a century. Delve into each item that you carry from Dakine. Notice the high quality 600 Denier polyester nylon that the bags are made out of. This material really withstands abuse and is PVC free, which is good for the environment. Please zip the zippers and notice how easily they glide. Sweet!
Groundswell Supply considers the Dakine product line the standard in quality for traction, leashes, boardbags and high performance surf accessories. The Dakine brand has stood the test of time and has proven itself with the worlds best athletes as the products are tested daily in rigors of the North Shore, Hawaii. We are stoked to have partnered with Dakine for premium products for the surfer and paddler.