HorizonKites and Kiteboarding was founded by Owner Vince Herchmer in the Spring of 2004 after observing kiteboarders on the Pacific from the Santa Monica Pier in California, and again a few weeks later on the Atlantic in St. Augustine, Florida.
Combined with a passion to learn the sport and the absence of a Canadian based retailer with the opportunity that presented, HKK’s first e-commerce website was launched in May of 2004.
July of 2007 saw HKK move to Edmonton where Vince’s wife Brenda had accepted a consulting contract with the Alberta Recreation and Parks Association.
After eight years of steady business growth in the west, the end of Brenda’s contract, and the need to reconnect with parents, siblings, children and grandchildren still in Ontario, the decision was made to return to our original home base at 30 King St. in the Spring of 2015.
Primarily a retailer of world recognized name brand kiting gear, we offer ever expanding product lines from Peter Lynn Kite Products, HQ Kites, Ocean Rodeo, Premier Kites Inc., Prism Designs Inc., Gomberg Kite Productions International, Crazyfly, mbs Mountainboards, KHEO Mountainboards, and Pro Kite Surf.
We also offer ground school training for those interested in learning kiteboarding or land traction kiting, covering such topics as kite sizing and selection, kite safety, set-up, take down and packing, wind window, flight control, launching/landing, etc. Training includes hands on flight with a three line trainer and conditions permitting, a small four line depowerable kite as well.