The brothers and company in skateboarding action. Produced by Russel Albert Daniels for Mill Valley Patch, via You Tube.
The brothers - a business school grad and a wetsuit designer for Patagonia - compare using the Sporting-Sail to tow-in surfing: It allows users "to carve bigger and longer hills on smaller more playful set-ups." But it also allows them to incorporate more of the elements into their sport, giving them the ability "harness new terrain depending on wind conditions that day."
"Nobody goes skateboarding and says, ‘It's a northwest wind coming in at 13 knots, I should go skate at Fort Cronkite Hill,'" said Nick in a video interview with Time, "but now we start to think that way."
Today, the brothers' modification of their grandfather's original "Ski-Klipper" is made from military grade parachute fabric, and can be purchased from their site for $79, with a few upcoming designs (priced $39-$99) on the way. Whether the chutes become a commercial success or not is yet to be seen, but one thing is clear: Skiing, skateboarding, and even surfing with all of the elements fully in mind - and in hand - is a beautiful thing.