Initially, we thought it would be a great idea to tell you a bit about how the first seeds of WhipperKids were planted.
Once upon a time.. (a couple of years ago) Mads flew to Hawaii for a proper windsurf-injection. On Maui he met Jeffrey Henderson, founder of the prominent windsurf company Hot Sails Maui. This cool guy is known for his ability to think disruptively different, cutting the first sod of wind-SUP as well as composing sails like the SuperFreak and KS3. Jeffrey’s distinct knowledge within sail-design together with Mads’ experience in industrial design was a match clear as a bell. For that reason they set out on a mission to solve the currently most neglected problem within the industry - windsurfing for kids. The goal was to rethink what windsurf equipment for the youngest ones could be. Every single component was designed bottom-up, with the prime intention of creating fun and delightful windsurfing for the smallest water-lovers. After dozens of test-sessions, inspiration-breaks on the water, die-hard thinking and cooling coconuts, the Whipper1 was born. With the lightweight, durable, kid-friendly & affordable windsurf-set, the two buddies felt positive they had designed the best ever windsurf gear for kids.
With salty hair, a satisfied makers-smile and newborn excitement, Mads flew back to the waters of Denmark with a Whipper-prototype. However due to obligations like finishing school, becoming really good at Stand-Up-Paddling and meeting non-surfable societal expectations, the idea was put on hold.
A year went by while a growing number of kids in the neighbourhood started exploring wind and water on the Maui-born prototype. By repeated requests from parents and their kids, as well as the original drive to give back some of the greatness windsurfing had delivered free of charge, the company WhipperKids was finally established.
This story is of course the super short but digestible version of the Whipper-outset. It depicts the beginning of what will hopefully be a long journey towards realization of the now phrased Whipper-mission. We hope that democratization of windsurfing can begin - and it is still our firm conviction, that we build the best kids-windsurfing gear in history.