The Story of FAITH-KITEBOARDING
It all started in the sky over the Indian Ocean....
FAITH-KITEBOARDING started with a passion for the air, the sea and water sports. Marcel Bobay discovered the shores, sandbanks, islands and yet unknown kite spots of Sri Lanka’s North Western coast from the flight deck of an airliner. Shortly after together with a close friend, he set out by 4x4 to search for these promising beaches. Soon they found themselves on the amazing sandbanks and flat water lagoons and enjoyed the blessings of strong winds and tropical temperatures. They were just kiting and living with sand between their toes with the rhythm of the sun & the moon. At that time they would not apprehend how famous these shores would once become. The shores of Kalpitiya – Sri Lanka. A few months lager they started to organize the very first kite event in Sri Lanka.
However, Marcel Bobay was never really satisfied with the kites available on the market at that time. And what seems to be guidance, it was right then when a kite developer approached him with the idea to launch a new custom kite brand. Since Marcel was already shaping his own custom kiteboards under the brand name FAITH, it was clear what the brand name for the new custom kites would be: FAITH KITEBOARDING.
Together with his partner and through the years from 2006-2012 they have continuously developed the brand. in February 2012 Faith was the outfitter of The Great Crossing 2012, the unforgettable kiteboarding event on the Adam's Bridge, the sandy 35 kilometer long connection between India and Sri Lanka. However the bridge could not be crossed entirely. In In early 2013 Marcel’s brother Laurent Bobay took over the command of the brand. Under Laurent FAITH KITEBOARDING organized the crossing of the legendary entire Adams Bridge Crossing from India to Sri Lanka. The ride took 3 hours and a distance of 45 km was completed In 2015 the brand was again handed over to Marcel. He took Andreas Gassmann, Mathias Oppliger and Sylvie Bobay as Key Ambassadors on board. Now they all invite their friends and fellow kites to join FAITH as Ambassadors.
Faith Kiteboarding today is the designated kiteboarding outfitter of the Elements Watersports & Nature Resort in Kappalady, Sri Lanka.