1976

Raphaël SALLES starts windsurfing.

1981

Raphaël SALLES joins the windsurfing pro-tour.

Raphaël stops the competition following a career of 15 years and starts a business in the design and distribution of windsurf boards.

This is the birth of F-ONE.

1994

Raphaël stops the competition following a career of 15 years and starts a business in the design and distribution of windsurf boards.

This is the birth of F-ONE.

Being rider, developer and manager all at once, Raphaël SALLES draws on his extensive expertise to develop his products. 

1996

Raphaël SALLES tries a traction kite on the water for the first time! 

1997 / 1998

A new era is about to begin for F-ONE as the first production boards arrive at the end of 97. 

 

F-ONE develops a complete range of equipment  for kitesurfing and rapidly becomes a market leader for boards.

F-ONE’s activity has already spread internationally and its products are distributed all over the world. 

1999

F-ONE’s activity keeps on growing impressively with the first production of the ram air kite ATK.

2000

F-ONE releases the STARTER, a new ram air kite with shut-off valves in surfaces of 5m², 7m² and 9m².

F-ONE remains leader on the board market with directional boads and twin-tips. 

F-ONE now proposes a complete range of high-tech boards with new twin-tips spreading from 142 to 174cm.

Theses are made in France using Herex core and a full carbon laminate with sublimated graphics on a topsheet finish layer. 

2002

F-ONE creates a full range of inflatable kites: the MACH1 and the MAGIC.

This is a successful start for a first venture into the world of inflatable kites.

On the board front, the TT is a must!

2003

F-ONE develops its range of kites with the MACH2, the MAGIC 2, the DREAM, the L2K and the SOURCE.

The reputation it draws for quality, performances and range of use of the kites bring F-ONE into the rising brands.

Regarding the boards, F-ONE innovates with the Direct Drive Technology which combines a full carbon construction with wood core.

The SK8 becomes a true reference for the riders. Its scoop and outline make it the perfect weapon in lighter winds. 

2004

M3, HW2, 4U, SK8, STYLE, EXPLORER, FIFTY ONE: the range keeps growing to answer the needs of all riders from beginners to pros.

Following the mighty success of the SK8, the STYLE is launched with the same direct drive technology (wood/carbon).

F-ONE introduces a new carbon kitebar with an exclusive safety system enabling to release with a simple pressure on the bar.  

2005

F-ONE emphasize on safety and develop the ACTIVE 5 to fit on all its kites!

This 5th line enables to kill all the power from the kite, to relaunch easily and to regulate the power the power of the kite when riding.

With the M5, F-ONE brings in a new design in kites with the introduction of rounded tips. 

2006

2006 was the year of the TRIBAL. 

This is the first kite on the market combining complete depower and C-shape design.

Achieving both safety and performances this kite excels in all disciplines and becomes the best seller of the collection.

The IMPACT kite and DEMON board become Newschool references.

The LEGEND, a surf twin-tip designed by Raphaël SALLES in Mauritius  comes to complete the range. 

2007

With the TRIBAL 2, F-ONE confirms its C-Shape design option as opposed to flatter kites.

The TRIBAL 2 is a great kite with a massive depower.

The concept of the IMPACT is pushed to the max with the « impact short line » for unhooked riding.

The TRAX 2 is the best seller of the collection. 

The introduction of the BANDIT with its revolutionary Delta C-Shape design marks a giant leap in the history of F-ONE!

2008

The introduction of the BANDIT with its revolutionary Delta C-Shape design marks a giant leap in the history of F-ONE!

Its concept offers great performances with an optimum relaunch. Riding becomes a child’s play for any kind of riders.

The Trax 3 has been fully designed for a wooden core construction and our advances in R&D have enabled us to design a new 3D bottom shape with a simple concave.

2009

Drawing on the success of the BANDIT, the BANDIT DOS follows the same Delta C-Shape concept.

Designed as a one kite do it all like the BANDIT, the DOS is perfect for all disciplines: from freestyle to freeride and from wave to speed riding with the impressive record of 50.57 kts set by Alex CAIZERGUES. 

The F-ONE bamboo board range finally comes on the market. The incredible bamboo technology offers lighter boards which are also more resistant for all kind of riding.

The TRAX 4 gets lighter with a new bottom shape mixing a simple concave with steps and a lateral V. 

2010

The ball keeps rolling and third version of the BANDIT comes to light.

The Delta C-Shape concept keeps proving itself and offers a really versatile kite suited for all kinds of riding.

The feedback and bar feeling have been improved for a smoother ride and more accuracy.

F-ONE provides bamboo boards which are more resistant and adapted to all conditions for maximum enjoyment.

Twist and flex control have been optimized for the TRAX 5 with its carbon cross on deck. The board is fast, precise and points high.

2011

The BANDIT 4 presents a totally new shape.

The profile and structure of the kite have been modified. It keeps its Delta C-shape geometry for maximum stability and depower with an easy relaunch.

The ACID 4 is epitome of a newschool freestyle board with a sharp and efficient pop.

The TRAX 6 is flagship of our twintip range. For its 6th edition it is provided with Unibox fins (patented system) and given a new double concave bottom shape which makes for easier edging and easier landings. 

2012

A unique and high performance kite is more than ever the aim of the F-ONE R&D team.

In its 5th generation, the BANDIT features a flatter profile for a more progressive depower. The number of struts goes from 3 to 5, a significant innovation which improves flight behavior. 

All our TT boards are fitted with the Unibox fin system which offers a smoother ride and softer landings.

 

2013

For the past six years we have set ourselves the same challenge: improve the BANDIT yet again. Following some more spectacular innovations we have worked on the feeling of the kite including some small, almost invisible changes that you can’t see but which can really feel: smoother with more stability and control with a more direct bar feeling.

The F-One kitebar adopts the MONOLITH technology. The core of the bar is machined directly into an aluminum bloc offering more strength and corrosion resistance.

The TRAX is once again leading innovation and gathers our best ingredients to offer great versatility and high performances. 

The introduction of the BANDIT with its revolutionary Delta C-Shape design marks a giant leap in the history of F-ONE!

Its concept offers great performances with an optimum relaunch.

2014

This latest edition of the BANDIT will surprise the world once again as we have brought in some major innovations.

The new TECHNOFORCE ™ fabric used in the canopy offers extreme strength and wear characteristics.

The BANDIT 2014 offers the feeling to be in direct connection with the kite, as if you were flying it from the tips of your fingers.

Its profile is stable for more accurate sensations.

It features the new PUSH SYSTEM release for more safety and comfort.

 

F-ONE innovates also in the twin-tips with the development of the Helical Rail Design (H.R.D.) which brings more precision with maximum grip.

The Spicy, a dedicated wakestyle board is introduced while the surf range is enriched with the arrival of the Mitu Monteiro Pro-Model.  

2015

Focus on the surf boards! A new size is introduced to widen the MITU PRO MODEL range with the arrival of a 5’6”.

The R&D has developed a new construction using high density foam for the MITU and SIGNATURE boards, the HD FOAM FLEX COMPOSITE. This has helped reduce the weight of the boards while gaining in comfort and maneuverability.

Our engineers have also introduced the HEEL SHOCK ABSORBER, where EVA foam is nested underneath the front foot area to soften the shocks under the heel.

But we haven’t worked solely on the surf boards. The rocker and concave of the ACID HRD have been improved to pack even more performances and pop into this playful Twin-Tip. The deck of the TRAX and ACID boards has also been improved for more resistance.

Finally, let’s gain some height and look at the BANDIT, whose flying range has been enlarged yet again with the addition of a 17m² for the light wind. The BANDIT also features a new trailing edge, improved profile and a 4 point bridle. Overall, these upgrades give us the possibility to offer a kite which is more stable and more comfortable to use with exceptional upwind and hangtime performances!

2015 is also the KITEFOIL year!

 

This new discipline is growing fast and offers a lot of opportunities for riding.

We have worked on the kitefoil development for over 3 years with the most experienced riders and our naval architect to offer a reliable and versatile product. Featuring a patented assembly system, the Fast Connection Device, the F-ONE Foil is really easy to use. The main benefit of this system is the one and only screw that maintains all the parts together (front wing, mast, fuselage and stabilizer).

In no time, the foil is assembled and ready to fly to explore new horizons.