WHO ARE WE

At ZIAN Kiteboarding, our philosophy is simple: create state-of-the-art kites that deliver world-class, user-friendly performance — without the inflated price. Through next-level engineering, minimal marketing, and in-house production at our very own factory, we do just that. Retaining premium quality, visionary design and uncompromised performance, our meticulously crafted kites are engineered to empower, providing exceptional performance at an exceptional price.

Comprised of talented industry veterans stationed across the globe, the entire team at ZIAN Kiteboarding has one thing in common: we love to kiteboard. Proud to create cutting-edge products designed for everyone, we put our knowledge and passion to work, engineering gear that makes kiteboarding easier, more accessible, and fun as can be.  After all, we wouldn’t mind riding next-level gear too.

THE ZIAN FACTORY

At ZIAN Kiteboarding, we believe in quality so much that we built our own factory: Velumtec Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, located in Sri Lanka. Recognising the critical importance of the production process, we took the manufacturing of our kites into our own hands to ensure the absolute highest-quality products possible.

Opening its doors in 2014, Velumtec Lanka was the brainchild of ZIAN’s founder, Robert Berends, who spent over half a decade as CEO of one of the world’s largest kiteboarding and windsurfing sail manufactures. Through innovative design and manufacturing excellence, our state-of-the-art facility is one of the key players in the industry.

Highly experienced in kite production, Velumtec Lanka’s team of 60 employees is rapidly growing. The factory features a Lectra Vector 2500 computerised cutting machine, along with cutting-edge custom computer-controlled sewing machines to ensure precise, efficient stitching. Before any kite leaves the factory, it undergoes thorough and rigorous testing by our dedicated quality-assurance inspectors!

MEET THE TEAM

Exceptional performance at an exceptional price. That’s our motto here at ZIAN Kiteboarding, and it wouldn’t be possible without an equally exceptional team to make it all happen. Driven by passionate expertise and decades of kite industry experience, our dedicated team shares the relentless stoke of kiteboarding. Team ZIAN also shares the mission of “engineering to empower,” producing user-friendly high-performance products that make the sport easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

Robert Berends
Owner / Founder
Location: Netherlands/Austria/Sri Lanka

After serving as CEO for one of the world’s largest kiteboarding and windsurfing sail manufacturers, Global Sports Lanka (formerly North Sails), Robert decided it was time to bring his own dreams to life. Founding ZIAN Kiteboarding in 2012, Robert assembled a powerhouse team of the industry’s most passionate, experienced and visionary minds. If a world-class team wasn’t enough, Robert built a state-of-the-art factory (Velumtec Lanka) to match, streamlining the manufacturing process and guaranteeing premium product quality. A passionate and technically-minded kiter, Robert plays a crucial role in research and development.

Sebastiaan van der Velden
R&D & Sales Director
Location: The Netherlands / Sri Lanka

With over 15 years of R&D and product development experience, Sebastiaan understands the importance of exceptional product design. As Sales Director,  he is the perfect bridge for listening to what customers want and staying attuned to what the market needs, helping ZIAN develop the most user-friendly performance kites possible.
Having worked for ZIAN since 2013, Sebastiaan is a die-hard kiter. He loves the sport for a number of reasons: the rush, peace, community, fellowship, and freedom that it provides, no matter the conditions. Plus, kiteboarding is his favourite way to unplug.

Craig & Gemma Olde
Sales & Distribution
Location: Australia & Sri Lanka

Involved with ZIAN since the early prototypes were developed, Craig and Gemma spent the past 4 years distributing ZIAN across Australia. As a team, they are experienced in retail, business development, project management & marketing.  Over the past 12 months they have taken on a more active role with Zian, overseeing the smooth sailing of the factory in Sri Lanka and managing the operational side of the company, as well as working alongside the team in marketing & product development.

Siril Piyarathna
Production Manager & Supervisor
Location: Sri Lanka

As head production manager at our factory in Sri Lanka (Velumtec), Siril has an unparalleled wealth of knowledge in kite manufacturing. Highly experienced, Siril’s kite production experience spans 18 years and includes working as senior supervisor at one of the world’s largest kite factories.

Laksiri Munaweera
Production & Logistics
Location: Sri Lanka

Laksiri has been manufacturing kites since kiteboarding first became mainstream in 1999! He manages all aspect of the bar production and is highly experience is kite production. Lakrisi is also our Logistics Manager, ensuring the import/export department runs smoothly.

Javed Booso
Research & Design / Quality Control Manager
Location: Sri Lanka

Javed’s technical knowledge of kite design and pattern making, makes him a superior Quality Control Manager.  Javed’s attention to detail ensures that only the absolute highest quality kites leave the factory.  Javed also works alongside Sebastiaan, designing and developing prototypes for testing, and overseeing their seamless implementation.  Javed is also a passionate graphic designer

Zian uses SBS101 Double Ripstop canopy from Sakai Techfibre (Japan).

Sakai Techfibre (Japan) is home in the top end acrobatic paraglider and spinnaker fabrics which are manufactured exclusively by Sakai Ovex in Japan. For their SBS101 double ripstop kite canopy they use high tenacity polyester yarn manufactured by Toray Japan exclusively for Techfibre. Toray Japan is a multinational corporation specialized in polymer chemistry. This makes SBS101 the ONLY full Japanese canopy on the market.
 The canopy production is based on a new process that gives multiple benefits over conventional canopy.
The quality consistency from batch to batch is of a level we have not seen before. Special attention is taken to avoid “chalking” of the canopy after some use, a visual problem seen on many kites on the market. Rather than one sided coating, SBS101 has adopted a double sided multilayer coating technology for longer airproof canopy