After many years of growth in numbers, suppliers, quality, materials etc. finally the statistic are becoming relevant and all major magazine are talking about that.
Regarding the the Worldwide Kite Sales the first in-depth industry survey was done by SBC Kiteboard magazine
In 2006 the kites were sold world wide was around 115,000 .
That number has continued to grow. The most recent official estimates from the ISAF Technical Report peg the industry at around 180,000 kites and 75,000 kiteboards sold annually.
Worldwide Kite Sales