Ever thought about where our name came from? What’s in a name and where it derived from is pretty interesting. Down Wind Sports was officially formed and opened in September of 1976 and located in the University Shopping Center on North Third Street in Marquette. Dennis and Nancy Henderson created Down Wind as a way to return to their native U.P. and to the Marquette area. Initially, Down Wind sold a great number of Frostline Kits, a pre cut sewing kit for outdoor clothing and equipment. Folks could come into the store and purchase a kit to make their own down vest, sleeping bag, amongst a host of other products. Additionally Hobie Cats and related sailing gear were also sold. The name Down Wind came from the combination of down sewing kits and wind from sailing! And that’s the rest of the story!