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Why Learn Kitesurfing with Boardsports?

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STEP 1: Intro to Kiteboarding: Mastering a Trainer Kite

Kiteboarding is 80% kite control. The first step in learning basic kite control is flying a land-based "trainer kite". Starting with a trainer kite will accelerate your learning curve & shorten the time it takes you to get on the board.

Take our trainer clinic and/or buy a trainer from us and practice on your own. If you buy a trainer kite & practice on your own, use the tips in our FAQ section. Trainer kites are available at our fully stocked retail store, starting at $149.

INTRO TO KITEBOARDING LOCATION / TIME PRICE
Every Saturday     April - September Alameda           4pm-5:30pm $50
Every Sunday       April - September San Mateo         4pm-5:30pm $50
Every Wed           May - July SF                     6pm-7:30pm $50

 

 Kite Trainer Clinic

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We do not allow cancellations nor offer refunds:  In the case of inclement weather or no wind, we will contact you to reschedule your lesson to another date.

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STEPS 2 & 3: LAND & WATER LESSON + BOARD SKILLS

Now that you have mastered all of the trainer kite skills listed on our FAQ page, you are ready for lessons on a leading edge inflatable kite. We will go through the rigging and safety skills on land, then progress into the water. If your kite skills allow, you will be up on the board at the end of your land/water lesson. Some students continue on with more board skills lessons to master flying the kite in concert with popping up and riding on the board.

 

     
In your land lesson, you learn how to rig, launch, land, launch/land someone else, fly kite in controlled manner. How to execute safety systems and do self rescue.. All done on an leading edge inflatable kite. In your water lesson, you learn how to body drag, body drag upwind, power the kite on the water, water re-launch, & waterstart onto the board (kite control required). In your board skills lesson, you continue to practice waterstarts. We introduce the proper kiteboarding stance and how to maintain edge control while steering the kite.

 

KITEBOARDING LESSON LOCATION / TIME PRICE
5 Hour Semi-Private Land & Water Lesson Alameda, 12pm-5pm (weekends), alternate times available weekdays $350
3 1/2 Hour Private Land & Water Lesson Alameda, weekdays anytime starting after 1pm $385
4 Hour Private Land & Water Lesson w/ PWC / Jetski Support San Mateo, 12pm-4pm, 7 days a week $440
2 1/2 Hour Private Water and/or Board Skills Lesson w/ PWC / Jetski Support San Mateo, 7 days a week $275
2 Hour Private Water and/or Board Skills Lesson Alameda, weekdays anytime starting after 1pm $220

 

 

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Alameda Vs San Mateo - which site is best for you?

 

ALAMEDA:

We have exclusive teaching rights at the best beginner friendly location in the SF Bay Area, Crown Beach Alameda. Alameda features a 2 mile long sandy beach with shallow warm water, little to no obstacles, and lighter beginner friendly winds (typically 10-15mph).

Our beginner land & water lesson can be done as a semi-private or private lesson. All of our gear is right on the beach. This teaching location is one of the easiest places to learn due to the long beach and shallow warm water. By August, the water temperature reaches 70 degrees (vs 55 at Crissy Field in San Francico).

At our facility in Alameda ("the Shack") we have an outdoor shower, changing room, and retail shop carrying a full line of kite gear and accessories. Our instructors are certified by PASA and/or IKO.

 

SAN MATEO:

Our land lesson is taught on a nice open grass field adjacent to our retail shop. Due to near shore obstacles, our water lessons are private only, and offered with Personal Water Craft / PWC assistance. This keeps you away from the rocky shoreline.

San Mateo has stronger winds, averaging 20mph+ every day from March-September. With higher winds, chop, and swell, kite water lessons at this location are best for students that are comfortable in deep water conditions.

At our "Chalet" facility in San Mateo, we have hot showers, a snack bar, and a full retail shop. Our instructors are certified by PASA and/or IKO.

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Why Learn with Boardsports?

Teaching since 2002
Voted "Best Shop & School".  See Testimonials
Exclusive teaching rights to the best beaches in the bay:  Crown Beach, Alameda & Coyote Point, San Mateo
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