Kiteboarding lessons

From flying a trainer kite to perfecting your tricks or racing skills, we’ve got you covered every step of the way. We offer different levels of instruction based on your experience and skill level.

 

Our instructors are certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO), the largest kiteboard training organization, have captain’s licenses, and are CPR and First Aid certified.  Our goal is to get you out on the water and kiting on your own safely and efficiently.  All students receive an IKO membership card, which guides you through the learning process and tracks your progress.

 

We teach off of Pittsburg, just 50 minutes Northeast of San Francisco, in the warm San Joaquin river waters.  All water lessons are private (unless specified otherwise) and jet-ski assisted.

 

Choose from one of the packages below, or contact us for a customized instruction plan.

PRIVATE KITEBOARDING LESSON – 3 hr

Price: $350
Group of two or more: $280

Our lessons are always custom tailored to your experience and learning curve.  Whether you’re a very beginner or improving your board skills, we work with you one-on-one to make you an independent kiteboarder.

Your private instructor will be with you every step of the way, following you on a jet-ski and guiding you on the radio throughout the entire time.

In the first water lessons we will focus on the following:

  • Safe launching and landing of the kite
  • Water relaunching
  • Kite control and generating controlled kite power delivery
  • One-handed kite control
  • Bodydragging with board
  • Bodydragging upwind
  • Prove your skills and you’ll try getting up on the board

In the following water lessons, you will practice getting up on the board and improving you riding skills – going upwind, transitions, etc. Since every student’s abilities and physical condition differ, accomplishing all of the above may require a different number of lessons for different people.

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LEARN TO KITE PACKAGE – 9-hrs

Price: $950
Group of two or more: please inquire

Get the most out of your learning experience. This package is for the committed future kiteboarder. We will cover all of the theory on land and get you out on the water in four separate sessions. This one-on-one 9-hr course (split in three 3-hr sessions) combines our land and water classes with more time on the water to help you leverage what you’ve already learned and accelerate your progress.

We will start with a land lesson and learn about wind theory, gear setup, safety, kite flying and steering techniques.  Then continue with the first water lesson that same day and learn how to relaunch the kite in the water, bodydrag while steering the kite and practice self-rescue techniques. On the next session we will continue working on kite control, learn different power techniques and practice getting up on the board.  Then the fun part begins – build upon the foundation from the previous sessions and improve your kite control and board skills.

We work with you one-on-one and follow your progression closely to provide a customized lesson plan based your individual learning curve.

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FOILBOARDING LESSON

Price: $350
Group of two or more: please inquire
Prerequisites: Good kite control. You must be an intermediate or advanced kiteboarder to take this class. Surfboard or race board experience is helpful.

Yes, you can fly above the water without even touching it!  Hydrofoiling (also called foilboarding) is the new craze that everyone in the kiteboarding world is talking about.  Experience the magic of hydrofoiling as you lift your board off the water and start gliding above its surface in complete silence!

 

We’ve got all the right gear to teach you how to foilboard safely and effectively.  You do need to be an intermediate kiteboarder, at a minimum, and be confident in your kite control skills, as in this course we will focus on the board riding skills.

 

This is a 2.5hr course.  We will provide the foil board and the rest of the gear (except wetsuit), although we do recommend that you use your own kite that you are most comfortable flying.

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ADVANCED CLINICS

You’ve got the basics down, now it’s time to get your kiteboarding skills to the next level.  Whether you want to improve your riding skills, learn a new trick, or get into racing, we can help you nail it.  Since every person’s skills and level are different, we would like to talk to you first and connect you with the best instructor depending on your goals.

We also offer various clinics led by world-class professional kiteboarders throughout the summer.  Please contact us at info@thekitebar.com or call us at (415) 336-1554 for details and schedule.

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(415) 336-1554 51 Marina Blvd., Pittsburg, CA 94565