By johna

Kiteboard Lessons … Safe or Not?

Kite boarding is an EXTREME Sport!

Would you learn to skydive with an uncertified instructor?

No you wouldn’t, so don’t learn to kiteboard with anything less.

How do you know your getting a safe and productive kiteboarding lesson?

Do’s & Don’ts : Kiteboard Lessons

To Do’s

  • Make sure your kiteboarding School is honest and transparent with their credentials.
  • Make sure they’re Certified … ask to see his instructor certification card and notice the date he became an instructor. If they are certified , they will have a valid card from the certification agency (IKO or PASA) . You can also look them up on the certification agencies web site, and view how long they’ve been teaching, and even how many hours of instruction they have taught.
  • Make sure they have a business license … ask to see his city business license.
  • Make sure he has insurance to teach kiteboarding as a school … insurance to teach for other schools is not insurance to teach as a school … don’t get scammed, ask to see his school insurance binder.
  • See if your instructor make you sign a waiver and medical statement with their name listed on the waiver? If not, find a real instructor.
  • Make sure your instructor provides and/or requires all essential safety equipment for your lesson? Helmets, CGA life jacket, kite leash, protection against the hazards, like booties and wetsuit?
  • Do make sure your instructor has an assortment of kite sizes and boards to match your needs and various wind conditions.

 

Don’ts

  • Don’t take kiteboarding lessons with a particular instructor /school, because they are cheaper.
  • Don’t believe everything see … ask for proof.
  • Don’t forget, you are learning and Extreme sport.
  • Don’t let your instructor tie you to himself or another object with a rope, leash or other system ? They will be endangering you and they are obviously not a legitimate instructor. If they’re certified, they are violating safety standards and unsafe to teach this sport to anyone.
  • Don’t let your instructor use a board leash to tether you to the kiteboard? If so, they are violating well established safety standards … board leashes are band by all kite certification agencies.
  • Don’t let your instructor send you into or towards other riders or into other water users. Beginners must learn downwind of others.
  • Don’t settle for less that the best instructor and the safest lesson
  • Don’t endanger yourself or others, by learning unsafe practices from unsafe instructors.
  • Don’t waste you money on unsafe, inexperienced and/or illegitimate instruction.
  • Don’t forget: 1 good lesson is safer and more productive than a 100 bad lessons.
  • Don’t learn from friends or other kiters.

Bottom line:

Anyone can make a website that falsely states they know how to teach kiteboarding. For your own safety and/or the safety of your children … don’t blindly trust that … check them out. Asks questions and get proof.

Manta Water Sports is the only IKO & PASA certified lesson operator in San Diego, and a licensed business there. We are insured to teach kiteboarding as a school.

John Arthur (Founder and Chief Instructor) has been teaching this sport since 1999. He has thousands of lessons, and thousands of hours safely. Be safe and wise with your money …. go with the best source for kiteboard lessons, Manta Water Sports.

 

Your safety and the safety of others is our #1 objective … It should also be yours.

 

Links to Kite instructors around the world.

Note: Most instructors are not business owners who teach. Most are just part time instructors who occasionally work for a school.

IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) www.IKOintl.com

PASA (Professional Air Sports Association) PASA.org

Manta Water Sports (IKO & PASA certified instructor) www.MantaWaterSports.com

 

 

By johna

What is the Best Foilboard to Buy?

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2017 Liquid Force “Happy Foil” Review

2017 Happy Foil gets 5 stars

We tested the 2017 Happy Foil board w/ Happy foil set,  with our entry level rider, and here are Patrick’s words:

2o17 Happy Foil board and Foil Set:

I really did learned to get up and ride the foil board in just one day, using the 2017 Happy Foil.  I decided to maximize his success by installing Liquid Force’s optional “Low Aspect” front wing onto the Happy Foil fuselage for initial training.   The LF low aspect wing has a track record of making foil boarding easy.   The Happy Foils stock Medium Aspect wing would be used after I get the feel for foil boarding … this proved to be a great path to success.

Day 1: I set the foil mast to the rear position on the board, and used the 1.5 degree, rear wing trim plate. After 5 minutes of riding the board flat on the water, I was up and riding the foil for short distances, all within 15 minutes of water time. After about 30 minutes, I was able to ride longer distances and gently stop. By the end of my 1 hour session, I could ride in either direction for 3/4 of the length of the bay.    (Wind speed was 8-13mph with a 12m kite).

Day 2: I was dialed into getting up and riding in either direction for the full length of the bay, and able to go up wind and downwind with ease. Still working on making transitions.    (Wind speed was 8-14mph with 12m kite).

Day 3:  I switched to the Happy Foil’s stock “medium aspect” wing on the fuselage, and had no trouble getting up and riding the foil. Able to go much faster and perform carving upwind and downwind turns.  Still working on making complete transitions.    (Wind Speed was 7-12mph with a 12m kite).

Summary: The Liquid Force Happy Foil was the easiest, and most adaptable foil, we have ever tested … We give it a 5 star rating!

If you want a foil board and foil set that you will be hard pressed to outgrow , and a foil set that could last you a lifetime without worry … get the 2017  Liquid Force Happy Foil from Manta Water Sports, and feel the freedom to expand this system with your desires.

Optional Accessories:  Low Aspect Wing / High Aspect wing / Carbon Fuselage / Short Masts / Trim plates / Board options.

Get  your 2017 Liquid Force Happy Foil Today.

By johna

Kiteboarding lessons all year.

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Manta Water Sports Teaches Kiteboarding All year.

Sign up for you kiteboarding lessons today and enjoy this amazing sport.

Beginner lessons from 11am-3pm every day of the week.

We offer :  Private , Semi-Private, and Group lesson options.

We povide all the equipment during you lesson.

We offer student discounts on new gear you purchase.

Contact us today:  info@MantaWaterSports.com

By johna

Light winds got you bummed ?

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Light wind equipment is the ticket to you happiness!

Kites like the liquid force solo and the cabrinha contra have made it possible to kite in as little as 8 knots with a twin tip.

Boards like the Liquid Force Happy Pill along with the Happy foil system have made it possible to kite in as little as 7 knots with the solo kite.

Foil Kiteboarding

Contact John at,  MantaWaterSports.com and get your teeth into the light wind riding game  858-610-6000

By johna

Board Riding Made Easy

Learn & Improve Your Board Riding

Book a 2-hour Customized Lesson and learn how to ride the board like a pro.

This private performance based intermediate level kiteboard lesson teaches you the tips and tricks used to get you up and riding the kiteboard quickly and easily, even in light wind.

It's the perfect lesson for continuing students or the novice kiteboarder looking to enhance his or her riding ability and/or improve their kite/board handling skills.  Also perfect for those people who had previous lessons , but could not quite ride the board.

This is primarily a water based lesson, but you must demonstrate you are skilled enough for this lesson, and exhibit safe control of the kite, prior to the start of water skills.

Includes:

Option to use, all your own kiteboarding & Safety equipment, or ours

2 hours of Private Performance water skills based instruction

Special tips to succeed in light winds with the kite and on the board

Friendly, Fun & Knowledgeable Instructors

Student discounts on most equipment items we sell.

$ 199

BOARD RIDING MADE EASY 2HR LESSON

2-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

BOOK NOW!

private lesson
semi-private lesson
2 hrs
kiteboarding experience necessary

In This Lesson We Cover

This session teaches you the 4 most common mistakes beginners make when try to water start. You will also learn bonus tips to let you ride in light winds. You will practice the water starts, Board riding and speed control while maintaining proper balance and board position for efficient riding.
This session teaches you how to stop yourself and control your speed using the kite and board. You will also learn how to plan for, and perform smooth turns, that keep you safe, in control and styling.

Note:  Yamaha Wave Runner support may be available for selected in-water training sessions. It must be requested in advance and an additional cost of $50/hr must be paid in advance.

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By johna

Foil Boarding Lessons

Learn to ride a Hydro Foil Board

Are you ready to try Foil boarding?

Yes ... We can provide the Foil board during the lesson !

If you are an intermediate, or higher level kiteboarder, you are ready to learn to Foil Board. The newest Foil boards can ride in as little as 6mph and easily stay up wind.  Add foil boarding lessons to your skill set.

Manta Wind & Water Sports, now offers beginner foil board lessons and rentals, to intermediate level kiteboarders and higher.  Take our 2hr private foil boarding lesson first, then rent or purchase your foil board from us and you'll be riding in a few sessions.

Note:  You must be proficient at kite control,  board transitions, basic jumps, and self rescue before taking this lesson. Your body dragging skills must also be top notch, to handle this lesson.

Be prepared to spend several minutes just getting used to how the board is handled on land and in the water before you attempt your first ride. Foil kiteboarding is not as intuitive as it looks ... but its also not hard to learn.  We use the newest and easiest to ride hydrofoil system on the market to get you up and riding faster and with less frustration that possible with other systems.

Manta's Foil board lesson does offer you the basics in handling , safety and successful riding.  Then you can make an informed decision if this is for you before you drop the funds purchase your own foil board set.

We can provide all the gear during the lesson, however, it is suggested that you use as much of your own equipment, since those items are a factor in your overall comfort and performance.

Warning: The hydrofoil system does contain sharp and ridged edges. This poses a higheer risk of injury to you and others. By taking this lesson , you agree to accept these added risks and liabilities.

Includes:

Option to use, all your own kiteboarding & Safety equipment, or ours

2 hours of Private Performance water skills based instruction

Special tips to succeed in light winds with the kite and on the board

Friendly, Fun & Knowledgeable Instructors

Student discounts on most equipment items we sell.

$ 199

FOIL BOARDING 2HR LESSON

2-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

BOOK NOW!

private lesson
semi-private lesson
2 hrs
kiteboarding experience necessary

Note: If you provide your own foil or foil and kite gear, you'll get a reduction on the price of the Foil Boarding Lesson

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By johna

Light Wind Style

The Light Wind Style class is a MUST for any beginning or intermediate level kiteboarder that wants to learn the special techniques used to succeed in "Light Wind" environments.

Kiteboarders that come from stronger wind environments will find the techniques they were taught, won't work in light wind conditions.  Novice kiteboarders who are frustrated with learning to ride will benefit from this class as well.  We wrote the book on light wind kiteboarding .... we call it "Light Wind Style".

We have been teaching in light winds for over 14 years, we know what it takes to Ride, Jump and Stay upwind when others can't.  This is a one hour "land based" lesson that will teach you "Light Wind Style" and theory. All of these techniques are presented and practiced on land, so you can later succeed in the water. We highly recommend you bring your own kiteboarding equipment and harness to this lesson. We want you to  learn these skills with your equipment to gain the most benefit.

Includes:

Self Lanching

Reverse Launching

Keeping the kite Flying

One handed flying

Saving the Kite

Water Re-lauch

Self Landing

Flying by feel

Get Up and Keep going

$ 199

LIGHT WIND STYLE 2HR LESSON

2-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

BOOK NOW!

private lesson
semi-private lesson
2 hrs
kiteboarding experience necessary

Not sure if this class is for you?

Ask yourself these Questions:

Do you have trouble keeping the kite flying?

Do you wonder why you can't ride?

Do you think there is not enough wind?

Do you come from a strong wind environment?

Do you feel like your board keeps sinking?

Do you have trouble riding upwind?

Does your kite constantly fall from the sky?

Do you think you have the wrong kite?

Do you have trouble relaunching your kite?

Do your jumps land with a splat?

Then this is the right Lesson for You!

 

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By johna

Kiteboarding Adventure Lesson

This 5 hour Kiteboarding Adventure Lesson is perfect for an individual wishing to experience the thrills and joys of Kiteboarding basics and have more time to work on the fundamentals, or towards getting up and riding the board. If all skills are learned safely and quickly, it is possible to be riding the board within a 4hr lesson.  The Kiteboarding Adventure Package is like the Discover kiteboarding lesson, but it has 1 extra hour of time to get further along in the skills or to spend more time riding the board.  Be warned: 5hrs is a really long day for the average student, and you are committed to pay for the entire 5hrs.

No experience necessary. Min. age is 12 years.

Includes:

Use of the kiteboarding and safety gear.

Friendly, Fun & Knowledgeable and Certified Instructors.

 Up to 5 hours of Performance Based Instruction.

Student Discounts on the equipment items we sell.

Use of wet suits and booties if you need them.

Bring your friends and turn it into a Private Party lesson:  Just add $150/person.

$ 399

KITEBOARDING ADVENTURE 5HR LESSON

5-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

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private lesson
semi-private lesson
5 hrs
no kiteboarding experience necessary

In This Lesson We Cover

In this skill set, you be shown how to set up, launch, fly, loop, hover, de-power, and land, the training kite. You will learn basic kiteboarding safety rules and flying theory.
In this skill set, you will taught the fundamentals on how to operate and fly the larger inflatable kite. We focus on kite control, personal and public safety, and emergency systems. We cover site selection, rigging, basic flying skills, self launched, self landings, assisted launches, landings, flying patterns, and one handed kite control. We cover independence and self sufficiency skills through out the lesson. We discuss equipment care and additional safety tips. You will also be introduced to, advanced flying techniques and light wind flying techniques.
In this skill set, you will learn how to choose a safe site, set up, launch the kite and body dragging in the water. You will be shown how to return to shore using the inflatable kite as your tool. You will practice the 5 body dragging skills, plus self rescue techniques, water relaunching, one handed kite control and safe egress. You will be introduced to, safety release vs self rescue options as well as light wind vs high wind techniques, kiteboarding etiquette.
In this skill set, you will be shown the technique to safely perform a water start used to get up and ride the board. You will be taught how to stop, restart and return to shore using the inflatable kite as your tool. You will be shown how to recover your board to ride or return to shore. You also be shown the light wind flying skills that get you up and going as well as how to keep yourself going in light winds. You will be introduced to board safety, self launching, self landing, additional self rescue techniques, and right of way rules.

Note: During the Winter Season the lesson schedule for the 5 hr Kiteboarding Adventure Lessons is 11am-4pm (weekdays and some weekends).
During the Summer Season the lesson schedule is 10-3pm (weekdays only).

By johna

Riding Upwind and Jumping

This 2-hour Riding Upwind & Jumping Lesson Package teaches you the secrets to riding the board upwind like the pros, even in lighter winds. If you are riding upwind and are ready to turn Kiteboarding into an addiction, you are ready to learn the secrets of jumping. This class is perfect for continuing students or the novice kiteboarder looking to enhance there riding ability and/or improve their current board riding or kite maneuvering skills.

In this session you will learn the 4 secrets to riding upwind and jumping. You will practice riding upwind & jumping with the instructor coaching you as you ride. You will learn proper body position and kite maneuvering to enhance you upwind and jumping ability for various wind conditions. You will also learn how to perform smooth switch stance or toe side turns without stopping.

Includes:

Option to use your own equipment, or ours.

2 hours of Private Performance based Instruction.

Friendly, Fun & Knowledgeable Instructors.

Student discounts available on most equipment items we sell

$ 199

RIDING UPWIND & JUMPING 2HR LESSON

2-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

BOOK NOW!

private lesson
semi-private lesson
2 hrs
kiteboarding experience necessary

Note: You can save $25 per hour if you use ALL your own equipment. Performance requirements apply.

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By johna

New Equipment Orientation Class

This class is a must for novice kite boarders with new kiteboarding gear, that want to get it adjusted for maximum, performance and safety, in Southern California conditions.

This class may also be used to learn how to handle your kite in light wind conditions.

Includes:

This equipment orientation class shows you how to set up, adjust and test fly your new Kiteboarding kite.

You will also learn the tips and tricks that help you understand and therefore maximize on the performance and safety of your equipment.

You will also learn the various techniques and tips, mastered by the pros who ride and teach in the light winds.

$ 199

RIDING UPWIND & JUMPING 2HR LESSON

2-hour CUSTOMIZED KITEBOARDING class

BOOK NOW!

private lesson
semi-private lesson
2 hrs
no kiteboarding experience necessary

Note: This is a land based lesson only. You must provide all your own gear. Performance requirements apply.

You can also take a 1-hour class instead if you don't need the full two hours for Equipment Orientation.

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