Frequently Asked Kiteboarding Questions
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1. How much does it cost for Kiteboarding equipment?

2. Do I need to be strong to do this sport?

3. Is the sport dangerous?

4. Can I rent Kiteboarding equipment and go practice on my own?

5. What is the difference between Kiteboarding, KiteSurfing and Landboarding?

6. How long does it take to learn to Kiteboard?

7. Should I purchase a kite and board prior to taking lessons?

8. Can you Kiteboard on land and snow or just on the water?

9. Do I need to call in advance to reserve a lesson time and date?

10. What wind ranges do you need to Kiteboard?

11. Why do I need to take Professional lessons for this sport?

12. Do you sell gift certificates?

13. Will I get to ride the board in my lesson?

14. Why choose Manta for my kiteboard lesson?

How much does it cost for Kiteboarding equipment?
Initial start up costs are comparable to most action sports … but after that, wind is free. Before or after you buy equipment, get proper training. Proper training will include equipment evaluations and suggestions. Your certified kiteboarding instructor can guide you in the right direction to select the proper size and style for your individual needs.  Special student discounts on equipment can be obtained through, MantaWaterSports.com. With the “student discount”, you can save as much as $500 off the retail prices.

Do I need to be strong to do this sport?
No. However, you do need to be in good physical condition. Always consult with your doctor before beginning activities that have the potential to be physically demanding. Always wear and utilize the proper safety equipment. When done properly, kiteboarding does not require strength.


Is the sport dangerous?
Like other action sports, there is an inherent danger to you and others around you if the proper safety systems, equipment, training, and techniques are not fully utilized. You should seek out certified, experienced, and professional kite board instruction. Always use the proper safety equipment, and techniques. for your conditions and environment. Always exercise good judgment, and know your limitations. Manta Water Sports provides you with the required safety equipment and warnings during our lesson programs.


Can I rent Kiteboarding equipment and go practice on my own?
Yes and No … you can not rent the Kite, but you can rent a Board. Yes, we do provide use of equipment during most of our lesson packages. If you want to practice using kiteboarding equipment, it’s always best if you buy your own, and become familiar with that equipment.  Avoid using unfamiliar gear and safety systems.  You should initially practice under the direct supervision of a, certified and highly  experienced kiteboarding instructor. This will provide a much safer and more productive kiteboarding experience.


What is the difference between Kiteboarding, KiteSurfing, Snowkiting, and Landboarding?
Kiteboarding and KiteSurfing are the same sport. Landboarding and Snowkiting are just kiteboarding on land or snow.  Kiteboarding uses TwinTip boards, Directional Boards, and HydroFoil Boards. Snowkiting uses Snowboards or Snowskis.  Landboarding uses , Mountain boards.  Remember, that land is a lot harder than water… so, the proper instruction, safety precautions and protective equipment are required.  Manta also offers landboarding instruction … just request that special type of lesson when you contact us.


How long does it take to learn to Kiteboard?
Based on the thousands of students taught. It takes an average student with little or no experience approx. 4-6 hours of professional instruction with ideal wind and water conditions to learn the basics. Your instructors primary concern is your safety and enjoyment. Your primary concern should be the same. Please understand that this sports is 90% kite flying skill and only 10% board riding skill.  Take the time to learn the kite and riding will be easy.  Good instruction will teach you up to 40 times faster and gives you the proper techniques to be safe and independent.


Should I purchase a kite and board prior to taking lessons?
If you consult with our head instructor and schedule a kiteboard lesson, you can purchase the proper gear prior to your lessons, but do not attempt to fly it prior to the lesson.  The only kite we recommend purchasing , if you want to wait on  lessons, is a kiteboarding specific Training Kite.  Warning:  Large kites can be extremely dangerous in the hands of untrained, or unsupervised individuals.  Your certified instructor will evaluate your skills, abilities, and goals, as you progress through the class. He will  advise you on the kite and board sizes best suited for you, and the conditions you plan to ride in. If you want to get a head start and practice some essential skills on your own …  purchase a high quality  3 meter size training kite through our web site:  Trainer Kite.


Can you Kiteboard on land and snow or just on the water?
As long as you seek out and obtain the proper instruction, utilize the proper equipment and of course, get permission, you can Kiteboard in the water, on the snow and on land. The sport is growing so fast … the possibilities are limitless.   The kite equipment that Manta Water Sports sells, is perfect for kite boarding, kitesurfing, hydro-foiling, land boarding, and snow kiting.


Do I need to reserve a lesson in advance?
Yes. Please Email us at:   info@MantaWaterSports.com   or call us at:  858-610-6000  , to consult with our head Instructor ( John Arthur ).  He will help you determine which lesson program is best suited to our abilities and goals.  We do teach all year and most days of the week.


What wind ranges do you need to Kiteboard?
Depending on your size and the equipment you select. Kiteboarding is being performed by beginners in as little as 4mph on land and 7mph on water with a hydro-foil board.  It’s best to keep all your initial training activities, and riding skills, to winds less than 20mph.  As  your skills improve and your experience grows, you may be skilled enough to kiteboard in winds somewhat higher than that.


Why do I need to take Certified & Experienced Professional lessons for this sport?
Here are 6 of the most obvious reasons you should take lessons from a professional instructor.

  •   Safety … certified and experienced instructors are required to teach essential skill sets and to follow approved safety standards. They are accountable for their actions, or lose there certification. The best instructors have been teaching for more than 5 years. It takes at least that long to get good at teaching kiteboarding.
  •   Save Money … You will need fewer kiteboard lessons overall, and you will use the schools equipment, to learn the basic skills, before you buy your own.
  •   Save time … with proper instruction, you will learn up to 40 times faster. Our instructors show you the fastest way to Kiteboard safely.  Proper instruction produces results.  If you’re not learning the skills quickly …  you might not have the “right” instructor.
  •   Knowledge… Our instructors know the best techniques and the most common errors that beginners make. It takes years of teaching this sport to develop the knowledge and wisdom to teach kiteboarding in the most practical and safe way.  John Arthur has been teaching this full time for over 16 years.  Rookie instructors are not a safe, or practical choice. You deserve the best, don’t settle for less.
  •   Equipment…. you get to use the most advanced, and safest equipment, in the proper sizing , during your lesson.  Manta teaches with numerous kite sizes.  We use kites as 3 meter, all the way up to 19m, if needed.  This allows you to learn the sport with the proper size kite for your comfort, and skill level, in any wind condition.  Inferior kite schools only have one, or two kite sizes available for your training.
  •   Positive Experience…. Our instructors are concerned with your safety and enjoyment. You will have fun and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Most of all, you will learn faster and safer than with anyone else.


Do you sell gift certificates?
Yes …We sell 2hr, 4hr Private, Semi-Private, or Group,  Kiteboard Lesson Gift Certificates.

4 hour group lesson spot, or a 2hr private lesson … costs only $179

4 hour semi-private lesson … costs only $219 per person

4 hour private … costs only $299

Other Lesson Gift options also available … just contact us.

You can purchase a Lesson gift certificate through our web site.   “KiteBoard Lesson Gift Certificates”


Will I get to ride the board in my lesson?
All of our lessons are performance based. That means: if  you/your group  learns the skills quickly and you qualify … Yes, you may get to board riding skills in your 4 hr lesson.  Group lessons are sharing the time and do not always progress as quickly as private lessons.  The current record for a private lesson beginner to learn, and ride a board is,  2hrs and 45min.   We teach as fast as you can safely perform the skills. Take the lesson an see how fast you can learn.


Why choose Manta for my Kiteboard lesson?
Manta Wind & Water Sports is San Diego’s “Only” legitimate, certified, licensed and insured kiteboarding instruction business.  Your kiteboard instructor is, John Arthur, the founder of Manta Wind & Water Sports.  He is IKO and PASA certified to teach kiteboarding, and he is passionate about making you into a kiteboarder, faster and much safer than anyone else can.

John Arthur started teaching this sport in 1999, and he wrote the book on how to learn to kiteboard in San Diego and Light Winds. His mission is to show you the safest, and most enjoyable, path into this exciting sport.  If you want to learn the secrets on how to kiteboarding quicker and safer than anywhere else … sign up and take your lesson with John Arthur, at Manta Water Sports, in San Diego.