Manta Water Sports is San Diego’s only IKO and PASA certified, and insured, kiteboarding operator. We are San Diego's kiteboarding school and equipment dealer.

Since our school was established in 1999, kiteboard lessons at Manta have been taught by the nations safest and most experienced professional kiteboarding instructor, John Arthur. He has been teaching this sport for 18+ years and has maintained a 100% safety record the entire time. Your safety, success and satisfaction are the prime objectives of every lesson he teaches.

Manta Water Sports knows how to turn you and your loved ones, into real kiteboarders, faster and safer than any other school. No other school comes anywhere close to the phenomenal success, and safety record, that Manta Water Sports brings to the table.

We are the Original, the most Successful, and the Safest choice for your kiteboard lessons and kiteboard equipment needs.

Whether you are a total beginner or just want to take your Kiteboarding skills to the next level, our Private, Semi Private, and Group Kiteboarding lesson programs are designed to fit your individual goals, budget and comfort level.

Our certified and experienced kiteboarding instructor will teach you how to be independent and self sufficient, so you can get going on your own, quicker, and more safely.

We tailor our lessons towards the strengths, goals and styles of our male or female students. Because of this, our students become confident, skilled and safe kite boarders up to 40 times faster.

Manta Water Sports has safely trained thousands of lessons to men, women, and children ages 12 years and up. Come and learn to kiteboard in the calm, warm waters of Mission Bay in San Diego, California. We have maintained a 100% safety record the entire time. Our students become great examples of safe, courteous, and skilled kite boarders, in less time and with more enjoyment.

At MANTA, we use the finest Liquid Force kiteboarding equipment in our lessons. All the kiteboarding gear and safety equipment is provided during your lesson. Yes, we even provide wet suits, booties, and radio helmets at no charge, if you require them in the lesson.

Our kiteboard lesson programs have consistently received the highest ratings for student enjoyment, exceptional performance, safety and professionalism. We are #1 for good reasons. Come see why Manta Water Sports is your only name for kiteboarding & kitesurfing in San Diego, and the West Coast.

Our water skills training is the best in the world. We take pride in showing you how to be independent and self sufficient, on and off the water. We specialize in teaching you quickest and safest way to ride, and keep yourself riding … even in light wind.

Manta is also your authorized dealer for the worlds top brands of new kiteboard equipment. We make sure you to get the right gear, on the first try, to become the kiteboarder you desire, quicker, safer, and with less overall costs.

We Sell:  Liquid Force / Cabrinha / Naish / Core / LiteWave / FlySurfer / Nobile / HQ / Mystic

We offer the best prices on kiteboarding & kitesurfing, equipment, and accessories. We select the finest quality kites, boards, harnesses and travel bags that money can buy. 

Student Safety and Satisfaction are what have made Manta Water Sports #1 in Kiteboarding, throughout California and the West Coast.

Thank you for choosing Manta Water Sports for your Kiteboard lesson and Equipment needs.


Our Private and Group Kiteboarding lesson programs are designed to fit your individual goals, budget and comfort level.


When you are looking to learn kite boarding,
You want to learn quickly and safely
from the most experienced instructor
You won't be happy with just any kite-boarding school
or the first instructor you find...
That's why MANTA Water Sports doesn't just offer kite boarding lessons!
We offer you a Comprehensive Performance Based Lesson,
which teaches you all the techniques and skill sets YOU need to learn to kite quicker and safer!

Hi, my name is John Arthur, and I am the kiteboarding instructor at MANTA Water Sports kiteboard school in San Diego.

For the 17+ years I've taught kiteboarding, I've learned that no two kite-boarding students are the same. Your skill sets are unique and a technique that may work well with one student may be too much or too little for the other students.

That is why I have developed a unique method for teaching kiteboarding, called Performance Based Instruction, which shows you the techniques and skill sets that YOU need in order to learn to kiteboard quicker and safer than what other lesson programs offer.

PLUS — MANTA Water Sports provides all the equipment you need for the kiteboarding lesson – AND our students qualify for special discounts on selected equipment items they purchase from us.


Kiteboard Instructor

John Arthur

John Arthur is San Diego’s only IKO & PASA certified kiteboading instructor. He founded Manta Water Sports, and started teaching kiteboarding in1999. He has maintained a 100% safety record the entire time. John has an undeniable passion for teaching than shows in all his lesson programs. His 17+ years of teaching experience are exemplified in all his lesson programs. John teaches beginner to advanced level kiteboard lessons all year and he knows how to get you to ride. Best of all, he continues to offer free training tips and advise to all his students, beyond their initial lesson.

Kiteboarding Basics
Kiteboarding Advanced
Kiteboard Equipment
private lessons
semi-private lessons
group lessons

We sell the top brands used in the world! We carry the items that are best suited to get our students successfully into kiteboarding and not outgrow it! PLUS our students can access special discounts on selected equipment items