By johnarthur

Buy the right size of Kite.

Kite size does matter !

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Simply put, take your kiteboarding lesson first!  Your kiteboarding instructor with show you how the kite works, and what you should be practicing. You will get to fly the kite/s and see for yourself if you can handle the kite and you may even get to try the kite you plan to purchase before you lay money down.  When you lesson is finished, ask your instructor,” What is the ideal kite size and model for me to learn and grow into ?”

It’s in your best interest and safety, if you buy the right size and model of kite to match your size, wind conditions and skill level.  Doing so will aid your learning, and provide you with enough power to ride the most number of days per year. This means you will become a kiteboarder safer and quicker.

Avoid buying a kite gear before you take lessons. The students that take this route, end up regretting their purchase, and in the end, they learn slower, or not at all.  Get the right thing on the first try and become the kiteboarder you want to be, quicker and safer.

If  you insist on getting gear without the input of your instructor … What model of kite should i get?   We suggest you purchase the “All Terrain” model kite.  All the manufacturers offer such a kite.  You want a kite that “Does it All”.  These kites help you progress into the sport, but you never outgrow them … even after years of use.

Examples of such kites:

If you purchase a kiteboarding kite and you are not familiar with the kites safety system or you are unsure about any of it … then take an equipment orientation lesson with a certified and experienced instructor to teach you how it works and what it can do for you to aid your learning.

Feel Free to contact me with any Equipment Questions

John Arthur

Chief Instructor – MantaWaterSports.com

 

By johnarthur

Light Wind Kites

What is best Light Wind kiteboarding kite !

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Is the Liquid Force SOLO the light wind champ ?

In our humble opinion … Yes!  The brand new, Liquid Force “SOLO” 17.5 meter kite is the light wind king of kiteboarding.

The 2016 LF Solo 17.5m kite is the purest form of Power, Simplicity, and Fun, in one kite package.  This brand new breed of kite can stay in the sky when other Light Wind kites can’t.

It has been able to take off and pull us, even when other kites barley can take off.  The Solo is so smooth and quick … it will get you riding and keep you riding when other riders give up and go home.

Don’t let this light wind beast fool you … it is really quick and it bolts upwind with ease.  Great for beginners to expert riders who want to kite more days.

If you are a big rider … the SOLO 15.5m – 17.5m kites are your ticket to kiteboarding in light to moderate winds.

San Diego , California is the light wind proving grounds for kiteboarding, and the newly released Solo 17.5m kite is the light wind champ.

Manta Wind & Water Sports in San Diego has stock on a Solo kite to fit your needs.

By johnarthur

Private Kiteboard lesson or Group Kiteboarding Lesson ?

What lesson is best for you …. Private or Group lesson?

Any lesson with the professional, certified, licensed and insured instructors, at Manta Wind & Water Sports, is the right lesson to get you started in the sport of kiteboarding, aka: kitesurfing.  The reason we say this is based on years of experience teaching to individuals and groups. We provide you with the essential experience to determine you best path for continuing education in any of our lesson programs.

No one is good at kiteboarding after one lesson. It will take more practice with the equipment on your own, or in continuing lessons if that is your path.  We show you what you need to know to feel confident in your path to improving your skills and ensure maximum safety in this extreme sport.

 

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Private kiteboard lessons

  •     Customized training based on your abilities and comfort.
  •     More time flying the kite and practicing skills, ensure greater confidence.
  •     Immediate answers to your questions.
  •     Fewer lessons needed to achieve your goals
  •     Higher initial cost for lesson, but fewer lessons needed overall.
  •     Greater chance you may get to board riding skills in a 4hr lesson.
  •     Almost all students feel ready to purchase gear and work on skills after the lesson.

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Group Kiteboard lessons

  •     Slower pace for learning and more time to observe and learn from others.
  •     Lower initial expense, but great chance you will need more lessons.
  •     Easier to get a lesson on weekends in the summer months.
  •     Greater exposure to common errors we make while learning to kite
  •     Good chance you will have other to train with after the lesson
  •     Slimmer chance you will get to the board riding skills in a 4hr lesson.
  •     Half the students feel ready to purchase gear and work on skills after the lesson

Bottom line:

Any lesson is going to be a good lesson to get you started in the sport.

Worry less about the expense. Don’t worry how much time before you’ll be riding a board … if you learn to fly the kite well … board riding will come quickly and easily.

So … Sign up today and get your kiteboarding adventure started. Kiteboarding really is one of the easiest and fastest sports to get good at.   It will offer a lifetime of fitness and fun.

Book a lesson today !

 

 

 

By johnarthur

Trainer Kites :

Trainer kites are smaller, and a different design, than the kites used in kiteboarding.  The idea is to purchase one before you take professional lessons, and spend some time on your own developing basic flying skills and confidence with those skills.

We offer 2 sizes of trainer kites to our customers,  3meter and 3.5 meter size models. The 3m size kite is the most common size trainer for those who want to train in lighter wind speeds, ( 4-18 mph ).   The smaller 1-2m size trainer kites are used by smaller people of for those practicing in stronger wind speeds.

We have found that the trainer kites do build confidence in those students that practice with them before taking professional instruction.  However, we also find that prior trainer kite experience does not ensure you will perform better with the 4 line inflatable kite that is used in the kiteboarding lessons.

Flying a trainer kite is fun and does build your confidence before taking the kiteboarding lesson. However, Flying the trainer kite is not going to teach you to fly the 4 line inflatable kite used in the lessons. It only teaches you to fly the trainer kite.

Bottom line:  If you can afford to buy a trainer kite and use it before taking lessons, then do so. However, If you can not afford to buy a trainer kite, don’t worry …  the majority of students do just fine in the lessons without prior training kite experience.

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By johnarthur

Split Kiteboards … what’s the take ?

Split boards have been out for several year in some form or another.  Until recently , they were custom made to order and they were very expensive. In the last two years, technology and materials have dramatically improved and now the Splitboards are incredible! They ride great, they are super strong, they are light weight, they assemble in seconds, they look great.  You have to try it to believe it.  Get yours today.

The two most popular designs available, are using the highest quality production techniques, materials and are built to last. These new designs assemble with little or not tools in seconds and they ride great.

After lots of evaluation, we have decided to carry the following 2 brands of Split boards:

Nobile -NHP Split   …. $1199

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FlySurfer -FlySplit “M” … $1099

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Both of these boards assemble in seconds and they ride like any other high performance board. The weight of these boards is so light , you can’t tell its a split board. The durability of these boards is as strong as most other one piece boards.

Our experience with the, FlySurfer and Nobile, split boards leads us to suggest,  they can even be chosen as your only kiteboard, for beginners to advanced riders alike.

If you travel a lot and/or you don’t want to break the bank buying multiple boards, or pay extra airline charges for oversized bags … then consider getting one of these Split Kiteboards.

Manta stocks and sells the following split boards.

Nobile NHP Split in the 138cm and the 134cm sizing … complete with footstraps and fin set for only … $1199

FlySurfer FlySplit “M” in the 134cm sizing … complete with footstraps and fin set for only … $1099

We also carry the Nobile Split board travel bag … to hold you split board, kite, harness & control bar … $179

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Feel free to contact us with questions.

Thank you ,

John Arthur – Manta Wind & Water Sports