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

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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

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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

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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

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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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By johnarthur

The quickest way to get good at kiteboarding

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Lessons Learned:

There are 2 things you learn, when you teach kiteboarding in light wind, for 17 years …

What Does, and what, Doesn’t work”.

 

What Works Best :

  •    Teach students how important it is to be great at flying the kite.
  •    Teach students how important it is to keep the kite flying, unless they want it down.
  •    Teach students how to calm the kite down vs, how to kill the kite.
  •    Teach students how to fly be feel and not rely on sight.
  •    Teach students how to fly the kite with one hand.
  •    Teach students how to save a kite from falling or crashing.
  •    Teach students the tricks to flying and kiting in light wind.
  •    Teach students how to be independent and self sufficient.
  •    Teach students what to practice with the kite that benefits them the most.
  •    Teach students how to balance and maintain proper body position when flying.
  •    Tech students how to Self Launch, Self Land, Self Rescue, with the kite.
  •    Teach students how to pick a safe kite launch, riding area, and exit point.

 

What Doesn’t Work:

  •    Putting students in the water before they learn to fly a kite well.
  •    Putting students in the water before they learn to fly one handed.
  •    Teaching students that letting the kite fall or crash is fine.
  •    Putting students in the water when the wind is to light to perform water skills.
  •    Selling students to big of a kite, for their own comfort level and or size.
  •    Telling students they are qualified for board skills, when they can’t even body drag.
  •    Telling students they don’t need to practice flying their kite.
  •    Teaching students that relaunching is the only option needed when kite is down.
  •    Failing to teach students how to self launch, self landing, and self rescue.
  •    Failing to provide students with a  helmet and lifejacket when teaching.
  •    Failing to teach students how to emergency de-power (kill) the kite.

 

Take your kiteboard / Kitesurf lessons with, MantaWaterSports.com, and Learn the fastest and safest way to kiteboard.  

IKO & PASA certified instruction. Teaching this sport since 1999.

After you take your lesson, ask us about the best equipment for you to continue in this exciting sport.

We Sell: Liquid Force / Cabrinha / Naish / Flysurfer / HQ  /  Nobile / Kiteboarding Equipment.

 

By johnarthur

How to purchase Kiteboarding Gear

2014-Envy-Pakage

Before you Buy Kite Gear:

If you want to BUY right, on the first try …. Contact: John at Manta Water Sports, in San Diego, California.

  •     Be safer learning.
  •     Spend less money.
  •     Get the right gear for you.
  •     Learn much faster.
  •     Be happy with your gear purchase
  •     Enlighten others.

Let his experience guide you through the surest way to purchase gear and get the proper training to ensure your success and safety in this incredible sport.

 

Tips to buying the right gear, on the first try:

  1.    Don’t Rush in … its better to buy smart.
  2.    Take lessons before you buy gear.
  3.     Make sure you get the right size.
  4.     Make sure you get the right models of gear, to match your skills, goals and budget.
  5.     Avoid USED gear … 75% of buyers regret their purchase.
  6.     Buy NEW gear , if you can … the new stuff works way better and is more durable than ever before.
  7.     Do not buy gear that is missing parts or needs repairs,
  8.     You have to fly the kite, to get good with it.  Take a lesson, then practice with it a lot.
  9.     Know how to, and practice, activating the kites emergency de-power system.
  10.     Don’t let friends sell you their old gear … unless its been inspected by your instructor first.

 

Top Brands of 2016 Kiteboarding Equipment:

Liquid Force:  Solo , Envy, Wow

Cabrinha: Switchblade, FX, Contra

Naish: Pivot, Park, Ride, Alana, Fly

HQ: Rush V Pro