By johna

How do you choose the right size Wing Surfing Gear?

Choosing the Right Size and type of Wing Surfing Equipment.

Always take a lesson in the area you intend to ride, before you purchase any equipment for this new Wind Sport.

Avoid buying orders models of equipment. This sport is evolving so fast that gear as little as 1 year old might actually be obsolete and a poor choice.

Learn with a larger board, most students perform best with boards that at 120-140 liters in volume. If you are unable to balance on the board while learning, you will get frustrated, fatigued, and at higher risk of injury.

Bottom line: Take the lesson first, then decide if the gear you used in the lesson was easy to use or difficult to use.

if it was easy, then you can go one size down on the WingFoil SUP board and use the wing size and foil size your local instructor suggest will be best for you success and safety.

By johna

What is Wing Surfing?

Wing Surfing / Wing Foiling / Wing Boarding,  are the Newest Action Wind Sport.

It’s growing faster than anyone ever imagined and it’s easier to learn than you think.  Its an offshoot of kiteboarding and windsurfing, but it’s easier to learn than either of those sports.

In a 2hr lesson, most students will be in the water most of the lesson time, and they will be up and riding, quicker than most other water sports.

Its great for all ages and doesn’t require lots of space nor strong winds. It can be done on lakes, rivers, oceans and bays. It can be done on land snow or water, depending the the board you choose to ride.

Reserve your Wing Surfing lesson with Manta Water Sports, in San Diego, and see how easy this sport is to jump into.

Manta Water Sports is the authorized Wing Surfing equipment dealer in San Diego.  We sell the following brands: North, Cabrinha, and Naish.

By johna

What is Safe Kite Control?

When you’re learning to kiteboard, most instructors tell you that kiteboarding is all about Kite Control.

Well they are right!

But what is KITE CONTROL all about.

  1. Your safety and success in this sport is directly tied to how well you fly the kite and keep control of the kite.
  2. You must seek out proper instruction from an experienced and safety conscious kiteboarding instructor.
  3. Your control of the kite must develop to the level of an advanced kite flyer.
  4. Your understanding of the kites safety systems and its limitations must become obvious to you.
  5. You will ultimately need to fly the kite by feel as well as, by sight, if you want to become advanced.
  6. You must be proficient at operating all the kites safety features.
  7. You must be experienced in flying your kite in a variety of wind conditions and not lose control of the kite.
  8. You must be able to chose the right kite size for the conditions you plan to ride and adapt your flying style to those conditions.
  9. You must know how to inspect the kite, control bar and safety components, for wear and tear and safe operation, before flying.
  10. You must fly the kite a lot in very Light Winds at first, to learn more safely what it can and can’t do, before flying it in stronger winds.
  11. You must become independent and self sufficient with the kite, but chose to use trained help when it is available.
  12. You must learn your personal limitations, to minimize your risk and the risk to others around you,  by making wise choices based on safety.
  13. You must remember, this is an Extreme sport, and mother nature can spank you sometimes.

By johna

Kiteboard Lessons … Safety First

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 than Certified and Experienced  instruction.

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

Do’s & Don’ts : Kiteboard Lessons

The 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.


The 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. We are the only operation that is 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, teaching this sport safely. Be safe and wise with your money …. take your lessons from 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)

PASA (Professional Air Sports Association)

Manta Water Sports (IKO & PASA certified instructor)



By johnarthur

Kiteboard Lessons in San Diego

Learn to Kiteboard / Kitesurf

Manta Wind & Water Sports

San Diego is a great place to take kiteboard lessons.

We have a huge sand area for learning the land skills that get you started. We have a shallow flat water bay next to the field, for water skills. (body dragging and board riding)

We have light winds that make learning to kiteboard more forgiving and safe. We have several, ocean and bay, riding areas to choose from when you become more skilled.

Manta Wind &Water Sports teaches kiteboarding all year, and most days of the week.

We provide all the equipment for your lesson, even wetsuits, booties and safety equipment.

Manta Wind & Water Sports is the only IKO and PASA certified kiteboarding operation in San Diego.

We are the first kite school in Southern California, and we have maintained a 100% safety record the entire time.

Reserve you Kiteboard Lessons with Manta Water Sports, and learn quicker, safer, and with a lot more enjoyment.

We offer Private,  Semi Private, and Group lessons.

We offer Equipment Deals to our students, that can save you more money, than the cost of your lesson.

Learn from the Best, and enjoy this sport, with family and friends, for life.

Manta Water Sports, is your equipment dealer for:  

Cabrinha / Liquid Force / Naish / Flysurfer / Nobile / Mystic / HQ / Woo Sports

Located in San Diego, California.

Reserve a lesson Kiteboard lesson today

Email us:    or    Call :  858-610-6000

By johnarthur

Holiday Time for Kiteboard Lessons

Give the Gift of Kiteboarding Lessons and Gear!

Manta Wind & Water Sports is open for Lessons and Equipment sales during the holidays.

We specialize in teaching you how to be independent and self sufficient, so you can practice on your own right away.

Sign up for the Discover kiteboarding Lesson today and Receive the student discounts on Equipment you purchase from us.

Kiteboard Lesson Gift certificates are the perfect gift for those loved ones who love adventure sports.

Call us today to reserve you kiteboard lesson or get info on gift certificates and kiteboard equipment

Call us today and get you holiday Deals



By johnarthur

Kiteboard / Kitesurf Lessons Now !

The Best time to learn to kiteboard is now !


Take your kiteboarding lessons now, and learn while the water is still warm, but the summer crowds are gone.

Manta Wind & Water Sports offers kiteboard lessons all year, and the best time to learn is when the summer crowds have gone.  The waters are still warm, and the beaches are uncrowded.  Take your kiteboard / kitesurf  lessons in November, December, January, or February and be riding  long before the spring and summer season hits.

This time of year is also a great time to get a head start on training before you head off on those holiday vacations.  Manta Water Sports , offers beginner through advanced levels of instruction every day of the week and all year.

This time is year is great time to purchase kiteboarding equipment , as we offer the best deals on kiteboard gear now.  We sell the top brands of gear at the lowest prices allowed.

We sell:  Liquid Force / Cabrinha / Naish / Flysurfer / Nobile / Mystic / HQ / Woo Sports / gear and accessories

We provide all the gear during your lesson, including wet suites, booties, lifejackets and radio helmets if you need them.   Get the safest and the most comprehensive training available.

Call us at : 858-610-6000

Email us at :

By johna

What is the Best Foilboard to Buy?


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.

Reserve Kiteboarding & Wing Surfing Lessons, All year.

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

Beginner lessons offered most days and all year.

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:

By johna

Light winds got you bummed ?

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, and get your teeth into the light wind riding game  858-610-6000