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

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

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 johnarthur

The quickest way to get good at kiteboarding




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,, 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


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

By johnarthur

When & Why to buy Kiteboard Equipment ?

Buy it Today?


You might be ready to buy your kiteboarding equipment today.   Can you say, “YES” to the following questions?

  •     Do you really want to become a kiteboarder?
  •     Did you take a lesson from an experienced and certified kiteboarding instructor?
  •     Do you have a safe location to practice?
  •     Did your instructor teach you the following skills ?
    •     Assisted & Self Launching
    •     Assisted & Self Landing
    •     Emergency De-powerand
    •     Kite control

Key issues that effect your choice of kiteboarding equipment.

  •     What wind speeds will you practice and ride in?
  •     Will you be traveling to kiteboard or ride locally?
  •     Do you plan to own more than one kite?
  •     Do you plan to own more than one board?
  •     What style of riding appeals to you:  Free Ride / Wake Style / Waves / Foil Boards / Snow Kiting / Other?
  •     What is your buying style:  Big Spender / Budget Minded / Some where in between ?
  •     What is your mental and physical condition?

“You won’t get good with your kite if you don’t use it.  Get out and fly the kite as much as you can, in safe wind conditions, and learn to be the master of your kite”.  

You should master these skills, before you try to ride a board.

  •     You know how to select a safe launch and landing areas.
  •     You know how to maintain a safe distance away from other land and water users.
  •     You get so good at flying, that the kite never falls or crashes.
  •     You can fly the kite one handed and you don’t need to look at it.
  •     You are very comfortable flying your kite … no intimidation.
  •     You exhibit safe practices and you can easily perform and emergency de-power.
  •     You are independent and self sufficient, but know when to ask for assistance.

Consider taking an “Equipment Orientation” class to get you dialed into your new gear.


By johnarthur

Kiteboarding Season Has Started in San Diego

LF Envy grab 5

Yes, It’s that time of year … Kiteboarding Season !

From March through October is the busiest season to kiteboard in San Diego.

Sign up for your kiteboarding / Kitesurfing lessons today and be riding the wave of spring and summer winds.

Several Equipment packages are on sale this month!

Buy a full set of gear and ride , ride , ride.

Contact us right now , to book your kiteboard lesson with Manta Water Sports :

Call:   858-610-6000

Yes, we have student discounts available on selected gear items.


LF girl rally


By johnarthur

What’s Hot, What’s Not ?

LF Hyfy launch 1

What’s hot in kiteboarding ?

  •      Being open and friendly to everyone around you.
  •      Being safe as you set up, launch, ride and transition through other water users.
  •      Putting on a smile and treat others the way you want to be treated.
  •      Check your gear to make sure its safe and fully functional.
  •      Get your friends to take professional lessons , rather than teach them yourself.
  •      Spread the Bliss of the sport to those you meet.
  •      Being Humble.
  •      Demonstrating how fun and safe kiteboarding can be.

What’s not hot in Kiteboarding ?

  •      Being rude or grumpy to everyone around you.
  •      Being unsafe or selfish on and off the water.
  •      Talking trash about other riders or water users.
  •      Not maintaining your gear in a safe and fully functional state.
  •      Trying to teaching your friends and perspective date how to kiteboard.
  •      Launching and dragging, upwind of skilled riders, when you are learning.
  •      Putting your EGO ahead of the public good.
  •      Endangering others with your actions and equipment.
  •      Talking trash about other brands of kite gear.

What is the best way to Protect and Promote Kiteboarding in todays world ?

 BE the best version of  YOU, when you get out there and kite.


By johnarthur

Light wind Kiteboarding

Make the most of your light wind kite.


If you think it just takes a light wind specific kite to ride in light winds … you have a rude awakening.  The truth is … It takes light wind specific flying skills in conjunction with the light wind specific kite to succeed in really light wind. My comments are based on years of riding and teaching others to ride in light winds, successfully.

Lets start out by defining what light wind speeds really are. If you ask most people what light wind is , you get a spectrum of opinions: 12-15 knots / 10-15mph / 8- 13mph / 18-25 Kph /etc, etc. San Diego is a well known and undisputed, light wind kiteboarding environment. San Diego’s average wind speeds in the Summer are 8-14 mph, and we ride and stay upwind in those conditions.

If a manufacturer wants to test a true light wind kite … they should bring it San Diego in the summer and run it through all the tests: /Launching / Re-Launching / Stability / Back Stall / Upwind Drive / Low End Pull / Safety Systems / Self Landing / User Friendly / Durability / Turning Rate.   If you want to ride in the lightest winds, you do want a kite that has proven is ability to excel in San Diego’s light wind conditions and become a light wind master of that kite.

Its very common for experience riders to have difficulty riding in the light winds of SD. The reason for this is there lack of skills needed to survive the light wind conditions. We have refined the flying techniques and tricks to handle the lightest wind conditions and keep ourselves riding and the kite flying.

If you want to learn those light wind flying skills and learn how to adjust and tune your kite to flying the lightest winds , even if its not a light wind specific kite … contact us to reserve a Light wind skills lesson.

Here are some of the most popular Light Wind Kites that actually excel in light wind conditions;  Liquid Force: Solo / Naish: Trip / Cabrinha: Contra / Nobile: Mr Big.

If you have any questions on what kites and boards help you ride in the lightest possible winds … just email me.

John Arthur – Chief Instructor at Manta Wind & Water Sports, San Diego, CA, USA