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

Split Travel Kite Boards

Split travel boards are the ideal board for the on the move kiteboarder.




Manta Wind & Water Sports has determined that the best boards for your money, are the Nobile NHP Split, and the Flysurfer M.  These boards have the stongest and most durable connection of all the designs out there. No other board assembles to easily, nor does any other board deliver the high performance riding ability as the Nobile NHP Split or the Flysurfer M split board.

These boards are such nice riding boards that you can select one of them as your primary board for everyday riding as well as the small travel size they offer when you split them in half.


Order your Splitboard today at :


Separa-NHP-SplitNobile NHP Split comes in 134cm or 138cm long boards

The colors have just changed for 2016.  contact us for best pricing and to place your order.





FlySplitM-250x235Flysurfer Split M kiteboard

Contact us for best pricing and to place your order.

By johna

Get your new 2016 kiteboard equipment today !

Its time to gear up, with the hottest kite gear for 2016 !

Many a kiteboarder heads south this time of year, in search of warm water and steady wind.  If you are planning your next vacation with or without the family, make it a kite vacation as well.  Here are several pieces of equipment that will spoil you and keep you smiling for years to come.

Buy the highly rated, “Nash, Trip”.

2016 TripThis is the #1 Travel kite, delivers the power and performance to turn a family vacation into the dream kite vacation.

This kite packs so small, you won’t believe it. It comes with the small kite backpack that fits easily under the airplanes seat.

Now there is no excuse to leave your gear at home.

Trip comes in 3 sizes:  8m / 10m / 12m

These kites sell out quickly, so email us to order yours:




Buy the Cutting edge performance of the, “Liquid Force, SOLO

The Liquid Force SOLO was the hottest selling kite of 2015 and now its even more popular.

The Solo has only one strut in it, so it packs up really small, but the center strut brings an amazing performance and smoothness to the kite.

This kite cooks upwind and flies so smooth you will fall in love with it.

The Solo comes in the following sizes:

4.5m / 6.5m / 9m / 12m / 15.5m / 17.5m

These kites sell out quickly, so email us to order yours:


Buy the best selling kite of all time,  “Cabrinha, Switch Blade

2016 SwitchBlade

The 2016 Cabrinha Switch Blade kite is the best selling kite worldwide. The kite has been redesigned for 2016 to incorporate the refinements you want to ensure it matches the needs or beginners to expert level riders in one package.

If you want the kite that all your friends wish they had, get the Cabrinha SwitchBlade.

The Switch Blade comes in the following sizes:


These kites sell out quickly, so email us to order yours:


By johnarthur

2016 Kites and Gear for Sale !

Buy your New Kite Equipment here !

In stock:

2016 Kiteboarding kites, boards, control bars, harnesses, and accessories are in stock and ready to get  you on the water, land or snow.

This new 2016 equipment is really the hottest stuff available. These new kites and boards are the best of the best. Treat yourself to the best gear available with the most advanced materials and highest quality workmanship ever.

Manta Wind & Water Sports is you West Coast connection to the best gear and pricing available.

Check out our selection of 2016 kiteboarding / kitesurfing equipment to fit your style and budget.

2016 Liquid Force Equipment:

kites, boards, harnesses, trainer kites, and travel bags.

2016 Cabrinha Gear:

Including: kites, boards, control bars, footstraps and accessories.

2016 Naish Equipment:

Selling: kites, boards, control bars, footstraps and accessories.

2016 Nobile Gear:

Including: kites, boards, split boards, and accessories.

2016 Flysurfer Equipment:

Selling: kites, boards, control bars, split boards, and accessories.

2016 HQ Gear:

Including: kites, control bars, trainer kites, and accessories.


Manta Wind & Water Sports can help you purchase the best gear to fit you needs and goals.  Contact us with your questions, so you can make the right purchase for the lowest prices available.

Call us now:  858-610-6000

Email us now:


By johnarthur

2016 Kites & Boards

2016 Kiteboarding Gear is Here !

Get you new 2016 kites as soon as they come out and be the first to ride the latest and greatest kites of the century.

We specialize in setting you up with the gear that fits your style, budget and goals.

Top Brands at the best prices available.


Cabrinha Kites & Boards

FlySurfer Kites & Boards

HQ Kites & Boards

Liquid Force Kites & Boards

Naish Kites & Boards

Nobile Kites & Boards


Call us Now for the best pricing and available stock.