Kiteboard / Wing foil surf lessons in san diego

MANTA Water Sports is San Diego’s only Kiteboarding and Wing Foil Surfing School plus authorized Equipment Dealer.

We are the only kite school in San Diego that offers certified, licensed and insured kiteboard instruction. We now offer wing foil surfing instruction. We have safely trained thousands of people, to kiteboard, since 1999.

We are #1, for a good reason – we love to teach kiteboarding and the newest wind sport, “wing foiling – also knows as wing surfing”.  We pride ourselves on giving you the most comprehensive lesson, with the safest techniques, that allow you learn faster, safer and with more confidence.

All of our Kiteboard and Wing foil  Lessons are taught by one of the safest and most experienced kiteboarding instructors in the nation, John Arthur.

John Arthur is San Diego’s only PASA and IKO certified kiteboarding instructor. He has a 100% safety record and has over 22 years of experience teaching kiteboarding.

Your safety and success in the this sport are directly related to the quality of your instruction. Don’t be fooled by false operators, who pretend to use certified kiteboarding instructors.  Kiteboarding is an extreme sport. You can’t afford to risk your safety or success, on anything less than the best.

We structure our lessons to provide you and your friends with a safest and most productive Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing / Wing foiling experience available.

Manta specializes in training men, women and children ages 12 years and up. We Provide all the required kite or wing foil surfing equipment for our lesson programs.

We know the best way to learn Kiteboarding or Wing Foil Surfing quickly and safely, is with “Hands On” performance and practice, using the right gear for the conditions.

We will have you flying the real Kite or Wing sooner, and safer.  Our lessons are designed to teach you the skills you want, with the safety, you need.

The choice is simple … If you want to learn Kiteboarding or Wing foil surfing, Quicker and Safer, from an actual certified, kiteboard instructor, with the safest record — Choose, MANTA Water Sports.

John Arthur Kiteboard Instructor

John Arthur

Kiteboard & Wingfoil Instructor

John Arthur is San Diego’s only IKO & PASA certified kiteboading instructor. He founded Manta Water Sports, and started teaching kiteboarding in 1999. He has been teaching the new sport of Wing Foiling since 2019. John has maintained a 100% safety record the entire time. His undeniable passion for teaching water sports, shows in all his lesson programs. John's 30+ years of watersports instruction experience, is exemplified in all his kiteboard and wingfoil lesson programs. He teaches beginner to advanced level kiteboard lessons and beginner to intermediate wing foil board lessons, all year and he knows how to get you to ride quicker and safer.. Another perk of taking lessons with John, he continues to offer free advice on gear, and his numerous instructional tips to his past students, to aid them beyond their initial lesson.  


We offer beginner to advanced levels of Kiteboarding instruction and Beginner levels of Wing Surfing instruction. We teach most days of the week and all year long.

All of our Kiteboarding and Wing Foiling lesson programs are Performance Based so you can learn at your pace and comfort level. We teach as fast as the students can safely perform the land or water skills. If you learn really quickly, you could even be riding a board in your first lesson.

Our Kiteboarding and Wing Foil board lesson skills demonstrations are quick and to the point, so you have more time in the lesson to practice flying the real kite or wing, and experience the thrills of kiteboarding or wing surfing for yourself.

We provide all the required kite or wing gear and safety equipment during your lesson. Yes, we even provide radio helmets for use, during water skills, if you need them.

Go ahead — choose the class that best fits you from the choices listed.

Note: Minors (under 18 yrs) must have a parent present to fill in required waivers, or arrange to have them filled in prior to lesson date.


MANTA provides the following Kiteboarding or Wing Foiling equipment items during selected* lesson programs:

  •  Kite, Control Bar, Pump (for Disover kiteboard and Beyond Basics kiteboard lesson – option B)
  •  Protective gear (helmets, impact vest, booties for land an water lessons – as needed)
  •  Waist or Seat harness (for Discover ktieboad and Beyond Basics kiteboard lesson option – B)
  •  Wing, Wing board, Leash, Hydrofoil / Training Foil (for Discover Wing Foil Surf lessons)
  •  Wet suits of average size for water skills (for Beyond Basics Kiteboard lesson option B)
  •  Kiteboard (for Beyond Basics kiteboard lesson option B)

Directions to the Kiteboard Site

All lessons are held on Fiesta Island in Mission Bay, San Diego. We meet at the Northwest side of Enchanted Cove, approximately ½ mile down Fiesta Island Road.

Discover Kiteboarding Lesson Site

Beyond Basics Kiteboarding & Discover Wing Surfing Lessons Site