MANTA Wind & Water Sports is San Diego’s only Kiteboard training and equipment center. We are the only kite school to be IKO and PASA certified, licensed, and insured, to teach this sport. We have been safely and successfuly teaching thousands of people, to kiteboard, since 1999.

We are #1, for a good reason -- we love to teach kiteboarding!  We pride ourselves on giving the most comprehensive lesson and the safest techniques, that allow you learn faster and safer than any other training option. We are also your kiteboarding equipment dealer, with the finest equipment, to get you quickly and safely into this sport.
Every one of our Kiteboard Lessons is taught by John Arthur, the most experienced kiteboarding instructor in California. His is the only IKO and PASA certified, with a 100% safety record and over 17 years of kiteboard teaching experience.

Your safety and success in the this sport are directly related to the quality of your instruction. Dont be fooled by false operators or uncertified kiters who pretend to be instructors.  This is an extreme sport. Don't don’t risk your safety or success, on anything less than the best … choose MANTA.

We structure our lessons to provide you and your friends with a safest and most productive Kiteboarding / Kitesurfing experience available, for ages 12 and up.

We believe the best way to learn Kiteboarding quickly and safely, is with “Hands On” performance and practice with the right gear for the conditions.

Our lesson programs offer you real experience with the real kite - designed to teach you the skills you want, the etiquette, and the safety techniques, you need, to become a safe and responsible kiteboarder.
The choice is simple. If you want to learn Kiteboarding, Quickly and Safely, from real instructors, with a proven track record — Choose, MANTA Wind & Water Sports.

Kiteboard Instructor

John Arthur

John Arthur is San Diego’s only IKO & PASA certified kiteboading instructor. He founded Manta Water Sports, and started teaching kiteboarding in1999. He has maintained a 100% safety record the entire time. John has an undeniable passion for teaching than shows in all his lesson programs. His 17+ years of teaching experience are exemplified in all his lesson programs. John teaches beginner to advanced level kiteboard lessons all year and he knows how to get you to ride. Best of all, he continues to offer free training tips and advise to all his students, beyond their initial lesson.

Kiteboarding Basics
Kiteboarding Advanced
Kiteboard Equipment
private lessons
semi-private lessons
group lessons


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

All of our Kiteboarding 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 lesson skill demonstrations are quick and to the point, so you have more time in the lesson to practice flying the real kite, and experience the thrills of kiteboarding for yourself.

We provide all the required kite and safety equipment during your lesson. Yes, we even privide 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.

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.