Discover Kiteboarding: 3Hr Class

The 3 hour Discover Kiteboarding beginner lesson is perfect lesson for an individual or group of friends who wish to learn the skills that make you a safe and self sufficient kiteboarder.

This class is our most popular lesson!

No experience necessary.   Minimum age is 12 years.

Fiesta Island, San Diego
3 hours entry level lesson
Private, semi or group
No previous experience required
Choose and Pay for a 3hr Beginner Lesson


And start kiteboarding in no time. No experience necessary!


This class is perfect for persons looking for the essential kiteboarding skills and safety techniques needed to get them started in kiteboarding.  This is the ideal path to discover the world of  Kiteboarding. aka: Kitesurfing, Landboarding, Foil Kiting, and Snowkiting.

The Discover Kiteboarding: 3Hr Class utilizes our Performance Based Instruction System, and we provide all the required gear, including optional items, like a wet suit or radio helmet, for use in water skills.  If the students/groups learn all the skills quickly and safely, it is possible to get to the board riding skills, within the 3hr lesson.

Learn what it takes to kiteboard quickly and safely from the safest and most experienced kiteboard school in all of Southern California -- MANTA Wind & Water Sports.

You will be trained by one of the most experienced kiteboarding instructor in all of California, John Arthur. He is the only IKO and PASA certified instructor in all of San Diego and he knows how to teach you what you need to know and how to become a real kiteboarder faster and safer than anyone.

If you want to learn the “Best Way" to kiteboarding quickly, safely and with confidence -- take this lesson from John at MANTA Wind & Water Sports.

No experience necessary.  Minimum age is 12 years.

Discover Kiteboarding Lesson Includes:

    Use of the kiteboarding and safety gear, including radio helmets.

    Friendly, Fun & Knowledgeable and Certified Instructors.

    Up to 3 hours of Performance Based Instruction.

    Student Discounts on the equipment items we sell.

    Use of wet suits and booties if you need them.

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


In this skill set, you be shown how to set up, launch, fly, loop, hover, de-power, and land, the training kite. You will learn basic kiteboarding safety rules and flying theory. Note: if you already have training kite skills, you can test out on this skill set, and go right to the inflatable kite.
This section is a must for novice kite boarders with new kiteboarding gear, that want to get it adjusted for maximum, performance and safety, in Southern California conditions. This class may also be used to learn how to handle your kite in light wind conditions. Note: This is a land based lesson only. You must provide all your own gear. Performance requirements apply. This equipment orientation class shows you how to set up, adjust and test fly your new Kiteboarding kite. You will also learn the tips and tricks that help you understand and therefore maximize on the performance and safety of your equipment. You will also learn the various techniques and tips, mastered by the pros who ride and teach in the light winds.
In this skill set, you will learn the fundamentals on how to operate and fly the larger inflatable kite. We focus on kite control, personal and public safety, and emergency systems. We cover site selection, rigging, basic flying skills, self launched, self landings, assisted launches, landings, flying patterns, and one handed kite control. We cover independence and self sufficiency skills through out the lesson. We discuss equipment care and additional safety tips. You will also be introduced to, advanced flying techniques and light wind flying techniques.
In this skill set, you will learn how to choose a safe site, set up, launch the kite and body dragging in the water. You will be shown how to return to shore using the inflatable kite as your tool. You will practice the 5 body dragging skills, plus self rescue techniques, water relaunching, one handed kite control and safe egress. You will be introduced to, safety release vs self rescue options as well as light wind vs high wind techniques, kiteboarding etiquette. These skills make you self sufficient and ready to practice on your own in and out of the water.
In this skill set, you will be shown the technique to safely perform a water start used to get up and ride the board. You will be taught how to stop, restart and return to shore using the inflatable kite as your tool. You will be shown how to recover your board to ride or return to shore. You also be shown the light wind flying skills that get you up and going as well as how to keep yourself going in light winds. You will be introduced to board safety, self launching, self landing, additional self rescue techniques, and right of way rules. These skills are going to show you what it takes to practice on your own and with confidence and interact safely with other kiters and water users.

These skills can put you Way Ahead of other students with the same amount of training from other schools!


$ 299


3-hour introductory DISCOVER KITEBOARDING class with 1 student


Best Seller
private lesson
3 hrs
no experience necessary
$ 199


3-hour introductory DISCOVER KITEBOARDING class with 2 students


3 hrs
$ 179


3-hour introductory DISCOVER KITEBOARDING class with a group of 3 students


3 hrs


MANTA provides the following Kiteboarding equipment items during selected lesson programs:

Kite complete with bar and safety system for land and water skills

Helmets or Radio helmet for water skills

Waist harness for land and water skills

Booties for water skills

Wet suits of average size for water skills (if needed)

Life jackets for water skills

Kiteboard with footstraps for water skills

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.