John Arthur has been teaching watersports in Southern California, the Caribbean, and Mexico for over 26 years. He is the founder and Chief Kiteboard Instructor of Manta Wind & Water Sports in San Diego. He established the school in 1999 and has maintained a 100% safety record since he started teaching kiteboarding.

He is an IKO & PASA Certified and insured Kiteboarding Instructor. John was a expert level Scuba Diving Instructor with PADI, NAUI, YMCA & CMAS. He was also a professional Wakeboard instructor for Club Med, and certified CPR & First Aid Instructor.

His knowledge and sense of fun and adventure have helped shape MANTA into the world-class instructional facility it is today. John believes in presenting to each and every one of his students the safest and most practical approach to learning this exciting adventure sport.

John is also the primary leader of all the MANTA kiteboarding Trips & Vacations. Over the years, he has safely and enjoyably led hundreds of students on various water sport trips and excursions.

In short, if you want the best in kiteboard instruction, equipment, travel, or just information.

Happy and Safe Kiteboarding!

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


Call MANTA and ask for "John"!