3 day 2-person Group Kiteboarding Camp
We recommend Bells Isle Marina for absolute beginners. There's nothing like flat, chest-deep water for learning how to kiteboard. Kiteboarding usually takes 3-5 lessons with an experienced instructor to learn the ins and outs of the sport, so this camp is ideal. You can learn in a group and learn from each other's mistakes.
This is a three day, 2-person camp with ten and a half hours of instruction. This is a great way to get introduced into the sport of kiteboarding. You can reschedule no wind days for another day if you want. We can also give you a full refund as long as you contact us 24 hours before the scheduled camp.
Contact Raphael at 757-666-8537 to book a lesson or reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Each day, you will get an intensive introduction to the sport of kiteboarding. Learning in collaboration with another beginning kiteboarder is a great way to learn because you'll be able to learn from each other's mistakes.
On day one, you'll learn how to:
set up your gear
read the wind
understand the wind window
use your quick release
work with your kite gear to optimize its use for different wind conditions
understand how the depower/trim strap works
understanding sheeting in/sheeting out
recognize stormy or gusty conditions that make it difficult to kiteboard
learn about the most favorable wind conditions to kiteboard
learn about when you should not kiteboard
body drag downwind, upwind and practice retrieving your board in deep and shallow water
stimulate the water start
On days two and three, you'll work on the water start and on riding in both directions. By this time, your kite skills will have improved dramatically, but you'll have to practice board skills. You'll have to master pointing the board downwind, edging upwind (not too far upwind) and controlling the kite to develop speed. You'll learn how to stop and how to do transitions. Lastly, if you get the water start down, you'll also learn how to do transitions such as jibes. Eventually, you'll learn how to ride in both directions. Three days is a great experience because by the third day, you'll be more aware of what you need to do in order to improve as a rider. By the end of this process, you'll get certified as a PASA Level One Kiteboarder if you can do the water start, body drag to retrieve your board, launch and land your kite, practice self-rescue and understand how your quick release and depower straps work.
It is required that you sign waiver and declaration of fitness forms for the Bell Isle Marina and VB Ocean Vibes, LLC before your lesson (click the waiver link above to access the forms). This lesson also comes with a free ebook on kiteboarding (we'll send it to you electronically before your first lesson). Bring two copies of the printed forms for your first lesson or send a signed copy/photo of your signature to email@example.com
Please let us know your waist sizes, so we can bring the right harnesses to the lesson.
Locations: We give kiteboarding lessons throughout the Hampton Roads area at the following locations: Bell Isle Marina (flat-water location, works with N, NW, W, E, and NE winds, wear booties and thin wetsuit); Messick Point in Poquoson (SW, W, E, S, SE; wear booties and a thin wetsuit, flat-water location); First Landing State Park (NW, NE); 88th Street in Virginia Beach (N, S, NE, SE); and Sandbridge south of the pier (N, SE, NE). We don't give lessons in winds less than 12 knots. If there are crowds or the wind conditions are not favorable, then the lesson will be rescheduled or refunded.* Safety gear is provided, such as a helmet and a lifejacket. Bring printed and signed two copies of the RELEASE OF LIABILITY and DECLARATION OF FITNESS forms to your instructor when you get a lesson. You can send a photo of your signature to me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to avoid using paper. You will receive a free ebook on kiteboarding once you purchase this lesson. Minors must have their parents sign and date the parental consent form.Please let us know your waist sizes, so we can bring the right harnesses to the lesson.The Bell Isle Marina is an ideal place to learn how to kiteboard because it has chest high flat water. Learning in waves can be much more difficult than learning in flat water.
Wetsuit booties are required for a lesson because the Back River has a muddy bottom. We recommend Cressi booties. Please buy full wetsuit booties that are at least 3 mm thick.