From beginners lessons to evolution courses and coaching programs

Teaching the best and safest procedures to practice kitesurf is our objective. We aim to help you improve your riding and flying skills to practice kiteboarding in a secure way for you and others. For our kitesurf lessons, we do private lessons when you are starting to make sure you get the most out of your lesson. Our staff is highly trained as a kitesurf instructor and has several years of experience teaching Kitesurfing. In addition, we work with boats to make sure you practice exercising instead of waiting for the wind to bring you back to shore. Our kitesurf school is located in Esposende, Portugal, from April to October.

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Try-out and beginner kitesurf lessons

If you want to get into the sport of kitesurfing, the first thing you need to do is to get lessons. Having kitesurf lessons will ensure you learn faster, safer, and cheaper than learning by yourself. We will teach you everything you need to get ready for the water. You will learn how to fly a kite, all the safety procedures, and set up the equipment. After entering the water, learn how to get a controlled drag by the kite doing body drags to finish with the board and try your first water starts. These lessons are the first steps in learning to kitesurf and are intended for those new to the sport.
From the first lesson, you will hit the water, so bring your wetsuit, or we will provide you with one.

We follow the International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) teaching method and consistently build your skills. Each kiteboarding lesson takes 1h:30, and your progress is recorded in your IKO kiteboarder profile that allows you to continue your lessons worldwide, rent equipment, and get insurance for your private practicing after your lessons.

If you are unsure, kitesurf is for you, don’t worry, as we got you covered. You can do a little try-out lesson to get an idea of what kitesurfing is all about.

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Kitesurf lessons from start to independent

If you already have lessons or contact with the sport, we will check your level first to make a teaching plan. If you have an IKO certification, we will make sure you still remember what you learn, and we will progress your kitesurfing skills from there. If you are not certified, we will confirm what you know and access your knowledge. We always will make sure nothing important is left out and make you progress faster than if you never had any contact with kitesurfing. In either case, we adapt the lessons to your skill and knowledge to make sure you make the most out of each lesson with us.

You will learn essential skills on your way to becoming an independent kitesurfer.

We follow the International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) teaching method and consistently build your skills. Each kiteboarding lesson takes 1h:30, and your progress is recorded in your IKO kiteboarder profile, allowing you to continue your lessons worldwide, rent equipment, and get insurance for your private practicing after your lessons.

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Kitesurf progression lessons

If you have already started to do your first water starts, now is the time to get progression lessons to speed up the learning curve and improve kiteboarding. At this point, you manage to keep the kite under control and listen to new instructions as well. Now we can use radios to communicate with you and get you feedback while on the water to progress faster. We can also demonstrate these techniques while riding with you by explaining them over the radio.

You can do this lesson with your equipment or rent a more suited one for the lesson.

You will get an IKO coach who will help you progress in freeriding, freestyle, or waves. You can check all the skills you can learn at this level. The Kitesurf coach will review your level and ambitions and create a plan to achieve them.

We follow the International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) teaching method and consistently build your skills. Each kiteboarding lesson takes 1h:30, and your progress is recorded in your IKO kiteboarder profile, allowing you to continue your lessons worldwide, rent equipment, and get insurance for your private practicing after your lessons.

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Assistant, instructor or coach? get a professional career in kitesurfing

If you want to turn your passion into your job, here is the place to start. Get an IKO qualification and begin teaching this fantastic sport with confidence, safety, and professionalism.

The assistant course

This course is split into a first online part for most of the theory and then a five-day training to teach kiteboard. The assistant instructor course is your first step into becoming an instructor.

The instructor course

After becoming an assistant instructor, you can apply to become an instructor. This time you will put your skills up to the test as you will be the one making the decisions on the kitesurfing lesson.

The coaching course

If you have excellent riding skills and are already an instructor, you can apply to this higher level of training and become a coach, teaching higher tricks than just the water start. Here your observation skills and abilities are put to the highest test.

These courses are run on specific dates, so check out more info about each one.

We follow the International Kiteboarding Organisation (IKO) teaching method and consistently build your skills.

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Getting to the spot, services and rescue what can i get?

Esposende river spot is not easily accessible but that is also what makes it so amazing. In order to get to the spot the best way is to get a boat. The spot is also at a river mouth so strong currents are present sometimes. If you are not a competent rider you can end up losing your board.

We try to make sure none of this happens when you come to kitesurf with us. In order to manage this, we have staff ready to help you out.

So besides the beach services you can also change yourself in our changing room, take a hot shower after your kitesurf session, clean your gear after the session and get gear in our shop for your riding in Esposende, Portugal.

If you are visiting Esposende you can get a pass for the whole week and get also storage included in the package.

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I’m visiting Esposende and i just need gear to practice

If you are already a kitesurfer we need to check your IKO certification that needs to be higher than a level 3. If you do not have IKO certification you can do a 30min evaluation to get the certification and then become eligible t rent equipment. Included in the price is the transport to the beach but not the rescue. The equipment is your responsibility during the renting period. It will be checked when you return it and any damage to the equipment will be charged.

If you are visiting Esposende you can get a rental for the whole week and get also storage included in the package.

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HOW DO WE TEACH?

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Book your first lesson with us when you are ready to learn to kitesurf.

Our lessons are individual and last 1h30. Optionally (if you’re a couple, for instance), you can choose to have a 3hours lesson, with two students and one instructor.

However, we do not recommend this as one will be waiting for the other each time you practice. Instead, each one can have one instructor and finish simultaneously. We will provide all the equipment you need for each session.

If you are a beginner, your first lesson with us will start on the beach with a trainer kite. After that, you will progressively go to the water with a full-size kite as described in the complete iko teaching program.

From our experience, approximately 3 to 5 hours of kite lessons are needed to reach a level where you can handle your kite and board independently and ride with safety. So around 3 to 4 kiteboarding lessons. Each student’s progress is always individual and may be faster or slower. The most important is to not skip any steps along the way.

You can book lessons with us regardless of whether you are new at kitesurfing or if you have already started learning. We will adapt the class to your level.

Kites

Trainer Kite: The 3-line Trainer Kite is the ultimate kite to safely enter the sport of kiting. Designed to bring out the kitesurfer within everyone, the Trainer Kite is responsive, smooth, and stable with just enough power to ensure you will be ready to progress safely and with ease.
The unique 3-line Safety System with Safety Leash guarantees safe, easy re-launch and gives you the ability to land the trainer kite by yourself. If you feel too much power or are ever unsure, all you have to do is let go of the bar, and the Trainer will land automatically and wait for you until you re-launch it again.

We will also use a small foil for the water and can help you gain the necessary confidence in the first few lessons.
Inflatable kites: We use top-of-the-line inflatable kites in our lessons. These kites are durable, have the latest safety systems one pump feature, and can depower a lot allowing us to use them easily and safely. These kites help you become a great kiteboarder faster, and this is why we use them.

Boards

We have boards of different sizes and shapes to adapt them to your progression rhythm and the existing conditions. For example, we have big and small boards with more or less flex, flatter, or with more rocker. This way, we can choose the one that is best suited to help you progress.

Protection

Wetsuits, helmets, life-vests, and wind-blockers 
In our lessons, we will equip you with a pleasant and comfortable 5/3mm wetsuit so you can enjoy your lesson.
We will always equip you with a life vest to make sure you stay afloat in any condition. The life vest also acts as an impact protector, allowing extra protection while kiting. We have developed our life-vests perfectly adapted to our school needs. They are flexible and comfortable and fit perfectly under your harness.
Alongside our life-vests, we have colored t-shirts, so it’s easy to spot you in the water. The instructor has a similar shirt in blue, making them easily identifiable even at a distance.
You will also use a helmet to protect your head.

– Our center and instructors are recognized by IKO* (International Kitesurf Organisation) and teach according to international standards.

– We have a rescue boat and medic first aid trained instructors. This way, safety, comfort, and fast learning curve are assured.
– At the end of your training, you will receive an IKO* online certification, which stipulates the level you reached so you can continue learning or renting in any of the IKO centers around the world.
– We have insurance throughout the instruction.
We have all the necessary gear to teach kiteboarding (several size kites, boards, harnesses, life vests, helmets, etc.).
After classes, the students will be helped to choose the right gear for them, and they have a 10% discount on any new equipment bought in our store.
– Our relationship does not finish in the lessons, only starts. So you can always count on the school for what to need!

*IKO (International Kitesurf Organisation – www.ikointl.com)

So you’re wondering, why should you shell out the money for lessons?
The most important reason is not to hurt yourself or others. You will also save yourself time and money by learning from qualified instructors who have developed instructional programs to guarantee a positive learning experience. The following list gives more reasons why you should take lessons:

  • Save Money

    You will save more money by taking a lesson than by learning on your own. Why trash your new equipment when you can take a lesson and use the school’s kites, boards, bars, etc.

  • Knock the learning curve in half

    Instructors will show students safe shortcuts and get riders up to kitesurf more efficiently.

  • Experience

    Most schools have worked with thousands of students and can effectively assess and address lousy techniques and set you on the right track.

  • Equipment Education

    Schools are a great place to learn about the multitude of equipment available and best suited to a beginner.

  • Discounts

    Many schools have deals set up with shops and manufacturers. That way, when you are ready to buy your equipment, you will know you are getting a fair price.

  • Positive Experience

    Most importantly, you will have fun and learn in a safe, nurturing environment.

Please make sure you take lessons from a certified school or instructor with insurance. After your lesson, our school will issue an international card detailing your experience and level. You can use this certification to rent equipment or continue your lessons in other schools worldwide.

FIRST FLY AND BASIC SKILLS

This is where you start! Get to know the kite and learn the basics with our foil. This is what you will do:
Flying exercises
 – Simulations of water exercises – Wind and kite theory

This is the first part of learning kitesurfing:
Spot Selection
 – Equipment Introduction
– Free Flying the kite
 – Wind window theory
– First kite fly at Edge of wind window
– Wind Window Check points – 8’s at the Edge of wind window
– 8’s at the power zone Edge of wind window
– One hand piloting

Kite control and safety

Hit the water! When you know how to fly the kite, its time for the real stuff. Our qualified and experienced instructors will teach you all about kitesurfing and safety. All steps from the basic flying should be completed before this step. Good kite skills are mandatory and will help you progress much faster.
Safety, setup and basic handling of a tubekite. This is where you learn all important safety steps as well as how to control and fly a real kite safely. You will practice maneuvers in the water with the kite. Things your instructor will teach you:
Set up a inflatable 4 lines kite
– Introduction to the features and safety systems
– Quick release and bar recovery demonstration and practice
 – First practice with a power kite
 – Specific exercises at the edge of wind window – Learn and practice assisting launch
 – Water priority rules – Water relaunch
 – Body drag introduction
– Body drag Edge of the wind window Static
 – Body drag Edge of the wind window 8’s
 – Body drag One hand – Body drag Power Zone – Body drag board recovery

After this step:
– You should be able to safely eject from the kite, recover the bar and restart the kite.
– You should be able to safely return to the beach and recover your board. Handling the kite in the water should be mastered.

Waterstart and board control

Go get the board! This is what it is all about! Time to learn how to ride that board on the water! Our qualified and experienced instructor will teach you how to use the kite to get surfing on that board. You need to know how all safety procedures and how to control a fullsize tubekite before this step. These skills you learn in the previous kite control and safety step.
To ride the board with power from the kite, waterstart! Learn to use the power of the kite to ride on the water with your board. Things your instructor will teach you:
Learn an practice landing and launching with an assistant
– Board preparation – Water Start theory
– Water Start maneuver (the “smileys” exercise)
– Water Start – Self Rescue

After this step:
– You should be able to control the kite and the board to start your navigation.

Kitesurfing

Become an independent rider! Don’t stop progressing! Once you have learned to ride your first meters, the real fun starts. Rent or buy your own equipment to progress faster and get the most out of your precious time on the water.
Progress faster! With further lessons, you take your kitesurfing further. We’ll help you out with everything from first rides and jumps to advanced maneuvers, wave riding, or whatever else you wish to learn.
Examples of what you can learn:
First ride
 – Controlled Navigation – Turning maneuver
 – Launch and land alone
– Navigation in any direction – Basic Jumps
– Jumps with rotation

Tiago Rocha

Tiago Rocha

IKO Examiner and head of the school

Tiago is an IKO Examiner and IKO coach trainer. He competed back at the start of the sport and made it up to the 3rd spot at one of the few competitions. After the competition, he decided to dedicate his time to teaching and has been teaching students since 2004 and instructors since 2009. He has a massive amount of students taught over the years. Some competed internationally after participating in some of his training.

Tiago Rocha

Tiago Rocha

IKO Examiner and head of the school

Tiago is an IKO Examiner and IKO coach trainer. He competed back at the start of the sport and made it up to the 3rd spot at one of the few competitions. After the competition, he decided to dedicate his time to teaching and has been teaching students since 2004 and instructors since 2009. He has a massive amount of students taught over the years. Some competed internationally after participating in some of his training.

If for some reason you are not satisfied after completing a lesson, do not hesitate to tell us. Safety and customer satisfaction have the utmost importance to us, and we will do our best to rectify the situation.

We will give you your money back if you are not satisfied with your lesson.
The quality of our staff and our center guarantees that you will not find any other with the same characteristics.

There is no way to go wrong with our lessons.