Useful information for everyone that want to attend for a lesson
When you are ready to learn to kitesurf, book your first lesson with us.
Our lessons are individual and last 1h30. Optionally (if you’re a couple for instance), you can choose to have a 3hours lesson, with 2 students and 1 instructor.
All the equipment you need will be provided 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 steps below.
From our experience, approximately 9 to 12 hours of kite lessons are needed to reach a level where you can handle your kite and board independently and ride with safety. Each students progress is always individual and may be both faster or slower. The most important is to not skip any steps along the way.
You can book lessons with us regardless if you are new at kitesurfing or if you have already started learning. We will adapt the class to your level.
Trainer Kite: The 3-line Trainer Kite is the ultimate kite to enter the sport of kiting safely. 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.
Inflatable kites: We use top of the line inflatable kites on our lessons. These kites are durable, have the latest safety systems, one pump feature and can depower a lot allowing us to use them with ease and safely. These kites help you become a great kiteboarder faster, and this is why we use them.
We have boards of different sizes and shapes so we can adapt them to your progression rhythm and the existing conditions. 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.
Wetsuits, helmets, life-vests and wind-blockers (can be a tab or thumbnail) (can be a 2nd level tab or thumbnail) On our lessons you will be equipped with a nice and comfortable 3mm wetsuit so you can enjoy your lesson. You have the choice of a full size wetsuit or a shorty. You will always be equipped with a life vest to make sure you stay afloat in any condition. The life vest also acts as a impact protector allowing you to get extra protection while kiting. We have developed our own life-vests perfectly adapted to our school needs. They are flexible and comfortable and fit perfectly under your harness. Alongside with our life-vests we have developed our own school jacket. It serves as a wind-blocker and its pink colour makes you clearly visible on the water. Also, all our instructors wear a similar jacket in blue, making them easily identifiable even on a distance. You will also use a helmet to protect your head.
Why our school?
Why our school?
Why our school?
– Our center and instructors are recognized by IKO* (International Kitesurf Organisation) and teach according to the 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* card, 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, harness, 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 gear bought in our store.
– Our relation does not finish in the lessons, only starts. You can always count on the school for what to need!
*IKO (International Kitesurf Organisation – www.ikointl.com)
Why taking lessons?
Why taking lessons?
Why should you take lessons? So you’re wondering, why should you shell out the money for lessons? The most important reason is so you don’t hurt yourself or others. You will also save yourself time and money by learning from qualified instructors who have developed instructional programs that will guarantee a positive learning experience. The following list gives more reasons why you should take lessons:
1. Save Money. You will save more money by taking a lesson than by trying to learn on your own. Why trash your new equipment when you can take a lesson and use the school’s kites, boards, bars etc.
2. Knock the learning curve in half. Instructors will show students safe shortcuts and will get riders up to kitesurf more efficiently.
3. Experience. Most schools have worked with thousands of students and can effectively assess and address bad technique and set you on the right track.
4. Equipment Education. Schools are a great place to learn about the multitude of equipment available and what equipment is best suited to a beginner.
5. 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.
6. 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. Our school will issue an international card after your lesson detailing your experience and level. You can use this certification to rent equipment or continue your lessons in other schools around the world.
Why taking lessons?
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.
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
Safety and guarantee
We don’t teach on land with a power kite. Learning to fly a kite (smaller than 3m2) can be done on land with a small foil. The minute you pump a bigger kite you are supposed to go on the water, that is why you pump it.
These inflatable kites (bigger than 3m2) are designed to pull you on the water and launch you in to the air. If this happens unintentionally (when you are learning the probability is big) on land you can end up hurting yourself or others on the landing.
For this reason once you pump up the kite the first thing we teach you is how to release it. During your first tries of this power kite you will be on the water and with only water in front of you. This way if you make an unintentional power stroke and get pulled you will land on water with no problem and lot’s of time and space to stop. You should only fly the kite on land during the launching and landing procedure.
We will only train the launching and landing once your flying skills allow you to have sufficient control of the kite. Doing power strokes and powering up the kite intentionally or unintentionally on land can be very dangerous.
The spot where we teach has the following characteristics: – Shallow water, depending on the tides. You can stand making your learning progress faster and safer – Sandy bottoms with no rocks to harm you and plenty of space in front of you – No or very small, insignificant waves. This helps you to focus on your board and kite skills and not on the incoming waves. Not having waves helps you by giving you time to prepare for the maneuvers. Waves may turn you around and do not help the learning progress
Rescue and first aid
All our team is trained in first aid. We have all the first aid equipment to take care of any misfortune during the classes. We also have a detailed rescue procedure in case anything happens while you are having classes with us. Fortunately, these are skills we have not yet needed. We are, however, prepared.
We teach with the support of a rescue boat, this not only allows us to provide help in case of need but it also speeds up the learning curve.If you have a problem with the kite (kite deflates, doesn’t relaunch, breaks a line, etc) we can quickly assist you. Helping you get back to shore fast with the kite prepared to quickly get you back on the water saving your time for practicing and not swimming.
If for some reason you are not satisfied after completing a lesson, do not hesitate to tell us. Safety and customer satisfaction have an outmost importance to us, and we will do our best to rectify the situation.
The quality of our staff and of our center guarantees that you will not find any other with the same characteristics.
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Price wise, anything else than 5 stars would be a lie.Great service, before the camp and during. Help with getting to and from Porto airport and more. You can borrow SUP and surfboards each day.A nice mix of beginners and people already kitesurfing.Super happy with my experience!
Obrigado Kooks! It’s an Incredible place to experience kite boarding for the first time. Really great instructors, staff and hostel in an incredible local Portuguese town super close to Porto with great night life, restaurants, history, yoga, mountain biking, surfing, etc! Make a stop at Porto too to maximize the vacation!
I've been 2 weeks on Kook Proof kitesurfing camp. Just booked rider package without lessons.There is also of course an option for beginners kite package.I was one of my best camp experiences. The Kook Proof team is really great. Every instructor/member is very helpful and friendly. And organisation is fine tuned to the last details..Starting from picking up in Porto airport( I arrived late on Friday and they organized a special transfer for me).Tiago Rocha is one of the best instructors i met..very responsibly and puts a lot of stress on safety .As an intermediate minus rider i have a lot to learn from him and surely will book some of evaluation camp next year.If there is no wind( i was in September so we had 7 days wind ) you can go surfing,sap,mtb trips..I personally recommend mtb trip..Did it twice and had a lot of fun..Actually i can not find a single thing that was negative in this camp..You dont have to worry about anything,like checking wind,logistics,dinner etc..all is done for you.Spot in Essposende is really on of the best i kited..All in all very positive experience would rate it as 9.99 on 10 scale