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Kitesurfing lessons

Learn to kite surf on the Knysna lagoon. This is probably one of the best places in the world to learn. Shallow knee deep water for 1.5km in all directions allows your instructor to be with you the whole time, following you and talking you through each step. We have the right kites for you, and supply all equipment necessary, including wetsuits. We teach everyone. Anyone can do it if you have the desire to learn!! Tony teaches kids from the ages of 9 years upward. If you’re 9 or 65 we will get you up and riding in 6-8 hours.

MODULE 1 (2 hrs) - Basic setup and kite flying

First we give you all the theory behind what you are going to be doing. Then we hit the beach/lagoon and begin with your introduction to kiting!!
  • set up lines and kite.
  • determine wind direction, upwind and downwind.
  • Fly a small 2 line kite (foil kite) on wind window edge and maintain it close to the ground.
  • Launch a kite with an assistant and choose right angle to the wind.
  • Fly the kite in the power zone without crashing it.

We will slowly introduce you until we let you fly a 4 line kite properly and make sure you understand what you are doing.
  • Launch and recover the kite and land it with an assistant.
  • Fly hooked to a harness.
  • Pilot the kite with one hand while hooked to a harness.
  • Activate harness safety release system and quick release system.

After this module we want you to understand what you are doing and how to do it. We aim to have you flying the kite using your harness and not your hands and we want you to understand the power zone and where you should and shouldn’t fly the kite.

MODULE 2 (2hrs) - Kite Flying / Body Dragging

Now that you have the theory and have practiced it we take it up a step and start introducing you to flying kites in the different zones. We start increasing the size of the kite that you are flying and at the same time teach you how to get direction from a kite. We start teaching you how to get continuous power from the kite.
  • We will teach you how to water re-launch a kite and how to deal with kites in the water.
  • We introduce you to body dragging - being pulled by the kite in the water.
  • Perform a self rescue in the water.
  • Launch a kite alone on land and water.
  • Body drag upwind with one hand
  • If the student is competent and confident enough in flying we will now introduce you to the board!! This level varies according to the students proficiency.
  • Basic board skills ... getting up and riding.
As soon as we hit the water we start using our Headzone waterproof helmet 1 way radio teaching system. This makes life a lot easier and you are in constant contact with your instructor at all times!! We recommend doing Module two as soon as possible after Module one while everything is still fresh in your mind!!

MODULE 3 (2hrs)

We recommend coming for module 3 on your own equipment to familiarize yourself with your own equipment( if you have purchased) but you are welcome to continue on school equipment.
We will again be using a helmet with a waterproof 1 way radio to make this lesson a LOT easier for you in the water.
  • We will start this lesson by giving you a quick re-cap of what you have already been taught – hopefully it wasn’t too long ago that you did module 2. You will need to know how to set up the kite and lines correctly by yourself.
  • Now we will get you going on your board in the water.
You should now be able to competently fly the kite and understand what you are doing. We now recommend spending time flying your own equipment and familiarizing yourself with how it all works. You need to practice what we have taught you but you will need the instructor to spend more time with you before you venture out.


One on one lesson with one of our instructors which is designed to give you the basics to get you up and riding on the board competently if you are continuously crashing the kite.

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Taken from Gust Magazine March/April 2010 issue...

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