UpWind Kiteboarding

Key West, FL

We start with kiteboard theory, explaining power zones, the wind window, safety features, and how to set up your kite and lines. Don’t worry – we won't overwhelm you with too much information on the first day. Our many years of instructional experience has taught us how much is too much.  On the first day we want you to become very comfortable with the kite, not intimidated by it. You’ll practice flying in and out of the power zone, water launching and landing the kite, and body dragging.  The following day we will show you the depower system, and activating the safety leash system.  The second day is also the board day !  You’ll learn how to get on and off the board, carry the board while flying the kite, water starting with the board, and riding in both directions. Subsequent days include fine tuning your skills, self rescue, upwind kiting, transitions, and everyone’s favorite – jumping !

Our lesson programs run from 1 to 5 days (4 hrs per day).  Beginner lesson participants should consider multi-day programs -- 3 to 5 days.

Only have 1 day ?  Not a problem. We can still put a kite in your hands and let you experience the power. Then you’ll know if you want to continue with further lessons.

Intermediate and advanced lessons :

For intermediate lessons : you must be an experienced kiter -- able to kite upwind in both directions and make fluid turns.

Tell us what you want to learn and we will customize a session lesson just for you !  Transitions, jumping, toeside riding, Airstyle tricks, riding blind, back roll, front roll, unhooked kiting, or all the above plus others … just name it. 


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Beginners : no experience necessary.  

We use only top quality CABRINHA kites, boards, and gear.  Our kites are new, perfect condition, and always properly tuned.   
All equipment needed is provided by the school.  For beginners each daily session is 4 hours.  Full day sessions are 8 hours with a mid-day lunch break back at the marina. 
We offer 2 trip options per day : morning session 9am-1pm  or  afternoon session 2pm-6pm.

We have discovered that the fastest and safest way to learn how to kiteboard is to first develop solid kite flying skills before you attempt to use a board. We don’t start with trainer kites – we put a full-sized kite in your hands from the get go. We teach in shallow knee-deep water, miles away from land – super flat water, no obstacles.

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