Since 2013, SA Kitesurf (SAK) has provided the highest standard of certified kiteboarding instruction the Western Cape has to offer. Our experienced instructors, certified to teach by the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO), are committed to getting you up and riding as quickly and safely as possible in conditions that are right for you. We teach at various locations around the Cape; whether you want to explore the white sandy beaches of Muizenberg, kite the warm, flat, shallow water of Langebaan, or take on the wind and waves of Bloubergstrand, Tableview, or Big Bay, SAK has an outstanding adventure waiting for you. Discover your infinite potential with SAK by learning to harness the raw power of mother nature’s elements while immersed in the exquisite beauty of the Western Cape. Once you are able to independently ride, your freedom is only ever a kite, board, and breeze away!
What You Need to Know to Get Started: FAQs
How long will it take me to ride on the board?
That all depends on you! Generally it takes at least three lessons to stand up on the board and ride, but we recommend five lessons to increase confidence and ensure safety. To stand up on the board, you must first master kite control, and once you are riding, it is important to understand safety and self-rescue techniques to avoid emergency situations. Each person’s kiteboarding progression is different. If you excel at the sport, we will not hold you back, and if you need more time to feel comfortable, we will not push you. Short on time? We can combine two lessons into one day!
What are the differences between private and group lessons?
Private lessons are conducted at a 1:1 ratio and consist of one student, one instructor, and one kite. Group lessons are conducted at a 2:1 ratio and consist of two students, one instructor, and one kite. Group lessons cost less than private lessons, so bring your friends, family members, or partners! Three people may be permitted on a lesson upon request.
How much do lessons cost?
We offer the BEST deal in Cape Town! Try Before You Buy! Join SAK for a FREE one-hour introductory lesson before purchasing a package. Here’s how our pricing structure works: The more lessons you buy, the cheaper the hourly rate. Single lessons (1 and 2 days) are the most expensive. You pay less for more with our 3-Day Get Independent package and even less for even more with our 5-Day Build Confidence package. We also have 3 and 5-Day Combo Packages that increase your savings on new eco-friendly, Air Rush gear and lessons. This is the best bang for your buck, as you will walk away with everything you need to independently ride! Check out our price schedule.
Do I receive a certificate at the end of my course?
Yes! All of SAK’s instructors are IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) Certified, which means that you will receive an IKO Member Card showing your skills and level of certification upon completion of your course. This IKO Member Card is your kiteboarding passport; it is recognized and acknowledged worldwide and allows you to rent equipment and continue with more advanced kite courses.
What should I bring to my lesson?
All the latest equipment, kites, harnesses, helmets, and boards are provided for your kiteboarding lessons. We also use the latest technology in two-way radio communication so that you stay connected to your instructor at all times. All you need to bring is a wetsuit (if you do not have one, please inquire about rentals), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water. We provide the rest!
Who can Kiteboard?
You must be at least 12 years of age to learn to kiteboard, and you are never too old. In regard to fitness, people of all shapes and sizes kiteboard. Strength (especially in the core), flexibility, and endurance will help you to progress more quickly in the sport, but are not pre-requisites for learning. In fact, kiteboarding is a great way to get into shape! The only physical requirement is the ability to swim. Beyond that, we match the appropriate kite to your size and the wind conditions. In a nutshell, with the same wind speed, the bigger the person, the bigger the kite, the smaller the person, the smaller the kite. You’ll learn all of this in your first lesson!