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See below for more details about our lessons, or Book Now by calling or emailing the PROKITE shop. To ensure the highest level of service and to minimize miscommunication, we handle all reservations by speaking with you one-on-one. To better help us serve you, we’ll need to know some things, such as your age and skill level. Almost anyone can learn how to kite, so let’s get you on the water- call or email us today!

541 490 6872

info@prokitesouthpadre.com



PROKITE kiteboarding lessons and more…

PROKITE offers personalized kiteboarding lessons for all levels and styles of riders. Whether you are just learning to ride or taking it to the next level with jumping, tricks, or trying new toys like surfboards and hydrofoils, PROKITE kiteboarding lessons will give you the support you need to progress. Our kiteboarding lessons are taught by competent and certified instructors using waverunner support and radio helmet communication to help you get the most out of your time on the water.

Our services include:

Private Intro and Riding Lessons: 1 on 1 kiteboarding lessons with a coach.

Private Group Lessons: private multi-person kiteboarding lessons with your friends and family (Prokite does not organize group lessons for strangers). 

Land Based Lessons: billed at a lower rate than regular riding lessons and include the following:

  • Intro to Kiteboarding – Introductory kiteboarding lessons for beginners
  • Kids Lessons
  • Dirt surfing with the buggy or mountain boards
  • Lessons for advanced kiters looking to improve their kite flying or to practice a specific kite handling skill. 

Pro Clinics for advanced riders are a great way to take kite control, riding, or equipment performance to the next level.

No-Wind Day Activities: offered on occasion, include dirt surfing with the buggy or mountain boards and waverunner-tow foiling lessons. 

Rentals: a great way to try out new gear and avoid lugging your own gear from home (Reserved for experienced kiters who are proficient at staying upwind in all conditions.)

PROKITE Kite Shop: our year-round fully-stocked kiteboarding shop, located right down the road from excellent flat-water riding and South Padre Island’s clean, kite-friendly beaches. 



About the lessons:

Lesson Length is typically 2-3 hours, which we consider plenty for a productive and rewarding session. Most lessons are billed at a minimum of 2 hours, except for the Pro Clinics  which are 1/2 hour minimum and Kids Lessons which are 1 hour minimum. It is not uncommon for clients on vacation to plan for multiple sessions in one day, with a break in between.

Please note: Lesson time will only be pro-rated when lesson can not be completed due to wind or weather. Because light wind skills are imperative to kiteboarding, PROKITE operates on the principle that if there is enough wind to relaunch the kite, there is is enough wind to have a rewarding and productive kiteboarding experience.

Lesson Start Times are often at 10am, 1pm, 330pm and 530pm (awesome sunset sessions in summer), but are subject to adjustment based on wind and weather conditions.  PROKITE sends morning windcheck text messages to clients on our schedule to confirm or adjust start times as necessary. 

Tip: be a few minutes early to gear-up, sunblock-up, or wetsuit-up, so we can get the kite up right away!

Prokite Lessons Include all of the highest-quality kiteboarding gear you will need, excluding wetsuits, which typically aren’t required except during the coolest months. Let us know in advance if you’d like to rent a wetsuit for an additional $20.



About the location:

Lesson Meeting Location is known as the ‘South Flats.’ The entrance is just north of the SPI Convention Center, on the left. You will see an unpaved road leading to wide bayside beach access. PROKITE sets up in the northernmost corner by the water. To reach us, follow the hard-packed path along the perimeter of the flats to the right. It is safe for all vehicles in all conditions, but to be safe, avoid the middle of the deeper puddles when it is wet.  Occasionally we meet at alternate locations, in which case we will notify you in advance or during morning windcheck. 

Check the Map here

Surf Boots (booties) are not required, but are recommended for beginners. Our kiting locations are quite foot friendly, but it is not uncommon for beginners to put their feet down a lot and to incur small cuts or to be distracted by the bay floor, which is composed mostly of sandy patches and soft seagrass. We offer high-quality, comfortable booties for sale in the PROKITE shop.

Temperatures vary throughout the year. From early May through mid October, air and water temperatures are very warm- sun protection is your main focus. November through April, air and water temperatures change dramatically from week to week. For fall and winter trips, bring a full-length midweight wetsuit (3/2mm or 4/3mm). December and January bring the most cold weather days, but even in mid-winter we enjoy some warm days and don’t always need a fullsuit. The PROKITE kite shop is always fully stocked with warm, cool and cold weather gear, including neoprene accessories like fullsuits, neoprene layers, kiting jackets, gloves, boots, and hoods. Fullsuits are also available for rent. 



Lesson Details

INTRO TO KITEBOARDING

(LAND BASED)  (2-hour minimum)

PRIVATE LESSON    $100 / hr 

PRIVATE PARTY*       $80 / hr / person  (Max 4 students per instructor)rigging

If you have never flown a kiteboarding kite before, this is where you start. In an INTRO TO KITEBOARDING LESSON you will learn how to handle powerful kites safely, and develop the skills you will use to ride next time. Included in this lesson:

  • Kite handling and flying (kite control)
  • Kite awareness and understanding (kite safety)
  • Use of the latest high-quality kiteboarding equipment
  • Picture and video service
  • Fun and informative activity
  • Private or Private Party  (4 person max)

Additional Information about this class:

This is a FUN and very informative session! Introduction to Kiteboarding, a.k.a. Basic Kite Handling, is something that anyone can participate in and enjoy. It is loaded with information as well as lots of kite flying and skill building. The intensity level of this class will be adjusted by your instructor to suit your individual needs. Whether you are ready to learn to kiteboard, want a fun challenge and adrenaline rush, or are simply curious to learn how kiteboarding feels without breaking a sweat, this class is for you. We’ll also take photos and/or video for you to keep so you can remember this exciting experience!

What to Bring:  Introductory lessons typically take place on the beach and sometimes in shallow water, depending on the weather. If it’s warm, we can practice flying the kite in shallow water, so plan to arrive beach and water ready with towel, sun protection, sunglasses, water, and snacks. If you prefer to stay dry for any reason (if it’s chilly, for example), you may find it more comfortable to wear regular clothes and sneakers. Whatever the conditions are, bring comfortable clothing that is weather-appropriate.

 



KITEBOARDING LESSONS – RIDING

(WATER BASED)  (2-hour minimum)

PRIVATE LESSON     $150 / hr

PRIVATE PARTY        $120 / hr / person  (Max 2 person per instructor)

Whether you are trying to score your first rides, link turns and change direction with speed and flow, boost big air, or learn a new trick, our RIDING LESSONS can help you achieve your goal. Included in this lesson:

  • Instructor to student radio helmet communication
  • YAMAHA waverunner support
  • Use of the latest high-quality kiteboarding equipment
  • Instruction tailored to your skill level and goals
  • Picture and video service
  • Private or Private Party (Maximum 2 person per instructor)

Additional Information about this class:

Kiteboarding is a dynamic sport with multiple pathways to learning and improving skills. PROKITE recognizes that everyone learns differently and progresses at their own pace. Regardless of your skill level, our mission is to facilitate a safe and fun session, offer multiple strategies to enhance your skills and learn new ones, and ultimately provide a productive and supportive experience to help you accomplish your goals. During your riding lesson, your instructor will be nearby, highly mobile and responsive, and in communication with you at all times.

The intensity level of this class will be adjusted by your instructor to suit your individual needs. In order to get the most out of your lesson, we encourage you to challenge yourself while remaining mindful of your limits physically and mentally. You’ll be able to take a break anytime- feel free to climb out of the water for a rest, to talk to your coach, or to watch technique demonstrations without losing any lesson time.

 



LESSON PACKAGES

 A LESSON PACKAGE is your best bet if your goal is to learn how to kiteboard, or want to ensure you make the most out of your kiteboarding trip to South Padre Island. A lesson package is highly flexible, will save you money, and will give you priority status in our lesson schedule. Lesson Packages are the same well-rounded experience we offer in our regular riding lessons, with all the same levels of service, competent and attentive instruction, and fun. PROKITE appreciates our clients’ commitment to kiteboarding and to us, and offers discounted package rates to help facilitate the best kiteboarding experience possible for our clients, for maximum stoke!

12hr Private Package:  $1500 (saves $300)    /  12hr Group Package*    $2400     (saves $480)

 9hr  Private Package:  $1215 (saves $135)    /   9hr  Group Package*    $1940     (saves $220)

 6hr  Private Package:   $850  (saves $50)      /  6hr   Group Package*    $1350     (saves   $90)

*Group Package: 2 person per instructor

This is a great option if you:

  • will be visiting SPI for several days in a row.
  • live near SPI and will be available over the course of a few days or weeks.
  • are a local looking to learn a fun and rewarding watersport to help you stay in shape year-round. 

Lesson Packages are appropriate for any level of rider, from beginner to advanced. You’ll get to try out the latest high-quality kiteboarding equipment, have access to local knowledge and the best locations and gear for the day’s conditions, and get awesome pictures and video footage of your sessions for you to keep. No matter what, you’ll develop your kiteboarding skills while having a great time in one of the world’s best kiteboarding destinations. 

Please be aware of the following policies regarding PROKITE Lesson Packages: 

  • Packages must be paid in full at the time of booking, and are refundable if cancelled at least 10 days prior to the start date. We are happy to reschedule your start date at no charge, however we ask that you notify us at least 10 days prior to your start date, so that we can sufficiently accommodate our instructors and other clients.
  • Time-frames for package completion, while highly flexible, are dependent on wind conditions in addition to the type of package you have chosen. Depending on the conditions and your needs, a package is typically completed over 3-10 days within 3-7 sessions of 2-3 hours each. In some cases, packages can be completed in as little as 2 consecutive days or over the course of 6 months or more. We are happy to create a lesson schedule that works best for you!

 



PRO CLINICS

(LAND BASED)  (Half-hour minimum)

PRIVATE                $100 / hr

PRIVATE PARTY    $80 / hr / person    (Flexible Group Size)

Get the info you need to take your kite control, riding, or equipment performance to the next level.

  • Practice a specific kite handling technique
  • Tips, simulations, drills, and demonstrations for riding techniques
  • Self-launching and landing techniques
  • Self rescue techniques
  • Equipment tuning, optimizing, and modifying
  • New gear familiarization
  • Repairs and maintenance
  • Professional supervision and advice in a safe environment
  • Private or discounted Private Party
  • ALSO GREAT FOR NO WIND DAYS!

Additional Information about PRO CLINICS:

This is a great way for experienced kiters to improve their kite handling technique, familiarize themselves with or test new gear, or simply clear up any questions they have. We ask that you be rigged and ready with the gear you want to work with so we can start right away.  There is no photo service for these sessions.

 



PRIVATE PARTY LESSONS (GROUP LESSONS): ADDITIONAL INFO

GROUP LESSON RATES:

INTRO TO KITEBOARDING $80 / hr / person  (Max 4 students per instructor) (land-based) (2 hour minimum)

RIDING LESSONS…………. $120 / hr / person  (Max 2 person per instructor) (water-based) (2 hour minimum)

PRO CLINIC………………….. $80 / hr / person (Flexible group size) (Half-hour minimum)

We also offer group packages of 6, 9 and 12 hours. Please see Lesson Packages page.
 
Group lessons are a great way to have a fun time with friends or family. Group lesson participants often experience less individual pressure when learning, and often find that learning alongside familiar faces enhances the motivation to succeed. Friends can also offer insight and encouragement in unique ways. Participants may also find it helpful to be able to observe other participants’ style, successes, and difficulties.
    • Your groups, not ours (We can introduce you to people you might want to team up with)
    • All gear provided
    • Each group member will have their own set of gear to use throughout the lesson
    • Students save approximately 20% by choosing a group lesson
 
Additional information about GROUP LESSONS:

PROKITE generally encourages our clients to organize a group lesson with friends of similar kiteboarding ability. Group Riding Lessons, or water-based lessons, are generally best for groups of similar physical or kiteboarding ability and who are already comfortable in the water. However, land-based lessons, especially Basic Kite Handling, are fantastic environments for participants of varying ability and motivation.

Use of the equipment during group lessons:

During a group lesson, the number of students simultaneously handling kites is based on safety considerations and is determined by the instructor. If your instructor determines that it is impractical or unsafe for multiple students to fly their kites simultaneously, students will take turns using one set of gear until it becomes safe and practical to resume simultaneous kite handling. There are no additional discounts if group members spend part of the lesson session sharing equipment. It is our goal that each student spends as much time as possible using the equipment during a group lesson.

Is a group lesson appropriate for you?

Although your instructor will utilize the radio system to communicate instantly with all group lesson participants, the instructor’s attention will at times be divided between participants. Your instructor will work to keep group members close, but there will frequently be more distance from client to instructor than during individual private lessons. It can be more difficult to organize breaks for individual group members during water-based group riding lessons, and therefore these lessons can be more physically intense than individual private lessons. If you have specific needs or you think that you may prefer the security of your instructor next to you at all times, a private lesson may be more suitable. We are happy to help you decide which type of lesson will be more rewarding for you.



PROKITE Commitment to Quality:

Learning Environments: We will not work in crowded or otherwise unfavorable locations.  We will take our clients to safe, uncrowded locations with favorable wind and water conditions where we can focus on improving skills and having a good time.

Kiteboarding Technique and Information: We recognize that kiteboarding is a dynamic sport with multiple pathways to learning and improving skills, and that everyone learns differently and progresses at their own pace. Regardless of a client’s skill level, we will facilitate a safe and fun session, offer multiple strategies to enhance skills and learn new ones, and ultimately provide a productive and supportive experience to help clients accomplish their goals. In addition to building kite handling and riding skills, our instructors will constantly work to raise our clients’ awareness of their surroundings, their gear, and their own abilities in order to help ensure that our clients become knowledgeable, responsible, and capable kiteboarders.

Services and Equipment: We will only use safe equipment of the highest quality, suited to each client’s needs and the day’s conditions. We will provide efficient and superior instruction through the use of instructor-to-student radio communication and Yamaha waverunner support. We will strive to go the extra mile by providing photo and video documentation of your experience.