Kiteboarding

 KITESURFING - KITEBOARDING

Def.

"A sport where one harnesses the power of wind with a large controllable kite to propel oneself across the water on a kiteboard or surfboard"

Adam Crook kiteboarding

Lessons

  • Up 'n' Under provide quality structured lessons with certified instructors using the latest teaching equipment and techniques including brand new 2 way radio helmets. See below for our lesson breakdown and full courses.

 

Equipment

  • Kitesurfing equipment has come a long way in the last 20 years making learning more safe, more fun and far easier! Up 'n' Under use current equipment which is frequently tuned and maintained.

Booking

  • Lessons and equipment rentals should be booked well in advance to ensure availability and a 50% deposit will be required to secure your first booking. Book by email or phone on our contact us page.

Kite lessons Necker Island
Wind Window

Lesson 1 - Kitesurfing intro

  • 1.5 hours
  • $150 (1-1) 
  • $100 per person (2-1)

Description:

This lesson is for people who have never flown a kite before and for those who have some past experience but may need a recap on the basics. 

During this lesson we will teach you everything about the wind, safety systems, how the kites fly and how to fly them with proper control. Your instructor will explain the application of all skills learned to prepare you for lesson two.

Your lesson will be a combination of theory and practical kite flying from the beach or shallow water.

 

Elias kite instructor

Lesson 2 - Body dragging & water starts 

  • 2-3 hours
  • $150 per hour (1-1)
  • $100 per person per hour (2-1)

Description:

Once you've achieved good basic kite control in lesson one you'll be ready to move into deeper water to begin 'body dragging' which is manoeuvring through the water without a board.

This is an essential step where you will learn how to drag downwind, across the wind and upwind practicing board recovery and generating power on demand. Once we're happy with your progress we'll introduce the board and coach you through the waterstart process.

This lesson is taught entirely in deep water from a boat using radio helmets allowing your instructor to direct you in real time with the added benefit of addressing any questions you may have.

Adam Crook kiteboarding

Lesson 3 - Board riding

  • 2-3 hours
  • $150 per hour (1-1 only) 

Description:

This lesson is for those of you who are comfortable water starting in both directions but still need tuition to extend the length of your rides.

In this lesson we will focus on both kite control and board skills while riding with the aim being to increase the duration and comfort levels of your rides with an eventual goal of riding upwind.

This lesson will be taught from a boat with radio helmets in order to fine tune and tweak your technique in real time aiding your progression.

 

Richard Branson Kitesurfing

Lesson 4 - Riding upwind / Independance

  • 2-4 hours
  • $150 per hour (1-1)

Description:

This lesson is for those who can ride comfortably in both directions but still need that extra push to be confident navigating upwind in order to return to the same spot at the end of every session.

In this lesson we will work on your body position and weight distribution in order to achieve and maintain efficient upwind riding.  Your instructor will give you achievable targets to aim for on each tack further building your skill level and overall feel for the kite. The ultimate goal for anyone learning to kitesurf is to be able to stay upwind!

This lesson will be taught from a boat with radio helmets in order to fine tune and tweak your technique in real time aiding your progression.

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Intermediate - Advanced

  • $150 per hour (1-1) 

TRANSITIONS & TRICKS

This lesson is for independant kitesurfers looking to add some new style and fluidity to their riding.

In this lesson we will focus on what you want to learn whether it be a new transition or landing your first back roll. Your instructor will discuss your goals prior to getting on the water and then coach you through the steps to achieve them. Typically setting one skill goal per lesson is realistic in order for you to have time to learn, practice and perfect.

This lesson will be taught from a boat with radio helmets in order to fine tune and tweak your technique in real time aiding your progression.

 

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Gear Rentals

Rentals are provided as a service for experienced riders only. Prior to rental all riders will be screened briefly on their basic skills including safety system use, rules of the beach, riding location assessment, launch/landing technique and self rescue. If you are not 100% capable of managing yourself and your equipment on your own you will not be permitted to rent gear. 

Days HarnessBoard Kite Everything
1$25$50$100 $150
3$50$100$200 $300
7$75$150$300 $450

NOTICE: Kiteboarding at a new location can be dangerous even for novices and certified kiteboarders so if you are new to the North Sound and are not familiar with the surroundings please ask for assistance. Also, please do not attempt to launch or land your kite by yourself if there are others around who can help you. Always ask for assistance, self landing/launching should only be a last resort. If you need further tuition you can book one of our instructors for an hour or two to help you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

HOW DO I BOOK A LESSON WITH UP ‘n’ UNDER?

You can book with us by phone or email. Please go to our contact us page for more details.

WHERE IS UP ‘n’ UNDER?

Up ‘n’ Under operates in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda (check out the contact us page or footer to see a map). We teach in either the North Sound or the Eustatia Sound depending on which is most suitable for the wind direction on the day.

WHERE DO I MEET THE INSTRUCTOR?

We aim to make things as easy as possible by collecting you from your yacht or any one of the following pick up locations:

Bitter End Yacht Club / Gun Creek / Leverick Bay / Moskito Island / Necker Island / Oil Nut Bay / Saba Rock / YCCS

HOW DO I PAY FOR MY BOOKING?

We are happy to accept cash, local cheque or payment by card via PayPal. We require a 50% deposit to secure your booking.

WHAT SHALL I WEAR / BRING FOR MY LESSON?

The water is always warm in the Caribbean so just wear board shorts/swimsuits & rash vest/t-shirt. Bring sunglasses & plenty of suncream!

Please avoid bringing anything you don’t want to get wet although we do have a dry box on the boat for phones, wallets etc.

WHAT DOES UP ‘n’ UNDER PROVIDE FOR MY LESSON?

As well as an extremely experienced internationally certified kiteboarding instructor you will be provided with the following:

Transportation / Kite / Board / Harness / Radio Helmet / Buoyancy Aid / Boat Support / First Aid Kit / Refreshments