Where can I take kiteboarding lessons in Tampa Bay?
Kiteboarding Lessons Tampa Bay
Where can I take kiteboarding lessons in Tampa Bay? If you have ever wondered, Elite Watersports is Tampa and St Petersburg's premier kiteboarding school and retail store. Our kitesurfing instructors are skilled, friendly, and dedicated to your success in kiteboarding. We have over 15 years of experience teaching here. Some of our instructors teach worldwide and are well-known in the kiteboarding community.
We offer kite lessons every day of the week. If the wind is blowing, we’re going! Book online or call the kiteboarding shop. We’re open seven days a week to serve you and our community.
Kitesurfing lessons and much more.
We teach lessons and have a retail location here in St Petersburg. Our dedicated team can recommend the best kitesurfing kites and package deals available. We have the best kiteboarding kites for beginners, kitesurf boards and wind-winging gear.
Tampa Bay is perfect for kitesurfing for many reasons. For one, we have so many kiteboarding locations. Because of this, we can ride and teach in any wind direction. This is rare and unique to only a handful of places in the world. Large sandbars keep our water calm and the water is shallow. This makes learning and teaching here one of the easiest locations.
What to expect when taking a kitesurfing lesson in St Petersburg.
We are lucky to have some of the best kitesurfing conditions in the world for learning. Shallow, flat water and safe beaches for launching kites. And a warm welcoming community of Tampa Bay kitesurfers.
We provide everything you need and more.
- The best current kitesurfing equipment.
- Kiteboarding wetsuits and booties are available to rent.
- Jet ski support.
- Photo and video may be requested.
We have taught people of all ages and fitness levels, from children to 80-plus years old. Kiteboarding is for everyone. Our instructors will teach you everything you need to know.
What do I learn in a kiteboarding lesson?
Every lesson is focused on you and where you’re at in your kiteboarding journey. Our team will work with you to build a personalized plan and lesson for the day. Whether you’re new or looking for some advanced lessons we have you covered.
- How to set up a kitesurfing kite.
- How to launch and land a kite.
- Safety and beach etiquette.
- How to assess the weather for kiteboarding in Tampa Bay.
- How to fly a power kite.
- How to get up on a kiteboard.
- And much more!
We offer kiteboarding lessons mainly at Skyway Beach in St. Petersburg. We can also teach in Sarasota, Clearwater, Tarpon Springs, or Dunedin. All our kiteboarding lessons are one-on-one unless you schedule a group lesson. It's always fun to bring a friend!
How long does it take to learn to kitesurf?
Everyone is different and learns at a different pace. Our lessons focus on having fun and getting you on the fast track to riding. Generally, people will book three to nine hours of lessons depending on their needs. Some keep coming back for more advanced kite lessons. We have many returning students who enjoy jet ski support and world-class coaching from our passionate team.
The Tampa Bay advantage.
Many schools teach in the ocean. That can pose challenges from deep water to waves. Our kitesurfing lesson center in Tampa Bay is located in one of the most forgiving spots in Florida. That means you’ll learn faster here and have a safer experience.
Our main lesson location is Skyway Beach in St Petersburg. We can teach in any wind direction here. With kitesurfing equipment being so refined these days, we can teach in a wide variety of wind conditions as well.
Where to kitesurf in Tampa Bay
Skyway Beach East is our favorite. We teach on the east side when the wind is blowing north east, east and south east. There is a large sandbar here that we use for lessons, a freeride area and a foiling or wind wing area.
There is plenty of parking and space to kiteboard. Be aware the water gets deep south of this location.
On a North West, West or South West wind, we teach at Skyway Beach West. The water here is also shallow. You can kite out past the channel and find lots of open space and more shallow water to kite.
What if I don’t want a kitesurfing lesson? Can I rent kiteboarding gear?
Kitesurfing does require lessons. That said, if you are an experienced rider, we have the latest kitesurfing equipment for rent. Give our shop a call and we can help set you up. (727) 800-2202
If you want to know more about kiteboarding in Tampa checkout our guide on on the area.