Kiteboarding Lessons

St. Petersburg – Tampa – Tarpon Springs – Sarasota
We offer lessons 7-days a week
CALL (727) 800-2202
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You and kiteboarding lessons can be a reality. We get it, you may be nervous about trying a new “extreme” sport. However, with our expertise and professional instruction, you can rest assured that kiteboarding is for YOU!!

What is your first lesson like?

Below is just an average estimate of your progression in hours. We have had kiteboarding students take anywhere from 3- 15+ hours of lessons before they graduate to becoming self sufficient. Some, even long after they can ride by themselves, take further advanced kitesurfing lessons to really mold their kiteboarding skills. We aim to make you an independent rider as soon as possible while being straight forward and honest on your progression.

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Ground School and Theory

As a beginner, we will start your lesson with “kiteboarding ground school”. Your Elite Instructor will introduce you to your kite safety gear and the proper rigging techniques for a successful kitesurfing lesson. Theory is huge for your success so this will be covered as well. Once you and your Elite Instructor have completed the beach launch, you will continue into the knee deep waters and find the perfect spot to begin flying your first real kite. Jumping on the jet ski, instead of walking, is an available option and will maximize your time behind the kite.

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Self Sufficiency 

Each lesson is shaped specifically around the individual student’s needs. The time it takes each student to concur the first step of “confidently” maneuvering the kite will vary. We are looking to first teach you how to walk while flying, relaunch your kite after crashing it and fly it through the wind window as if you were riding on a board. Remember you must first become the driver before the rider and, with the new safety system, the kite can be released from you with only a push of a button.

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Water Starts and Riding 

Alright, by now you’re getting the hang of it! Once you have a good “grasp” on the kite, your Elite Instructor will now teach you with the board. Water-starts are the name of the game. Flying the kite in the direction of travel so that it lifts you up on the board takes practice. Lots of starts and stops will be the key to success. Once you can successfully kite both directions you will progress into learning how to make a fluid effortless transitions. Our aim is to teach you to be self sufficient and feel comfortable to venture out on your own.

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We take our job of teaching our students very seriously. We are not your ordinary kiteboarding operation. Students come to us from around the world because of our outstanding service and private teaching grounds. It is our responsibility to meet your expectations for all lessons, both on and off the water. Safety first and foremost, always, while still focusing on making it fun! 

Package 1 

“Taste Test”

  • 1 Kiter / 1 Elite Instructor
  • All Gear Included
  • Private Instruction
  • 2 hour quick lesson designed to safety let you experience kiteboarding

Package 2 

The Kiteboarding Lesson

  • 1 Kiter / 1 Elite Instructor
  • All Gear Included
  • Private Instruction
  • Jet Ski optional
  • Designed for students wanting to get into kiteboarding effectively and safely

Package 3 

Group Lessons

  • 2-4 Kiters / 1 Elite Instructor
  • All Gear Included
  • Private Instruction
  • Jet Ski Support
  • Designed for the whole family or friends

Package 4 

Buddy Lesson

  • 2 Kiters / 1 Elite Instructor
  • 2 sets of gear including 2x kites
  • Jet Ski Support
  • Students must have 4 hours minimal of prior lessons
  • Designed to maximize fun and budget


Hourly Rates

Pricing is based on an hourly rate and structured to suite all needs. Each lesson is custom-designed to your needs. Give us a call or send an email and we will discuss the details. We operate 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.

Jet Ski

Add the jet-ski to your lesson to make your time on the water more efficient. With kiteboarding lessons a lot of ground is covered because the kite is always pulling us down wind. So, we give you the option to add a jet ski to your lesson to shuttle you back upwind. Many students learn without jet ski support and we don’t suggest the need for one during your first hours but it does make life easier. It is our highest recommendation that you take advantage of this option in the later stages of your progression. Who doesn’t like riding on a ski-doo? 

Add the GOPRO

Don’t forget to capture your experience during your Elite Watersports Kiteboarding Lesson. We offer all students the option to add a GO PRO to their lesson for $35. Our Elite Instructor will record all the funny, exciting, and educational moments throughout your lesson. Just bring a Micro SD card with you. We must be prepared so please advise us during your booking so we can make a note for the instructor.

Learning how to kiteboard in the Tampa Bay area is amazing. Our waters offer knee to waist deep areas and steady winds. Based on your residing location and the wind direction we will determine best area for that days lesson. Our primary location is the Skyway Bridge but we also have instructors in sarasota and Tarpon Springs.


Benefits to Kiteboarding

Kiteboarding is a way of life. The physical and mental exercise needed for a happy life style. This article explain why you should start. 

What every student should know.

Take the next step and read into what you should know about kiteboarding before you begin. 

Kiteboarding Basics

At first 70% kite and 30% board. There is so much to learn with kiteboarding. Here is a quick read on the basics before your lesson.

Gift Certificates

Elite Watersports offers gift certificates for kiteboarding lessons. It's a great gift for anyone looking to try something new.

Try a Trainer Kite

Trainer kites can be a huge part of your success. Investing in one of these will help smooth the learning curve.


Click here to see how to get to your lessons. Based on the wind conditions we will advise you where to meet us the day before your lesson.

Meet your instructor.

All of our instructors follow a structured lesson plan that is adapted to each students needs. All students have a rider profile created to maximize progression. If you truly want to learn how to kitesurf you’ll pick the very best in the Tampa Bay area, Elite Watersports.

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Byron "Bo"

They man in charge. High energy and very efficient. You can enjoy learning the basics or all the way to advance techniques. With Bo you'll earn a friend for life.

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Terry D.

 Cleverly know as Kung-fu Panda. With the biggest heart and determination to introduce all to watersports. Terry will have you laughing and enjoying your day on the water. 

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Tanner H.

Colorado's snow cover mountains were his calling until he moved to Florida. Now he seeks elevation with a kite. With an awesome outlook on life, he's always smiling. When he's not behind a kite you'll find him behind a camera lens taking some of the best shots out there.

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Aaron M.

Living and breathing kiteboarding and all that it offers. Either on the race course or in a big air comp, he's driven by the excitement of learning something new.  Meet him at the shop or on the beach, he's a huge part of what we do. 

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Brad G.

Brad was a career paramedic/firefighter and now retired he pursues his real passion, Kiteboarding. With a decade of experience, his style is relaxed and fun, but with the highest emphasis on safety. His main location for teaching is Tarpon Springs.

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