Unlike other tethered aircraft, kites have the power to capture the feral wind and force it to do magic tricks against its will. Take the wind on a ski or snowboarding adventure with today’s Groupon to Lakawa School of Kiteboarding in White Bear Lake and Maple Grove. Choose between the following options:
- For $50, you get registration for one in an introductory snowkiting clinic (a $100 value).
- For $99, you get registration for two in an introductory snowkiting clinic (a $200 value).<p>
Owner and certified Professional Air Sports Association instructor Mike Kratochwill and his team of kite coaches teach students to the basics of kiteboarding, preparing them to eventually harness the power of the wind atop snowboards or skis. The two- to three-hour introductory Ground School session of the Intro to Kiting class begins with a lesson on the physics of kite flying and the different species of kites often found in the wild. Next, rookie wind wranglers fly trainer kites, while learning kite control and safe flying practices, as well as how to move through the wind and generate consistent power to fuel snow-surfing frenzies. Though instructors provide all kite equipment, gust gauchos should bring their own shoes with traction and weather-appropriate clothes for the season.
Lakawa School of Kiteboarding
Cutting through the still surface, free from the churning wakes and roaring engines of speedboats and snowmobiles, a kiteboarder can lift off more than 40 feet in the air, spin over their shoulder, and land back safely on the water to finish the stunts. An offshoot of Lakawa, the region's leading advisory for kiteboarders and windsurfers, the Lakawa School of Kiteboarding teaches students to ride the water and snow themselves, powered only by the sky's giant oscillating fans. Using gear held to high standards of durability and performance, a team of PASA-certified instructors lead classes during both summer and winter, covering the basics of boarding on a lake even when it's frozen over. The Lakawa School offers a complete online store with all necessary adventure gear. Lessons are also offered in stand-up paddleboarding, a pastime that recreates the fun of being a Venetian gondolier without the stress of tying a tight red ascot.
White Bear Lake
4495 Lake Ave. S
White Bear Lake, Minnesota 55110