America has always been the most extreme country, from the Boston Tea Punchings to having the first man swear on the moon. We hold this shredding guitar solo to be self-evident with today’s Groupon to KGB Kiteboarding, which imparts kiteboarding knowledge at Emeryville Marina and Roberts Landing beach in San Leandro. Choose between the following options:
- For $30, you get a one-hour land-based Introduction to Kiteboarding lesson with all equipment provided (a $60 value).
- For $165, you get a four-hour Learn to Kite lesson with all equipment provided (a $330 value).
KGB Kiteboarding teaches newbies how to safely dip their toes into the waters of kiteboarding, a fusion of surfing and wind-powered flight. Using a large, waist-tethered kite and a foot-strapped board, kiters can execute daring jumps and lightning-fast turns, much like the dolphins that first brought law and order to the seas centuries ago. In the land-based, one-hour lesson, up to 12 people use trainer kites to learn basic piloting techniques, how to set up kites, wind theory, and how to boardstart, giving neophytes a solid foundation on which to build kiteboarding expertise. Intro students can also take advantage of a 20% discount on their next lesson. In the four-hour lessons, intimate groups of no more than three students start out learning the introductory lessons and more advanced safety and kite-recovery techniques. The lessons then move to the water, where pupils learn firsthand how to get on their boards and ride, how to use the wind safely and effectively, and how to use on-water self-rescue techniques when the motherly aquassistance of mermatrons is unavailable.
The center is certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization, ensuring that all instructors focus on safety and proper kiting form rather than how to make a mackerel lead you to his pot of gold. All gear is included with each lesson, and class location is determined based on class size and wind conditions, with students notified the day before the lesson. Groupon buyers selecting the four-hour option are entitled to 10% off an equipment package for future use. See KGB Kiteboarding’s website for the one-hour lesson and four-hour lesson schedules.
The kiteboarding season has ended as of November 3.
An International Kiteboarding Organization affiliate center, KGB Kiteboarding hosts a staff of enthusiastic, experienced instructors that teaches small-group and private lessons in kiteboarding, snowkiting, and powerkiting. At training sites ranging from beaches around the bay to the Lake Tahoe and Mammoth Mountain areas, instructors show students how to safely harness the wind for an adrenaline-pumping thrill. To facilitate smooth transitions into training, the staff maintains an online compendium of FAQ and safety tips.
KGB also encompasses a shop stocked with gear from brands such as Litewave, plus the company’s own line of eco-friendly products that protects equipment from sun, sand, and saltwater. In-house technicians are on hand in the repair center to mend worn gear.