After mastering skipping stones, early man attempted to master skipping humans, which failed when the only ones flat enough were stuck to the bottom of brontosaurus feet. Glide across the water hassle-free with today’s Groupon: for $149, you get a land and water Ride The Sky beginner kiteboarding lesson from Kiss The Sky Kiteboarding in Tierra Verde (a $300 value). Kiss The Sky Kiteboarding operates at three primary locations depending on wind conditions—the Sunshine Skyway East and West, and East Beach at Fort Desoto Park.
Founder and lead instructor Steve Sipes’s passion for wind-powered cruising translates into Kiss The Sky Kiteboarding, a comprehensive training outfit where boarders of all ages learn the basics of the high-flying trade in a safe environment over the course of three to four hours. The Ride The Sky group lesson combines both land and water experiences, first enrolling riders in ground school where material covers wind consideration, equipment use, and tousled-hair emergency maintenance. After training on solid ground, rookies manipulate the sea breeze from the water, learning kite-launch techniques, steering and controlling, and how to board the zephyr-powered vessel. First-time riders can feel at ease while following their Professional Air Sports Association–trained instructor’s step-by-step method, which ensures a minimal amount of seawater sputtering and a maximum amount of wind-induced giggle fits.