Kiteboarding on the bay

What’s all the commotion about?

You’ve seen it at the beach, or maybe while on vacation, or even on TV. Kiteboarding is an exhilarating, dynamic new sport that is captivating tens of thousands of people around the globe. Here at Helm of Sun Valley’s Kiteboarding School in Foster City and San Mateo (part of the San Francisco Bay Area), we’ll help you convert from spectator to kiteboarder and teach you everything you’ll need to know to be safe and have fun in this incredible sport.

All of our instructors are local S F Bay Area kiteboarders, and have been trained and certified through the International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO). In addition to our knowledge and experience, we share our passion and enthusiasm for kiteboarding with our students.

Below is our efficient approach to help you learn the sport. By following these steps, you’ll be taking the fastest and safest route to becoming a competent kiteboarder. We look forward to helping you have fun on the water!

Attend Our 2-hour Introductory Kite Lesson

If you’re curious about kiteboarding and want to learn more, start by coming to one of our hands-on introductory kiteboarding lessons. In this lesson you’ll learn how to launch, steer, and land the kite. We’ll also discuss the wind window theory, how to safely kite at 3rd Avenue, and much more.

At the end of the lesson you have the opportunity to buy a trainer kite and “Progression DVD” for a great deal! The trainer kite and the DVD are invaluable tools in the learning process.

Practice with a Trainer Kite

It cannot be overstated how important it is to spend as many hours as possible practicing with a trainer kite. Kiteboarding is said to be roughly 80 percent kite flying skills and 20 percent board skills.  By the time you take a lesson in the water, you should be able to steer the kite by instinct.

View the DVD

Viewing the DVD will further prepare you to become a skilled kiteboarder and allow you to make the most of your in-water lessons by giving you a head start on everything you will have to learn and master. The DVD covers a vast amount of information that you will refer back to many times even after you complete your lessons.


Take a Lesson With Helm

So you’ve learned kite control on the trainer kite and watched the video. Now you’re ready for a bigger kite and you’re ready to get on the water. Helm’s instructors are some of the best in the Bay Area and will cover everything you need to know to get up and riding! A typical Land and Water lesson will take you to the point where you should be able to purchase a kite package and start kite boarding on your own.

Not only are all of our instructors are IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certified, they are certified in CPR, RedCross first-aid, and boating safety as well. All these lessons are one-on-one with an instructor, and water lessons are jet ski assisted. Lessons take place at  3rd Avenue in Foster City, which is one of the most popular kiting and windsurfing spots in the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Lesson Package & Rates

The basic lesson package consists of 6 hours in a private lesson broken down into 3-two hour parts: one land lesson and 2-two hour jet ski assisted water lessons. The cost is $495 and can be scheduled by calling (650)-344-2711.  Remember, we supply all of the equipment you’ll need.  All of our lessons are private and jet ski assisted.

Land Lesson:

This lesson runs 2 hours with one of our professional kiteboard instructors, and covers everything from making the transition from trainer kites to inflatable kites as well as understanding the wind window, basic rigging, line management, site orientation, wind theory, general safety, and much more. We provide all the equipment including: kite, wetsuit, booties, helmet and PFD.

Water Lesson:

After successfully completing the land lesson, it’s time to get wet! During the water lessons (two sessions-2hours each), an instructor will follow alongside you in a jet ski to guide you through practicing kite launch and landing, water re-launching, body dragging, power stroke, self rescue, water start and more. Once again, we’ll provide all the equipment.

Custom Instruction:

$100 per hour (2 hour min.) This is a private, jet ski assisted, lesson intended to take you from whatever level you’re at now to that next level.  To schedule a lesson, call (650)-344-2711