And dolphins make us happy. Find out more about our cookies policy here.
Come and enjoy learning Kiteboarding in Chicago, Illinois for as low as $120 per person/hour! Rates: • $120 per person/hour. Type of Experiences: • You will learn kiteboarding with the the professional and teaching curriculum based on the International Kiteboard Organization teaching guidelines. What You Can Expect: We want you to learn this extreme sport as quickly and safely as possible. While kiteboarding, we need to share the launch spots with other kiters, beach goers and even casual onlookers. Coexisting and maintaining our access privileges depend on making sure we, as responsible riders, are courteous, safe and knowledgeable about the activity. Would you buy a parachute, strap it on and jump out of a plane if you’ve “watched a few youtube videos”? Of course not! Kiteboarding requires just as much training. Kites can pull well in excess of 800 lbs. and simply “letting go” isn’t an option when you are harnessed in. Learning the proper flying techniques, safety systems, and what to do in an emergency are all covered in the first few lessons Starts on land Ground school is not only where we start but it’s for everyone and anyone who wants to just try and get an idea of what is involved with kiting and also to gert a feel. It’s the fundamental course you must have before even touching the large kites on the water. We’ll start slow with a small low power trainer kite. This allows you to experience and learn to control a multiline kite and not risk injury. Once we see you’re comfortable, we’ll move to larger and larger kites, learning rigging and safety systems along the way. We’ll always be directly behind you making sure you are safe and learning the right techniques to master the kite quickly. By the end of this series of lessons you will have confidence with basic kite control, understand basic wind and kite theory, be knowledgeable in operating your safety systems, learned to rig a kite and have launched & landed a kite. Water Time! Key Lessons: Learn to Body Drag (drag your body across the water & tack upwind while doing so), refining kite skills including one handed operation, Practice Self-Rescue It’s time to hit the water with this series of lessons. If you have a wetsuit, bring it along, or you can rent or buy from us. You will rig, launch and fly a larger powerkite until able to do so confidently. We will head into the water to practice a “relaunch” from the water. We all crash our kite into the water once in a while but, in lessons, you will learn to recover from this easily. Sometimes the wind dies, equipment malfunctions or other things happen that disable the kite while out in the water a distance. We’ll show you the correct, easy way to bring you and your equipment back to the beach safely without a tangled mess of lines. By the end of this series of lessons you will be much more proficient with the kite and at times only needing one hand to control the kite as your steer through the water with the other hand. You will be able to stay upwind using the kite to drag yourself. Strap on a Board! Key Lessons: Kiteboard! This is it. The moment where we combine everything we’ve learned and you get to kite on the Fresh Waters of Lake Michigan! No one ever forgets the first few hundred feet they were able to plane on a kiteboard. We hope to give you that same experience in this lesson. Using all the techniques taught in the previous lessons, we will guide you on the best way to get up on that board, using the kite as a power source. Board edging techniques; Getting back upwind; Transitions from one direction to another… everything is covered to become a self sufficient rider. We will watch you closely and help to correct for the perfect technique. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
Was a great first experience, look forward to taking further lessons. Mike was very knowledgeable and made learning to fly the kite a blast!
“Kiteboard Mike” Szromba is considered the kitesurfing ambassador of Chicago, when Mike pulls up to the beach in his familiar Woody Wind Wagon surf mobile, the excitement is palpable. Watersport enthusiasts flock to see the latest gear for sale and even passersby who’ve never thought about wind or water sports can’t contain their curiosity about the stunning, colorful power kites dancing across the shoreline or an eFoil board seemingly magically levitating about the surface of the water. Whether Mike or his team are fitting a proficient water user with the hottest new water wear, or hosting an orientation for those just discovering the sport, “Kiteboard Mike” has turned “the stoke,” how wind water fanatics express their thrill, into more than just a thriving business but a wild and rewarding ride! Another fun fact about Mike—for over twenty years he toured worldwide with his band Fair Warning, the critically acclaimed Van Halen tribute band. He enthralled tens of thousands of screaming fans with his uncanny impersonation of David Lee Roth, for longer than David Lee Roth himself has performed in Van Halen.
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Full refund up to 5 days prior.
Hourly rates do not include equipment rental. Special prices for groups. Please put in your request with amount of time desired as well as how many people and we will send back a total cost for your situation.