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Beginner Kiteboarding Camp
Time: 3 Days
Tuesday-Thursday Every Week
Friday-Sunday Once A Month
When: March through November. Available on Any Dates as Custom Camp
“In the three day REAL Zero to Hero Kite Camp you will learn what took us three months to learn without instruction. Dedicate three full days, and REAL will make you a kiteboarder!” – Matt Nuzzo, REAL Co-Founder
Required Ability: No kiteboarding skills are necessary to take the Zero to Hero Kite Camp. We accept beginners up to the water start stage. If you are past water starts, you should join the Evolution Kite Camp.
Goals of the Camp: The ultimate goal of the Zero to Hero Camp is for you to become a self-sufficient kiteboarder. Self-sufficiency means that upon completion of your camp, you will be able to go to the beach and take a kiteboarding session!
Weather: Cape Hatteras is one of the most consistently windy places in the US. We get over 22 days of 15mph+ wind per month. From March to November temperatures range from 60-85 Degrees. Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Booties are required for all students in Kite Camp.
What to Expect: The Zero to Hero Kite Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday every week from March - November at our Cape Hatteras location. We offer Zero to Hero Friday-Sunday 1 time each month.
Kite Camp runs six hours a day for three days and is taught by the best coaches in the world. Full immersion with REAL Coaches means that you’ll end your camp session with skills, knowledge, gear, and a plan that will allow you to quickly progress to the next level.
All REAL Coaches teach from a Jet Ski, following you downwind during your lesson. REAL was the first to develop this "On the Fly" coaching technique in 1998, and we have been perfecting it ever since.
Zero to Hero divides kiteboarding into 5 separate syllabuses that we’ll focus on during each of your camp sessions. These include: Ground Control, Water Time, Board Ride, Double Down, and Life of a Kiter.
Zero to Hero breaks down the sport of kiteboarding into digestible segments of flying the kite and riding the board. Once you have mastered both skills you can combine them and become a kiteboarder!
Find out more about Zero 2 Hero and get ready for your camp with our full length instructional Zero 2 Hero video. Watch the trailer below and check out the full length kiteboarding instructional here.
Intermediate Kiteboarding Camp
Time: 3 days
Friday-Sunday Every Week
When: March through November. Available on Any Dates as Custom Camp
"Taking kiteboarding sessions is what the Evolution Kite Camp is all about. Get over the hump with Evolution." – Trip Forman, Co-Founder of REAL
Required Ability: Evolution kiteboarders need to know the following Zero to Hero syllabus items: Kite control, launching, landing, and water relaunching a kiteboarding kite; How to body drag downwind; How to water start; A solid understanding of rider safety and responsibility.
Goals of the Camp: After the REAL Evolution Camp, you can plan on being a fully independent kiteboarder. Evo covers extending rides, long downwind runs, riding switch, gear knowledge, transitions, intermediate board and kite techniques, and staying upwind.
Weather: During the Evolution Kiteboarding Camp we will maximize the conditions that Cape Hatteras throws at us and spend as much time on the water as possible. We get over 22 days of 15mph of wind per month. From March to November temperatures range from 60-85 Degrees. Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Booties are required for all students in Kite Camp.
What to Expect: The Evolution Kite Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday every week from March - November at our Cape Hatteras location.
Evo Camp runs six hours a day for three days and is taught by the best coaches in the world. Student to coach ratio is 2 to 1. All REAL Coaches teach from a Jet Ski, following you downwind as you learn and progress. REAL was the first to develop this "On the Fly" coaching technique in 1998, and we have been perfecting it ever since.
The Evolution Camp focuses on solidifying the fundamental building blocks acquired in the Zero to Hero Camp to make riders fully independent. Each day will include focused instruction to help you attain specific goals that will propel you up to this kiteboarding milestone. We’ll work on extending your rides for miles. After you’ve completed a few long downwind runs with our coaches closely evaluating your technique, riding in both directions, transitions and staying upwind will become second nature.
Intermediate/Advanced Kiteboarding Camp
Time: 3 Days
Friday - Sunday Once a Month
When: April through October. Available on Any Dates as Custom Camp
“When you want to be your best, it never hurts to learn from the best. At REAL, our world famous coaches will push your riding way beyond your expectations.” – Matt Nuzzo REAL Co-Founder
Required Ability: Joyride is designed for self-sufficient kiteboarders capable of rigging, launching, landing, riding, and confidently staying upwind.
Goals of the Camp: Joyride takes intermediate riders up to the advanced level, and we log as many riding miles as possible! Riders will leave this camp riding more aggressively and efficiently, holding down larger kites, and launching jumps at will.
Weather: Joyride Kiteboarding Camp take the day's conditions and turns them into sessions. We get over 22 days of 15mph+ wind per month. From March to November temperatures range from 60-85 Degrees. Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Booties are required for all students in Kite Camp.
What to Expect: The Joyride Kite Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday once a month from April - October at our Cape Hatteras location.
Joyride Camp runs six hours a day for three days and is taught by the best coaches in the world. Student to coach ratio is 2 to 1. All REAL Coaches teach from a Jet Ski, following you downwind as you ride and progress. REAL was the first to develop this "On the Fly" coaching technique in 1998, and we have been perfecting it ever since.
Get ready for the ride of your life! The Joyride Camp is designed for riders capable of riding upwind that want to learn the secrets of becoming a solid, advanced rider. You’ll hit the water and attack your personal goals through proven instruction methods in some of the best riding conditions in the world. Long downwinders, riding in the infamous Slick (glass flat water), and even an ocean session gives riders a taste of what Cape Hatteras is all about.
"On the Fly" coaching allows the rider instant feedback on how to improve his/her abilities whether it be riding stance, kite positioning, or jump takeoffs and landings. First tricks are commonly learned during the Joyride camp. These include; basic jumps, back rolls, front rolls and spins. Other topics include; handling overpowered conditions, riding with speed, carving hard turns, unhooked tricks, introduction to ocean riding and more.
To build your board skills even further, a daily dose of wakeskating and wakeboarding is built into the camp syllabus. From the gear side, we tap into the minds of our pro rider-coaches and unleash their secrets about what they ride, why they ride it and how to tune it. With this information, you'll be able to assemble the ultimate arsenal of wind weaponry. Plus you'll learn how to use your own gear to its full potential!
The fastest way to becoming the local kite hero on your beach is to take Joyride.
Advanced Kitesurfing Camp
Time: 3 Days
When: Available on Any Dates as Custom Camp
“Kitesurfing is the pinnacle of the sport, and the REAL Kitesurf Camp will open your eyes to riding waves behind a kite.” – Trip Forman, REAL Co-Founder
Required Ability: To maximize your time in the REAL Kitesurf Camp you have to be a self-sufficient, confident, flatwater rider that can jump and transition at will. We will spend the maximum time in the surf to build your ocean riding skills and confidence.
Goals of the Camp: Kitesurf Camp makes kiteboarding in the ocean not only a reality, but a passion! Log as many downwind surf riding miles as possible. This camp takes riders who can ride flat water and turns them into surf-seeking rippers! Riders will leave this camp comfortable in the ocean, riding and jumping waves, and feeling confident taking their new skills to other surf breaks across the planet.
Weather: Kitesurf Camp takes you on tour of all the surf conditions we get in Cape Hatteras. We get over 22 days of 15mph+ wind per month. From March to November temperatures range from 60-85 Degrees. Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Booties are required for all students in Kite Camp.
What to Expect: The Kitesurf Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on any three consecutive days at our Cape Hatteras location. Kitesurf Camp is booked as a Custom Camp and requires you to book a minimum of two people for this camp.
Kitesurf Camp runs six hours a day for three days and is taught by the best coaches in the world. For all flat water training, your REAL Coach will teach from a Jet Ski and ocean teaching you will have a REAL Riding Coach. The fastest way to learn from the best is to follow the best on an ocean downwinder!
Cape Hatteras is the ultimate playground for getting your kiteboarding skills dialed in the surf. Due to the orientation of our coastline, we can find side shore ocean conditions in any wind direction. You will log numerous downwinders spending all of your time in the surf zone riding waves, rather than outside the surf beating back upwind.
Many ocean skills can be first taught and honed on the flatwater, so we utilize our REAL Lesson Center and PWCs where applicable. "On the Fly" coaching during these Pamlico Sound training sessions allows you an instant feedback loop. Learn to ride a surfboard strapped and strapless to unlock your true kitesurfing potential!
Advanced Kiteboarding Camp
Time: 3 Days
When: June 13-15, Friday to Sunday. Available on Any Dates as Custom Camp
“Every June, REAL hosts the number #1 professional kiteboarding event in the world: The Triple-S Invitational. Many of the top riders stay on for the Triple-S Kite Camp to teach you the hottest tricks and moves that were developed during the event. This is an amazing way for you to meet and learn from the PROS!” – Trip Forman REAL Co-Founder
Required Ability: To participate in the Triple-S Kite camp, you must be able to ride upwind, jump and land basic tricks. You must have the will to fall, very well knowing that you may fall all day learning to ride these new venues. Bring the will, and you'll leave with the skill!
Goals of the Camp: Triple-S will expand what is possible with a kite and board. Surf, Sliders and Slicks, and everything in between. Learn to ride with power and style in all three disciplines from some of the best kiteboarders on the planet. By the end of this camp, you'll understand that riding doesn't revolve solely around gear, it revolves around the will to throw down new maneuvers and learn to never stop learning.
Weather: The Triple-S Kiteboarding Camp takes place during the heart of the summer SW trades in Cape Hatteras. Temps are in the mid 80s and the wind is typically SW 15-25. Bring a full range of boards and kites, and tap into the REAL Rental Shop for whatever else you want to try.
What to Expect: The Triple-S Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m at our Cape Hatteras location. Come prepared to ride on site at REAL, as well as the potential for day trips to alternate locations in Cape Hatteras.
Hey, call us crazy, but since REAL developed the kite camp concept from the start, we thought it was our duty to unleash the highest end camp available. Simply put, all your time at this camp will be spent hitting The Triple S: Surf, Sliders and Slicks! For surf riding, Cape Hatteras delivers the goods with over seventy miles of rideable coastline that is kiteable in EVERY wind direction. All ocean riding will be in a downwind format, allowing maximum jumping and riding practice with coaching all along the way.
For sliders, you'll have a private pass to the world famous REAL Slider Park with the REAL Team as your guides. Known around the world as the “biggest and baddest” park in the sport, the REAL Slider Park sports a host of features for beginner to advanced slider riding.
With The Slick in your backyard, what location could be better for building your flatwater and slider skills! "On the Fly" coaching allows instant kite retrieval, meaning that any and all moves are accessible. At REAL, losing your kite at camp is like losing the wakeboard handle behind a boat. This is the only place in the world that your kite will come back to you…What new moves are you going to try?
Private Kiteboarding Camp
Time: 3 days
When: Available on Any Dates in Groups of 2, 4, 6, or 8.
“Custom Camp gives you the flexibility to learn at your own pace in a private setting. Don't worry about going too fast or too slow for the group, with Custom Camp you will always be learning the way you want to learn.” – Matt Nuzzo, REAL Co-Founder
Required Ability: REAL Custom Camps are geared for beginner through advanced riders. The specific syllabus used will be based on the riders in the camp and your stated ability level and goals. We currently use the Zero to Hero through Triple-S Camp Syllabuses in Custom Camps, and we will customize this to the goals of the riders in your group.
Goals of the Camp: To provide riders of any ability, beginner through expert, with the Ultimate Kite Camp Experience! Custom tailored to your group’s date request and ability level, REAL Custom Camps offer you the highest standard in service.
Weather: We get over 22 days of 15mph+ wind per month. From March to November temperatures range from 60-85 Degrees. Wetsuits are needed for the fringe months of the season, so if you have one, bring it with you. Booties are required for all students in Kite Camp.
What to Expect: The Custom Kite Camp runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. any three consecutive days of your choice. Custom Camps require 2, 4 or 6 riders to book for the same dates.
You'll meet your coaches at our REAL Lesson Center every morning. This is a private facility for the use of our clients and coaches only. There are no crowds, just miles and miles of flat, waist deep water for you to enjoy. You will have one REAL Coach and PWC for every two people in your group. You will also have unlimited access to our REAL Camp Gear with over 250 kites and 150 boards, all brand new.
Typically the REAL Custom Camp accommodates two groups of riders: those who can't make the scheduled camp dates and those looking to ride exclusively with their friends. For example, if you cannot make a Zero to Hero Camp during the week, you can schedule a Zero to Hero Custom Camp over the weekend. This camp can start on the dates you like and will be private to your party. Or if you have a group of riders who want to hone in on specific goals, the REAL Custom Camp will give you customized instruction for maximum progression.
On light wind days, REAL will focus on keeping your learning curve vertical with specific kite and board training. Additional kite flying, tuning, trick analysis, board riding, and video review have been proven to dramatically improve your learning curve even if the conditions aren't perfect.
REAL also offers surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and rentals to keep you in the water and active every day. Learning how to do each of these sports helps you progress as a kiteboarder and will keep you stoked on the water every day of your vacation.
Advanced reservations are recommended to guarantee a REAL Coach and Jet Ski availability. For more information or to book your kiteboarding camp, please call REAL toll free at 866-REAL-548 or International 252-987-6000.
REAL Watersports invented the “Kite Camp” back in 2000. Since then, REAL has been teaching camps full time and has evolved the program through constant feedback from our students and a full-time roster of up to 35 coaches. “We Make New Riders Everyday” is the mission statement of the REAL Lesson Center. 37,000 satisfied students later, our programs continue to lead the international kiteboarding industry.
REAL Kite Camps provide students with the ultimate full immersion kiteboarding experience. What’s the best way to learn Spanish? Move to Spain and immerse yourself! What’s the best way to learn how to kiteboard? Eat, sleep and breathe kiteboarding in a REAL Kite Camp.
Each camp includes:
The REAL Lesson Center is located directly on the water for kiteboarding, surfing and standup paddleboarding lessons and camps with 35 full time coaches, 12 PWCs and a private 4 acre Bermuda grass launch right on the Pamlico Sound. The new REAL Lesson Center features a 2,500 sq ft of dedicated school facility plus direct access onto the 4,000 sq ft deck, 3 private, separated classrooms, overhead video projectors, plus 5 outdoor showers, bathroom facilities, lockers, and more. As always, 250 brand new kites and 150 brand new kiteboards round out the school gear making REAL the best kiteboarding facility in the world.
Our coaches are the reason so many people speak highly of REAL. When you arrive for your kiteboarding lessons, you will find the friendliest, most professional people you will ever work with in an instructional environment.
Every kiteboarding lesson and camp is accompanied by a REAL Coach on a Jet Ski for "On the Fly" coaching. "On the Fly" allows students to learn months' worth of kiteboarding techniques in just one lesson. "On the Fly" is an instructional method created by REAL in 1998.
The REAL Slick is one of the most exclusive kiteboarding areas in the world. REAL is the only holder of a permit to teach kiteboarding on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. This allows REAL students the ability to tap into uncrowded waist-deep teaching locations in any wind direction.
The REAL Lesson Center is a private facility for the sole use of our Lesson and Camp clients. This keeps crowds to an absolute minimum. The state of the art REAL facility has been built from scratch for the sole purpose of being the best kiteboarding center in the world. While learning at REAL you will enjoy: Dedicated indoor and outdoor teaching space; Lockers, showers and restroom; Bermuda grass to the water's edge; Air compressors and outdoor music; Access to 250 new kites and 150 new boards.
The REAL Lesson and Camp programs have been custom-designed to maximize your learning curve, fun, and safety. Our comprehensive kiteboarding instructional programs began development in 1998 and have continued to evolve with the advancements in kiteboarding gear and instructional techniques. REAL is unmatched by any other kiteboarding training program in the world.
Outside Magazine rates REAL among the "Top Ten Adventure Camps in the World". Men's Journal rates REAL's Zero to Hero Camp as one of the Best Sports Camps in America.
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REAL has been involved in the sport of kiteboarding since the beginning. Riding and teaching since 1998, our experience shows. We have taught over 37,000 new students over the past 15 seasons on the water and snow.