Kiteboarding Lessons “We Make New Riders Everyday”

Since 1998, REAL has taught more than 37,000 students how to kiteboard. With 35 full-time coaches, a state of the art learning facility, and access to exclusive terrain, REAL is recognized as one of the best kiteboarding schools in the world.

Our professional staff, custom programs, "On the Fly" Jet Ski support, private facilities, and latest kiteboarding equipment make REAL the most advanced kiteboard training destination in the world.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.



Advanced reservations are recommended to guarantee a REAL Coach and Jet Ski availability. For more information or to book your kiteboarding lesson, please call REAL toll free at 866-REAL-548 or International 252-987-6000.

Want to learn faster? The TELLY Award Winning REAL Instructional DVD Series features lessons, demonstrations and camp curriculum from our world class kite camps.


Beginner Kiteboarding Lessons Learn to ride

Ground Control - $100/pp - 2 Hours - 3 Kiters/Coach

Ground Control is a beginner kiteboarding lesson taught every Wednesday and Friday at 10am. Get addicted to kiteboarding with Ground Control!

Semi-Private Coach - $100/hr/pp - 2 Kiters/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability riders with a REAL Coach and Jet Ski for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Private Coach - $150/hr - 1 Kiter/Coach

REAL Private Coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience, all the best kiteboarding equipment, and their own personal watercraft. REAL Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily. When you are looking for the ultimate learning experience, choose a REAL Private Coach!

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Ground Control

Ground Control is the most fundamental building block for learning to kiteboard. This on-land lesson covers rigging, tuning, line management, flying techniques, kiter safety and rider responsibility.

Water Time

Time to hit the water! Water Time is for students who have successfully completed Ground Control or equivalent. Water Time covers launching and landing, relaunching the kite from the water, body drags, water starts with the board, basic riding, and self-rescue.

Board Ride

Board Ride keeps your learning curve vertical when the wind is light. Use REAL's quiver of Jet Skis to learn how to get up on a kiteboard and log valuable miles before you try it under the kite. Test different kiteboards and perfect your board skills with Board Ride!

Double Down

Want more Water Time? This lesson builds on and perfects your ability to rig, launch, land, self-rescue and waterstart on your board. Extending your rides and kiteboarding both directions is also a main focus of Double Down.

Life of a Kiter

Learn what it takes to be a self-sufficient kiter. Rigging, bar and kite tuning, kite and board maintenance, beach and water etiquette, self-launching, self-landing, self-rescue, gear tech, and wind knowledge.

Kite Kid

REAL has a custom designed program for teaching kids. Why? Kids learn differently and they learn faster. With safety the top priority, REAL will teach your kids how to become a safe and self-sufficient kiteboarder.

Video Review

REAL Video Review is available with Private and Semi Private Lessons. Video Review allows riders a combination of coaching, video filming, and video review to maximize your progression on the water. A 3hr Video Review consists of 2hrs of on the water coaching and 1hr of Video Review.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


Intermediate Kiteboarding Lessons Extend your rides.

Semi-Private Coach - $100/hr/pp - 2 Kiters/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability riders with a REAL Coach and Jet Ski for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Private Coach - $150/hr - 1 Kiter/Coach

REAL Private Coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience, all the kiteboarding equipment, and their own personal watercraft. REAL Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily. When you are looking for the ultimate learning experience, choose a REAL Private Coach!

REAL Riding Coach - Pvt/Semi-Pvt Rates Apply - 1-4 Kiters

REAL Riding Coach offers the benefits of riding with a REAL Coach where the students and the coach are kiteboarding at the same time. REAL Riding Coach lessons were modeled after an intermediate or advanced snowboarding lesson, and they are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Getting Litt

In Getting Litt you will learn how to extend your rides by using proper stance, edging, and kite placement. Learn the different techniques required to kite in low, medium, or high winds.

Turn & Burn

In Turn & Burn you will learn how to change direction while kiteboarding. Learn to do stop, slide, heel side, toe side, and down loop transitions.

Downwinder

Downwinder will teach you how to get from point A to point B on your own. Becoming self-sufficient is the key to becoming a dedicated kiteboarder. Downwinder teaches you the skills required to take your first sessions completely on your own!

Carve

Learn how to ride switch, toeside and carve turns behind a REAL Jet Ski. Carve will help you become confident in riding your board and turning in both directions. These board skills transfer directly to kiteboarding and will keep your learning curve steep on lighter wind days!

The Holy Grail

Learn the proper stance, equipment and attitude to finish your session back where you started. A REAL coach will guide you through the steps to find the Holy Grail of kiteboarding: STAYING UPWIND!!!

Strapless

Intrigued by the lack of footstraps these days? REAL can teach you to ride strapless on a surfboard, skimboard or wakeskate. With the REAL Strapless lesson learning to ride strapless will be easier than you think.

Making the Switch

Learn what all the hype is about with kiting in boots or on a surfboard. Feel the power and feel the freedom. It is easier than you think with a REAL Coach showing you the way.

Gear Tech

Getting to know your equipment is the most important part of being a self-sufficient kiteboarder. Learn the history of kiteboarding gear and gain an understanding of kite tuning, rigging, stance, body position, harness fit, and proper safety equipment.

Video Review

REAL Video Review is available with Private and Semi Private Lessons. Video Review allows riders a combination of coaching, video filming, and video review to maximize your progression on the water. A 3hr Video Review consists of 2hrs of on the water coaching and 1hr of Video Review.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


Advanced Kiteboarding Lessons Extend your rides.

Semi-Private Coach - $100/hr/pp - 2 Kiters/Coach

REAL Semi-Private Lessons are a great way to match like ability riders with a REAL Coach and Jet Ski for maximum progression at any level. REAL Semi-Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Private Coach - $150/hr - 1 Kiter/Coach

REAL Private Coaches come equipped with a wealth of knowledge and experience, all the kiteboarding equipment, and their own personal watercraft. REAL Private Lessons are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily. When you are looking for the ultimate learning experience, choose a REAL Private Coach!

REAL Riding Coach - Pvt/Semi-Pvt Rates Apply - 1-4 Kiters

REAL Riding Coach offers the benefits of riding with a REAL Coach where the students and the coach are kiteboarding at the same time. REAL Riding Coach lessons were modeled after an intermediate or advanced snowboarding lesson, and they are booked in 3 hour blocks at 10am and 2pm daily.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.

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Boost

Whether you are boosting your first air or your first 20 ft. "Indy Grab”, this class can be tailored to your ability. Downwind riding and “On the Fly” coaching allow you to “pull the trigger” and Boost your brains out.

Wakestyle

Learn to pop and jump without sending the kite upwards. Wakestyle tricks require loading the lines and popping off the water. Our Pro REAL coaches are some of the best at this popular style of riding. Get all of this at one of the best flat water locations in the world!

Surf

Kiteboarding in the surf is the #1 goal among intermediate riders. This course focuses on riding in the ocean and breaking waves. Whether it’s your first time in the ocean or you want to improve your wave riding, this class can be tailored to your riding ability.

Board Ride

No wind? Get your higher education learning new skills behind a REAL Jet Ski with a wakeskate or strapless surfboard! The board skills you’ll pick up in this class will translate into you becoming a better kiteboarder. From beginner wakeskating to strapless airs, the coaches at REAL can show you the way!

Blind Man

Learn all the latest "blind" maneuvers like riding blind, landing blind, front and back rolls to blind, and more. Pro REAL Coaches will show you the way!

Handle Pass

Take what you learned in Wakestyle and kick it up a notch with Handle Pass. Start with the surface pass and work your way up to aerial handle passes.

Sliders

Ride the REAL Slider Park with a REAL Pro! You will learn advanced techniques on how to ride sliders with a kite. The REAL Slider Park has sliders and kickers from XS to XXL to help you build your confidence and sliding ability as you progress.

Pro Down

At the top level of kiteboarding, off water training is as important as on water practice. Pro Down with REAL's Pro Coaches and learn the mechanics of stance, body position, rotation, and kite control.

Video Review

REAL Video Review is available with Private and Semi Private Lessons. Video Review allows riders a combination of coaching, video filming, and video review to maximize your progression on the water. A 3hr Video Review consists of 2hrs of on the water coaching and 1hr of Video Review.

Ready to book your lesson? Need more information? Send us a message or call toll-free at 866-REAL-548 or 252-987-6000.


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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.

Learn about Kiteboarding Camps


REAL Lesson Center

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.


35 Full-Time Coaches

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.


"On the Fly"

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.


Exclusive Terrain

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.


Custom Designed Programs

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.


…Since the Beginning

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.


REAL Watersports

REAL is located in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, internationally recognized as the best place to kiteboard in the world.

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Where to Eat

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Where to Stay

Watermen's Retreat features 14 luxury condominiums, located waterfront, right at “The Slick”, and directly adjacent to REAL.

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