There are many great destinations for getting your feet wet at kiteboarding up and down the east and west coasts of the United States, as well as in lakes and large rivers. Many areas have instructional facilities. Here are a few examples:
  • Cape Hatteras, North Carolina –  Kitty Hawk Kites or REAL Watersports
  • Miami, Florida – Adventure Sports Miami
  • Burlingame, California – Wind Over Water
  • Grand Haven and Mackinaw City, Michigan – MACkites


I was born in Vail, Colorado, and started skiing as soon as my diapers came off, according to my mom. I spent my winters ski racing and training and my summers in Alaska with my family working at our fly-fishing lodge on river trips.


I fit in ski training at Mount. Hood, Oregon. My life was ski racing. At the age of 18, I had double knee surgery due to some tough crashes and overtraining. I decided to fly to Florida to take my mind off the snow.


On the beach I watched a man flying a kite on the water and knew I had to do it. I hobbled over without my crutches and started talking with him about the kite he had in his hands. He handed the contraption over to me to fly, and I was hooked. He became a great friend, and we started to teach ourselves this new sport of kiteboarding.


I continued skiing for a few more years, but every chance I got I experimented more with this kite thing. There were experts, but I had been bitten.


As I saw my life changing, I went full on and put all of my ski training disciplines into this new sport. While I was not one of the pioneers, I was around in the early years and participated in its early growing pains.


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