Our Kitesurf school in Tobago joined the IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) in May 2011, furthering its commitment to providing the highest standards in teaching and safety. For the 2012/2013 season they have also added new kite inventory and a “board rental rack” so leave your travel bags at home and come try some new Toys.
Pigeon Point in Tobago is a perfect location to learning to kitesurf. Beach training is conducted on Pigeon Point beach or No Man’s Land. Body dragging sessions are started on either beach before entering the water, and then you are collected by jetski or boat at the end of the session by the instructor. With such a large sailing area and the use of a jetski or boat we are able to keep away from other sailors.
KITESURF BEGINNER TRAINING
The kitesurf school at Pigeon Point follow the IKO training structure as follows:
Stage 1: You learn to fly trainer kites on the beach, these are normally Ram Air kites or small C-kites. Areas such as safety, set up, launching, piloting the kite, landing, water re-launch and self rescue are covered.
Stage 2: Body Drag. This is where the fun really begins and we increase the size of the kites and enter the water. As the term describes, you body drag through the water using your kite to pull you along. During stage 2 you really get the feel for the kites, you will be flying either C-kites or Bow Kites. Your instructor will follow you and coach you from a jetski or boat. Inevitably you will crash the kite in the water, but the skills learnt in the first stage will enable you to re-launch the kite from the water, and get back having fun flying the kite.
Stage 3: This stage will vary depending on your board skills. If you have wake boarded, snow boarded, skate boarded or surfed, you might advance to a big board and kite. If you have no boarding experience we suggest taking a wake board lesson. With the skills learnt on a wake board lessons the transition to the kite board is usually smoother and easier. Once up and riding we will teach you the correct stance, piloting of the kite, getting up wind, recovery of your board, turning and much more.
KITESURF EQUIPMENT FOR RENT IN TOBAGO
For this season they have added all new 2012/2013 Cabrinha equipment. The new 2012/2013 Switchblade, Vector, and Nomad Kites will be used in our School and Rental Fleet.
For Rental though you must have a level 3 VDWS/IKO license or display sufficient knowledge and skill in order to rent gear.