Radical Sports 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 we have also added new kite inventory and a “board rental rack” so leave your travel bags at home and come try some new Toys.
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.
The Pigeon Point beach area is a great calm water location to learn to kite surf. 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.
For this season we have added more 2013 and 2014 Cabrinha gear. The new 2013/2014 Switchblade, Vector, and Drifter 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. Rental space will be limited so please email us in advance for availability.
For Rental and Course info please email us. Happy Kite Surfing!