Kitesurfing Overview

Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing watersports to recently emerge in the late 20th century. It is practiced and taught all around the world on land, water and snow through committed, internationally recognised centres with qualified instructors, has it’s own World Tour which is now currently owned by Virgin Enterprise and has an elite crew of prefessionally sponsored athletes competing against each other for the annual World title.

Every year the sport shows a new face, an evolution involving the riders as well as the equipment as they develop and are refined through competition, both practical and commercial. As a surface watersports, its style is attributed to various other extreme influences emerging from wakeboarding, snowboarding, windsurfing, surfing, skateboarding, paragliding and gymnastics.

Once you have become independent, you can choose to focus on individual styles within kitesurfing. These range from freestyle, freeride, downwinders, speed and course racing, wakestyle, high jumps or hangtime and of course wave riding. With such a variety of possibilities available, your existing knowledge and experience or background in other extreme sports may lead you to develop your own preferred style and help push the sport forward!

Harnessing the power of the wind whilst being propelled across the water could quite easily be described as one of the most thrilling and adrenaline fuelled sensations out there.

It’s no wonder recent estimations place kitesurfing participants at over 1.5 million worldwide and steadily growing ever year!

Despite common misconceptions, the act of kiteboarding requires very little upper body strength and is almost all technique orientated. Muscle memory through constant repetition enables your body to begin to respond to the equipment you are been taught on and will eventually lead to a natural cognitive state whereby you stop focussing all your attention on one specific set of skills and start enjoying the ride.

That’s when the fun really begins!

Our team at Quest have considerable experience in imparting all the expertise we have aquired over many years of dedicated teaching, travelling and coaching and guarantee you the most unforgettable windswept experience whether you are a complete beginner or advanced rider looking to stomp that new trick.

Whilst offering complete beginner packages, we also offer private coaching, intermediate and refresher tuition and advanced level riding. Jamie our resident IKO coach has had the opportunity to teach, kite and ride in almost every possible location and condition in Kenya, from the shores of Lamu Island and surrounding Tana Delta region all the way down through Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi and Mombasa to the beaches of Diani and mangroves of the Funzi Keys. Not only that but he has done several major kitesurfing safari trips, most noteably to Lake Turkana in the northern province of Kenya and as such retains a vast amount of information, knowledge and experience surrounding safe teaching practice, best times of the year to visit and secret spots for freeriders.

Diani offers some of the best possible conditions for every watersport available, is the ideal playground for independent wave riders and perfect classroom for learners with its sheltered flat shoreline, offshore reef and steady cross shore trade winds

For 2015 we are teaching on a brand new fleet of Flexifoil Shiva 3D waterkites and Rage foils.

During full courses we provide long sleeve rash vests, sunscreen, foakleys if you forgot your own sunglasses as well as towels for showering down with after the lesson and a freshly minted ice cold face cloth to chill your face with too!

We teach at a maximum ratio of 2 students to 1 instructor, with 1 kite per group. Not only does this ensure your rapid progression through the various skills but enables us to teach in a safe and controlled fashion with the emphasis being on quality control and professional worth.

On completion of the course you will be certified according to the level that you have reached and awarded an IKO International Kiteboarders Training Card. This card enables you to continue with further training at other kiteschool venues internationally and or purchase rental options to allow you to progress independently.

Choose from our following selection of kitesurfing training options:

  • 30 Minute Taster

    30 Minute Taster

    It all begins with using a small land based 'foil' or trainer kite. Initially you will be introduced to the concept of the 'wind window' or area above you that the kite is able to move around in.

  • 3 Hour Discovery

    3 Hour Discovery

    Our 3 hour Discovery course combines all the previous skills covered in the Taster session, followed by an introduction to the water based kites and related technical equipment used with kitesurfing.

  • 9 Hour Intermediate

    9 Hour Intermediate

    Our Intermediate course is open to all levels and covers the complete IKO syllabus, everything from early Taster land based flying, body dragging and onto first board starts and solo riding.

  • 12 Hour Advanced

    12 Hour Advanced

    Our Advanced course covers the complete IKO syllabus and goes one step further than the Intermediate program. Here we focus on progressing the rider past their first board starts.

  • 1 on 1 Private Tuition

    1 on 1 Private Tuition

    Dedicated personal coaching with no distractions

  • Advanced freestyle coaching

    Advanced freestyle coaching

    Want to nail that latest trick?