When you go tandem kiteboarding, your instructor (the pilot) will be attached directly behind you.Once in the water, you and your pilot will need to body drag a safe distance from shore before water starting. Tamatoa Gillot started doing tandem kiteboarding in 2013 in Tahiti. There were others doing it before, but he was the first to make it popular.
The team at Maui Kitesurfing School are excellent. Knowledgable, professional, and super fun. Specifically riding tandem helped me get a sense for the speed, body/board positioning, and kite control I would need to send it. --Bethanie
After spending so many hours on the beach watching all of the kiteboarders having extreme amounts of fun (I am married to a kiter). I finally got a chance to join in and experience the thrill of kiteboarding first hand by trying it tandem with Jared. Tandem kiteboarding makes the sport so much more accessible to those who want to learn or just experience the thrill of kiting. And I guarantee you will be thrilled, when I returned to the beach people were commenting on my screams of joy from the thrill of launching 15 feet into the air. there is nothing quite like it, cruising effortlessly across tropical waters, building speed, launching into the air and then floating back down to the water. Just amazing, there is no way you can leave without a huge smile on your face! And Jared is the perfect pilot for your tandem adventure with his unbridled enthusiasm for getting more people to experience the sport of kiting. This was one of my favorite of all time Maui experiences, it is a must do!! -- Angie
I just came back home from Maui and I must say that Kiteboarding Tandem was an amazing experience. I’ve tried it for the first time and LOVED IT! I loved the adventure and felt very safe during the ride. The speed was great and we even did few jumps. I took a lesson with Jared right after the tandem kiting and highly recommend Jared and Maui Kitesurfing School. I was very impressed with the whole experience. --Dina
Jared was awesome! I just started kite boarding and I'm not up on a board yet. I went out tandem with Jared and it was so FUN!!! We went all over -- and even jumped! -- and I learned SO much!!! I will definitely send people here:) -- K.C.
Just had my first kitesurfing lesson with Jared and could not have imagined a better experience. We went tandem first so I could get a feel for it and that was incredible. I was hooked immediately after our first jump. Then I began learning to fly the kite. I thought I would fail horribly, having no real experience with wind sports, but Jared was an excellent instructor and had me controlling the kite in no time. I am so pleased with our first lesson and can't wait to learn more. I highly recommend Maui Kitesurfing School to anyone interested in learning this incredible sport! --Annie
Excellent instructors (skilled, safe, patient, encouraging)
- Eager to see you learn (will take the pace as fast or slow as you want, won't hold you back or rush you)
- Generous with their time (follow up with you on the beach with tips even after lessons, give advice on gear and kites)I bought two lessons: One beginner lesson for my sister and one intermediate lesson for myself. Both were with Jay.BEGINNER LESSON:
My sister had never touched a kite before. I was very particular about finding an instructor who 1) was very safe and skilled and 2) would show her how fun the sport could be. I'd been practicing myself on the same beach as Jay and his students for a few weeks. I saw how every student who came away from his lessons was exuberantly happy and made a huge leap in their skill level. Even the most timid newbies made great progress. When the learning environment is so safe and the instructor is that patient and encouraging anyone is going to flourish. By the end of her first lesson, my sister was steadily flying the kite and body dragging! (This was such a contrast to my first couple lessons with a different school where they intentionally slowed the lessons so you'd frustratingly have to pay for 3 before you were even in the water.)She got a taste of flying over the water with a fun tandem ride afterwards and came back grinning ear to ear.I was so happy that she was so happy! If you're looking to hopefully trick your family member/friend/SO into loving your favorite sport, go with this school hands down.INTERMEDIATE LESSON:
I couldn't reliably stay upwind and wanted a lesson to lock that in so I wouldn't need to keep walking up the beach after drifting downwind. Bonus would be learning how to jump.Within the first hour Jay had helped me lock in going upwind. He rode alongside me, just upwind, and gave me constant feedback and tweaking. It's so much easier to get it dialed in just right when you have a coach drilling you on your bad habits. For example, I'd get so focused on getting my board angle correct that I'd let the kite drift up too high and lose all my power. Whenever it started to climb Jay would yell out "45 degrees" and I could correct in the moment. Much less time sitting in the water analyzing how I'd messed up and way more experiences of everything clicking. It was amazing. Suddenly I had control over my speed and direction.After that he asked if I still wanted to try out some baby jumps (YES!) and demonstrated how. His teaching style is really effective -- he'll explain, then demonstrate, then patiently repeat that process until you get it. For me he noticed that I understand the concepts much better when he explains in terms of the physics of the opposing forces, so started following up every simple how-to technique explanation with a physics explanation. After following his lead I jumped a short 5 feet then a super fun 10 feet. Can't wait to keep trying for higher, and so thrilled to get that experience from my lesson.A few last points about Jay as an instructor: I've seen him doing tricks in his own time and he's a total badass but he doesn't use the lesson to show off -- it's all about you and getting great practice time in. He does a great job of constantly checking in to see that you're feeling good and understanding how to do the technique you're currently practicing. And when you're practicing, the encouragement both sees you through the moments when you're floundering and makes the successes that much more celebratory. OVERALL:
I am so happy with my experience and would highly recommend Maui Kiteboarding School. Jay is a really top notch instructor and all of the other instructors I've met from the school are super friendly and generous with advice when they see me out on the beach. The cost of a lesson is a bargain for how much great help you get.-Kasia
Tandem Kiting Time: 30 minutes on the water!
Allow time for your instructor (pilot) to set up the equipment and provide a briefing Cost: $99 When: All year long. Monday-Sunday. Reserve your lesson in advance to ensure availability. Where: Located in Kahului, Maui at world renown Kanaha Beach (Kite Beach)
Why would you want to go tandem kiting?
* No experience necessary!
* The Ultimate Maui Adventure!
* Know if kiting is the right fit for you!
* Start riding today without the pain and anguish from learning!
* Catch some waves (only if the conditions permit and only if you want to do it!)
* Get huge airs or throw a front flip "like a boss!"
* Experience the full thrill of kiting without extensive time, effort, and money!
* The safest, most effective, and most fun way to learn to kiteboard!
* Ride with the comfort of a professional!
* Apply theory to your tandem kiting session!
* Receive immediate, informative, and useful feedback from your Kiting.com instructor (pilot)
* Get up and start kiting today!
Tandem kiting also known as tandem kiteboarding or tandem kitesurfing is the evolution of our sport! We will look back on kiting and wonder to ourselves why didn't we start doing tandems sooner. Skydiving and paragliding were both originally solo activities, but as their sports evolved so too did their way of thinking and teaching. Skydivers and paragliders alike soon figured that it would be a lot safer to instruct students by having a professional pilot at the helm of a larger and more reinforced canopy to accomodate two people (The pilot and the passenger). Kiting (the newest of the sports) followed in their path around 2013. Tamatoa Gillot opened the doors wide open when he went live with his inspirational tandem kiting video, "Tandem Kitesurfing - Double Pleasure - Kitesurf"
Tandem Kitesurfing - Double Pleasure - Kitesurf
Tandem kiting makes students learn the sport quicker because you have a professional pilot with you the entire time whom can provide hands-on, immediate, informative, and useful feedback to safely progress your kiting.
Would you jump out of an airplane or run off a cliff without anyone attached to you if it's your first time? If your buddies called you tonight and wanted you to go skydiving tomorrow morning, would you say, "Hey, I'm going solo!"? Probably not. If your Aunt Susan called you and asked to take you paragliding in the afternoon, would you say, "Hey, I'm going to run off that 5000ft vertical cliff by myself"? Probably not. So why would you go kiting by yourself when you now have the opportunity of experiencing it tandem?
We Offer Tandem Kiting With 2 Styles Of Boards
(a normal twintip kiteboard) - best suited for riders that want to keep kiting to its roots. This is what we know and do best, and we can keep it mellow or make it extreme as you want it to be! You're the boss!
(a kiteboard that uses a foil to lift the board above the water) - best suited for adventure-seekers or kiteboarders that want to learn to foil. Foiling is inherently more extreme and innovative than normal kiting, so be ready for some wipeouts!
What should I expect?
If you’ve never kiteboarded before than this will be your first chance to feel the raw power of a kite. You'll just be along for the ride until you're ready to start flying the kite with the assistance of your instructor (pilot). Your pilot will be attached directly behind you (similar to going tandem skydiving or tandem paragliding), and he will have 100% control of the kite. Your feet will be situated in the center two straps (if you're on the normal twintip kiteboard), or you will keep your feet on the center part of the foilboard (situated between your instructor's feet). You will also be briefed prior to entering the water on what you need to do to make your experience safe and enjoyable.
Kiting Requirements: Every student/passenger must be comfortable in the water, and you must be able to swim. We will not go out further than you are willing and able to swim!
Age Requirements: 12 years old to 80. If you are under the age of 18, a parent or guardian must be present at the start of the lesson to sign waivers for their dependent. Also, we can teach children under the age of 12 or adults over the age of 80, but this will be decided by a case-by-case basis.
Weight Requirements: Must weigh 150lbs or less due to gear limitations
When: 7 days a week from 11 am until sunset and when the wind is more than 15 mph. The first tandem lesson of the day will commence at 11am and the last tandem lesson will end before sunset.
Wind Requirements: To make your tandem experience fun, safe, and conducive to learning, we will need at least 15mph of wind. If the wind is less than 15mph, your tandem lesson will need to be rescheduled or refunded.
Where: Kanaha Beach, Maui, Hawaii located directly in front of the Kahului Airport. Look for our Kiting.com truck parked on Amala Pl and Kaa St.
What you need to bring:
- Towel & change of clothes if needed
- Swimming suit
- Drinks besides water, sunscreen, lunch, etc.
- Sunglasses and/or a hat if needed
- Go Pro or waterproof video camera (highly recommended!)
We supply the following kiting gear required to be able to go tandem: State-of-the-art Cabrinha kites, harnesses, life jackets and impact vests, bar and lines, lycra rash guards, pumps, kiteboards, snacks, water, and your professional kiteboarding instructor (pilot).