INSTRUCTOR: David Drinkwater
YEARS KITING: 9
YEARS TEACHING: 4
HOME TOWN: Toronto
TEACHING OUT OF: 10 minutes north of Sauble Beach are the Oliphant Fishing Islands. Oliphant is one of Ontarios prime kiteboard locations, its warm and shallow water makes it an ideal place to learn how to kitesurf. Taking big waves, and deep water out of the equation makes for a better learning experience and many of the provinces best riders learned to kite here.
SPONSORS: BestKiteboarding.com Rogue Wave Custom Dakine
FAV PLACE TO RIDE IN ONTARIO: Oliphant, Sauble Beach, Wasaga Beach and Allenwood, and Christian Island
FAV AWAY FROM HOME SPOT: Taiba, Brazil and La Boca, Dominican Republic.
HOW I GOT INTO KITING: My father was a glider pilot and wanted to learn how to paraglide up at our cottage. Realizing the conditions were not ideal, we started looking into kiteboarding. We have been kiting together now for 9 years.
BOOKING A LESSON
Kiteboarding revolves around the wind. In the case that there is no wind, or the wind shuts off during your lesson, the lesson will be prorated and rescheduled at your convenience. We do our best to schedule lessons according to wind forecasts, but no forecast is necessarily 100% and forecasts can occasionally be wrong.
Required information for booking: Name, dates of availability, previous experience with power kites and boardsports, and whether or not you already have your own gear.
Lessons in other locations: Mobile, private lessons in Wasaga Beach and Toronto (Spring and Fall). Call 705 716 9711 for more information.
DWkiteboarding teaches on the latest 2011 kiteboarding equipment from www.BestKiteboarding.com. During your lesson all gear will be supplied, this does not include wet suits. If cold water is a concern, a wetsuit is recommended.
Sauble Beach, Oliphant: Offering the best kiteboarding and kitesurfing conditions in Ontario. With shallow flat water in Oliphant, and ocean like swell in Sauble Beach, you cant ask for anything better.
Wind Direction: S, SW, W, NW, N
Condition: Shallow and flat water in Oliphant, waves, and deep water in Sauble Main Beach.
Wasaga Beach, Allenwood: Just 1.5 hours from Toronto, Wasaga offers amazing conditions with clean waves, and warm temperatures in the summer.
Wind Direction: N, NW, W
Condition: Fairly shallow for 200 metres out then deep with rolling waves.
Toronto, Ashbridges Bay: Great place to catch a north easterly breeze in the Spring and Fall, but can be very busy during summer months.
Wind Direction: NE, E, SE
Condition: Deep water, with waves, undertow and currents.
Package 1: Become a Kiteboarder!
5 Hour Package: $299.00
This 5 hour lesson includes background and theory, ground school, rigging and safety, and a water Lesson, and takes you through all the necessary steps to become a confident and safe kiteboarder. The goal is take a person with no experience and give them the confidence to take his or her own gear out to practice kiteboarding safely and effectively, at any suitable beach around the world. You will also learn a bit about beach and kiting etiquette.
Lesson One: On The Ground
On The Ground starts with a theory class explaining important concepts, we then move on to exploring the "wind window" and start immediately flying a 3 metre trainer kite, practicing launching and landing. We set up and rig a full size inflatable kite carefully reviewing saftey features, kite features and control bar and lineset features. This is where you get into the good stuff of stage two: learning the fundamentals of flying the kite to generate power, which is key to getting up and riding the board.
Lesson Two: In The Water
Welcome to In The Water! This lesson starts with launching and landing a 4 line BEST Kahoona. You take the fundamentals you learned in your Ground Lesson and learn to use the power in the kite to help drag you through the water in all directions, relative to wind direction. This is an all important technique known as "Body Dragging". This is an important skill to have because when you are riding and you wipe out and lose your board, you will be able to easily body drag upwind to retrieve it. Next is water relaunch, going over the fundamentals in relaunching a an inflatable kite in the water, so you can spend more time riding and less time floating around. Finally, we work on your water starts. Welcome to the sport!
Gear for 2011
Check in at the end of August for great prices on school gear. In the meantime, you can check out www.bestkiteboarding.com or www.Boardsports.ca, located at 2010 Yonge Street, Toronto (416) 485-9463
Kiteboarding Info and Message Boards
www.bestkiteboarding.com, www.boardsports.ca, www.thechickenloop.com, www.kiteforum.com, www.kitescoop.com
2011 Best Taboo 10m-$650
In New condition Used 2 times
2011 Best Taboo 12m-$700
Used 5 times. Pro Repair from kiteloft.ca of 6 inch tair in Ripstop near wingtip.
2011 Best Taboo 7m-$599
Kite Is new in Bag-Never used kite only
2011 Best Taboo 8m-$599
In New condition Used once kite only
2011 Best Taboo 14m-$750
Used 4 times, like new. Great light wind kite, has huge wind range.
2011 Best Kahoona 7.5m-$550
Used 10 times or less- in new condition. Great kite for begginer. Super easy to re-launch, with huge low end power.
2011 Best Kahoona 11.5-$650
Used 10 times or less-In new condition Great kite for begginer. Super easy to re-launch, stable, and tons of low end power.
2010 Best 3m Trainer kite-$199
Used Trainer kite. Tons of life left in it. Flys great in light winds, tons of power for its size....Great kite to learn on
2011 Best Redline Bars-$259
Great bar with easy to use safety system and sheeting system.
2011 Best Profanity 142cm-$650
Deck only with fins