Proven Ways to Learn Kitesurf in HK Today: Everything You Need to Know

Best kitesurf school in Lantau, HK. Next to the beach. Lessons for all levels from HK$500/hr. High quality and premium gears included. Group of passionate, experienced and certified instructors. We aim to advance this sports and make it better for everyone.

Kitesurf – The Sport

Kitesurfing is a perfect combination of surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. It’s exciting as you can travel at a speed of more than 40km/h on the water surface. The kite also generates immense but controllable lift where players can jump 5-20+ meters above water and glide through the air.

In case you need some motivation:

Cretid: YouTube channel of Univers Kite

It is a very mobile sport. The kite is air-inflatable and packs into a normal-sized backpack, while the board can easily fit into the trunks of a taxi. While travelling by air, it falls under the category of “Sports Equipment” where most airlines do not have a surcharge.

See our FAQ page on my favorite spots worldwide and tips to travel with kitesurfing gears.

Kitesurfing is also a highly sociable sports. After all, you’d need to be pretty open-minded to get into this sport in the first place…

(Kiteboarding Season in Hong Kong)

Head Instructor

Michael is one of the five registered and certified IKO Level 2 Kitesurfing Instructors in Hong Kong (as of 2021). Teaches with passion since 2015, across countries like Morocco, Brazil, Colombia and Hong Kong.

We had organized kite trips in more than 20 countries including Brazil, Cook Islands, Morocco, French Polynesia, Colombia, Sri Lanka, Japan and Vietnam, and hopefully more to come post-Covid.

He speaks fluent English/Spanish/Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) and not-very-fluent-yet French.

He is experienced in teaching in various environments (flat water, deep/wavy water) and he constantly incorporate new teaching techniques and improve his teaching methods.

Michael represented Hong Kong in the 2016 IKA Kitesurfing World Championships and ranked 35th among 105 competitors from 21 countries.

He is also unofficially the first Chinese to finish the 2019 Mega-Downwinder of 750km covering the northern Brazilian coast from Cumbuco to Atins.

Michael is certified in CPR, AED and First Aid.

Instructor Network

Michael is an active committee member of Hong Kong Kiteboarding Federation (HKKF) that aims to promote the sports and add diversity to the sports and community. We are also in great relationship with Obsession Kiting HK, Hoitin Kite, Hong Kong Kiteboarding School, Kiteboarding Association of Hong Kong (China), Kiteboarding Hong Kong Association (KHKA), and many fantastic independent coaches. In case we are not available, we will refer you to one of these experienced and certified instructors we work with.

The Course

Prerequisite: At least 12 years old, and can be comfortable swimming at least 200m in ocean water.

The format could be private or semi-private with max 4 people a class. You might bring your friends, or the instructor would group you with student(s) of similar level – only if you are happy to. We teach in English/Chinese/Spanish/French.

The course follows all the safety measures and teaching standards of International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) and the content follows the 2020 syllabus recommended by IKO

Click here for full sized document. Copy right IKO 2021.

Depends on student’s purpose and level, 4 courses are offered based on the levels above.
1. Level 1 “Discovery Kiteboarder” course
– Avg 4 hours (1 day). Depends on student’s knowledge, level, spot’s environment. Max 4 people per class.
– This course is intended to cover materials in Level 1, which introduces wind theories, and basic kite piloting skills to any new-comers to the sport. It will also cover the most important safety procedures.
– Roughly 1.5 hrs of beach practice followed with 2 hrs of practice in the sea, wrapped up with some summaries on land.

  • Trainer kite piloting on the beach ~1 hr
  • Wind window theories
  • Kite setup and quick release procedures ~0.5 hr
  • Practice in the water (kite piloting, body dragging, etc.) ~1.5 hrs
  • Packing up the gears
  • Tips / suggestions to further practice
Trainer kite (a smaller one with less power but similar piloting maneuver) practice to explore the ‘wind window’.

2. Level 2 “Intermediate Kiteboarder” course
– Avg 8 hours (2 days). Max 2 people per class.
– For students who has already learned to pilot a trainer kite on the beach, and wishes to progress further to be able to get on board (water-start)

  • More kite piloting
  • Single hand piloting
  • Body-drag downwind & upwind
  • Water-start (i.e. get on the board with pull from the kite)
  • Self-rescue
Single hand piloting is an important skill to master. Feel how light and subtle the steering could be…
Downwind body drag is about generate power by drawing figure 8 with the kite and let your body drift with it.

Water-start first attempt by student: see how the board was ‘skipping’ in the beginning, and he almost sank with no speed. But as soon as the board pointed downwind, he gained speed and started cruising.
Self-rescue: using the kite as a ‘sail’ to get back to shore under extreme/unexpected conditions

3. Level 3 “Independent Kiteboarder” course
– Avg 8 hours (2 days). Max 2 people per class.
– For students who can already perform a water start, and wishes to progress further to be able to ride upwind/toeside, etc.

  • Riding upwind
  • Sliding Transision
  • Ride toeside
  • Jibing (two ways)
  • Self-launch, self-landing

4. Level 4 “Advanced Kiteboarder” course
– Avg 10 hours. Max 2 people per class.
– For students who can already perform basic cruising, riding upwind/toeside, and wish to progress to jumps and more advanced aerial tricks.

  • First jumps
  • Jump with board grab
  • Back rolls / Front rolls
  • Jumping Higher
  • Kiteloops progressions (kiteloop transitions, airborne kiteloops, downloops, megaloops)
Using a heli-loop (a kiteloop over your head while landing jumps) to soften the landing…

5. Refresher Course
You took lessons before but haven’t kited for a while, or you are new to the Hong Kong spot, we offer this bespoke Refresher Class to help you remember the basic skills, safety procedures (self-rescue), upwind techniques, etc. and give you a comprehensive introduction to kiting in HK (seasons, other spots, etc.)

Intended Learning Outcome

This course is intended to make student an independent kitesurfer where the student is expected to assess the safety of any spot, perform equipment set up and handling without the surveillance of an instructor. Student are encouraged to continue practice and advance his/her skill levels. Student would also be e-certified (on www.ikointl.com) whereby he/she can rent kitesurfing equipment around the world upon presenting the certification and demonstrating reasonable skills.

Course Equipment

To ensure quality and best experience for students, the Megaloop Kite School Hong Kong uses the top gears and latest models from the high-end premium German brand CORE Kiteboarding. Students will be provided the following during the training:

  • Helmet, life jacket / buoyancy aid, booties (feel free to bring your own if you have them)
  • Kite, harness, control bar, board

Students are responsible to bring/use/wear their own items below.

  • Sun glasses (with a tie to secure behind the head, if you don’t plan to buy a new one). Better if it is designed for water sports (polarized, strapped behind your head. I personally wear SeaSpacs, they can do prescribed ones too).
  • Rashguard (aka lycra, 防晒衣), board shorts (沙滩裤)
  • Wetsuit (for winter months) – rental available
    • For winter in Hong Kong, a 3-2mm full-body wetsuit is good for Nov-May and 5-4mm is better for colder months like late Dec/Jan
  • Sunblock (best to be water resistant with high SPF number like this one)

See our FAQ page on renting vs buying after finishing your course, as well as tips on getting your first kite, new kite vs second-hand kite, etc.

Price

(Applicable 2021/10/1 onwards)

HK$ / hr / person8-Hr Package (HK$/person)
Private 1v17505,600
Group (2-4 people)5003,600
* price include teaching gears, booties and shower (cold/hot)

Level 1-3: 4 hours minimum/session;
Level 4: 2 hours minimum/session

Students would enjoy a 10% discount on our gears in the shop.

Available for Rental
– Wetsuit: HK$ 150/day

Group Size
We recommend a group of 2 (max 4) for Level 1 “Discovery Kiteboarder” Course, since it would be a relaxing session, we will introduce the sports, wind theories, and practice a lot of safety measures.
Level 2 onwards we recommend a max group size of 2 for better learning experience. 1v1 is even better. This would help you progress to a successful water-start faster.

Payment Method
Currently we accept cash, Payme, FPS and bank transfer. You are free to pay after the class.

No wind policy
We understand that wind could be unpredictable, so if there’s no wind, we are happy to turn it into a shorter theory session, reschedule a different session and/or refund the unused hours.

Explaining the tricks and myths of relaunching a kite in light wind with student.

See our FAQ page for tips / considerations on gear rental vs purchase, and more consideration between 1st hand and 2nd hand kites.

Book Your Lesson

Get in touch through Whatsapp at +852 68796212, by email at megaloopkiting@gmail.com, through our Instagram handle @megaloopkiting or simply scan the QR code below. We will establish a quick call or exchange of messages to understand your background (will this be your first kitesurfing session or you already had some previous experience? etc.).

We will then schedule your first lesson based on the wind forecast. See you on water soon!

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Gift Voucher

Got a special occasion coming up for your friend / special one? We got you.

Directions

Main spot (Oct – May) is Shui Hau Wan, Lantau Island, google map link: here
Summer spot is Pui O Beach, Lautau Island, google map link: here
Detailed transportation tips please see the Directions page.

Student Feedbacks

Michael’s primary focus for the course is safety and fun. He teaches with heart, passion, is greatly engaged and always shows a high level of hospitality before / during / after the classes. Many students have become good friends and we highly appreciate this. We are also grateful for any referrals.

“Michael is probably the best instructor you can find in Hong Kong. …”

https://www.ikointl.com/account/feedback

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