Lesson Center FAQs
"We Make New Riders Every Day". This has been our mission statement since 2001. Since then, over 50,000 students have completed our kiteboarding and surfing instructional programs. Outside Magazine ranks REAL's Camp programs among their "Top 10 Adventure Camps in the World".
Booking your lesson
How do I book a lesson?
Contact a REAL Pro by calling 866-REAL-548 (toll-free) or 252-987-6000, emailing REALPRO@REALWatersports.com or filling out the form here.
Do I need lessons?
Absolutely yes! Kiteboarding is a technical sport and kites have a lot of power. With lessons, you will learn how to control the kite so that you can enjoy the fun of kiteboarding safely. You wouldn’t try scuba diving or paragliding without lessons and you shouldn’t try kiteboarding without lessons either. Lessons will also drastically speed up your progression.
If you are already riding, lessons will push your progression to the next level. Whether you want to learn how to transition, boost, ride the ocean for the first time, or foilboard, our coaches can break down the skill sets into small, concrete steps and then provide instant feedback to help you shred even harder.
Do I need to be in great shape to kiteboard?
Kiteboarding is more finesse than strength. You are hooked in with a harness to control the power of the wind so it takes very little upper body strength. Being in better shape may help you learn a little faster, but we have taught people of all ages, shapes, and sizes.
You should be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.
What can I do to prepare for my lessons?
Kiteboarding uses large muscle groups so working your legs, core and back will help you stay fresh for your time with a REAL Coach. Yoga and anything you can do to improve your flexibility is also recommended.
How long does it take to learn to kiteboard?
In general, we suggest planning for at least 3 days to get you to where you can practice on your own safely. Practicing flying kites and wakeboarding will increase your learning curve. The more time you have on the water with a REAL Coach the farther up the learning curve you will get.
Generally speaking, with the REAL coaching program it take 3 days to become a self-sufficient kiteboarder, 10 days to stay up wind and 20 days to jump. If you come with strong kite and board skills you will learn faster.
What can I do to prepare for my first lesson?
You should also get the REAL Trainer Kite so you can learn the basics of kite control before your lesson which will expedite your learning curve.
Should I take a Private Lessons or sign-up for the Zero to Hero Kite Camp?
Many of our customers appreciate the private attention of Private and Semi-Private Lessons. The Privates will allow you to learn at your own pace and customize your curriculum. Also Privates and Semi-Privates will allow you to book your lessons starting any day of the week in Full and Half Day increments. We can cover the Zero to Hero, Evolution, Joyride Kite Camp curriculum and also foilboarding, park riding and kite surfing with a Private Coach.
The Zero to Hero Camp is a two to one student to instructor kite camp that runs on three consecutive days. It is schedule for Tuesday-Thursday every week in March through November. There is at least one Zero to Hero Camp scheduled Friday-Sunday every month.
The Zero to Hero follows a set curriculum to take you from having no experience to being self-sufficient so you can practice on your own. Included in the set curriculum is flying a trainer kite, reviewing rigging and safety, flying an inflatable kite, body dragging downwind and upwind, practicing board skills behind a jet ski, working on water starts, gear tech (selection, maintenance, and repair) and working on water starts. Zero to Hero is a great way to get a comprehensive, immersive beginner experience.
Who can join me for a Semi-Private Lesson?
During a Semi-Private lesson, you and your friend or family member will take turns using the kite so should be similar weight (within 50 pounds) and ability level. Semi-Privates are a great way to make the lesson extra fun by sharing it with someone else. It is also really helpful to your learning process to be able to watch someone working on similar skills while talking with the coach; it helps you get a better understanding of how everything works together and often provides great breakthroughs.
Before and During Your Lesson
What should I bring?
Students are required to have their own water wear. This includes a pair or watershoes/booties, sunscreen, a standard bathing suit, and/or wetsuits ranging in thickness depending on the season. If you do not have any of this, do not worry; the REAL Flagship Store is always stocked with the finest water wear and accessories so you can be comfortable on and off the water.
What is included with the lesson?
Our lessons include all of the rental kiteboarding gear needed for the lesson, a REAL Coach, and a jet ski for "On The Fly" coaching for kite lessons. During your lesson, you will have access to our Rental Shop which is stocked with the latest gear to make sure we have the right set-up for you to learn in all conditions. We have kites as small as 3 meters and as big as 19 meters. This is also a great time to try the gear you might be interested in buying.
What time should I arrive?
Plan to arrive 15-30 minutes before your scheduled lesson time (9:30-9:45 am for your 10 am lesson or 1:30 - 1:45pm for your 2 pm lesson). This will give you time to sign a waiver, get booties if you need them, meet your coach, and make a game plan for your lesson.
What can I do with my stuff during the lesson?
We have lockers on the back deck that you can rent to hold any valuables or you can leave your things in your car.
Is there a place for family and friends to watch?
For kite lessons, you can observe some of the lesson from our Watchtower which overlooks the sound or from Watermen's Bar and Grill's deck which overlooks our backyard and the Pamlico Sound. We do use a large teaching area in the water (thanks to using jet skis with all of our lessons) so you may not be able to watch the whole lesson.
For surf lessons, families and friends can follow the lesson to the beach and watch.
What if there is no wind?
If there is no wind at the time of your lesson, we request that you come to the Lesson Center to meet your coach and make a plan for the day. Your coach will work with you to reschedule your lesson to the next available time slot. Often times while waiting for the wind, you can keep progressing and having fun with a Board Ride session, Wake Foiling, E-Foiling, or Surfing. The great thing about Cape Hatteras is that the wind is never far away, and it is often much better than what is forecasted.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule my lesson?
If you need to cancel or reschedule your lessons or camp you can do so up to 14 days before the scheduled lesson or camp time with no reschedule fees. A rescheduling fee of $200.00 will be applied to any lessons or camps canceled or rescheduled within 14 days of the scheduled lesson or camp start time, and the remaining balance will be placed on your store account. If your lesson or camp is canceled by REAL, you will receive a raincheck equivalent to the value of the lesson or camp booked. No rainchecks will be issued for cancellations or no shows within 48 hours of a lesson or camp.
What are the next steps after my lessons?
Your coach will help make a customized plan for you at the end of your lesson based on your progress during the lesson. They can help you get the right kiteboarding gear so you can keep practicing.