(956) 299-9463 5709A Padre Blvd, South Padre, TX
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Take group kiteboard lessons to learn how to kiteboard safely - intro through advanced.
Book private kiteboard lessons for one-on-one instruction with full boat support - intro through advanced.
Take surfing lessons to learn how to paddle, balance, standup, and surf on the best waves in the Gulf of Mexico
Take a Kite Buggy lesson to become proficient at kite flying and buggying on wide-open sand flats and then later on in the dunes of South Padre.
Take a kite landboard lesson to become proficient at kite flying and land boarding in combination on wide-open sand flats.
Schedule a SUP lesson to learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding in the Laguna Madre Bay.
Take a kitesurfing lesson to advance in your wave riding, transitioning, and powered kite maneuvers in the ocean.
The first step in learning any new water sport is understanding the fundamentals and safety involved. Air Padre first started as a kiteboarding lesson center, but has now grown into a multifaceted adventure watersports complex. Our teaching methods have only improved with time and we now are able to instruct students throughout a wide range of water activities. Certified instructors, full boat-support, attention to detail and safety, and enthusiasm have made us one of the most highly acclaimed instructional facilities in the nation.
If you are planning on taking a lesson with Air Padre, then you have chosen the right establishment, and we will work hard to teach you properly and efficiently throughout your stay. Take a moment to stop by our location at 5709A Padre Boulevard to take a look at our equipment and meet with our certified professionals.
"For those on the fence I recommend taking the plunge and doing so with Air Padre.... very knowledgeable, patient, and helpful. As others have posted, it's definitely a good idea to get your video and trainer kite practice out of the way prior to the first lesson. My wife and I both had a blast and are making plans for our next trip to SPI to hook up with Air Padre for more lessons."- Tim R.
"...together we moved me from barely getting up, to one handed beam reaches at fast speeds! This was in 2 sessions and a total of 3 hours. He has skills for teaching! It was really a worthwhile investment. ... I really liked the SPI back bay with miles and miles of waist to chest deep water. If you fall you stand up and reset. This is much better than my experience in Miami with small sandbars to start on followed by deep water falls and waiting for help to restart when things get crazy. I will definitely go back to SPI to learn in the near perfect conditions before I go to deep water. The back bay is not as glamorous as the gulf, but get your skills together here and you will advance much faster. Two more sessions and my kite crashing days will be mostly behind me, then I will hit the gulf. Air Padre Kiteboarding truly maximized my dollars. That is the very best you can ask for. It was super, and I can't wait to get my jumping started!" - Bruce J., Minnesota
"I had a great time during my first lesson and can't wait for my next one. Even the basics like flying the kite were fun. Every exercise that we did was built off of things learned previously during the lesson. This made the experience fun and you could actually see how the exercises would help you to kiteboard. I highly recommend it to everyone."- Steven
"I would recommend Air Padre to everybody out there, the instructor all have the patience to go at my speed and pushed safety in front of everything. They worked around my schedule and had me up the first day. I would highly recommend Air Padre as your lesson center, hands down." - Dave - St. Louis
"Just finished my 3rd lesson and wanted to let you know how much fun I had. Also wanted to let everyone out there know that Jeff is an awesome instructor and that he is extremely professional. I'm not sure what I should have expected, but I was pleasantly surprised. No offense Jeff, but I didn't expect to be able to discuss advanced chemistry with my instructor. Anyway, I had an absolute blast and just wanted to say thanks and encourage everyone out there to come get a lesson from Jeff. South Padre is an awesome place to learn and Air Padre Kiteboarding is the only way to do it. Take care Jeff, and you can already book me for another lesson in August." - Allen
"Excellent time! Jeff has gobs of knowledge, patience and all the equipment to ensure getting you up for some great runs! Only one on the island to use a water foil to assure playing in low wind conditions. We were out playing when no one else could. He took us to great places on his 4 person wave runner to find the best spots to ensure the best conditions (water and wind) and get away from all obstacles including other novice kiters. Thankfully he is also a great cameraman! We have wonderful videos and pictures thanks to his steady hand. Photos of our sessions to come later if we can figure out how to get them to you! Need accommodations? Jeff can help with getting you a great condo a block off the beach and 2 blocks from his shop. Our hat's off to you Jeff.... no we do not have cowboy hats in Minnesota. We are planning a second session in April after we have thawed out from kiting in the snow and ice!" - Terry and Mary
"...thought it about time we praised the young man who took our kiteboarding to the next level. Prior to our visit we had been used to 5mm wetsuits, and oft gusty winds on the lakes on the South Island of New Zealand. What a delight to finally get some constant wind plus constructive criticism and positive energy from a real professional kiteboard instructor, who I know stands above so many others in the area. The next steps for both of us were made so much simpler when given the right encouragement. Where Jeff stands apart from other instructors is his attention to detail and his willingness to simply help where he can, for example getting up really early one morning to help replace my leading edge bladder with an old one he happened to have in his garage, which miraculously fitted! We both take our hat off to Jeff, and have since progressed even further in Queensland, Australia, where I have progressed to riding toe side, and my wife isn't far behind me! Great days in Texas, looking forward to the next time we meet our Texan friend!" - Cheers Colin & Susan Basterfield
"I recently took 9 hours of instruction from Jeff at Air Padre Kiteboarding and wanted others to know of my experience. I came to South Padre from Phoenix specifically to learn the ropes of kiteboarding. I now know that I could not have picked a better place. The bay between the island and the Texas coastline is 100 miles long, and the narrowest point is two miles. The most incredible part about the bay is that is only waist to chest deep, with a sandy bottom. PERFECT FOR LEARNING!!! There was at least a 10 knot breeze every day I was there (late July/early August.) My instructor really made an effort to accommodate me and to get me up and going, and the equipment was excellent (Thank goodness for the wave runner! Absolutely essential.) I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND AIR PADRE TO ANYONE WANTING TO TRY OUT THIS AWESOME SPORT." - Chris Moore Phoenix, AZ