Kiteboarding Lessons in The Gorge Lyle Washington
Operating 7 days a week | June 1st to September 3rd
Kiteboarding the Gorge Lyle. Get away from the crowds in Hood River!
Kiteboarding the Gorge Lyle, escape the crowds and experience the ultimate kiteboarding adventure at the Lyle sandbar near Hood River on the Columbia River Gorge. Our kiteboarding school, located in Lyle, Washington, offers the best beginner spot in the area, providing an unforgettable learning experience for kiteboarding enthusiasts of all levels.
Situated amidst the stunning beauty of the Klickitat and Columbia Rivers, our shop serves as the gateway to a world of thrilling kiteboarding and Wing foiling possibilities. Whether you’re a complete novice or looking to improve your skills, our experienced instructors are dedicated to ensuring your safety and enjoyment throughout your journey.
What sets the Lyle sandbar apart is its ideal conditions for beginners. The spot boasts consistent winds that are perfect for learning and progression. With shallow waters and vast open spaces, you’ll have ample room to practice and explore without the crowds often found at the sand bar in Hood River where the other schools operate lessons.
The sandbar itself is a massive expanse, providing an ideal launching pad for your kite and offering a unique setting to hone your skills. As you embark on your kiteboarding adventure, be prepared to be captivated by the breathtaking views of the renowned Columbia River Gorge. Nature’s grandeur surrounds you, creating an unforgettable backdrop for your exhilarating rides.
To reach the Lyle sandbar, access is currently only legally possible by watercraft. However, worry not! We have made arrangements to ensure your convenience. Simply meet us at our shop, conveniently located at 34 State Street (Hwy 14) in Lyle, Washington. From there, we will transport you to the sandbar in our dinghy, departing from the nearby boat launch.
Finding us is easy, especially for those coming from Oregon. Just remember to have cash on hand when crossing the bridge from Hood River to White Salmon for the toll. The charge is a mere $2 each way, a small price to pay for the excitement that awaits you on the Lyle sandbar.
Conveniently situated a short 12-minute drive east of Hood River, our kiteboarding school is also easily accessible from Portland, Oregon, with just a 1.5-hour journey. For those traveling from Seattle or Spokane, Washington, you can reach us in approximately 4 hours. Our prime location means that you’re never too far away from an unforgettable kiteboarding experience.
To join us at our kiteboarding school in Lyle, Washington, simply book your lessons online today. Our expert instructors are ready to guide you through every step of your kiteboarding journey, helping you develop the skills and confidence necessary to conquer the waves and soar with the wind. Unleash your potential, create lifelong memories, and become a part of our vibrant kiteboarding community.
Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn and explore kiteboarding in one of the most beautiful and beginner-friendly spots in the Columbia River Gorge. Secure your spot now and get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure. We can’t wait to welcome you to our little slice of kiteboarding paradise in Lyle, Washington!
Discover the thrill of kiteboarding with our range of lessons designed to cater to all skill levels. Whether you’re a complete beginner or eager to take your skills to the next level, we have the perfect course for you. All our single lessons are $325 for 2.5 hours, if you book our 3 lesson package you’ll save $50 and if you book our 5 lesson package you’ll save $100.
Please note: Our booking calendar does not reflect our actual schedule for the season. It is provided to allow you to choose your desired start date. After completing your booking on our system, we will reach out to you to confirm your preferred date and time. You will receive a confirmation of your booking through an invitation from our Google calendar sent to your email.
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All our lessons are certified by the International Kiteboarding Organization which means you are receiving the best and safest possible kiteboarding instruction available. We do not recommend taking lessons from instructors who are not certified as they have not been through the proper training to be able to teach all the kiteboarding skills correctly. The levels below shows the IKO set teaching standards that all our experienced instructors follow. Once you have completed your course you will receive an IKO member card which will allow you to rent kiteboarding equipment from any IKO affiliated center in the world.
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Take a look at the weather forecast and determine what days you may be available to do lesson. In the Gorge we typically need around 15kt+ to be able to fly a kite, so look for higher wind periods in the day and book through our online booking system accordingly. If you’re not sure, just give us call and we’ll be happy to help you book over the phone.
Most frequent questions and answers
You should be at least 12 years of age to learn to kiteboard, and you are never too old. In regard to fitness, people of all shapes and sizes kiteboard. Strength (especially in the core), flexibility, and endurance will help you to progress more quickly in the sport, but are not prerequisites for learning. In fact, kiteboarding is a great way to get into shape! The only physical requirement is the ability to swim. Beyond that, we match the appropriate kite to your size and the wind conditions. In a nutshell, with the same wind speed, the bigger the person, the bigger the kite, the smaller the person, the smaller the kite. Don’t worry, you’re not going to fly away. You’ll be perfectly safe as long as you listen to your instructor.
Yes! We provide all the latest equipment including, kites, harnesses, floatation vests, wetsuits, shoes and kiteboards for all your kiteboarding lessons. We also provide two way radio communication so that you stay connected to your instructor at all times and either a boat or a jet ski to transport you upwind when you get to the water start stage. We do recommend bringing your own wetsuit and water shoes if you have your own.
We do provide wetsuits but we recommend bringing your own as sizing can be an issue for some people. Also, water shoes (if you own them), hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, and water. We provide the rest!
IKO, International Kiteboarding Organization, is the world’s largest kiteboard training organization. To become an IKO affiliated center, kiteboarding schools must meet high standards of set criteria that ensure their commitment to quality and safety. IKO instructors are trained to teach using IKO’s safe, progressive method which helps you to reach your goals faster and with confidence. We do not recommend taking lessons from your kiteboarding friends or schools without certified instructors.
That all depends on you! Each person’s kiteboarding progression is different. If you excel at the sport, we will not hold you back, and if you need more time to feel comfortable, we will not push you. On average it takes about 6 hours to stand up on the board and ride a short distance. We recommend 12.5 hours, however, to increase your confidence, ensure safety and become fully independent.
The IKO progression is as follows: In your first lesson you will learn kite setup, safety and begin to master your kite control. In your second lesson you will begin to use the power of the kite to pull your body through the water and learn the body dragging technique. In your third lesson you will put the board on your feet and attempt your first water starts. Most people can only ride in one direction at this point and don’t necessarily feel confident to go out on their own. After 12 hours of training you should be riding in both directions and will fully understand safety and self-rescue techniques to avoid emergency situations.
Short on time? We can combine two lessons into one day and fast track you to the board!
Private lessons consist of one student, one instructor, and one kite. Semi-Private lessons consist of two students, one instructor, and two kites. Group lessons consist of two students, one instructor, and one kite. Group lessons cost less than private lessons, so bring your friends, family members, or partners! A maximum of three people on a discovery lesson. All equipment is provided for your kiteboarding course.