Our Team

IKO Certified | CPR & First Aid Certified| Insured

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All our instructors are experienced IKO certified instructors teaching a set teaching standard of kiteboarding tricks and tips formulated by the International Kiteboarding Organization and SA Kitesurf Adventures. All our instructors also insured and trained in are CPR and First aid.

Dale IKO Instructor

Dale

Owner

Dale, founder of SA Kitesurf Adventures (SAK), boasts 15 years of professional teaching experience and holds a Level 3, IKO certification. With a wealth of teaching hours under his belt, he’s honed the skills needed to instill confidence in his students’ riding abilities. Originally hailing from Cape Town, South Africa, Dale has been kiteboarding for over a decade, instructing in various parts of Africa and the United States. In 2012, he established SAK in Cape Town, expanding to the Pacific Northwest’s Columbia River Gorge in 2014 after meeting his wife, Erika, in Kenya. Currently based in St. Petersburg, FL from Oct to June, Dale continues to operate another branch of SAK. His dedication to teaching has inspired countless students, witnessing their lives transform through kiting and winging. Dale’s expertise extends to strapless surfboards, with recent focus shifting towards wing foiling. When not teaching or leading kitesurfing sailing charters to the Caribbean or South Africa, Dale can be found riding waves on his surfboard, crafting original music in his home studio, or enjoying BBQs with friends.

Erika Owen Yoga Teacher for SAK

Erika

Co-Owner

Erika, the office guru and yoga instructor at SAK, brings a diverse background in Urban Planning and Public Health to her role. Transitioning from office life, she embraced teaching yoga and traveling with the kite school full-time. Since 2012, Erika has been a certified Vinyasa yoga instructor, completing her 500-Hour Universal Yoga certification under renowned teachers like Raj Patra and Guruji Andrey Lappa. You can catch her leading classes at Sukha Life in St. Petersburg, FL, as well as on all of SAK’s kiteboarding and yoga retreats. Committed to environmental and social justice, Erika ensures that SAK remains an environmentally and socially responsible company. When not teaching or assisting with the kite school, she enjoys hiking with her dog, stand-up paddling, delving into a good book, or nurturing her garden.

Tanner Profile SAK Kiteboarding Instructor

Tanner

Head Instructor

Tanner grew up playing on the Great Columbia River and has always been an instructor at heart. He started his passion for teaching as an assistant Tae Kwon Do Instructor when he was just 11 years old, and at age 17 made the switch to teaching Kiteboarding. With his IKO certification he’s taught all throughout the US, Mexico, and Puerto Rico, chasing the wind year round. Having gotten his private pilot license, he also has a deep passion for aviation and aerodynamics, making him a great instructor for those looking for technical explanations. Tanner’s preferred riding style is strapless freestyle, as well as hydro foiling for the real light wind days.

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Aiden

IKO Instructor

Being raised by a kite surfing family, Aidan has been kiteboarding for the better part of his lifetime. He began kiting on the shores of Well’s island; learning from his parents as they utilized every moment of their short weekend to kiteboard. He fell in love with instructing shortly after being IKO certified as he found spreading the joy of kiteboarding, the sport that has enriched his life for years, to be extremely gratifying. Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, being active outdoors and in nature has always been a fundamental part of his personality. Enjoying such activities like hiking, mountain biking, and exploring in general when he’s not on the water.
 
 
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Edwin

IKO Instructor

Edwin’s love for watersports sparked at Lake Cumberland, Kentucky, where he mastered slalom skiing at the age of 11. During college, while living on the shores of Lake Michigan, he delved into 2-line stunt kites. Intrigued by kiteboarding in the late 90s, he embarked on his first lessons in Hood River, Oregon, in 2003. Joining the COWS group later, Edwin and his companions have since explored the best kite spots across the Midwest. He thrives in diverse water conditions and is gradually warming up to snow sports (but not the cold!). Transitioning from teaching philosophy to administration, Edwin’s passion for teaching remains unwavering. Kiteboarding now serves as his outdoor classroom, where he delights in witnessing his students’ triumphs, whether it’s their first water starts or jumps. Nowadays, Edwin travels with his wife Lu and their dog Ace, teaching watersports full-time across the Caribbean, Hatteras Island, and back in Hood River, Oregon.

Nancy

IKO Instructor

Nancy Diane has been Kiting 5 years. I learned in the Gorge and honed my skills in Saint Petersburg FL. I love to coach kiters who are beginners and feel the need for a bit more security to get to be an independent kiter. Hood River and the Columbia River is my home, but i love to kite in many conditions. The Flat water, in sunny Florida in the winter or the swell in La Ventana, the translucent turquoise waters in Sardinia or the flat lagoons in Sicily. I love to travel and kite. Nancy Diane is an RN and utmost safety and fun are the goals for my students.

 
Ben Gorge IKO Instructor

Ben

IKO Instructor

Ben started his kitesurfing journey right here at SAK in Lyle. At the time, he didn’t have any expectations for the sport, but once Dale got him riding Ben instantly fell in love with the sport. While most of the SAK crew is focused on strapless wave riding, Ben stays true to the twin tip. When it’s too windy for lessons, you’ll usually find Ben in the mouth of the Klickitat jumping high and hucking megaloops. When there isn’t any wind, you’ll usually find him crying while staring at the wind forecast.

Zulu

Greetings

Zulu is SAK’s tiny, but mighty mascot and the best kite dog ever! He loves greeting customers at the shop and on the beach with no shortage of love and licks. He has no fear of the wind or water and took his first ride on a kiteboard with Dale when he was less than a year old. When not kiteboarding, you can find him running on the beach, splashing through the water, sniffing something delicious, chasing squirrels, or curled up in his little bed snoozing away.

 
 
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