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Kiteboarding Lessons

You’ve got to start sometime. Our top notch team of international certified IKO instructors are ready to help take you from zero to hero or help refine the skills you already have. Kiteboarding is seriously addictive but requires a good knowledge of safety and the ability to troubleshoot. Our lessons give you that and more. Make it happen. There’s no time like the present.

 

From $175 per hour / min 2 hours
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Experience

Kiteboarding in the Turks and Caicos Islands has become synonymous as a top world class destinations. The weather, the water and the wind make these islands an ideal place for the experienced rider looking for untapped spots to session all day, and for the complete beginner to start the amazing journey. The possibilities are truly endless: Protected bays, flat water stashes, waves, miles and miles of empty beaches with perfect sand make these islands a kiteboarder’s dream.

Our kite program became a natural extension of our love for exploring, teaching and show casing these islands. The sport dovetails perfectly with our other activities allowing us to offer you another option when perhaps it is too windy to paddle or too rough to dive. With kiteboarding there is always something to do. Learning to kite here or experiencing a session here is a must. Our home ticks all the boxes from beginner to pro. Come and join us on the water.

Instructors, guides and team riders

We have a core group of 5 IKO instructors, male and female, with amazing kite, watersport and athletic backgrounds all of who love to teach and share their passion. Our aim is to make sure you have the safest and most exhilarating experience on and off the water while learning or progressing in this wonderful sport.

Like all our programs and activities, safety is our number one priority. With almost 25 years in the industry we use all our experience to make solid judgment calls based on conditions and the student or rider. We don’t push you and are happy to wait for the right moment. Communication is key, both yours and ours. We want you to have the best time possible.

Prior Experience

You need to be comfortable in the water and able to swim to take lessons. An open mind and a calm attitude are the best assets you can bring to your first lessons.

Prior water sports experience can help as can other board sports, but not always. The bottom line is you will get wet, you will get wet, very wet and salty. If it were really easy everyone would be doing it. Trial and error is a huge part of the learning curve at every step of the way.

Away from Long Bay it is highly advised that riders can troubleshoot, perform self rescues, make deep water starts and assess conditions and correct gear choice.

Riding in off shore wind conditions is best done with a buddy and even then riders must decide whether they can swim back and completely release themselves from their kite – not always the best or only choice but risk assessment is a fundamental aspect to making safe choices when kite boarding. Bottom line – we are here to help.

Instruction & Courses

We will either pick you up at your hotel or meet you on the beach ready to take you through your first steps or help push you to greater heights.

There are many ways to learn kiting. The bottom line is to be a safe kite boarder. Be able to make good assessments, good decisions based on wind and weather as well as personal experience while be aware of one’s surroundings both launch and land areas as well as other people.

The most comprehensive way to learn is to go through our 3 step process below which is a 6-7 hour learning curve. There is no guarantee you will be up and riding at the end, as this always comes down to the individual’s ability, but what you will have is all the knowledge to learn safely and go out there and make your own mistakes but in a safe way.

If time is of the essence then for sure our most popular course is the way to go. Bear in mind that it is a condensed course designed to get you in the water and on a board quickly. It is highly recommended that if you end up loving the sport, to come back to us for a course to focus on SAFETY systems, troubleshooting and self-rescue.

5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

1. Turks and Caicos and Long Bay in particular, is, hands down, the best place on the planet to learn kiteboarding. Its’ shallow warm waters are blessed with year round cross on shore trade winds on a perfect beach with waist deep water.

5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

2. We teach kiteboarding throughout the year except for September and October when there is little or no wind.

5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

3. June, July and August are 3 of the best months to ride. It’s warm, we get wonderful breezy tradewinds and it stays light until way past 7.30 pm.

5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

4. Winter winds (Jan-Mar) are often stronger and for seasoned riders we often get waves on the north shore.

5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

5. Our downwinders explore terrain that is simply phenomenal. Perfect for groups of relatively experienced kiters (those who can water launch and ride up wind comfortably).

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5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

1. Turks and Caicos and Long Bay in particular, is, hands down, the best place on the planet to learn kiteboarding. Its’ shallow warm waters are blessed with year round cross on shore trade winds on a perfect beach with waist deep water.

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5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

2. We teach kiteboarding throughout the year except for September and October when there is little or no wind.

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5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

3. June, July and August are 3 of the best months to ride. It’s warm, we get wonderful breezy tradewinds and it stays light until way past 7.30 pm.

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5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

4. Winter winds (Jan-Mar) are often stronger and for seasoned riders we often get waves on the north shore.

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5 things to know about Kiteboarding in
the Turks and Caicos Islands

5. Our downwinders explore terrain that is simply phenomenal. Perfect for groups of relatively experienced kiters (those who can water launch and ride up wind comfortably).

Current wind conditions

Wind & Conditions

The conditions are ideal for learning and teaching with waist deep water, side onshore trade winds and lots and lots of space. 90% of all our kiteboarding lessons and instruction take place on the island of Providenciales at Long Bay Beach, just east of the Shore Club. Low tides are optimum for most instruction situations, although more advanced students who no longer need to be able to stand in the water are sometimes taught mid tide.

Consistent NE Trade Winds

The NE trade winds typically blow from about mid November, through until mid August with wind speeds ranging from 12 – 20+ knots suitable for 9m -12m kite sizes. The whole of the south side of Provo is essentially side onshore, perfect for flat water learning, boosting and tricks, while Grace Bay and the outer reefs are great for kitesurfing and is best sampled by seasoned riders, kite surfers and foilers comfortable troubleshooting and water starting in deep water – too deep to stand in.

Westerly Frontal Systems

Coming from the continental US frontal systems can bring some really strong winds and steam in from the NW, meaning Grace Bay is now on shore, with sand bars and reefs covered in ramps.

There are so many backcountry stashes on Provo, around Provo and on other islands that to list them here would be almost endless. If you want to try a new place just call us. We have 3 main options easy to get to and amazing to experience, from mangroves, to flat-water heaven to out island paradises..

Tides & Currents

Tides play a massive role in all aspects of kiting here, especially in the really cool spots, like the reefs, the slicks and the shallows. Sometimes only a high tide will suffice and sometimes only a low tide works.

Currents due to tidal movement also have a great affect on the surface conditions but also the apparent wind so be aware, ask around, better still ask us.

What to bring with you

Hat

A hat is always a good idea
when on the ocean

Go Pro

Once up and riding,
it’s time to take a selfie!

Water

H20, Drink, Drink, Drink.
Stay hydrated.

Necky

neckies are another great way to protect your neck and face by offering total block protection. We have super cool ones as well.

Rashguard

The best sun protection is to block UV rays. Our sun shirts are ideal for this

Sunglasses

Wear sunglasses, which will protect your eyes from the sun’s glare. Polarized sunglasses will also help you view marine life under the water.

Sun Screen

Protect your lips, ears and other extremities but please use 100% bio-degradeable only

How to get to kitebeach for lessons and riding

Free shuttle and pick up service: If you are staying at a resort in the Grace Bay area, we will pick you up and take you to Long Bay for your lessons.

Taxi: All the taxis know where the Shore Club entrance is. You would just tell them Long Bay Beach, through the Shore Club Entrance.

Driving to Long Bay from West side of the island or Grace Bay: Get to the Leeward Highway, the main road running the stretch of the island. Go east (away from the airport).

Follow this road through the last round about where the road turns to single lane.

Keep going and watch for a large entrance into the area called the Shore Club. Turn into the Shore Club entrance. Go to the end and turn right, then there will be an immediate left.

You will see a beach entrance sign and a parking area. Park where you can. Don’t leave any valuables in the car. Head to the beach access and you will see Big Blue immediately to your left.

“If you’re in for an epic adventure… then surround yourself with inspiring people that know what they’re doing. Nothing but good vibes and beautiful nature. Big Blue goes above and beyond to make things happen the right way. I can’t wait to be back. Thanks guys. ENJOY!”.

 

Ruben Lenten

Pro kiter, RedBull athlete, King of the Air

“Thank you for such an amazing experience my team and I had during our visit to Turks & Caicos.
I will make sure to let everyone else know about the Big Blue customer service and how professional you guys are. Thank you!”.

 

Dimitri Maraminedes

Owner and Pro Kiter, Epic Kiteboarding.

“Turks and Caicos is a kiteboarders paradise. If you like flat water, blue seascapes and endless mangrove trails you will love Turks & Caicos. The Big Blue team know every nook and cranny on the islands and are the go-to guys for any and all watersport needs. Thanks for showing us around guys, look forward to coming back real soon!”

 

Jake Kelsic

Pro Kiter, Tona kites

“Wow. Where do I start? Turks and Caicos are such a special and unique place. It really stood out as a destination I want to keep coming back to. Wildlife, epic downwinders, crystal clear water and every shade of blue you can imagine! The locals are very friendly and Big Blue knows how to help make your stay one to remember”

 

Andre ‘Dre’ Phillip

Pro Kiter, Owner of Tona Kites, World renowned grounbreaking freestyler

“A paradise on earth with the bluest water on earth and there’s wind! Wind or no wind the Big Blue team will take you to all the best spots”

 

Youri Zoon

2 x kiteboarding world champion, 2011 & 2012

  •   My wife & I rode a double kayak through the mangroves. We wanted to get out very early in the morning so the team actually took us through the... read more

    tomsiner
    10/05/2019

      This is our third time with Big Blue. They are the only group we tour with at T+C. Not only are they true to their eco ethics - they have... read more

    Christine D
    10/04/2019

      Had a really great experience with Big Blue. Our guide Duncan was great. Saw some really cool wildlife in the mangroves....baby sharks, sea turtles,etc...Then went to half moon... read more

    Nathan B
    10/03/2019
  •   We did two trips when we were at tci. First one I won’t mention the company it was with another company and was good if you like rum punch.... read more

    tjhostenske
    9/26/2019

      Rico was our tour guide and did a great job. The trip was easy and we saw a lot more wildlife than we expected (lemon sharks, sea turtles, a... read more

    20182017
    9/16/2019

      My bf and I took the snorkeling tour. This tour is all about snorkeling which was we were looking for. Crew were very professional and we had an amazing time.... read more

    Jo_Cui
    9/14/2019
  •   Customer service (5 stars)
    Experience (5 stars)
    Location (5 stars)
    Equipment (5 stars)

    Beautiful day, nice people to receive us and settle is in our kayak, comfortable kayak, the... read more

    Xtinahoule
    8/30/2019

      Customer service (5 stars)
    Experience (5 stars)
    Location (5 stars)
    Equipment (5 stars)

    Beautiful day, nice people to receive us and settle is in our kayak, comfortable kayak, the... read more

    Xtinahoule
    8/30/2019

      We watched other snorkel tour boats drop people off at our resort beach when finished, full of lots of people having a good time partying. Nothing wrong with that. We... read more

    CiCiAnn
    8/29/2019
  •   Loved our paddle board excursion with Big Blue Collective. Duncan was super knowledgeable and just so nice! He made the experience so fun and enjoyable! Highly recommend this fun and... read more

    Joyce Lynn C
    8/27/2019

      The crew was wonderful and very patient. They made sure that we were watched after. They made my girlfriend feel very secure for her first time snorkeling. I... read more

    neyney70
    8/27/2019

      I cannot say enough about this trip. Less crowded than other tours. Tour guides absolutely the best! Like family. They really do al they can to make sure everyone is... read more

    Luv2run2012
    8/24/2019
  •   Great excursion with the best crew, Mike, Cole, Roger! Very knowledgeable, personable, and extremely prepared to provide instruction with regard to safety both in the water and on board the... read more

    d j
    8/23/2019

      My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit courtesy of Big Blue Collective - I appreciated the knowledgeable and polite crew. We spent plenty of time exploring... read more

    justinlD3587WE
    8/22/2019

      My husband and I had a great time. Our guide was so helpful and knowledgeable, definitely a great experience and good upper body work out too 😃

    SarahSchwiet
    8/21/2019
  •   A great trip for experienced snorkelers. Complete circumnavigation of Provo. 3 snorkel spots, including a chance to watch things at the wall drop. Our guides were very knowledgeable and likeable.

    MandN_Texas
    8/19/2019

      We participated in the tour with Rico as a guide. We saw plenty of baby lemon sharks and baby sea turtles. An all around great tour with an extremely good... read more

    johan b
    8/19/2019

      We loved the Kayak Eco tour! My husband and I with our 18 year old daughter and 20 year old son took the tour last week. We have... read more

    jk096
    8/18/2019