"Kiteboarding School of Maui is the premier kiteboarding operation on Maui."
2nd Edition, page 108
When it comes to Maui water sports, our instructors are the masters! Many of them have lived on Maui for many years and consider various maui water sports particularly Maui kite surfing to be the best in the world. Below are a few highlights of who your instructor will be.
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - has been kiteboarding since 2001 and and been an intructor at the kiteboarding school maui for many of those years. He has a calm teaching style that suits any client anxious about lessons and is a favorite among intermediate level students passionate about Maui water sports. Aaron spends most of his time, outside of recreational kiteboarding, designing websites, kite-kayaking and teaching paragliding. Visit Aaron's website at www.deadc0de.org.
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - PAUL is one of KSM's lead instructors, has been a certified IKO and Professional Air Sports Association (PASA) kiteboarding instructor since 2002 and is the instructor in kiteboard training DVDs, The Complete Kiteboading Guide (2004) and Kiteboarding4Beginners (2007). In his spare time, Paul is a tandem paragliding instructor and is a team rider for Naish, Da Kine, Kaenon Sunglasses, and Rainbow Fins.
Owner of the Kiteboarding School Maui. Following a decade of global travelling as president of North America's leading luxury travel company Markus finally settled down in Maui in 2008. Markus was born in Germany, raised in the Netherlands and spend the past 17 years freezing in Canada. As he soon discovered that he was not cut out for sub-arctic temperatures Markus moved his family to the island and became immediately an avid kiteboarder in addition to several other Maui water sports. He now tries to divide his time equally between the office and the water with an occasional special wind dance performance when required.
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - originally from Brazil, has been riding and competing in South America since 2002. We try to keep Raquel very busy otherwise she is going to get ideas about turning pro again and then we will hardly ever get to see her smiling face. Raquel also conducts our kids' clinics and rides for Naish.
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - Born in Maui Hawaii, Dec. 2nd 1987, grew up in Sardinia Italy and moved back to Maui at 13 yrs and was first introduced to kiteboarding. With a strong background in gymnastics, skateboarding and many Maui water sports, including surfing and windsurfing he picked up kiteboarding as if it were in his blood. He soon became one of the innovators of the sport , even inventing some of the new wake style moves. Visit Nicco's web site at http://www.niccoloporcella.com/
JR INSTRUCTOR - has been kiteboarding since the sport started - a man who truly loves Maui water sports in everyway. We can find Monte down at Kite Beach on Maui performing the moves that most riders will be doing months later. He goes for the jugular with every move but has the patience of Job when it comes to his students.
JR INSTRUCTOR - has taught kiteboarding around the world—from the Dominican Republic to Greece. She finally decided to settle down in the best place for kiteboarding—Maui. While waiting for the waves to return in the winter, she began course racing in local races and has consistently placed in the top three. When not kiteboarding, she loves to stand-up paddle board, practice yoga, and cook scrumptious meals for friends.
JR INSTRUCTOR - has been kiteboarding for a few years - after managing his own school, decided to join our team. Cody also conducts our kids' and adult clinics
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - Born and raised in West Virginia Moved to Colorado and graduated from the University of Colorado Started kiting in 2005 on snow and became a certified professional instructor in 2007 Maui has been my home since the beginning of 2009 International Kiteboarding Organization (IKO) Level 2 Instructor for Water and Snow Worked directly with IKO Water and Snow Examiners to refine teaching methods to the safest and most effective to date Have thousands of teaching hours in these locations: Colorado, Hawaii, North Dakota, South Carolina, Utah, and Ecuador
SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - doesn’t recommend you eat deep fried starfish on a stick. It may look like a magic wand but it doesn’t taste like a magic wand. Charles Edwards has a college teaching degree, yet decided to teach kiteboarding for a living. He often wonders if that is considered “staying within the field of study”. He is an IKO Level 2 Senior Instructor who learned to kiteboard here in Maui. He says “kiteboarding ruined my old boring life and made it so much more fun and exciting.” He loves punting airs and cracking the lip in the waves on a strapless surfboard, or throwing big kite loops on a twin tip. As an instructor he will be your biggest cheerleader, yet when necessary you will find him to be incredibly patient. He has many teaching methods to suit all of his students needs whether if they are complete beginners, learning to water-start, ride up-wind, or just want to learn some new tricks, or ride a surfboard.
Rick Dees, SENIOR INSTRUCTOR - originally from San Diego, is a self proclaimed light wind master. Rick has a Master of leisure degree and has worked is child education. Rick is an expert surfer and accomplished kiteboarder, Rick has taught in San Diego and Texas. Since moving to Maui Rick has become a certified IKO level2 instructor. Rick does all level of surf and kite lessons. Rick's specialties include lessons for women and kids. Rick has specialty training in Teaching Kids to Kiteboard. Rick is a certified CPR and First Aid Provider
JR Instructor - Born and raised in New Jersey Started kiting on Maui in 2006. With a history of surfing, skiing and wake boarding, I became a certified professional instructor in 2010. Maui has been my home since the beginning of 2006 loving all it has to offer.
JR Instructor - Born in New York State, moved to Maui several years ago to expand on his culinary talents then found his passion for kiteboarding. He recently decided to become certified and share his passion for the sport and the ocean.