Flying Nick

Kiteboarding Lessons the Stoked Way

Why choose Stoked Kiteboarding? We started Stoked to “Share the Stoke of our Passion”, and we intend to do just that. We are committed to getting our clients where they want to be as efficiently and safely as possible. Our goal is to create smart, safe, and independent riders. All our instructors are International Kiteboard Organization, IKO, certified instructors who know the proper methods to ensure you have a great lesson. Every lesson will be taught with top of the line equipment from brands including Airush and Mystic. We teach all our introductory lessons on short 10-meter length lines to make learning basic kite control easier and safer. When you’re ready to move onto the water, we’ll teach using a combination of two-way radio communication helmets and jetski support. This means less walking and more riding for you, as well as instant feedback to start building good habits right from the start. We are stoked on kiteboarding and our goal is to get you stoked too!

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Lesson Program:

Our lesson program has been designed with simplicity in mind. We cut right to the chase, skipping over unnecessary steps and getting you up and riding as quickly as possible. Our goal is to make every student an independent rider! Every lesson block will be 2.5 hours and scheduled in advanced. To book your next lesson click here. For additional lesson details, see below.

Winter Kiteboarding

The best and easiest time of year to learn! All kiteboarding specific gear will be provided. Stoked Kiteboarding does ask for you to bring your own skis or snowboard, helmet, and weather appropriate clothing. Exceptions for ski or snowboard can be arranged. Lessons will be held based on instructor’s choice in several metro locations as well as on Lake Mille Lacs.

The Stoked Snowkite Lesson:

Whether it’s your first lesson or last, this lesson will be customized to you, and the level of your skills. Two-way radio communication will be used when necessary throughout the lesson to speed up the learning process. All intro lessons will be taught on short 10-meter length lines to better teach kite handling skills and break down the learning curve. Topics included in the lesson depending on your ability:
  • Gear setup and pack down
  • Wind theory
  • Launch and landings
  • First flights
  • One hand kite flying
  • Kite transitions and relaunch
  • Powerstrokes
  • First rides
  • Upwind/downwind riding
  • Self-rescue
Single Snowkite Lesson: $250 for 2.5 hours
Two Adults: $400 for 2.5 hours (for intro lessons only)
Two Children Snowkite Lesson: $300 for 2.5 hours (for intro lessons only)
One Adult / One Child Snowkite Lesson: $350 for 2.5 hours (for intro lessons only)

Summer Kiteboarding

One of the best ways to enjoy the lakes of Minnesota! All kiteboarding specific gear will be provided. Lessons will be held based on instructor’s choice in several metro locations as well as on Lake Mille Lacs.

The Find your Stoke Lesson:

Your first ever kiteboarding lesson. This lesson will give you an introduction into kite setup, flight, safety, and mobility. The entirety of the lesson will be taught on short 10-meter lines to make learning the basics of kite control easier and safer. Most of all this lesson is going to be fun! Topics included in this lesson are:
  • Gear Set up and pack down
  • Wind theory
  • Launch and landings
  • First flights
  • One hand kite Flying
  • Kite transitions and relaunch
  • Upwind Body Dragging
  • Downwind Body Dragging
  • Self-rescue
Single Find your Stoke Lesson: $275 for 2.5 hours
Two Adults Find your Stoke Lesson: $425 for 2.5 hours
Two Children Find your Stoke Lesson: $325 for 2.5 hours
One Adult / One Child Find your Stoke Lesson: $375 for 2.5 hours

The Get Stoked Lesson:

For those who have taken a kiteboarding lesson before. The Get Stoked lesson handles all stages after the beginner basic lesson. This lesson is entirely customized to you and your needs. In this lesson you get to feel the power of the kite and get your first rides. Prepare to GET STOKED! Two-way Radio Communication and Jetski support will be utilized throughout the lesson to shrink the learning curve. Topics to be covered include:
  • Powerstrokes
  • Body Dragging
  • Waterstarts
  • Board riding
  • Board Retrieval
  • Upwind riding
  • Transitions
  • Self rescue
Single Get Stoked Lesson: $300 for 2.5 hours

The Stay Stoked Lesson:

For those who have been kiteboarding for a while and want to learn something new. From foilboarding to advanced tricks, we have you covered, just tell us what you want to learn!
Single Stay Stoked Lesson: $250 for 2.5 hours

Click here to register for lessons.

Services

Retail:

Our online store is here! We currently are dealers for Airush, Ozone, WMFG, Axis, Mystic, and Prolimit.

Trips:

We are putting together some trips later this year. Exploring new locations is part of our passion. We're really excited to share new kiting destinations with our friends and students. We will announce the destinations as soon as we have the details nailed down, but look for trips that break out of the old habits and explore new locations.

About Us

Just a couple of guys who LOVE kiteboarding. We teach lessons because we want to share the stoke we have for the sport with as many of you as we can.

Nick Ruchti

Nick Ruchti

Nick grew up barefoot waterskiing, wakeboarding, and wakesurfing on the lakes of Minnesota. He cursed the wind because it meant he couldn’t do the things he loved. Then, on a trip to Mexico, Nick had his first kiteboarding lesson and was instantly hooked. He learned to respect the wind, grew out his hair to match his new beach bum persona, and hasn’t been able to think about anything else since. His favorite styles of riding are foilboarding and kitelooping, and his favorite local riding spots are Pelican Lake and Lake Mille Lacs. He’s an engineer by training and trade, but his real passion is sharing the stoke of the wind with anyone who will listen. You can reach Nick directly by sending an email to

 

Scott Dritz

Scott Dritz

Scott is a SoCal native who definitely prefers the warm water over the snow and ice of Minnesota. He travels as often as possible to check out new kiting destinations. Scott has also fallen in love with the smooth, deep powder-like ride of foilboarding. Foilboarding opens up a lot of days that aren't kiteable on a twin tip. Scott is passionate about sharing the stoke that kiting brings. He loves seeing that light bulb switch on when the student makes progress. Scott's home spot in the twin cities metro is Lake Waconia. You can reach Scott directly by sending an email to

Contact

For all of your kiteboarding needs, the best way to contact us is via email -

We can also be reached via phone at 612.399.6693

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