About our Teaching

Student Focus
Teaching is our main focus. We are not happy until you are up and riding with a big smile. We offer help with finding the gear, trips, kiteclub activities that complete the kiting lifestyle. We are committed that our students don't just take a lesson, they are adopted into our kiting community where there is always some friendship and help. You are welcome to always setup and kite at our SoCal kite spot, demo gear and share tips while kiting with others at our.  Join us!

Teaching method
You play while we safely guide you so that you can have fun and learn by doing. The needed motor skills will be developed in the proper order resulting in fast learning and high retention rate. It's effective and fun.  No boring lectures while you watch, you will be having a blast!

We are trained IKO professionals.  We are insured and certified and adhere to the highest standards in teaching and safety. Safety is our first concern. Instructors are responsible and first aid trained, but most importantly they can teach you to avoid situations of risk and enjoy kiteboarding safely.

Legal Permit
Now instructors must be insured, certified, and permitted by the city of Long Beach. Why? To keep the beaches open to kiting! We have one of 3 permits granted to teach at Belmont: Permit #31636. Please choose a legitimate instructor to protect our beach access.  If you are not booking a lesson with us at So Cal Kiteboarding, then your lesson is not legal and the Beach Patrol may stop the lesson in progress and issue a criminal citatation to the uninsured instructor, and you may lose your money.  Book wisely and support our SAFE kite community.

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We are SoCal Kitesurfing & Kiteboarding! 
We instruct in Southern California at Belmont Shore in Long Beach, CA.
We have one of the easiest safest spot to learn in the World!
We are one of just a few elite IKO Affiliated KiteCenters in the USA.
We teach everyday by appointment year round, but Mar-Nov is the best season reliable wind, so in the winter we also teach in exotic locations!
We are a personal and results-oriented instruction center. You get our personal attention and commitment to your success.
All of the instruction by the owner and kiteman Bart Miller (the Gringo Bartolo) and his hand-trained top notch IKO Certified instructor crew using the best possible methodology for safety, fun and rapid results. Our methods exceed those of others, and our results are the clear proof! 

Bart Miller 
IKO Examiner and Kiteschool Founder/Owner
Experienced Trainer of IKO Instructors
Head instructor for IKO kiteschools in International locations 
Instruction in Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing/Landboarding/Snowkiting
13 years experience in teaching Snowskiing/Snowboarding in Utah
25 years Power & Sail Boating experience
12 years fitness training instructor
10 years coaching youth sports and competitive club sports
Current First Aid/CPR provider/boating safety
SCKA Board and Kiteclub Director
Founder to only IKO Affiliated Kiteschool in Southern California
Host to first IKO instructor ITC in the region
Trainer for annual SCKA safety Clinic 
Trainer/Advisor to OC and Long Beach lifeguards
Organizer and Host to Belmont Shore Kite Beach Kite Expo
Expert for Weather Channel's kitesurfing program.

"I love teaching and adventure sports. Kiting combines the best of many sports. If you love sports, adventure, and travel like I do, this sport will change your life!   Great times and friendships and adventures await you!" 


Bart Miller 

SoCal Kitesurfing:
 "The Office"
 Kiteclub Adventures-
Kite trips and parties
SCKA Board Member-
keeping beaches safe and open to kiting
Training Lifeguards in Kiting Safety - cooperation with other beach users  
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of our local scene!
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Owner Bart Miller

SoCal Kitesurfing & Kiteboarding Lessons & Rentals
The Best Instruction at great prices! 

We are the only IKO KiteCenter permitted to instruct Kiteboarding at Belmont ShoreIt's the only beach in the Los Angeles and Orange County Area where Kitesurfing Lessons are allowed due to the breakwall that blocks the waves. Our ideal school location makes learning fast and safe, and SoCal Kitesurfing is one of the world's premiere IKO affiliated Kite Centers using safe and efficient methods. Plus our lesson prices are some of the best around the globe. No wonder we get students from all over the world learning with SoCal Kitesurfing. Come join in the SoCal fun!

Our Kiteschool is at 69 Claremont Place, Belmont Shore in Long Beach CA See MAP

Success made funour dedicated team does a lot more than just give lessons. We give the whole kiteboarding experience. Our success program leaves no kiter dangling!  Sure you only pay for the lessons, but we will help you find gear, get ongoing support, tips, and intro friends to ride with at our kitespot! Others stall out after their courses. We are committed to your success in becoming an independent and confident rider. We are there when the course is over. Join the SoCal support team of instructors, former students, and friends hanging out and helping each other in the fun and the journey at our SOCAL KITESPOT! That's the true kiteboarding experience. Then join us on kitesurfing trips in RVs and around the globe on sandy beaches and catamarans! Live the kiter dream! 

Better Instruction methods- Only with SoCal does your instructor join you IN THE WATER giving help when you most need it!  After you learn kite control on the beach with our patient and detailed system, then its time for the water. Does your instructor put on a wetsuit and help you in the ocean, or will he send you out there in the ocean all by yourself?  Will you be out there alone crashing the kite, losing the board, wasting your valuable lesson time? Not with us!  We are there WITH YOU so you avoid problems, learn how to handle situations, and most importantly you will feel safe! You will learn WITH your instructor right there at your side giving immediate feedback & problem solving until you have a handle on all water situations. Learn in half the time with our accelerated method saving unnecessary frustration and expense. OK sure it's a lot more work for us than yelling from the shore as you struggle, but we actually want you to learn safe and fast. We make the effort. Come to the beach, ask around, and watch SoCal teach. We have no doubt you will join us at SoCal Kitesurfing.

Customized to your style-  You can move fast or slow depending on your comfort level.  Hey, its your lesson! You are the one learning and we are your guide. You set the pace. We won't hold you back if you are ready, and if you need a little extra TLC, we are with you! Even the most timid will feel safe! We also recognize different learning styles and some want technical info and some just want to jump in. You will learn quicker and better and have more fun doing it your style!

Experienced Certified Staff-  We have a consistent proven method that exceeds what you will find elsewhere. Our staff is all IKO certified and we are one of just a few IKO Centers in the USA. What does this mean? While this means you will receive certification from the course, it also means we have quality of the highest standards. We take this global expertise and go a step further. We are the best of the best.

Great Value!  All complete lessons packages include an IKO certification card valid worldwide, SoCal Kitesurfing Cap or beenie or Tshirt, & A Kitesurfing Magazine & photo of lesson. Our focus is teaching so trust us to make an honest recommendation and save you money when looking for deals on harnesses, boards, and kites. We have new and used gear available at 'employee prices' for our students as a courtesy, and to complete your successful entry into the sport, save a bundle. 

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