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Knysna and Sedgefield Spring Lessons

Welcome to spring! Awesome flying and riding conditions so far!

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine Garden Route coastline.

From Plettenberg Bay to Knysna lagoon to Lake Brenton to Buffels Bay to Myoli Beach, Sedgefield to Wilderness to Great Brak to Little Brak to Hartenbos to Mossel Bay ‚Äď we have all the spots covered. We ride, fly and coach at all of them.

With over 11 years of kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com or call 060 757 4414 for more information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Brutal Firestorm Winter

Each winter I monitor forecasts and track every major storm that sweeps our Garden Route coastline, hoping to ride the most furious ones that come through. In early June I saw a massive 40 – 50 knot storm on the radar. I was determined to ride it and started to get my body, mind and gear ready. There was a feeling of some chaos and disruption on the day of this storm and there were some logistical issues getting to the beach from Knysna. I had heard that there were a few fires in the morning and was concerned due to the magnitude and duration of the forecast storm. But I had no idea of just how devastating it would be. I did my yoga and meditation practice and headed out for a quick ride. It was a bit gusty but nothing really too intense. Nothing over 40 knots when I rode and I was quite comfortable on a 5.5 m kite. After my session I did a quick trainer kite flying lesson with my assistant. Then someone in the Sedgefield Myoli Beach car park said the road to Knysna was closed and the fires were raging out of control. What a devastating disaster it turned out to be. Deep condolences to those who lost lives. Material things can always be replaced. We let go of what we have lost, we learn and we move forward.

2017 Lessons

2017 is the year to learn the magical sport of kitesurfing!

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine Garden Route coastline.

With over 10 years of kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com or call 060 757 4414 for more information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Summer 2015 / 2016 Lessons

Myoli Beach Kitesurfing Summer 2015

Summer is here! It’s the perfect time to learn kitesurfing here on the Garden Route.

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine coastline.

With over 9 years of kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com or call 060 757 4414 for more information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Spring to Summer!

Kitesurfing Lessons Garden Route

Spring is here and so are the spring winds! It’s the perfect time to learn kitesurfing here on the Garden Route.

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine coastline.

From Plettenberg Bay to Knysna lagoon to Lake Brenton to Buffels Bay to Myoli Beach, Sedgefield to Wilderness to Great Brak to Little Brak to Hartenbos to Mossel Bay ‚Äď we have all the spots covered. We ride, fly and coach at all of them.

The mostly moderate winds make it a magical place to safely introduce yourself to this awesome sport.  For intermediate riders, the conditions are also perfect to comfortably work on your jumps and turns in the waves or at one of our local flat water spots.  Waveriding conditions along the coastline are truly epic and our uncrowded downwinders are almost endless!

With over 9 years of kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com for more information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Winter Fun

Winter Fun

Kitesurfing and surfing lessons continue throughout the winter season here on the Garden Route. Conditions are excellent for safety training and beach-based flying lessons Рbrilliant preparation for the coming summer winds. Soon it will be spring.

It’s wonderful to get outdoors and keep active through the mild winter and the weather is still fair and warm most days.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you on the beach and in the water!

 

Autumn in South Africa

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding in Aqaba  Shot by Jolinda Cath

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding in Aqaba
Shot by Jolinda Cath

I’m back (a little earlier than expected) in South Africa and available for lessons in Cape Town and the Garden Route.

The Middle East was wonderful for yoga, meditation, diving, kitesurfing and wakeboarding.

The autumn is one of my favourite seasons and it’s great to be back.

I’ve been testing some of the latest kitesurfing gear over the past few months. 2015 has seen some giant leaps in performance and some wonderful subtle and sophisticated refinements to the kites and boards that I ride and teach with.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you on the beach and in the water!

Summer 2014 Lessons in the Garden Route…

Stuart Barnes Kitesurfing Myoli Beach

As the summer sunshine continues, so does the wind and so do the kitesurfing lessons here on the Garden Route.

Join coach Stuart Barnes for lessons at Myoli Beach in Sedgefield and many of the other beaches, lakes and lagoons along this pristine coastline.

From Plettenberg Bay to Knysna lagoon to Lake Brenton to Buffels Bay to Myoli Beach, Sedgefield to Wilderness to Great Brak to Little Brak to Hartenbos to Mossel Bay – we have all the spots covered. We ride, fly and coach at all of them.

The mostly moderate winds make it a magical place to safely introduce yourself to this awesome sport.  For intermediate riders, the conditions are also perfect to comfortably work on your jumps and turns in the sea or on one of our local flat water spots.  Waveriding conditions along the coastline are truly epic and our uncrowded downwinders are almost endless!

With over 7 years kitesurfing coaching experience in the region we pride ourselves in strict safety standards and expert world class coaching. Our training is super fun and it will accelerate your learning.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

Wakeboarding on the Garden Route

Stuart Barnes Wakeboarding Swartvlei

It is well known that wakeboarding is essential training for efficient kitesurfing progression across all levels. It accelerates development of riding as it allows us to isolate board skill from kite skill. And the harder you work on it, the more rewarding the results. The benefits for all board sports on any surface are good. Regardless of your level, it’s just super fun.

We offer world class kite-specific coaching with an epic boat at awesome spots. The main wakeboard training venue is Swartvlei lake near Sedgefield. It’s a vast open semi-saline estuarine lake, that’s completely uncrowded for 95% of the year. It’s extremely warm in the summer and wind conditions are zero to light most mornings, offering great riding on nice smooth water surfaces…

For core wakeboarders we offer coaching and riding too.

Contact us to book your session:

onreturn@gmail.com

Welcome to Summer

Welcome to Summer

Learn to surf or kitesurf this Summer!

We are celebrating 6 years of fun and successful  teaching on the Garden Route. This feels like yet another magic season and we are enjoying sharing it with old and new students.

Surfing and kitesurfing are fun and healthy sports that put you in close contact with nature. We place a strong emphasis on safety in all of our training. The goal is always to get you going as efficiently and independently as possible while keeping risks to yourself and others to an absolute minimum. We offer lessons at all the beaches along the Garden Route.

Most of our kitesurfing lessons start on Myoli beach in Sedgefield where the winds are clean and consistent. We also do lessons near Mossel Bay at Hartenbos, Great Brak and Little Brak,  Wilderness beach near George, Swartvlei lake, Knysna lagoon and Plettenberg Bay beaches and lagoon.

email onreturn@gmail.com for further information, to chat about your lesson or make a booking.

See you in the water!