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- aymeric v
Best learning experience ! We heard about Santa Marianita from other travelers on the road in Ecuador, and decided that It would be nice to learn Kitesurf there. We are so glad we went there ! We arrived on the beach side and met... read more - 08/04/18Jose Antonio Borrero
Kite Ecuador is by far the best place to learn how to kitesurf in Ecuador. My family and I learned how to kitesurf several years ago and since then we keep coming back to Javier´s Kitesurfing school. He is very... read more - 07/05/18Dennis D
Hidden Gem The day I decided to take kiting off my bucket list I followed the wind and landed at this hidden gem Santa Marianita in Ecuador. Javier at Kite Ecuador took me on as a student. He practises patients and had... read more - 02/04/18
- Ivan Städler
I spent several weeks with Javier and his crew. He had the patience to teach me all about kitesurfing 🙂 And he really knows what he's doing. Safety first! He speaks Englisch fluently, but is also willing to let you... read more - 09/04/18Nate A
Awesome kiting with a great instructor Javier is a great dude and has some fantastic kite gear. He is more than willing to take the time for you to fully understand the theory as well as the practical side of kite boarding. Great prices and fun... read more - 11/04/18
- Dennis Dinelle
The day I decided to take kiting off my bucket list I followed the wind and landed at this hidden gem Santa Marianita in Ecuador. Javier at Kite Ecuador took me on as a student. He practises... read more - 02/04/18romeov947
Best school in Ecuador! Javier is an amazing instructor, he is very clear in his instructions and makes it easy to learn. After only 5 hours I already was on the board. He's has a lot of equipment so you can kite in every... read more - 06/05/18
- Mario Heene
I went to Sant Marianita in November 2017 to learn kitesurfing with Kite Ecuador. Javier and his crew all are very nice and helpful people, who made me feel very welcome.Javier is a great instructor and very concerned about the... read more - 22/04/18Michael Kirchner
Looking for a Kite Spot in Ecuador a Friend recommended Javier´s Kite School in Santa Marianita. It was one of our best decisions to go kiting there. After very good instructions of how to handle the waves we could enjoy... read more - 23/04/18
Santa Marianita, Spot for Kitesurfing For sure, santa marianita is the best place to practice kitesurf and everything is better thanks to Kite ecuador school and his best instructor “Doc” It was difficult to me learn but thanks to dedication and good tips from him... read more - 15/05/18Maurice B
Amazing Kitesurfing in Ecuador Santa Marianita is a nice village with long and wide beaches. This means that there is a lot of space to set up your kitesurfing gear. As I did not bring my own gear I was pretty happy that I... read more - 06/06/18
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One of our kitesurfers, Dirk, wrote some very nice words about our kitesurfing school! Santa Marianita is a fantastic kitesurfing spot, with a long sandy beach between two points. The side-onshore, flat water conditions in [...]
Welcome to KiteEcuador.com, the top-rated Kitesurfing School in Ecuador!
Our school offers Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding lessons, along with SUP (Stand Up Paddle) and Surfing lessons! We are located on Playa Bonita, Santa Marianita, on a beautiful and quiet 1.7km stretch of sandy beach, the best place to learn to Kitesurf!
So… What is kitesurfing?
Kitesurfing is a fun and adrenaline filled sport of gliding, jumping, riding and flying with the elements of nature, the wind, the ocean and the sky! Learning to kiteboard is an adventure that can be enjoyed by students of all ages. It might look intimidating at first, but kiteboarding is a sport that can be learned by any active and willing person! Three to four days of instruction in good conditions, and you will know the basics! With a few more days of practice, you will be riding across the water with ease.
For more advanced kiters, you can learn foilboarding! This is the latest craze in the Kitesurfing world. We recommend that you be comfortable riding up-wind and landing small jumps before learning to ride a foil board. Our foil-boarding lessons are the perfect next-step for adrenaline junkies.
Why chose Kite Ecuador?
Our head instructor is Javier Negrete, and he has been kiteboarding the waves of Santa Marianita for more than twelve years. He is well-known for his love of teaching and his methodical and easy to follow teaching plans. Our students frequently note Javier’s attention to safety and his ability to make them feel comfortable while learning to Kitesurf.
Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding lesson packages are available starting at $70 (cash/PayPal) for a two-hour introductory class. If you love it, you can upgrade to our 8 or 12-hour free ride independent courses that will get you up on the board and well on your way to becoming an independent kitesurfer. You will be IKO certified and able to rent kitesurfing gear at any IKO school in the world to enjoy.
If you are already a kitesurfer, Kite Ecuador offers gear rental packages from $15/hr. We have brand new (2018) top of the line equipment from North Kiteboarding and ION. We have kites from 9 M to 18 M available, so we have you covered whether the wind is light or very strong. We offer rental packages from 1 hour to 7 days. If you need a refresher course before hitting the water on your own, we have assistant instructors and supervisors available starting at $10 / hr. They will help you set up your gear, launch the kite, and help you ride upwind if you’re not yet able to do so on your own! They will also give you some tips to improve your ability.
During the low-wind season (only 2-3 months here in Santa Marianita) you can learn to Stand Up Paddle! This is a fun sport that can be practiced anywhere in the world. You can learn in just 2 hours, and enjoy the calm water in the mornings while watching the birds dive for fish! SUP is great exercise, as it involves arms, legs, and core muscles. People of all ages can learn and enjoy Stand Up Paddling, and SUP can be practiced year around.
If you’re a surfer, the instructors at Kite Ecuador can take you on an adventure. Santa Marianita’s waves aren’t the best for surfing in general, but we can show you the best places to go closeby! Our favorite is San Mateo, where surfing can be enjoyed most of the year!
Where to stay in Santa Marianita?
We have partnered with the best hostels, hotels, and guesthouses on the beach, and can offer accommodations starting at only $10 per night for a dorm! Private rooms start at $20 per night, and FREE accommodations are available with some of our lesson and rental packages. Please message us for details. Our partner accommodations include the Villa at EcuaBlue, VillaKite Hotel, Hospedaje Don Willy, and Donkey Den Guesthouse.
Volunteer with Kite Ecuador
If you’re traveling on a budget, you can consider applying for our Volunteer program! The volunteer program at Kite Ecuador and Shawarma & Shots Restaurant and Bar offers travelers the chance to trade their skills for a place to stay, or a tab at the restaurant and bar. We are always looking for help, so if you are coming to the area write us to see if we have any opportunities available. We can always use help with bartending, serving, sales on the beach and surf and sup instruction/guide. You may be qualified to train as a kitesurfing instructor, so you can keep traveling while making money teaching this great sport. Volunteering is a great way to extend your vacation when the budget is getting low!