The best kitesurfing coaches in europe (2019)

Here is our subjective ranking of the best kiteboarding coaches in Europe, just in case you’d like to book a kitesurf lesson in Switzerland, France, Marocco, Italy or Greece. Some of these kitesurfing teachers are our friends, but all are seasoned professionals with years of IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) certifications!

 

1. Fabio Ingrosso / Switzerland

best kitesurf coach in Europe Fabio Ingrosso

best kitesurf coach in Europe Fabio Ingrosso

Web : srilankakite.com/

FB : Ingrosso Fabio

 

Hello Fabio, how did you get into kitesurfing?

I got into the world of kitesurfing at the start of 1996. Kitesurfing didn’t yet exist then, but we fell in love with the traction provided by the power of the kite!

So it was natural for me to use the traction that let me glide through the water with equipment that I already owned 😉 – my skis!

It was only later on that kitesurfing was born before my eyes, in the south of France where I left to ride across the sand with the help of a kart and a kite called “Parakart”. I naturally followed my heart, competing in Parakart AND Ski (SNOWKITE). I am a 6 time freestyle world champion with my skis and have placed well in Parakart too!

And when kitesurfing was born, I stopped Parakart and I devoted myself more and more to what was my biggest passion- kitesurfing!

 

How long have you been teaching for?

I’ve been kite coaching for many years now, I’ve been able to follow the progress of many athletes over the years but now I dedicate myself 100% to competitive coaching! I have an IKO kitesurfing diploma but my main knowledge comes from my many years of experience in the sport. I’ve been carefully following its development for the last 20 years ….

 

What’s your main field of coaching?

The field of coaching that I’m most passionate about is freestyle, but I also coach for racing because I’ve had the pleasure of following our young Swiss athlete Maxime Chabloz who can qualify for the Junior Olympics and this will soon be held in China at the TTR (Twin Tip Racing) World Championships

 

How experienced are the students that you teach?

I specialise in competitive freestyle but I can also teach people at any level they want to improve! 😉

 

What’s your ideal kitesurfing set up?

I’d have to go for a North Vegas wing because of its C-shape, its precision and its controllability. Board-wise North’s Team series is awesome, it’s a twin tip equipped with wakeboarding shoes making it a perfect fit for me!

 

What’s the best spot you’ve ridden in?

One of the coolest places that I’ve been lucky enough to visit is, without a doubt, Vella Island in Sri Lanka. It’s got a stretch of sand 2km long with offshore wind in the morning and evening. The water’s around 30 degrees Celsius and the depth’s ideal for free-styling!!

One address to recommend: srilankakite.com

 

What are the advantages of the spots where you teach?

The choice of spot really depends on the season, I look for places where good wind is almost guaranteed, where it’s not too cold and ideal for freestyle!

 

2. Chris Thorne / Italy

best kitesurf coach in Europe Chris-Thorne

best kitesurf coach in Europe Chris-Thorne

Web : 414kiting.com
Mail : chris@414kiting.com

 

Hello Chris, how did you get into kitesurfing?

I started kiting 15 years ago. Having spent a number of years doing back-to-back winter seasons, I was looking for a summer sport that could give me the thrill of freeride skiing, and kiting was it! I was hooked within minutes, and haven’t looked back (although winter is still more about powder than wind!).

 

How long have you been teaching for?

I started teaching kiting in 2004. In 2007, I started a kite school on Lake Como, Italy. 414 Kiting is now the biggest and most successful school in the region, with 5 highly-qualified full-time instructors.

I’m qualified to IKO Assistant Trainer, which means we can offer IKO instructor courses at our school.

 

What’s your main field of coaching?

I teach a bit of everything – it keeps it fresh! My favourite things to teach though are strapless freestyle (we don’t get waves on the lake!) and regular twin-tip freestyle. I also more recently got in to teaching foiling, which is great fun too and opens up a whole new world. We use the F-One IC6 850 foil to teach all levels. With 2 different lengths of mast, it makes the first steps of learning easier, but still works well for more experienced riders.

How experienced are the students that you teach?

From absolute zero through to hero

 

What’s your ideal kitesurfing set up?

For twin tip riding, I like the loose feeling and pop of the WTF? Board – it’s hard to beat.

For strapless riding, the Mitu Carbon 5’8” is just about perfect on any wave, and of course for freestyle. The Carbon gives it that extra stiffness that I love.

 

What’s the best spot you’ve ridden in?

It’s really hard to see past Le Morne (Mauritus) as an all-round destination. Arguably the world’s best left hander (One Eye), epic wind, warm water and a huge flat water area make it the winner for me. Yes, it’s busy these days, but that’s the price you pay for riding the best.

What are the advantages of the spots where you teach?

Como has an amazing wind record. We get out c.90% of the summer days, and often we’re alone on the water. The space we have to teach in is insanely big. We do all of our teaching from boats, which makes the learning process both faster and safer for the students. For advanced kiters, the shuttle service we offer gets you to the best wind on the lake, whatever direction it is blowing for a guaranteed great session.

Added to that, we’re really close to Switzerland, so it’s dead easy to pop down for a few days, or fly in to any of the Milan airports.

We also offer accommodation packages in our Kitelodge Apartments which are very close to the lake. If you need any advice about local kite spots, the wind forecasts, or other accommodation options just get in touch!

 

3. Philippe Ancelin / FRANCE

best kitesurf coach in Europe Philippe Ancelin

best kitesurf coach in Europe Philippe Ancelin

Web : onelaunchkiteboarding.com/

FB : one launch kiteboarding

 

Hello Phillipe, how did you get into kitesurfing?

What’s up Switzerland, I was christened Philippe in the 80s and I’m now 32 years old. Originally from Breton, I spent a lot of time splashing around in the water for a number of reasons but it was only at 20 that I started to move towards kite surf.

After that, I was addicted and I had to push aside my studies and conventions to pursue my need to surf. In 2010 I accidentally became a kite surf teacher in Australia and against all odds, I loved the job. Instead of getting tired of my passion, which I thought was certain, I learned to better understand the kite that I had in my hands. I became able to show people why I loved the sport.

 

How long have you been teaching for?

I’ve been teaching since 2010 thanks to my IKO diploma that I achieved on the coast of Brisbane and in 2015 I trained for a year (probably too long) to get my French diploma. That qualification let me set up a business (One Launch Kiteboarding) which aims to teach broad to help people to progress and go deeper into the mastery and understanding of their material for a week’s vacation.

 

What areas of kite surfing can you teach?

I mainly teach what people would call old school kite surf. That’s basically making fairly aerial figures but with gentle landings (jumps, rotations, Jesus walk …). However, I can also bring practitioners to the first steps in unhooked (figure oriented wakeboarding and more engaged) and handle pass (rotation with passage of bar in the back).

I also practice strapless (surfboard) and I can easily teach this other discipline to students.

 

How experienced are the students that you teach?

During the advanced courses I ask my students to know how to manage a wing and to be able to go upwind in all conditions.

I usually take groups of 6 to 8 people over a week.

During a typical day, a briefing defines the day’s objectives. When students are kiting, I’m usually on the beach watching and filming either in the water  or doing demonstrations. In the evening, a debriefing accompanied by a video analysis makes it possible to examine technique, to correct mistakes and to proud new objectives for the next day.

 

best kitesurf coach in Europe Philippe Ancelin Kite

best kitesurf coach in Europe Philippe Ancelin Kite

 

What’s your ideal kitesurfing set up?

Currently I work with the brand Eleveight kiteboarding for which I’m sort of a  French ambassador.

I chose to work with this brand because, after testing their equipment, I was really seduced by the performance and comfort of use of their products.

This brand is Franco-German and I am delighted to help develop a European product.

Finally, the team is really friendly and that for me is an essential point for a good collaboration.

I want to stress that I remain sensitive to testing everything that happens to me in order to be aware of what is being done elsewhere so that I can best advise my students according to what they need.

 

What’s the best spot you’ve ridden in?

As I always say, I like any kind of spot. There is always something nice and progressive about each spot. Novelty and difficulty allows one to learn a lesson and form an analysis. A smooth and spacious body of water allows you to navigate without thinking. The waves are an excellent playground. In short, as long as you put me in the water with the wind, I’m happy.

 

What are the advantages of the spots where you teach?

Nowadays I teach all around the world, this year between January and July I went to 7 destinations (Philippines, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Colombia, Egypt, Morocco, Kenya).

This mobility allows me to meet many people in order to create links with other serious professionals that I recommend when my students look for good providers in other destinations.

I currently have a project on a spot that is particular to me, Pontal Maceio in Brazil.

This spot offers a daily wind of 12 to 25 knots between July and January and is basically a big playground. These conditions are ideal for me for improvement and allow me to optimise and adapt my courses to give the maximum to my trainees.

 

 

4. Konstantinos Anastasopoulos / Greece

best kitesurf coach in Europe Konstantinos Anastasopoulos

best kitesurf coach in Europe Konstantinos Anastasopoulos

Web : windtrips.com

FB : Konstantinos Anastasopoulos

 

Can you introduce yourself (also how old are you)? -> how did you get in kitesurfing ?

My name is Konstantinos Anastasopoulos and I was born in Athens in 1974. Despite my studies in Agriculture engineering / Food Chemistry at the Agriculture University of Athens my passion is the sea. So, I have worked as a skipper (sailing boats mainly), lifeguard, a professional diver at Aquaculture companies and diving centers in Greece. Finally, I discover kiteboarding back in 2004 and 2 years later I started working as a kite instructor all over Greece (Paros, Crete, Patra, Costa Navarino, and many more). From 2009 I started traveling in the winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb)  and teach in South Africa to the beautiful lagoon of Sharks bay in Langebaan. I was a co-founder of www.windtrips.com a company that organizes kiteboarding trips with sailing boats around the greek seas and kite safaris in the best kite spots on the mainland of Greece. At Windtrips I worked as a trip organizer, audiovisual manager, kite guide, and rescue personnel on board our yachts (currently windtrips is on hold because of change of leadership). From 2011 I have started my own kite school under the name of www.kiteboardingschool.gr which is located to one of the windiest place in Greece called Cape Drepano at the mainland of Greece where we have almost 300 days of wind every year and a snowkite plateau just 45 min from the spot for the snowy days of winter. Just in 2017 I have found a lovely place to 5 min from the spot where we will make a beautiful surf house which will call Cape Drepano surf house.

 

How long have you been teaching (which degrees?).From what level do you take people?

I am Iko level 2 Instructor and I am teaching kiteboarding almost 11 years and organize kite trips in Greece the last 10 years. I can teach all level of kiteboarders from beginners until they reach the point that they will want to learn wakestyle tricks where I can advise but not teach properly. Knowing everybody in Greece I can arrange wakestyle advanced lessons with the best in riders in Greece.

 

What can you teach (wave, freestyle), coaching field?

Except from all the Iko levels (jumps,transition,etc), I can teach a lot of freeriding styles (hooked in)  such as downloop and kiteloop transitions, darkslides, strapless kitesurfing and foil boarding (basic)

 

What is your favorite kite & board (.. why if possible)

My favorite board is an older board of Cabrinha the Ace of 2015 which has the right amount of flex and is stiff enough for explosive pops. Moreover, it gives you a sliding feeling which I love, but when you press the heels it cuts choppy waters like butter… A word of advice for all the kiteboarder out there: try the board before you buy it and don’t base your purchase on reviews. For each and every one of us, there is the perfect board and size for their specific riding style. As far as the kites the one that makes the difference is the North rebel which is steadiest kite (5line) I have ever seen even in the most unfriendly winds and the lift it can produce is amazing! The drifter of Cabrinha and the Neo of North although they supposed to be wave kites I think they are very good kites for freeride progression since the fast pivot turn is giving power-less kiteloops for learners. Again there are very good kite for every riding style, so try the kites before you buy them!

 

What is the best spot you have ever been (and why)?

I would say dolphins beach at Cape Town as a wavy spot (although its lefty and I prefer a right one) because there is a lot of space and amazing downwind almost until Haakgat. Moreover, the lefty kickers are amazing for big airs and huge megaloops. As far as a flat spot I would say that the best place for me is a place called Dioni which is a nice lagoon with dead flat and warm water, 1-hour drive from our homespot at the west coast of Greece (river mouth of Acheloos river)

 

What are the advantages of the place (spots) where you are teaching?

Our homespot Cape Drepano is actually is a sand bar sticking out of the water which means that there is an onshore and an offshore side in every wind direction. In the area, we have nice thermals and high wind situations according to the season. So actually, the students start on the onshore side and then they do board-rides offshore. Although it’s deep water spot we have 3 rescue boats and we teach offshore doing small and big downwind which are essential for the beginners in order to get away from the crowd and enjoy nice and long board rides during the lessons. Furthermore, the frequent winds will never disappoint our guests. In the area, we have another 5 spots that we can kite with all the different directions. As far as the experts they can enjoy the flat side of the spot with nice steady thermals and high wind situations. Big downwinds are also available.

 

5. Simo Mansouri / Dakhla attitude

best kitesurf coach in Europe Simo Mansouri

best kitesurf coach in Europe Simo Mansouri

FB : simo.mansouri.7796

 

Hello Simo, how did you get into kitesurfing?

So I started practicing kitesurfing in 2005 and I started teaching 2 years later!

I have an IKO level 3 diploma and also a head instructor qualification

 

What’s your main field of coaching?

Me? I take all levels from beginner to advanced, from 10 years of age!

I teach freestyle too and Dakhla is an amazing spot to start.

 

How experienced are the students that you teach?

I take children from 10 years old, it’s the perfect age to start, they have enough strength in their legs and quickly understand how a kite works.

 

What are the advantages of the spots where you teach?

Here what is great is that it is not massively deep, it reassures many beginners!

The water is flat and there is practically no waves so the board is very stable, we can focus on the rest, the body and the kite for the first timers or for learning freestyle.

We also have wind almost all the year, and as many days of rest 😉

 

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