Teaching kitesurfing: Graykite’s Methodology

Graykite’s teaching methodology is based on Gray Robinson’s vast experience of kitesurfing and his 14 years of experience teaching others to kitesurf.

There are two key aspects to Gray’s philosophy:

First off, and most importantly, you – different people learn in different ways, and Gray’s experience has allowed him to understand the most appropriate teaching methods for different personality types. All the instructors at Graykite are fully on bard with his ideas, and you’ll really feel the benefit of Gray’s years of thought about how to help people learn the sport he loves so much.

Secondly, there’s the technical aspect. And, as you’ll find out when you meet him, Gray feels there’s one crucial element that all the others depend on. Bar control. Remember that. Actually, you won’t need to, he’ll remind you. Bar control!

Living in the Moment

Teaching Kitesurfing - Living in the Moment

Whatever you personality type, there is a natural flow to things. Sometimes you need a break, other times you just want to carry on. We’ll work around your feeling on this. We’re ruled by you, not the clock.

Focusing on how you feel in the moment will improve your ability to take in information and will make learning more enjoyable. When you’re not receptive learning is difficult; when you are, it’s fun.

To make this possible, we make our instructors’ schedules as flexible as possible so you can learn when you’re ready to learn.

As Gray himself says:

You can taste the excitement, feel the adrenaline coursing through your veins, ¨but what, the whistle blows and your lesson is over¨? We ask why?! Why limit yourself, why not keep on going with your progression, as this is it, the heart and soul of kitesurfing, why stop, as it’s those first memorable moments that will last a lifetime, and get you up riding exponentially safer and faster!

If this is your first time kitesurfing you can learn to ride independently within a few days by booking our beginners kitesurfing course. This way you’ll learn in a structure that provides you with all the benefits of our collective years of wisdom.

If you really want to fast track the process and do everything pretty much exactly as and when you want, you can book our Hero Package. This way you’ll be the boss, and you can learn what you want when you want so long as you have mastered the basics. The most important of which, as mentioned, is bar control.


Bar Control

Teaching Kitesurfing - Bar Control¨, and move forward at your individual progression level safely, yet potetnitally much faster, whether in a semi provate or group leeson structure. If you are a ¨VISUAL¨ type personalty, then we give you the demonstration using A Hands On Approach, until you fully have a grasp on each compon If you are a “VISUAL” type personality, then we give you the demonstration using A Hands On Approach, until you fully have a grasp on each component of the skill until mastered, before then moving on to the next skill. )3 If you are a hearing type pesonality and learn better by listening and demonstrations then adapt the lesson for you. We encourage and answer questions until you completely comprehend how each skill level works. You will have thourough understanding of why and how each level works until you feel confident, then the doing and seeing becomes second nature.

Bar control. Remember that?

Teaching people the technical aspects of kitesurfing is kind of the easy bit, compared to understanding how they want to learn. And unlike the individual learning process, there’s a right way and a wrong way (many wrong ways!) to learn the technical aspects.

I’m going to come out of the role of writer for a minute to share my experience here. I was taught by a few people before I got lessons from Gray. Some of them didn’t even mention how you should control the bar, so long as the kite was doing roughly what it should. Others even gave me what I now realise was wrong advice. Then Gray told me that everything that kind of made intuitive sense was right. And he spent time and effort to make sure I did it consistently and didn’t slip back into old, bad habits. All Graykite’s kitesurf instructors follow Gray’s principles when it comes to teaching the technical aspects of bar control. Because it’s the right way to do it.

In Gray’s words:

We teach precision bar control which is paramount to your success, there’s only one way to operate the bar, and any other way slows down your progress! We are hands on, the last thing you want is an instructor that attaches his/her leash to you, and allows you to get into bad habits with the bar.

If your bar control needs a bit of work or you have never kitesurfed before we recommend a beginners course to get you on track.

If you have decent skills but need to refine your bar control, come and see us for an advanced kitesurfing course.

Understanding Your Learning Type

Teaching Kitesurfing - Learning Types

Some people learn best by doing, others by looking or listening. Over the years Gray has taught people who prefer all these methods, and has developed ways to help everyone progress as quickly, safely and comfortably as possible.

In Grays own words:

How do we do this, you ask? The answer is by teaching you in the way you want to learn and going at a pace that suits you.

If you are a “DOER” then we let you “DO” and move forward as quickly as your individual progression allows. Ultimately kitesurfing is a Doing sport – often Doers will have full bar and kite control within a very short time, almost as if you were born in a kite. We won´t keep you in any lesson package that slows you down!

If you are a “VISUAL” type personality, then we give you the demonstration using a hands on approach. We also give you videos to study, perhaps with an instructor over beer or tapas in the evening. We understand you will learn more progressively with detailed demonstrations. If needed we will take a step back, look over your mistakes, correct them and repeat until mastered!

If you are a “HEARING” type personality, then we give you the explanations, with as much detailed analysis as you need, for your full comprehension. We’re open to answering all your questions until you feel confident, and then the doing and seeing will become second nature.

Doesn’t sound like a rocket science does it? But you would be amazed at how many lessons I have seen around the world where I was left wondering, who is the student and who is the instructor? Kitesurfing is not a rocket science to teach, but it is an art form, both to teach and learn.”

¨words are *not* from some random stoned surfer dude¨! Yeah, he does talk like that.

If we’ve not covered what you want to know, just get in touch and let Gray answer any questions you have