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Brian's Windsurfing & Kiteboarding

Hood River, OR, USA
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Traveling Mom wrote a review Aug 2019
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Brian is an outstanding instructor. He led me (50 YO lady), my husband and two 14 YO boys--all of us 1st timers--through a gusty day where I always felt safe and supported. We had a blast! Brian taught us on land for 1 hour, including on a simulator where we stand on a board holding a sail and practice tacking and sailing. Then we went into the lagoon at the HR Event Space, where you can catch great wind and much of the lagoon is shallow. You can walk your board back to the starting area if you get blown off course (which you will, at first). Brian put in a LOT of extra time with us because he's committed to people leaving his intro lesson confident and really liking the sport. Amazing customized instruction. SUCCESS! I can't wait to get back out there tomorrow! We want lessons with Brian again. It's wonderful fun, a great way to be outside on the water.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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llbalmuth wrote a review Jun 2019
Portland, Oregon6 contributions3 helpful votes
Brian's instruction and commitment to safety and having a great time is unsurpassed. He has developed a style of teaching that is keyed to the individual. His knowledge and skill has been developed over the years and he teaches all of his instructors his unique method. Whether you are learning to kite or windsurf or simply want to SUP Brian's is the best on the beach. You will get dry land instruction before you ever hit the water. This is key to developing confidence and the relaxed and positive attitude that is the trademark of Brian's.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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daviddhaupt wrote a review Aug 2018
Steamboat Springs, Colorado11 contributions2 helpful votes
I stopped in to Brian's trailer to discuss wind and site conditions. Brian suggested a "ride along" lesson and hooked me up with Justin. I spent 3 days kiting with Justin. He simply kited next to me and and used the headset to give me little hints here and there on kite position, winds behind and outside of the island as well as body position, transitions, etc.... And that was all I needed. I ended up doing 6 more sessions that week alone and have gone multiple times around the country w/o a need for any more help. I can't recommend Justin enough.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Mark B wrote a review Jun 2017
Evansville, Indiana2 contributions1 helpful vote
My wife and I started kiteboarding a couple of years ago and have had lessons from several individuals in the Caribbean and at Hood River. Brian is without a doubt the best at helping us learn exactly what we needed to improve our skills. Too often previous instructors would give vague or limited feedback and we felt like we were left to learn from trial and error what works or doesn't. Brian was great at seeing what we needed to change and giving us useful feedback to make the changes. He also was really creative and good at helping us with balance and timing issues on land even before we got on the water. That gave us a good idea of what we were trying to do and some muscle memory, before attempting to do it on the board in the water. If you want to learn with expert, helpful guidance, then Brian is the best!
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Doug G wrote a review Aug 2016
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It is a rare talent to be good at what you do and be able to convey that to a learner; Brian does that. I have never had a clue how to do a water start when windsurfing and after a morning with Brian, I was on track. While I was doing that, the kids (12 & 10) learned how to SUP and had a good array of boards to choose from. Thanks for a great time!!
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Date of experience: August 2016
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