This feedback about Method Lodge in Cabarete DR is long overdue! For a surprise birthday present in August, I took my husband to DR so he could learn the basics of kite boarding. John was recommended by a friend of my brother, so I reached out by email about 6 weeks before the trip and from that very first email, John was absolutely amazing. He helped me with accommodations, activity suggestions, but most importantly, when we arrived, he took excellent care of a totally novice kite boarder in some pretty extreme conditions (hurricane Isaac was coming). John’s experience and safety consciousness was very reassuring, and despite not being able to spend as much time learning as we had hoped due the crazy not-for-novice storm winds, my husband reached a level of accomplishment, technical knowledge, and awareness for safety issues that he will probably advance fairly quickly in better conditions next time. I’m not convinced another coach would have been able to make such an impact in that amount of time in those conditions. John’s book is a must read prior to picking up a kite – the technical info is terrific, and it helped speed up the practical learning process too. If you connect with John, be sure to go for a paddle in the lagoon behind the shop – it’s so peaceful, a decent core workout, and the natural food grown right on his property we got to enjoy after our paddle was just amazing. There are so many other instructors on the beach wanting to make a buck, but to learn right and be set up for success (and to avoid your video being posted on You Tube under "bad kite accidents") connect with John. No where else can you learn from the Master.
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