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Paul Menta, founder of Kite
Surf the Earth in 1998 which evolved into the Kitehouse, is a
championship-level wake boarder and competitive kitesurfer. He has
been involved with water sports since the age of 6 when his father
put him on a set of water-skis. He progressed from water-skiing to
wakeboarding in his teens and found the sport would not only allow
him to compete on a professional level, but also allowed him to earn
a living doing what he loves. From wakeboarding, kitesurfing was the
next obvious step. Now listed as a Master instructor for PASA, Paul
trains the world’s instructors as well as students with techniques
that he has developed and perfected after teaching 1000+ students.
Along with appearances on video and in print, Paul regularly writes
for several sports magazines and has published numerous manuals on
all aspects of kitesurfing. He was also the event director for the
extreme sports competition and many other events around the world
. Going on now to put together the first ever Kiteboarding University
that is national recognized.
Paul worked 13+ years as an executive chef, with experience in France,
Italy, Spain and South America. His exotic travels have allowed him
to broaden his understanding of culture and humanity. He’s seen
many parts of the world and knows where the good kite surfing spots
are located. Paul can give you the local's view of the area as opposed
to the tourist view. This makes him an excellent guide to ask him
questions about kite surfing sites or to book your own personal kite
surfing package around the world. Paul is fluent in Spanish.
While Paul operated the Kite Surf the Earth training schools in
1999, he began to notice how his guests didn’t want to go back
to their hotels after a day of kitesurfing. They wanted to spend the
night hanging out with Paul and the other trainers in the “kitehouse”
where the equipment was stored and where Paul and the trainers bunked.
Guests were happy to sleep on the floor or pullout couches to have
the chance to live like pros, share a beer and hear their stories.
Return guests would call ahead and request to stay in the kitehouse
instead of a hotel. It was apparent to Paul that his guests wanted
more than a vacation, they wanted the whole experience. The Kitehouse
was born. The Kite House can be anywhere and has an open door policy,
mostly as a hand-out as people now stay at guest houses and hotels.
The Kitehouse is a place where the instructors go to get trained
and the pros go to practice new moves before the big competitions.
The pro cache also makes it a cool playground for average (or above
average) Joes to get away from everyday existence. Each Kitehouse
is designed to immerse guests into the kitesurfer’s lifestyle,
giving them face time with Paul and the pros, while providing comfortable
and unique accommodations. Guests have more activities and more options.
Ultimately, it’s pure escape. Stepping outside of your normal
routine allows you to develop a new frame of mind. The Kitehouse is
the perfect environment for testing new equipment, learning new moves,
training, and thinking of new ideas.
Visiting the Kitehouse changes you. You’re
a little tougher, a little more fearless. A little more free. Once
you’ve been a part of the kitesurfing lifestyle, rode with the
pros, made fast friends, traded stories with Paul and the gang, you
become a part of a tribe. No matter where you are, no matter where
you go, you’re on the inside of the sport. The tribal symbol
is a tattoo, a mark of honor and bravery that brands our guests as
mavericks. In the world of kitesurfing, you’re not a groupie.
You’re one of the tribe.
The Kitehouse is a co-ed experience. And we do a great job of making
sure our lady guests are as comfortable as our male guests.There are
as many women riders today as male. You can choose to Ride, take kitesurfing
lessons, hang out at the beach, or choose from a dozen other activities.
If you have any special preferences, just let us know when you book
or before you get here. We have stuff with female instructors as well.
For a ladies-only Kitehouse experience, get a group together and we’ll
reserve the boat just for you.
Safety first is our policy. We do everything we can to make sure
you’re safe and well-educated before you go out. We will first
teach you how to kite with your brain and be prepared for any situation,
so that you can take care of yourself on the water.
We go beyond the day, and live the night. Tribes band together.
Other schools, or clubs don’t do this. It’s a job, for
us a way to enjoy LIFE. Kitesurfers are a different breed. They’re
afraid of less, they have fewer material needs, and they know how
to live in the moment. We’ve captured the essence of the lifestyle
and have created a sanctum where guests can feel what it’s like
to be free and alive. Your experience is a two-way interaction. We
don’t drop you off at the end of the lesson to fend for yourself.
We invite you taste our elusive and exciting culture. We know that
a vacation should be an escape and a renewal. The Kitehouse is designed
to leave you with inner peace, renewed confidence and ultimately,
a sense of belonging. And since the real pros and instructors train
and vacation with us, the Kitehouse delivers an authentic experience.
And it doesn’t hurt our credibility that we were voted “Top
Kite Vacation” by Outside Magazine.
Everyone has their own personal preference when it comes to kites
and boards. We are very particular about what equipment we use, which
is one of the reasons the Kitehouse is so popular. We test equipment
regularly so we have a first hand knowledge of what’s available
on the market. Don’t be surprised to see the owner or developer
of an equipment company testing prototypes at the Kitehouse. Ultimately,
we’ll handle all your equipment needs. All we need to know is
your weight range so we can select the best kite for you. Advanced
and pro-level riders may want to bring their own equipment and that’s
fine with us. Either way.
WHY BRING IT WE GOT IT?!
Everyone is offering lessons these days, so your first concern is
to make sure you’re getting your education from the cream of
the crop. The Kitehouse instructors are selected by Paul Menta, who
is recognized as one of the sport’s first early adopters and
writes training manuals for water, snow and land. Not only is Paul
an instructor with years of experience teaching pros and amateurs
alike, but he’s hand chosen each Kitehouse instructor, all of
which are certified (We teach instructor certification). Paul and
his instructors kite daily.
We’re fully insured and provide one-on-one lessons. We also
have a huge inventory of kites, boards and equipment so we can get
you the best kite for your weight and the conditions.
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, board shorts, rash guard or other long-sleeve
shirt to keep the sun off, and a positive attitude!!
No worries, we take care of all your needs so you can do the important
stuff with your time... RIDE!
We pump up your kites, help set your lines, have drinks ready when
you need it, lunch, take video, pictures, and have that chair or hammock
ready when you want to chill before your next session.
Also we map out rides for you, and take you on excursions to other
cool ride spots, want to do something special...let us know, we will
set it up, it's your vacation.
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