|Ty offers the definitively best experience in learning how to kiteboard! This experience includes, his first rate instruction and coaching, a fully stocked floating classroom that includes an assortment of innovative teaching aids (especially his “Kite Rite” Tower for acquiring board skills) and gear to suit any ride-able wind conditions along with the calm waters of Pamlico Sound. His one on one coaching and boat support create an environment where all you as a student have to think about is the actual kite boarding. By having this focus, I was able to go from never having been able to get up on a board to riding in both directions after one session. By my second session I was working on transitions and edging up wind. In short, Ty took me from tea bag to kiteboarder in less than 24 hours. All in all it was pretty fabulous experience. Its hard for me to imagine a better way to learn how to kiteboard.
Pete van Amson
|Ty is a fantastic teacher with a method. I have had lessons in SF Bay area and one in the Bahamas, but Ty's method of teaching is by far the fastest to the prize for the beginner, "get up on the board". The first lesson was a no wind day, and I practiced/learned board skills on 'the pole" and actually got very comfortable with the idea I could get up. Second, days 2-3, we took his boat out with 9, 12, and 15 meter sails and about half a dozen boards and adjusted for the wind and my skill level, or lack thereof. Try doing this with your instructor on jet ski(one kite and one board), no frickin way!!!!! Anyway a day and a half later I was riding like a champ. If you want to ride ASAP Ty is the man.
|When people ask me how long I have been kiting they cannot believe that it has only been 7 months. I fully attribute my advanced rate of progress to the lessons I received from Capt. Ty.
|I have taken several lessons from several very well know and respected kiting celebrities and only truly felt like a kiter after two days on the water with Captain Ty. Kiteboarding can be a very frustrating sport to learn and I assume to teach. Ty was so positive and stoked everytime a nailed a waterstart or tried riding toeside. His enthusiasm is contagious and I use his methods and advice everytime I kite which is at least twice a week. Ty's training has opened the doors to one of the greatest sports I will ever be able to participate in.
Thanks Ty, Dr. Mehdy Rad
College Park, Md.
|After an expensive lesson and much frustration (REALly unhappy) but very little actual kiting, I met up with Ty in Key Biscayne (his winter hideout). first day - up and riding, second day - riding and cruising upwind, third day - fundamentals of turns and fun, fun, fun. Ty's teaching style and sense of humor pushed me further than I'd set my own goals for the trip. Went back this winter and learned big jumps, downloops and carving turns. I can't say enough about how he pushed me past my expectations. His recommendations on gear purchases have been right on as well. Looking forward to seeing everyone in Hatteras and showing off. Just take his lesson, you will never regret it. And the new boat's GREAT.
|So after battering around in this sport with incredibly little luck and much fear (why I kept at it is beyond me), a friend said: "you've been wasting your time. Just go spend a day or two with Ty Luckett." I had never really stood up on a board before, and going upwind was a distant dream.
Two days with Ty (last April, 2006) and I was up and holding ground - and while I was respectful of risks, I no longer let the kite dictate terms of the relationship.
In this sport I am one of the old guys as I approach 60 years. Will I ever leap tall buildings - or a dog house, for that matter - under a kite? I doubt it. But do I care? I thrive on trying to make the better turn and eek yet a few more degrees out of a windward leg, all while using the bare essentials that this sport so effectively provides. And I thrive on being tuned into wind conditions, regardless of whether or not kiting is feasible that day. Mr. Luckett opened these doors.
A word of advice. Pay attention to the hints he offers when you are NOT directly learning to board or fly. How do you land a kite safely alone? Pack a kite efficiently? Inflate to put that little white ball in the bladder valve to best use? How do you maximize lift in light air? What's wrong with over-sheeting during launches in minimal wind? He seems to exhale this stuff. Take notes at night, because Luckett lessons have this tendency to last.
David Arnold, Milton MA
|"My experience with Ty Luckett and Kite Hatteras couldn't have been any better. Having never wake boarded any only static kited a couple of times, Ty had me up and going by the second day. Ty's excellent instruction made learning to kite board easy, fun, and safe and his unique boat set up allowed us to go out when other kite boarding schools couldn't. Equipped with a full range of kites, Ty made it possible for us to get out under a wide range of wind conditions; in two days we flew 7, 9, 12, and 16 meter kites. I would recommend Kite Hatteras to anyone and hope to return again!."
Blake Treson - Truckee, CA
|"Ty a conscientious instructor who works with his students in a positive way, a natural teacher. When you have had a day out with Ty your body tells you later it was quite the workout. He knows when to push and how hard. This is a man who simplifies the art of kiteboarding, flying and riding. Ty is a man willing to take on my challenge and help my dream come true and he is great for all ages."
Anita Bills - Frisco, NC
|Ty's instruction has bumped my level of kiting up tremendously! His style and methods of teaching provide a smooth and quick learning experience. Combine that with his enthusiasm for every student no matter what level they are and you've got the best learning situation possible!
When I was ready to learn to do jumps - Ty had me not only jumping, but landing and riding away in one lesson. I had enough confidence to go out the next day and practice jumps on my own!
Stephanie Kiker - Buxton, NC
|After having two lessons from Ty, I came home and told my 72 year old brother he had to take lessons on our next one week trip to Hatteras. I said "with any kind of good wind you will be riding the board by the end of the week, GUARANTEED! " His response was that since it is guaranteed he could not lose. I quickly realized it was my guarantee and not Ty's. I am not worried, TY WILL HAVE HIM RIDING! Ty's lessons have taken my kiting from struggling experiences to riding comfortably both directions!
Joe Kiker - Age 68 - Statesville, NC
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