Learning to Kitesurf with Kite-n-surf in Mui Ne, Viet Nam

Kite-n-surf run several different types of kitesurfing courses, each designed to suit your needs and pocket. We only use the latest (2014) Core kites, our instructors are all vastly experienced and IKO certified, and we have instructors available who are native speakers of English, German or Russian.

You can explore all the course variations available using the links in the panel opposite, but our most popular course, the Five Hour Beginner Pack is outlined below.

Course Duration: 5 Hours instruction, conducted over 2/3 days, dependent on wind conditions and student energy!

Cost: $350 USD

Includes: All equipment (helmet, buoyancy aid, harness, kite and board), sunscreen, water.

Course Notes: Different students progress at different speeds, and your instructor will continually assess you, so you may find that you'll progress more quickly or more slowly than the steps outlined below.  The course will be paced to suit your progress.

Course Hourly Breakdown Summary:
Period Summary  
Day 1,
Hour 1
Understanding beach, wind. Kite set up and terminology, Emergency and self-rescue procedures More Details
Day 1,
Hours 2 & 3
Kite control & body dragging - the cornerstone to leaning kitesurfing More Details
Day 2,
Hour 4
Body dragging with the board, and board recovery More Details
Day 2,
Hours 5
The water start - board riding More Details



Don't feel that you HAVE to read these notes - all will be covered in the course with your kitesurf instructor! But if you want to get a real feel for our attention to detail, then read on...

Understanding The Beach And The Wind. Kite Set Up & Terminology, Emergency & Self -Rescue Procedures

This is one the most important parts of kite surfing. It will teach you how to become an independent and safe kiter. By learning these producures you will be able to deal with unexpected problems and changes of conditions. This part of the course is conducted on the land.

In the first hour you go over wind effects, equipment terminology, and location selection criteria. Then it's on to equipment setup, basic aerodynamics, wind window theory, safety system use and reset. You will practice two on land self rescues, to get you ready to be a independent kitesurfer.

What you will learn:

  • Reading local beach and weather conditions
  • Understanding the wind window
  • Setting up a 2014 Core Kite and understand equipment terminology
  • Understanding all safety releases.
  • Emergency Self-Rescue (on land)


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Kite Control & Body-dragging - The cornerstone to learning kitesurfing.

The next step picks up where the first lesson finished and gets you straight in the water. It starts with body drag techniques such as upwind and downwind body dragging (this is the skill to teach you to retrieve the board after a crash without a board leash). We incorporate one hand control at this point, releasing the bar in the water then retrieving the bar and re-launching from the water. We include a practical self rescue emergency scenario.

This part of the course is all about becoming stable with a fully sized power kite. Bodydragging is the ability to go up wind or against the wind. KNS instructors are very hand-ons in this part of the course because we want you to learn the fast and safest way possible. That is why we stay with our students until they can prove they are stable with the kite, change direction smoothly and efficiently, and have shown their instructor you can water re launch your kite unassisted. The amount of time spent in this part of the course varies between students.

What you will learn:

  • Launching & landing procudures
  • Determine the wind direction
  • Wind window/ Introduction of the clock system
  • Power Zone and neutral areas
  • Launching & Landing
  • Safety Awareness
  • Dealing with the shorebreak and other kites
  • "Let go of Bar" reflex action
  • Emergency Self Rescue (practical)


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Body Dragging with the Board & Board Recovery

By mastering the skill of body dragging with the board you will know how to deal with the most difficult of conditions, such as big waves and other avoidable challenging conditions.

What you will learn:

  • How to deal with the kite and board on land
  • How to best handle big waves. shore break
  • Correct body and board position, for efficiently going up wind
  • How to can direction with one hand while holding the board
  • How to recover your board from upwind and down wind positions
  • How to return to beach with your board and land kite


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The Water Start - board riding

This where all your hard work pays off. Now that you can keep your kite stable and off the water, it is time to get up and riding on the board. We are going to work on:

  • Right of way rules
  • Riding in both directions
  • Stance
  • Edging
  • Stopping
  • Accelerating
  • Controlling speed and direction
  • Recover boarding
  • Riding up wind.


Please note: The amount of time spent on each level depends upon the student's abilities. More or less time may be spent according to your Instructors advice based on your skill level. Prices are per person and include all kiteboarding equipment, instructors and assistants. Kite-n-Surf uses only current model 2012 Core kites, allowing you learn in the fastest, safest and most efficient means possible. We have the full range of kite sizes so we can teach anyone. Also included in your course are Lifejackets, helmets, sunscreen and drinking water.

You will issued a IKO certification card and Certificate of accomplishment at the end of the course.


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We also offer lessons in surfing and stand-up paddle surfing (SUP) in Vietnam. Rob, our head instructor has over 25 years experience in the game, having surfed the world's greatest breaks in Australia,Hawaii, Indonesia,Fiji,Peru the list goes on. For more information on learning to surf in Mui Ne click here

What is surfing?

Surfing is the art of riding ocean waves on surfboard. It is an ancient sport that is said to have originated from the kings and queens of Polynesia tribes of the Pacific Ocean dating back at least 500 years in the Polynesian cultures. They developed the sport and carried it wherever they went introducing it to missionaries and European explorers.
Contemporary surfboards are still made from polyurethane and fibreglass. However, they are shorter (1.8–2 m long), narrower (43–48 cm), thinner (5 cm), and very light (2.3–2.7 kg). Carefully shaped rails (edges of the board), noses, and tails, together with three fins, allow riders to move their craft freely around the wave and have transformed surfing into a gymnastic dance.
Surfing is much harder than it looks from the beach. However, any person who has average athletic ability (of any size) can master surfing with the right instruction, patience and passion. It is great fun, and good exercise. 
Surfing is a common aquatic sport that is getting more and more popular around the world. Surfers appear wherever waves break, from Norway to the Antarctic, from the Mediterranean Sea to Lake Michigan. Mui Ne is also a new and fascinating venue for surfing in Vietnam
What is SUP (Stand-Up Paddle)?

Stand up paddle surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP), (Hoe he'e nalu in the Hawaiian language) are sports originating in Hawaii as an off-shoot of surfing. They enable surfers to paddle farther into the ocean than is typical or to paddle standing up as a sport unto itself. A 2013 report called it the outdoor sporting activity with the most first-time participants of any in the United States that year. Paddling on lakes, large rivers and canals, ride breaking waves, and glide over long distances along sea coasts, often using tail winds to aid the trip.

Surfing/SUP is for who?

Surfing is for all walks of life, from small children to the more elderly from any culture. Vietnam with its over 3000kms of coastline has many locations for surfing from beginners to more advanced surfers. Surfing is a sport that allows you to really get in touch with nature, just you, your board and the waves. The feeling you get when ride a wave fills your body with adrenaline and will have you smiling ear to ear.
 Surfing is also a relatively cheap sport compared other sports. With a used surfboard costing as little as USD 100 if you lucky and new boards staring around USD 500. Once you have a board all you need to do is get to the beach. So why not surfing for Vietnamese it is a great fun and exercise for the whole family to enjoy.

Surfing for children

Surfing is without doubt suitable for children, surfing lessons are always supervised with experienced instructors. Parents should be careful when children play by themselves though. When people play by themselves they must have a reasonable level of swimming ability and understand the conditions and hazards of the ocean.


Benefits from surfing

1.  Relaxation
Surfing can offer a lot of fun to participants. It can also help you feel flying over breaking waves and overcome the power of nature. It makes a new way to get insight into the beauty of seascape.  Not only is a great feeling to ride a wave. The peace that a surfer feels as he is waiting for a wave is a form, a mediation some feel. Just the sound of the ocean, the wind and the birds. No traffic of motorbikes or cars, just you and the waves.
2.  Improved balance
One of the best exercise benefits associated with surfing is the improvement that it creates in your balance. In order to stay on the surfboard, you must have a strong ability to maintain your balance. This skill protects yourself from falls and injures in day to day life.
3.  Increased strength
You don’t have to be strong to surf,  you really just need a good technique and basic level of strength. This comes mostly from paddling your surfboard out into the ocean, and results in the in toned muscle and added strength in your arms, shoulders and chest. Toned muscle is important for a number of reasons. It increases your ability to do your activities of daily living.
4.  Increased flexibility
If you have a low degree of flexibility, and reach for something on a high counter, chances are that you will pull a muscle in your back. In contrast, if you have more flexibility, you will be able to reach that top shelf with ease. Like with any sport being flexible is important, surfing for sure will flexibility to daily routine.
5.  Improved cardiovascular fitness
One of the most important benefits associated with surfing is the improvement in your cardiovascular system. Your cardiovascular system is composed of your heart, as well as the veins and arteries that work to bring blood to and from the heart. Strengthening your cardiovascular system can help improve shortness of breath, fatigue and even prevent heart attacks.

Requirements to learn surfing

·     Age: 5 years or older
·     Clothing suitable for swimming (we can supply lycra long sleeve t-shirts)
·     Health: good
·     The ability to swim 200m
·     Communication: Vietnamese, English, Spanish, Portuguese & Russian


Q & A

1.    How old do you have to be to learn to surf?

Children over 7 years old. Children under this age may be included in the classes if conditions allow or they have adequate skills. Towards the end of the lesson the younger ones can usually join in the fun at no cost. Our priority is on safety but we like to include all members of the family where possible.
For the more mature students, lesson plans can be adapted to suit fitness level and age. 

2.    How far do we go out into the surf?
We usually operate in waist height water where people can stand on the sandbank easily catching white-water waves. As skills develop where appropriate, students will be taken into deeper water.

3.    Can the whole family do a surf lesson?

We specialise in family groups.

4.    Is surfing dangerous?

Our main focus (apart from having too much fun) is on safety and as part lessons you will learn safety skills that will last a lifetime.

5.    What about sharks?

Statistically you are in far more danger driving to the beach than you ever will be surfing. Less than a handful of people die from shark attacks worldwide every year and this is mostly in the US and South Africa. In fact 90 people die each year from an allergic reaction to peanuts worldwide!

6.    What is the maximum number of people in a group?

If you book ahead we can cater for up to 16 students at a time and can organise multiple sessions for larger groups. 

Where to surf?


Mui Ne is located 200 km to the north of Ho Chi Minh City and is the perfect venue for surfing with it’s white sand beaches with no rocks or corals, combined with it’s exposure to the ocean swells of the East Sea. The ideal time for surfing is October to May with ocean swells pushing from down from the north of Taiwan and the Philippines created from the northeast monsoons. As the capital of Vietnam’s high quality beach resorts, providing world-class accommodation and meals, Mui Ne makes the ideal place for your first surfing experience.


Mui Ne offers the best condition in all of Vietnam for wind and water sports and has an average of 227 days per year of wind over 12 knots. There are 2 seasons a year, dry season & rainy season. Dry season lasts from October to early May which is the best surfing season with wind up 12 knots.
PHAN THIET Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Rainfall (mm) 4 1 0 30 168 178 216 171 181 187 55 15
Temp (0C) 24.8 25.4 26.5 27.9 27.9 27.6 26.9 27.3 26.7 26.4 26.1 25.1
Wind (knots) 12 to 40 12 to 35 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 30 12 to 40
Wind direction NE NE NE NE NE SW SW SW SW SW NE NE

The Introductory Kitesurf Taster course is designed for people who are not 100% sure if kiteboarding is their thing, but would like to feel the power and exhilaration of the a full sized power kite. 

Once you've got the basic safety and setup covered on the beach, we'll get you straight on the water for a kite control and body-dragging session.

So if you have ever considered becoming a kitesurfer, or just wanted to see what all the fuss is about, come and see the guys at Kite-n-surf.com for a taster session!

Course Duration: 2 hours

Cost: $150 USD

Includes: All equipment (helmet, buoyancy aid, harness, kite and board), sunscreen, water.

Course Notes: You'll get 1 hour of tuition on land, to understand the beach environment, the wind, kite setup and safety procedures.  After that you'll be in the water with your instructor, to work on kite control and experience body-dragging. If you love it - and we're sure you will - then you can upgrade to the Five Hour Beginner Pack course at any time.


Telephone: +44 (0)207 193 4303
Email: rob@kite-n-surf.com
Telephone: +61 (0)2 8005 6636
Email: rob@kite-n-surf.com

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