Welcome to the world of kitesurfing
To me, kitesurfing has always meant freedom, adrenalin, holidays, a good mood and lots of nice and interesting people. And that’s how it was back in 2000, when I wanted to help my friends get a better understanding of kitesurfing, which was a completely new sport at the time. I opened the first Kiteboarding Club: KBC Holland. That fantastic feeling of teaching your students to kitesurf successfully or seeing the elation of every beginner when they ride those first few metres on the board has been with me ever since. Thanks to lots of positive feedback, the support of my friends and a great deal of hard work, KBC has continued to expand, and now comprises 9 centres worldwide with over 150 employees.
Our 17 years of experience in professional kitesurf instruction, an expert team and top-quality kitesurfing equipment from the premium brand F-ONE make your KBC holiday truly exceptional. Together with our longstanding travel partner Rosi Mayer (KBC Travel) and sun+fun, we create a kitesurfing holiday package tailored to you. Whether you’re travelling solo, as a couple or in a small group – kitesurfing brings people together and you’ll quickly make friends for life.
I look forward to seeing you soon at one of our Centres!
Founder & Owner
Our network: 9 Kitesurf centres worldwide
9 worldwide KBC Kitesurf Centre
We’ve selected the very finest kitesurf spots in Europe, Africa and South America for you, each one with perfect conditions for kitesurfing. Here, you’ll find your favourite spot with exactly what you’re looking for. And we also place great value on interesting locations, beautiful nature and sometimes a bit of luxury as well – there’s something for everyone. Each Centre offers you professional training with the very latest F-ONE equipment and VDWS-certified instructors. In short, you can be sure that getting “on board” will be fast, safe and fun.9 KBC Kitesurf centre
KBC Kite Event Travel
We’ll travel together to our KBC Kite Event spots. Here, you will learn kitesurfing with other kindred spirits as part of a group, improve your technique or learn new manoeuvres and tricks. Together we’ll have adventures, celebrate our learning achievements and kite, kite, kite. Come along and meet friends for life!KBC Events
Do It - We explain the best kitesurf tricks and manoeuvres
The Basic Course
Here, you can see a basic course at KBC El Gouna being taught by our kite instructor Birte. Her students Marius and Aileen learn theory, kite control with a training kite on land and a tube kite in the water, body drags and riding the first few metres.Learn how to kitesurf
British pro kiter Rosanna Jury explains how to ride blind. She shows you all the essential elements of motion you will need. We filmed this trick video with Rosanna at KBC El Gouna.Lean tricks at the Kite Centre of your choice.
At KBC El Gouna, Julia shows you how to perform a back roll jump, demonstrating all of the important elements of motion.Learn the back roll at KBC El Gouna.
Jumping with a Waveboard
Thomas Beckmann shows you how to perform jumps with a waveboard and kite, using clear, vivid vantage points in the lagoon at KBC El Gouna.Learn wavekiting at KBC Sal.
Our Premium Partner F-ONE
One Passion: F-ONE kites and boards
For some years now, KBC has partnered with the F-ONE kitesurfing brand, whose compelling new developments make kitesurfing easier with every season. In particular, F-ONE has achieved a breakthrough with its kites, combining every desired feature into a single model: the F-ONE Bandit. Ideal for beginners and advanced kitesurfers, for freeride and for waves, for unhooked freestyle and for high jumps with a lot of hang time.
We are so confident in these products that you are welcome to test them all at no charge. And if you like them as much as we do, you can buy your kite and board from us on the spot.
Test and buy equipment
We are so confident in F-ONE kites and boards that you are welcome to test all of their products at no charge. And if you like them as much as we do, you can buy your kite and board from us on the spot.
All of our KBC Centres are official F-ONE test centres. We have the latest kites and boards available for you to test. Get in touch with us – we’ll be happy to advise you!
Visit our test centres.
F-ONE Bandit – our first choice since 12 years
+ Kite Range
Der neue BANDIT XII hat eine noch breitere und effektive Wind Range. So hast du auch bei wechselnden Windstärken gute Bedingungen.
+ The ultimate Link
The feeling of how you can feel the power of the wind and control it with the bar feedback just has to be right. The main concern of the designers of BANDIT XII was that you always get excited about the water and every kitesession is a good kitesession, despite gusts and changing wind.
Small kites are known to be more fun because they are more reactive and lighter. The designers of the BANDIT XII have managed to maintain this feeling even with the big kite sizes.
+ Smooth Power Delivery
Reduced lateral forces make cruising easier and less strenuous. A fantastic low end and unbelievable comfort in the middle and at the top of the wind range. Ankanten has never been so easy and your jumps never higher.
SOON YOU CAN TEST THE BANDIT XII AT OUR TEST CENTRES.
Your Career with KBC
Turn your passion into your job
At KBC, you’ll be part of a young team of passionate kitesurfers who love what they do. You’ll gain insight into our varied, exciting activities and will have a lot of creative freedom in which to work. KBC is the home of our kite instructor training programme – both interns and experienced kite instructors will benefit from our long training experience. We offer you outstanding development and promotion prospects (from internships to kite instructor to station manager) and an opportunity to be part of our international KBC network.
Receptionist / Front office manager (no positions available at present)
You are the public face of the station, because you are the first person our guests meet. You manage our booking system, organise scheduling for our kite instructors and all on-site services and are our guests’ contact person – in German and English, with other languages welcome.
Kite instructor (no positions available at present)
You are a licenced kite instructor with teaching experience and can independently teach all types of courses to 1–6 students in German and English, with other languages welcome. You also coach your students after class as needed and are in charge of activities on windless days. And even when you are kiting and on the water, you are always a role model and contact person. You help take care of training and rental equipment and assist with any small tasks at the station.
Are you fit for kbc?
Do all of these descriptions fit you to a T?
- Kitesurfing is your passion, and one that you want to share with others – especially your students.
- You know that our guests only have a few weeks of holiday time a year, and you make sure that they have a fantastic, unforgettable experience.
- Even though you are working where others go on holiday, there’s a relaxed holiday air about you.
- We don’t admire you for your advanced tricks but for your fairness and readiness to help others, in and out of the water.
- You speak fluent German and English and are comfortable speaking either language in front of larger groups.
- You have at least three consecutive months – or more – available to work with us.
Does all of this apply to you? Then email your detailed CV with a photo to the KBC of your choice:
The world of KBC products
KBC Training kite (99€)
The KBC training kite (2 m²) is the perfect kite for beginners and kids to learn flight behaviour on land. To help prepare yourself for kitesurfing, you can take off with the wind window as well as practise launching and landing. Advanced kitesurfers can trace out loops in the sky. Its speed makes multiple loops easy and fun. A brilliant gift!The training kite in the shop.
the perfect gift
Are you still looking for a great idea for someone special? We offer gift certificates for all of our kite schools as well as gift certificates for specific amounts that can be used at the KBC Shop and each Centre!Order your gift certificate.
KBC Terry Poncho (45,90€)
This cosy, rich black terry poncho with the premium-quality KBC logo embroidered in luminous gold is an all-rounder: it’s your changing cabin on the go and your stylish bathrobe. You can tuck away small items in the handy inner pockets.
KBC Lycra Shirt (39,99€)
The KBC Event Lycra shirt made of heavy fabric and with “KBC Event” printed on it protects you from strong sunlight and minor abrasions. The small stand-up collar prevents sunburn on your throat and neck and, in cooler weather, provides protection from strong winds. If you book a KBC Kite Event, the shirt is included free of charge.The Lycra shirt
KBC Men's Shirts (34,90€)
The KBC shirt collection offers impressive wearing comfort, stylish designs and careful workmanship. All men’s shirts are 100% cotton. The designs are printed using a high-quality transfer printing method. The Kiteboarding Club logo has been discreetly sewn into the lower seam.All men’s shirts.
KBC Women's Shirt (34,90€)
The KBC shirt collection offers impressive wearing comfort, stylish designs and careful workmanship. All women’s shirts are 95% cotton and 5% elastane. The designs are printed using a high-quality transfer printing method. The Kiteboarding Club logo has been discreetly sewn into the lower seam.All Women's shirts
Our travel partners
Your travel expert
sun+fun is our professional partner for worldwide kitesurf holidays. If you are interested in a complete travel package, it's the agency to contact.
Sun and Fun Sportreisen
Kiteboarding Club - Dates, facts and figures
Thomas Beckmann founds the first Kiteboarding Club in the north of the Netherlands, on the IJsselmeer, near the town of Hindeloopen: KBC Holland. Over the years, the Club quickly becomes a popular weekend destination for the entire Ruhr District and beyond. The key features of this kite spot are also the key to its success: optimal training conditions. Beckmann’s philosophy of sustainable training proves its worth and the Centre continues to expand.
Beckmann opens his second Kite Centre, this time on the Red Sea in Egypt: El Gouna. El Gouna, previously a little-known lagoon town north of the seaside resort Hurghada on the Red Sea, offers the ideal environment for learning to kitesurf: warm temperatures, a constant wind year-round and a huge shallow area. Thomas’s plan bears fruit and is a complete success: today, KBC El Gouna is one of the largest, best-equipped kite centres worldwide.
KBC opens further Centres in the most beautiful kites spots worldwide:
The KBC Parajuru in Brazil is opened.
KBC opens its own travel bureau KBC Travel: customized travel offers and convenient all-inclusive packages: flights, accommodation, transfers and kite centre services, all at the best possible price.
Thomas Beckmann founds “Kite District”– the heart and head office of the Kiteboarding Club network in Germany. Kite District is the headquarters of the organisation, administration, marketing and communications. At the same time, Beckmann opens an online shop for kite gear (kites, boards, harnesses), luggage, fashions and accessories: www.KBC-Shop.com.
Together with his longstanding employee Sebastian Kappauf, Beckmann founds the first KBC situated on a wave spot: KBC Sal on the Cape Verde Islands.
Another Kite Centre is opened in the windy capital of Europe: Tarifa KBC Tarifa.
KBC Portugal in Caminha opens in northern Portugal’s water sports mecca.
KBC Brouwersdam on Lake Grevelingen in the Netherlands is opened under the management of Sören Ullrich.
KBC Sizilien opens in the Lo Stagnone kite lagoon on the island of Sicily, Italy.
A further Centre in Africa opens its doors, in the ever-windy lagoon in Dakhla, Morocco: KBC Dakhla with its adjacent, exclusive hotel.