The beauty and power of kiting must be experienced to be believed; sign up for one of Broneah’s year-round kiteboarding camps and let the wind take on a new significance in your life.

Don’t think you have what it takes? Matt and Keegan will convince you otherwise. The brothers insist that, with the right attitude, anyone can learn to kiteboard. “Patience and commitment” is their mantra, and the “anyone, any age, any skill level” attitude comes from their experiences kiting with everyone from 75-year-old men to 8-year-old girls.

If you’re feeling particularly adventuresome, a destination camp in North Carolina, Puerto Rico or Patagonia, Argentina, could be the kick-start for you. But you needn’t look further than your own backyard; the time-tested Traverse City-based Northern Exposure camp continues to be Broneah’s most popular learning opportunity.

The two-day program introduces beginners to kiteboarding with intensive instruction and hands-on training, hosting a maximum of six students to allow for plenty of one-on-one attention. The days are long and tiring — two full afternoons in the wind, sun and water — but you’ll leave with the knowledge needed to keep pursuing the sport on your own. Northern Exposure sessions are held on weekends from June through September, with snowkiting camps available in January and February. For dates, cost and how to sign up, visit

Emily Bingham is assistant editor of Traverse, Northern Michigan’s

Note: TThis article was first published in August 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.