About us



15 Knots Kiteboarding School was founded in 2008 by Juan Carlos Morales with the support of friends, family and local partner Velauno’s Kiteboarding and Windsurfing shop.

Highlights
Only Kiteboarding school in Puerto Rico fully insured and also endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company. The school is conveniently located in the facilities of the Cafe La Plage beach club & hotel.

Company Mission

To promote Kiteboarding as an eco-friendly outdoor activity that families and friends can enjoy while exercising. We believe Kiteboarding is not a hobby, it’s a lifestyle.

Quality

Each student receives undivided attention from his instructor. Lessons are customized to students requests. We provide services with Cabrinha and Dakine which are premium  brands of Kiteboarding equipment. The gear is turned over every 4-5 months to ensure you have the best gear you can learn on no matter your level.

About the name of the school

The name 15 Knots was chosen because it is the average wind speed in the island of Puerto Rico where the school was founded and it is also an ideal wind speed to teach beginners the sport of Kiteboarding. If it’s blowing 15 knots, riders get motivated to go ride. Obviously the more experienced they get, the more wind they want. Maybe the next school will be 25 Knots…

About the logo

Inside the shield there are two wind barbs in opposite directions implying 15 Knots of wind. A wind barb is used in nautical maps to show the wind direction and speed.

The wind barb looks like a letter “L”. A long leg means 10 knots and a small one means 5 knots, when combined they mean 15 knots of wind. The barb is duplicated to look symmetric.

The shield was used as a symbol of protection and safety since the school’s # 1 focus is to teach and promote safety. Juan Carlos’ has a special love for shields after his first car at 16 years old, a 944 Porsche.


Founder of 15 Knots Kiteboarding School.
Started Kiteboarding in 1998 when there were only 4-5 Kiteboarders in the island; he was the youngest. Within 4 years, he moved to Florida to learn the art of teaching and more about the industry. He then moved back to Puerto Rico and worked as an independent instructor for a few years and gained recognition as one of the top instructors. In 2006, he partnered with the main kiteboarding and windsurfing shop in the island, Velauno. With the support of the shop, his business took off and he hasn’t looked back since. Today he is proud to run the most recommended Kiteboarding school in Puerto Rico and only one fully insured and endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company.

Since 2008, Velauno TV has featured videos of his lessons, camps and contests.
In 2009, he was the first to run a kids summer camp program; 52 teenagers signed up.
In 2010, got interested in snow kiting and participated on his first event in the snow, the Superfly Open, in Powder Mountain, Utah. He managed to win 1st place amateur in course racing.
In 2011, he came back to the snow kite tour and accomplished 3rd place Pro in course racing in the Dillon Snowkite Open and the Superfly Open.
In february, 2011, got invited to the BVI Kite Jam as Caribbean Ambassador and Guest Pro rubbing shoulders with billionaire entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson in his own private Necker Island.

In April 2011, organized the Puerto Rico Kiteboarding & Paddle Cup with the assistance of the P.R.K.S.F.
In May 2011, organized the Puerto Rico Kiteboarding Tour (A tour around Puerto Rico with 6 Profesional riders to ride the best Kiteboarding and Surfing spots in the island and promote Puerto Rico as a Kiteboarding destination)


Instructors Profile
Juan Carlos Morales

Years Kiting: 13
Years teaching: 9
Certifications: First Aid, CPR, Defibrillator
Licenses: Lifeguard
Gear of choice:
Freestyle: 9-11m Cabrinha Switchblade kite, 140cm Cabrinha Custom with Sync straps board, Dakine Renegade harness
Waves: 9-11m Cabrinha Convert, strapped or strapless 5’11″ – 6’1″

Luis “Kite” García

Years Kiting: 13
Years teaching: 9
Certifications: First Aid, CPR, Defibrillator
Licenses: Lifeguard
Gear of choice: 9-12m Cabrinha Switchblade kite, Custom board, Dakine Renegade harness

Victor Bruno

Years Kiting: 6
Years teaching: 3
Certifications: First Aid, CPR, Defibrilator
Licenses: Lifeguard
Gear of choice: 11m Cabrinha Switchblade kite, 128cm Underground FLX board, Dakine Renegade harness

Pablo Cabral

Years Kiting: 2
Years teaching: 1
Gear of choice: 10m Cabrinha Switchblade kite, 135cm Underground FLX board, Dakine Pyro harness