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Broneah Coach and Liquid Force rider Blake Olsen

Lit from Jess Farran on Vimeo.

Filmed and edited by M-22′s longest standing employee, Jess Farran. Liquid Force team rider and Broneah coach Blake Olsen having a good time in the flat water in Traverse City.


2012 Liquid Force Kiteboarding Gear

OFFICIAL LIQUID FORCE KITEBOARDING 2012 PROMO VIDEO from Liquid Force Kites on Vimeo.

MAX FLOW INFLATION ONE PUMP
The future is now, and this future is inflated quicker and easier by the LF Max Flow Valve. Imagine a kite that inflates in 40% less time, getting you on the water faster and leaving your friends still pumping on the beach. The LF Max Flow valve can bring it and only the full range of LF kites has it!  This new one-way high airflow valve mixed with our completely redesigned, gauge-equipped pump will change your life.  Once you go Max Flow, you never go back!

CPR CONTROL SYSTEM EQUIPPED
100% DEPOWER – CENTER LINE PUSH RELEASE
The LF CPR release allows riders an instant and effortless safety release of the kite, with either hand, from the front or back of the bar, to either the 100% de-power flag line or 90% de-power mainline leash options.

BRIDLES SYSTEM – USB 3.0. / ULTRA STABLE BRIDLE
A reliable bridle is a primary focus of kite design at Liquid Force.  The LF USB 3.0 Bridle is a Proven LF cascade SLE bridle system with one static wingtip pulley. Instant depower, re-launch and stability are the #1 goals.

EXO STRUT TECHNOLOGY – ULTIMATE STRUCTURAL BONDING
Designed and developed by Julien Fillion. The Exo Strut brings strut construction to a new level of rigidity and strength focusing on the areas of the struts that absorb the force of impact on hard crashes and washings in the surf.

WINGTIPS – UNIQUE LF DIAMOND WINGTIP DESIGN
While most other kite designs on the market only use round wingtips, at Liquid Force we believe in our unique Diamond Wingtip design.  The Diamond Wingtip not only provides huge de-power and easier re-launch over traditional curved wingtips, but also a rigid structure as well as instant and predictable kite response.
The LF Diamond Wingtip also supplies smooth, constant pull and power through turns while still effectively de-powering the kite when needed.

REINFORCED LEADING EDGE STRUCTURE – DOUBLE LAYER LE CONSTRUCTION
When crashing at full power, no other part of the kite absorbs as much impact as the leading edge, specifically the center of the leading edge. Our center leading edge segments are beefed up by doubling the amount of Dacron used in production, but only where it’s truly needed.  This will not increase the weight of the LE but will give your kite the ability to hit the water hard all day, worry free.

SUPERIOR QUALITY CANOPY MATERIAL – TEIJIN RIPSTOP T9600
When most of the kiteboarding brands out there stopped using this very high end material due to cost increases, we at Liquid Force stood our ground! We strongly believe that the use of Teijn Ripstop T9600 is essential to high quality kite design.  Your kite will repeatedly perform like the day it was pulled out of the plastic and hold a much higher resale value.

BOMB PROOF CONSTRUCTION – GLUED AND STITCHED PANEL ASSEMBLY
The entire panel layout of our kites is glued and stitched using an overlapped seam assembly.  This construction has proven to be the strongest on the market.  We have also discovered the perfect Dacron reinforcement to weight ratio to ensure the highest quality for your investment.   Our signature molded EVA leading edge bumpers are light, strong and will protect your LE during self launch, hard crashes, snow re-launch, and everyday wear and tear.


Spring into New Kiteboarding Gear!


Spring into New Kiteboarding Gear!

For a limited time Broneah is offering anyone who purchases a 2011 Liquid Force Envy kite complete a FREE Liquid Force Proof 161 kiteboard! That’s correct, buy a new kite and get a FREE board. CLICK HERE to buy online now.


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2011 Liquid Force Kiteboarding Gear

NOW SHIPPING ALL 2011 LIQUID FORCE KITEBOARDING GEAR

MAX FLOW INFLATION SYSTEM ONE PUMP.
The future is now, and this future is inflated quicker and easier by the LF Max Flow Valve. Imagine a kite that inflates in 40% less time, getting you to the water faster and leaving your friends still pumping on the beach.The LF Max Flow valve can bring it, and only the full range of LF kites has it! This new one way high airflow valve mixed with our completely redesigned, gauge-equipped pump will change your life. Once you go Max Flow, you never go back!

Check out this video, its a bit goofy but may make you laugh a few times.

Max Flow Infomercial from Liquid Force Kites on Vimeo.


2010 Liquid Force CPR System

CPR CONTROL SYSTEM

PREMIUM PERFORMANCE // ULTIMATE IN SAFETY // UNMATCHED STYLE
SIZES: 45cm / 50cm / 55cm

For 2010 Liquid Force introduces a brand new kite control system designed around a breakthrough Center Line Push Release safety system – The LF CPR!

The LF CPR release allows riders an instant and effortless safety release of the kite, with either hand, from the front or back of the bar, to either the 100% de-power flagline or 90% depower mainline leash options. While the primary focus for this new system is on the safety and release advancements, the entire bar has been redesigned and improved. Julien Fillion teamed up with industrial designer Miles Hammond to create the CPR.

  • 100% De-power Flag Line
    The LF CPR Control System has a 100% De-power flag line leash attachment option. When hooked to the flag line and the bar or CPR are released, the kite will completely de-power with the riders leash attached to the flag line. This will leave them connected to only one front line, completely flagging and de-powering the kite.

  • 90% De-power Option
    To utilize the 90% depower leash attachment setting, attach your leash to the end of the mainline. This set-up will allow the rider to safely and repeatedly depower and disable their kite while still allowing the rider to re-launch and ride again very quickly.

  • Below the bar de-power cleat
    The power adjustment mainline runs through a 3d Molded cleat, molded into the CPR Chicken Loop. This Allows effortless adjustment of the mainline and an extreme amount of de-power, always within reach below the bar, molded cleanly right into the chicken loop surface.

  • Center Line Push Release
    The LF CPR Release is designed for ultimate safety and simplicity, allowing a rider to release the kite with either hand, from the front or back of the bar, always the same, either side, and at any time!

  • Non Mechanical 100% Molded QR Design
    The LF CPR is unique in that it has NO MECHANICAL or METAL Parts. Each of the quick release parts are molded plastic and will not rust, seize or corrode and will always function properly in sand, salt, heat or snow.

  • Quick Click CPR Release Reset
    The CPR Release is designed to be just as easy and reliable to reset as to release, even from the water. The CPR resets simply by snapping the chicken loop onto the mainline and then pulling the red release piece down until it clicks. Done!

  • Color Coded 3d Molded Eva Grip
    More comfortable than ever with bold color coded grip. This bar grip is very easy to see the right/left sides of the bar while flying and even when getting tumbled underwater. You always know which end of the bar to grab.

  • Auto Indexed Chicken Loop
    This allows a stiff and constant alignment of the chicken loop to the bar when unhooking/hooking back in. The chicken loop does not flop around and is always aligned correctly with the bar. No need to look to unhook or re-hook!

National Geographic Adventure features Broneah Kiteboarding

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National Geographic Adventure features Broneah Kiteboarding

Traverse City makes list of ‘Adventure Towns’
By Vanessa McCray

TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City is stacking up the superlatives.

National Geographic Adventure named the city one of “The 50 Next Great Adventure Towns” in its September issue. The Cherry Capital made the list along with Bardstown, Ky., Rapid City, S.D., Grand Marais, Minn., Carbondale, Colo., and dozens of other towns spread across the United States. The magazine’s cover story highlights these places as prime spots to “live and play.”

Towns selected were “innovative” and boasted not only lots of action but also a plan for the future, said magazine publicist Ethan Fried.

The city also was recently named one of the “Great Places You’ve Never Heard Of” by Mother Earth News.

Traverse City garnered a quick blurb under the category “weekend retreat” in the National Geographic Adventure article. The magazine noted the nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes and singled out the experience of “soaring alongside the 400-foot sand swells” thanks to Broneah Kiteboarding.

The Traverse City-based company is run by brothers Matt and Keegan Myers and gets its name from a combination of the words “brother” and “Neahtawanta,” after the spot on Old Mission Peninsula where they grew up. Kiteboarding is an activity similar to wakeboarding except that it is powered by wind. Matt Myers understands both the “live” and the “play” explored in the magazine story.

“We’re definitely a strong balance between business and lifestyle. We do not let money guide our life. We first make sure we are living the way we want to live, and I think that’s the key,” he said.

This is the fourth annual list assembled by National Geographic Adventure, Fried said. The magazine was expected to hit newsstands in mid-August.

“… Traverse City is the best place you could ever live. I guess because it’s an unknown destination, and… people are not aware of the resources that we have up here, and we’ve taken the time to explore these hidden areas off of M-22 and have found that it gets no better,” said Matt Myers.


Broneah Kiteboarding featured in Chicago LAKE Magazine

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Broneah Kiteboarding school featured in Chicago LAKE Magazine

For a full-throttle summer adventure, grab a kiteboard and chase the wind.
By Emily Bingham

The breeze is stiff and steady, Lake Michigan is wide open and wild, and the afternoon light warms my shoulders like a soft, familiar hand. But instead of sunning myself on the shore, I am sitting in waist-deep lake water, strapped snugly into a harness and helmet, and my white-knuckled hands are gripping a bar connected by long, taut strings to a massive kite.

I am a first-time kiteboarding student, and I am here to conquer the wind.

If this is the first you’ve heard of kiteboarding, you’re certainly not alone, but the number of kiteboard-clueless people is quickly dwindling. Kiteboarding is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world, capitalizing on an abundant and cost-free natural resource: wind power. It’s impressive to watch and even more impressive to try: Riders strap their feet to a lightweight, four-foot board and use a kite to launch themselves across open water, jumping up to 30 feet in the air.

In the Midwest, the hot spot to get schooled on kiteboarding is Traverse City, Mich., where brothers Matt and Keegan Myers have established the well-respected and rapidly growing Broneah Kiteboarding. Kiteboarding – also called kitesurfing – has a fairly steep learning curve. And yes, while many of its enthusiasts toss around X Games adjectives like “stoked” and “gnarly,” don’t dismiss it as a sport exclusively for the young and taut. A majority of Broneah’s clients are middle-aged men.

“These are the guys that are sitting at their computer all day. They don’t have a sport. They don’t have inspiration,” Matt says. “But then we get them fired up on kiting. It’s the coolest thing on earth.”

Every weekend from June through mid-September, Broneah welcomes a half-dozen wannabe kiteboarders to its “Northern Exposure” learning camp. The sessions, held on a wide stretch of sand overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, are exhilarating and exhausting.

As the only female on my weekend, I anticipated working extra hard to keep up with the group. But I quickly learned that kiteboarding doesn’t favor one gender over the other, nor does it require expert athleticism or a rock-hard physique. When my fellow students and I gathered on a the beach for our first lesson, we were all equally uncoordinated beginners: a few soft-bellied 30-somethings, two lanky college dudes, and myself, the skinny chick whose most adventuresome athletic activity is the occasional yoga class.

Luckily, Matt, 27, and Keegan, 26, are warm and patient, with an infectious enthusiasm and a gift for helping all their students grasp kiteboarding’s vital concepts.

“We’ve taught everyone from 70-year-old men to 8-year-old girls,” Matt says. Many of these students hail from the Chicago area where, once they receive certification (available through Broneah), they can ride the wind at kiteboard-friendly spots such as Montrose Beach in Chicago and Lake Street Beach near Gary, Ind.

On the first day of camp we start with the basics, becoming familiar with the wind’s surprising strength. We stand in patches of dune grass while maneuvering small trainer kites, digging our heels into the sand as the wind pulls us across it. We learn terms such as “wind window” and “power zone,” new phrases that quickly gain meaning when the kites strain and dip under our control (or lack thereof).

With the help of assistant instructors, the brothers keep the student-to-staff ratio at 2-to-1, making for an intimate, thorough and unthreatening learning experience.

On the second day, we move offshore into the water – the real deal. As the day progresses, many of the students are standing on their boards and zipping across the water. Others, like myself, are having a more difficult time. But with each fall – after fall, after fall – the instructors are right there, helping us up, offering advice and sincere words of encouragement. By the time the kites are rolled up, officially closing out the camp, I am amazed at how much I have learned and how far we have all progressed. And while I didn’t quite conquer the wind this weekend, I sure had the time of my life trying.

Ready to ride? Be warned – you’re likely to walk away addicted. Miller admits he’s even missed wedding ceremonies to go kiting, only to show up at the receptions sporting tattletale sunburns.

“The first time wind catches your kite and physically tugs you along, it’s impossible not to want to feel that sensation again,” he says. “That feeling never goes away.”


Casper’s Corner- Great Lakes Kiteboarding Intern

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by Jasper Meddock

Even though every day seems to be full of action, this summer has flown by too fast.  Now that I look at it, there are three weeks left in my internship with Broneah Kiteboarding and M-22, and WOW that is tough to believe.  The past few weeks have been intense to say the least.  I went to my buddy Paul’s wedding back in Duluth this past weekend and beat that up pretty bad.  Aside from losing Steve a few times and losing my entire exhaust system outside of Chicago, the trip went quite well.

This past week for the Northern Exposure Kiteboarding Camp we had a full load, including Joel and Sam from Wisconsin.  It was fun to get to teach a few people from my home state and although the wind wasn’t the greatest, we still had a lot of fun on the wake skate and got all the technical side of kiting covered in detail.

The Brinks family this past weekend was awesome too.  Dan and Aaron were tearing things up and Aaron even got up on his first ever try on the board!  They both became confident enough that I know they are going to progress fast on their own gear once they get out there, so I’m super stoked for that.  The Carr’s had some wild times as well, as they boated across from Elk Rapids in some gnarly conditions officially becoming the first students to take a boat to the lesson! Jeff, Edwin, and Dave all were able to get some good riding in at Pt. Betsie, which was awesome as well.  Hopefully we will see all of our students in the area again and we can give them some more pointers if they need them.

Trip planning for Europe is going well and I think we have a general route figured out and my Eurail pass is in the mail.  All of my Cayman Island paperwork and blood work stuff came back good so now I’m really pumped for that too.   Until then, I’m looking forward to teaching kiting to all of our students in the next few weeks as we try to take advantage of some of these last weeks of summer in Michigan! -Casper

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Casper’s Corner- Traverse City Kiteboarding Intern

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by Jasper Meddock

The past few weeks have been crazy busy.  Between kiting, the Cherry Fest, Critter Control and exploring I haven’t had a minute to relax which is awesome.  I had an awesome session out on the Glen Arbor Bay with my surf board that was unforgettable. We had some awesome French students this past weekend that were a great challenge due to their lack of English.  With the help of some translation we were able to make it a great experience.  The whole family was a blast and everyone walked away stoked.

Yesterday we hit up Petobego all day and Justin brought his newly constructed slider over to the spot.  My new roomie Steve came out and took a bunch of killer pics and it was an amazing day.  My unhooked backroll over the sand bar had to be the highlight for me and seeing Lewis, Matt, Justin and Kegan tear up the slider was cool as well.  I can’t wait to get back out to the spot and hit the slider up some more  and start stompin some handle passes! -Casper

Who is Casper?
Name:
Jasper Meddock
Position: Coach
Bio: I first saw kiteboarding about 7 years ago in Islamorada, FL.  The very first time I saw it I knew I had to do it.  My dad bought me my first kite and board and from there I was hooked.  Kiteboarding has taken me all over the place, including Hawaii, the Outer Banks, South Padre Island, and good old Lake Superior.  To say that kiting has changed my life would be a vast understatement.  Every morning I wake up, I check the wind and try to find a way to kite

I recently graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth this May and am teaching at Broneah as part of a formal internship for my degree in Outdoor Recreation Education.  Matt and Keegan were extremely accommodating to me in getting me all set up and going for the summer and I’m super stoked to spend the next 3 months in MI.  Kiting at our spot in Petobego is unreal and rivals any kiting I have seen anywhere else.  I look forward to sessions all over M-22 and Petobego this summer and sharing kiting with all the students who come in for lessons!


Coastal Living- Broneah Kiteboarding Feature

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Coastal Living Magazine

Broneah Kiteboarding founders Matt and Keegan Myers featured in Time Inc. Coastal Living Magazine.

Over the past seven years Broneah has been featured in numerous magazine’s such as Outside Magazine, Mens Health Magazine, National Geographic Magazine, and Traverse the Magazine. However with a circulation of over 625,000, Coastal Living Magazine may have one of the largest audiences in the USA, exposing our sport to hundreds of thousands of people. Writer Jacqulyne Froeber and photographer Jeremy Herliczek spent a few days following the Broneah crew around the bays and beaches of Traverse City, Michigan to really try and capture the lifestyle and action of kiteboarding. Be sure to pick up the July 2009 issue to check out the story.


Casper’s Corner- Michigan’s Kiteboarding Intern

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by Jasper Meddock

These last two weeks have definitely been action packed.  Lessons have been off the hook and the M-22 Challenge was a huge success. The Maxfield’s this past weekend were a super stoked family and a pleasure to work with.  We had a lit up day on Sunday and got Jess, Renee, and Dave all up and riding on boards.  On Monday, I had a private lesson with Keri, the female winner of the Challenge.  She was in great spirits despite some less than favorable weather; windy but cold.  We had a lot of wind and a great lesson that allowed her to progress a ton towards being a kiteboarder.

Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons have been going great as well with several families having very successful experiences.  The Glen Arbor house is feeling a lot more like home now that I have met many more locals and even a student of ours who lives in town.   Hopefully the great wind we’ve had the last few days keeps up and the good sessions and lessons continue! -Casper

Who is Casper?
-Jasper “Casper” Meddock is the 2009 Broneah Intern and will be keeping you up to date with the latest happenings in Northern Michigan through Casper’s Corner. After finishing up his final semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Jasper decided to come work at Broneah for the summer to complete his required summer internship. Jasper is a wonderful addition to the team.


Casper’s Corner- Northern Michigan Kiteboarding

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Casper’s Corners- Your weekly update
by Jasper Meddock 

The first two weeks in Traverse City, Michigan have been unreal.  After seeing all the awesome spots to hike and paddle, I thought it truly couldn’t get much better. That was before I got to Petobego.  It is easily the sickest spot I have seen to kite within thousands of miles of here.  Matt and I had a session there last Friday that brought a smile to my face that still hasn’t gone away yet!

The Glen Arbor house is off the hook with Lake Michigan a couple blocks away and the Crystal River across the street.  I had a session a few blocks from my house last week and found a secret spot out by the dunes that I can’t wait to kite on a good N or NW.  The M-22 Challenge is gonna be sick this weekend and I’m hoping for some good wind this week. -Casper
 

Who is Casper?
-Jasper “Casper” Meddock is the 2009 Broneah Intern and will be keeping you up to date with the latest happenings in Northern Michigan through Casper’s Corner. After finishing up his final semester at the University of Minnesota Duluth, Jasper decided to come work at Broneah for the summer to complete his required summer internship. Jasper is a wonderful addition to the team. Here is a testimonial from one of Jasper’s students after his second week of coaching with us:

“My girlfriend and I have just gotten back from our first kiteboarding experience and are completely stoked!  We just wanted to thank you and the whole Broneah/M-22 family for the experience.  Our instructors were Kegan and Jasper and both were amazing.  They have two different personalities that helped launch two kiting careers and lots of smiles.  We would like to wish both of them our best wishes in their future adventures, Kegan with the armed forces that give us the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy and Jasper with finishing school and living his life to the fullest.  

I don’t think that I could express in words how well these two worked together and complimented each other out on the beach.  Kegan was technical and meticulous, Jasper was laid back and encouraging, we needed all of these traits to make this adventure a one of a kind experience!
I’m sure that in the coming months you will be hearing from us, whether it is for advice, gear or just to say “What’s up”.  

Again, thanks.”
-Joel Lewis and Beth Sprague


Kiteboarding Video- Stand Down

broneah-stand-downSTAND DOWN- A video produced by Quip Productions for Broneah Kiteboarding, Liquid Force, and Kiteboarding Magazine.

This clip goes way way back with some archived footage, but it is still pretty good. Traverse City local Soren Nielsen put this together and did an incredible job with the full 20 minute reel (which we will put on the site soon). Its kinda funny to see the old C-kites, fixed bars, pulley bars, and rocking the boots back in the day. This is just a short teaser to the full length version.


Kiteboarding Recession Sessions at Broneah

broneah-recession-sessionsREBOOK- SAVE MONEY:
We are committed to helping you continue your progression in the most efficient way possible, a kiteboarding camp!  To show our appreciation for your past purchase we would like to extend this limited time offer to you for the 2009 summer season.

Get a $50 discount per camp booking.  In addition to this offer, if you book 2 camps at full price ($599 each) we will give you a third camp for only $199!  You can choose to book yourself for 3 camps or book yourself and 2 others for only $1400 (SAVE OVER $130 PER CAMP).  Please email broneah@broneah.com or call 231-392-2212 now to save.

RECESSION SESSIONS SALE:
In efforts to keep our past customers on the water the Broneah crew has decided to put together a one time limited offer for you.  This is the cheapest we have ever offered a brand new kiteboarding package exclusively for our past customers!  These packages include all the new 2009 Liquid Force Kiteboarding gear:

2009 Liquid Force Session Kite Complete (kite, bag, bar, lines, leash, pump)
2009 Liquid Force Proof Board (SIZES 141, 151 or 161)
2009 Liquid Force Waist Harness  (any size)
2009 Liquid Force Luxury Strap Kit (or stiletto kit for small feet)

PRICES AS FOLLOWS:
9M COMPLETE PACKAGE $1,299.99
12M COMPLETE PACKAGE $1,399.99
16M COMPLETE PACKAGE $1,499.99

Please email broneah@broneah.com or call 231-392-2212 now to save.


BUY GEAR AND YOUR CAMP IS FREE!
If you book any of the 2009 Broneah “Northern Exposure” kiteboarding camps this summer AND purchase a gear package during your camp weekend your camp is FREE! You will have the opportunity to purchase a brand new 2009 Liquid Force gear package that normally retails for $2100 for ONLY $1399 during your camp weekend.  That’s a $700 savings, making your camp cost completely free!  Take advantage of this incredible opportunity all summer long here at Broneah Kiteboarding. Please email broneah@broneah.com or call 231-392-2212 now to save.


Kiteboarding Down-Low with Keegan Myers

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Interview with Broneah Kiteboarding Co-Founder Keegan Myers.

How does kiteboarding compare, in your mind, to wakeboarding or any other sport that you find comparable?
There really is no comparison, kiteboarding is the best sport ever invented. It combines the ultimate feeling of being connected with nature (similar to surfing, kayaking, sailing, etc) with the adrenaline of some of the most extreme sports (motocross, wakeboarding, skateboarding, etc). But the most beautiful part of this is that the risk of injury is so low compared to other sports that give you the same adrenaline. It is a sport you can do at the most extreme level or just for a great workout. You can make it as safe and simple, as you want, or as heart pumping, as you want.

What’s so great about it? What hooked you?
When I met a guy in Italy that was just coming off the water after a long session and he told me he was only 75 years old! If I can do this sport through my 70’s or even 80’s and not to mention it is the most exciting sport ever, what else could you want? After participating in the great sport of Motocross for many years, and having my body subject to constant pounding, I was ready for a sport that gives me excitement and keeps me safe, that’s kiteboarding! Not to mention it is done 100% with nature, allowing you to become much more in tune with mother earth.

What’s hardest about it?
Kiteboarding takes patience! You can never predict the wind and weather, which is for Mother Nature to decide. Due to this you can never guarantee your sessions. Just like surfers can never guarantee waves every day. This forces you to watch the weather very closely and be ready to go when the conditions are good. This requires the patience to keep going at it even if the conditions are not perfect when you have the time to head out. Getting through the initial learning phase when your beginning can be difficult, that’s why taking part in kiteboarding lessons and camps is so important to get riding quickly. Money spent on instruction is the best money spent in this sport!

What’s sort of the key trick to it? What is it that, once you get that down, you’re really kiteboarding?
The key to kiteboarding is putting all the elements together into one fluid motion. Knowing the wind, controlling the kite, directing and edging your board, and ripping upwind. Once someone puts all of these elements together into one fluid motion they are kiteboarding! It takes the patience of learning each of these elements. Once someone puts this all together all the hard work it takes to learn the sport makes it all worthwhile.


Broneah Kiteboarding Coach on Magazine Cover

broneah-team-nick-madrickGetting Stoked .. Nick Madrick
By Lindsey Manthei

When most people graduate from college, they find an entry-level position and slowly work their way up. Not 23-year-old Petoskey native Nick Madrick. The 2007 graduate of Hope College took a risk and started his own business before graduation. As the managing partner and sales representation of STOKE International, Madrick has grown the business into a full-time job for himself and part-time work for several others.
The idea for STOKE clothing grew out of Madrick’s passion for kiteboarding and the action sports lifestyle. STOKE International carries a line of inspirational t-shirts, sweatshirts, board shorts and hats for men and women sold in stores locally and across the U.S. and Caribbean. Madrick began kiteboarding about six years ago when he took his first lesson with Broneah Kiteboarding in Traverse City. He was hooked the very first day, bought an entire kiteboarding set-up, and began practicing daily. The next summer, he became a certified kiteboarding instructor, immersing himself in the sport’s culture and lifestyle. “Instructing is great because it allows me to help students get stoked on the sport,” Madrick said.  For Madrick’s company, STOKE is an acronym that stands for Seeking To Open Klosed Eyes. “We believe in living life to the fullest and really opening the eyes of others to the excitement and passion we have for life. Our main goal is to just get one person stoked each day,” Madrick said.

SELLING ON THE ‘NET
In 2005, Madrick teamed up with designer Chad Coe, who happens to be his best friend.
“I’m not an artist, but I can see a vision of what a design could look like and Chad and our other artists really bring that to life,” Madrick said. STOKE slowly gained momentum as Madrick and Coe started selling his t-shirts and hoodies to friends on campus. Soon, they were selling through Facebook and MySpace.  “It was a balance between school and work,” Madrick said of the early days. “We launched our website with an online store in the summer of ’07 and that’s when the business really took off.”

The number one goal of the STOKE brand is to remind people that they only have one life to live and should live it to the fullest.  “It’s not a cliché for us because we actually do it,” Madrick said. “I want a person to go to their drawer and pull out a STOKE tee because it means something to them and they can wear it with pride. It’s about the lifestyle, not necessarily the brand.”  The business has been entirely self-funded, and is paying for itself.

‘STILL LEARNING’
Madrick majored in communications at Hope College, a degree he describes as “vague” in that it allows a student to pursue many different directions. He said his schooling has helped in talking with buyers and dealing with potential customers at trade shows. The more technical business matters Madrick has picked up along the way. “I’ll ask anybody for advice about running a successful business. People really like to give advice and want to help. Needless to say, I’m still learning,” Madrick said. Today, STOKE works with several different designers including Coe and Paul Dillon, and often collaborates with notable artists such as actor Dante Bosco (known for his part as “Rufio” in the movie Hook). A poem by Bosco appears on STOKE’s “Destined for Greatness” tee. Many of the clothing designs have words, lyrics or poetry embedded in the artwork. “You really have to look closely to see it sometimes,” Madrick said. STOKE recently signed on two new artists that have a tattoo artist style that brings an edginess to the table. “We believe in collaboration,” Mardrick said. “Our artists come from all different backgrounds—from studio art, to theater, to musicians, to tattoo artists.” The action sports clothing industry is not an easy industry to break into, Madrick said. In addition to selling online at www.stokeinternational.com, 17 retailers carry the STOKE clothing brand in the U.S. and the Caribbean. Madrick also attends trade shows, such as Surf Expo, to gain interest from retailers. Madrick says he expects to pick up 10-15 more retailers on the East Coast soon.

Locally, STOKE clothing can be found at Ride 45 Board Shop in Petoskey, Broneah Kiteboarding in Traverse City, and Sleeping Bear Surf & Kayak in Empire.

Madrick handles every aspect of the business, aside from design. He works with North Coast Imagewear in Petoskey to do all the printing and does shipping and orders from his home office. Most of the models in the STOKE catalogue and on the web are friends or family of Madrick, Coe and Dillon. STOKE also sponsors a wake board team, a kiteboard team and a surf team, sponsoring competitions and events. One of Madrick’s aspirations is to set up an organization that will help kids who may not otherwise have the opportunity to experience the action sports lifestyle get a taste of what it means to be stoked.

For more information or to check out STOKE’s online store, visit www.stokeinternational.com.


Traverse City – World-class Kiteboarding Wind and Water

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Two traveling professional kiteboarders choose TC as the worlds best location.

You can also read this article in the latest issue of NM3 Magazine

Two of the most talented and respected kiteboarders in the sport spent a week in Traverse City chilling with the Broneah crew and riding all the different spots in the area. These two athletes, Andy Hurdman and Aaron Sales, have spent the last ten years of their lives traveling the globe in search of the perfect kiteboarding location. They have the privilege of visiting anywhere in the world they want, and to some surprise, they continue to choose Northern Michigan over any other place. I spent a few minutes talking to Aaron and Andy through a colorful summer sunset over East Bay.

Profiles:
Andy Hurdman, Delray Beach, Florida. Pro rider and Advanced Instructor. Sponsored by Broneah, Transcend, and Liquid Force.

Aaron Sales, Hood River, Oregon. Editor of Kiteboarding Magazine.

MM: What brought you to Traverse City in the first place?

AH: The Broneahs, Matt and Keegan, some of the nicest guys I know (he laughs). First came to Michigan in 2003 and toured the entire state in a small motor home that the Broneah crew rented and checked out all the spots. We had pro riders from all around the world fly in and we were all amazed with how good the kiting is here.

AS: I’m always looking for new locations, want to see what’s out there and you told us to come check it out. What makes this place so unique is the variety of riding locations you can go to. You can have flat-water one day, then nice waves the next. The wind is good; the water is so clear, warm and shallow. It is also such an amazing place to learn. Last year I came alone and this year, I decided to bring the entire family, including my 18 month-old daughter. Yesterday, I got my wife up on the board for the first time and she thinks that this is absolutely the best place in the world to learn. She is so happy.

MM: You two have been fortunate enough to travel freely in pursuit of prime kiteboarding locations. What other places have you kiteboarded in the past few years?

AH: Venezuela, Colombia, Greece, the entire Caribbean, Hawaiian Islands, and everywhere you can imagine in the USA.

AS: Hood River, Maui, Kauai, Los Roques in Venezuela, South Padre Island Texas, Bay Area San Francisco, Hatteras North Carolina, British Virgin Islands, Florida Coast, Alaska, Norway, France, Switzerland, and New Zealand to name a few!

MM: What were your expectations of Michigan before your first visit?

AH: I had never been to the Great Lakes so I wasn’t really sure, but I know when I did show up I was completely blown away. The clear water, and last year we went to a spot and had chest high waves, so that actually blew me away as well. Then coming over to the other side, we had flat-water so we could get the variety of different styles of riding with such beautiful Caribbean-like water.

AS: I assumed that the lake was going to have brown water. I envisioned the city of Detroit and the lake would just be along side of the city. Going up to Traverse City blew me away with the massive beaches and cleanliness of the water and area. I think I speak for a lot of people that they don’t get excited when you talk of Michigan, they don’t know how good it is until you go there. When I first saw this place in a photo I thought it would be worth coming to check out, but until I witnessed it with my own eyes I could not fully appreciate it. I am amazed that more kiteboarders don’t know about this spot.

MM: What else other than the kiteboarding conditions do you enjoy about Northern Michigan?

AS: Just the overall beach life. Everybody is really into the whole water scene out here, whether it’s boating, stand-up paddling, surfing, wakeboarding, or being next to the water and enjoying the conditions for the day. When the water is flat you go wakeboarding and do that and when the wind picks up it turns into a world class kiteboarding spot so you make the best of the conditions and when the wind turns on its as good as anywhere in the whole nation. One of the coolest things about coming to Michigan is how friendly the local riders are, how helpful everybody is. It is not a place with a huge attitude, its all about the stoke, getting you on the water and having fun. The people here are so nice!

MM: So I have to ask, will you come back to Traverse City again?

AH: If you asked me to come back next week I would come back next week! Actually the first year I came here to visit you guys I ended up extending my ticket an extra 7 days just to stay and train. This is my fourth or fifth time to Traverse City, I have not been here in over a year and that was way overdue. The stoke is back after being here this past week and I am already planning for my return trip.

AS: Yeah, I have already decided this is an annual trip. I came here by myself one time and realized how amazing it was not only for me but for a family vacation, so this year I brought my family and wife and I decided that we are going to come back year after year, we love this spot!

Special thanks:
Aaron and Andy would like to thank Megan Madion for sharing her beach-front home in front of Traverse City’s best kiting spot. Justin Fata for the pull behind the wakeboard boat on the glassy mornings, and Matt Sr. for supplying all the fresh salmon. They would also like to thank Jim and Mary Rogers and Chimney Corners resort for the wonderful hospitality.


2009 Michigan Summer Kiteboarding Camp – NOW BOOKING

2009-michigan-campThe Broneah location in Traverse City, Michigan, is the most desired vacation destination in the entire Midwest. The Broneah shop in downtown of Traverse City is nestled at the base of a 20-mile peninsula, which splits two huge bays fed off of Lake Michigan. Sound magical, it is! We have circled the globe, been to all the best kiteboarding locations, nothing has come close to the quality of water and wind that our exclusive teaching locations have.

CLICK HERE to book your 2009 Michigan Kiteboarding Camp Online NOW!

Broneah Kiteboarding has positioned itself as today’s leaders in kiteboarding instruction. Lead by Kiteboarding Magazines instructional editors the Broneah kiteboarding program has been developed into the quickest and safest place to learn and progress in the sport of kiteboarding. Utilizing today’s latest products, one the water support, and professional staff we will be your kiteboarding resource from the first time you fly a trainer kite through the point you land your first handle pass.

CLICK HERE to book your 2009 Michigan Kiteboarding Camp Online NOW!


2009 Liquid Force Kiteboarding Gear Ready to Ship!

news-1-2009-lf-gearWe are not sure how they do it, but Liquid Force keeps making what is already by far the best gear on the market, better!! Broneah has been a huge supporter of the LF product from day one, understanding their roots with wakeboarding would ultimately lead our sport in the proper direction. Years later, we continue to ride, teach on, and straight up love our LF gear.

Everyday products are rolling into the shop, boxes are torn open as quickly as possible with the shop crew stoked to see the fresh product. There is no sweeter moment then rolling open a crispy new kite, or sliding your hand along the bottom of a brand new deck. Give us a call, drop an email, or stop by the Broneah shop to check out the latest from Liquid Force.

CLICK HERE to check out all the new LF gear, and remember, all orders receive FREE SHIPPING!

Thinking of taking your first lesson, or want to improve from your current level, book a Broneah Northern Exposure Kiteboarding Camp and get ready to have some fun!


Off to Puerto Rico for Kiteboarding Camps

pr_happy_customersFor the past 6 years, the Broneah crew has loaded their gear bags and fled the snowy north in search for sun and wind. Year after year, we keep returning to the beautiful, sunny, southwest shore of Puerto Rico. Blessed with year-round 80 degree air temps, 70 degree water temps, and consistent solid trade winds, La Parguera is a kiteboarders paradise.

So if you are feeling like you need a little change of pace, some warm sunshine, and a few solid sessions, give us a call and we can set it all up. We look forward to sharing this island paradise with you!


Testimonials

 

kiteboarding_test1Are you thinking about contacting Broneah for a lesson or gear purchase, but have never met our team and do not know who we are? Read on to better understand our relationship with our clients.

“You guys Rock! Everyone is completely psyched. Thanks for all the effort. The boys are already claiming time slots for the equipment for tomorrow. Will keep you updated and have already recommended you all to everyone willing to hear it.”
-Clint Brooks

“Thanks for the great camp. Information and teaching were excellent. Truly enjoyed my time and can’t wait to get out kiting! Kegan was an excellent instructor! Thanks again for a great time and for getting me started in a great sport.”
-Dominic Kiomento

“Kegan was very patient and encouraging. He was also very willing to explain things I didn’t understand over and over again. All the instructors worked well together and were supportive, even if they weren’t working directly with me.
Kegan told me it was my turn to get on the board and, even though I didn’t feel ready, I did it and got up! That rocked! Flying was fun too! I also really appreciated the focus on safety. It helped me feel more confident knowing that if I ended up in the middle of Lake Michigan I might actually get back to land.
Customer service was fabulous- especially helpful with directions.
This was a great experience and has left me wanting to kiteboard even more. Thank you!”
-Anonymous

“My girlfriend and I have just gotten back from our first kiteboarding experience and are completely stoked!  We just wanted to thank you and the whole Broneah/M-22 family for the experience.  Our instructors were Kegan and Jasper and both were amazing.  They have two different personalities that helped launch two kiting careers and lots of smiles.  We would like to wish both of them our best wishes in their future adventures, Kegan with the armed forces that give us the opportunities and freedoms we enjoy and Jasper with finishing school and living his life to the fullest.  I don’t think that I could express in words how well these two worked together and complimented each other out on the beach.  Kegan was technical and meticulous, Jasper was laid back and encouraging, we needed all of these traits to make this adventure a one of a kind experience!
I’m sure that in the coming months you will be hearing from us, whether it is for advice, gear or just to say “What’s up”.  Again, thanks.”
-Joel Lewis and Beth Sprague

“We got the package on Saturday, super fast shipping!! Thanks so much. Jenae and I both have really enjoyed doing business and getting to know you and the all the guys at Broneah.”
-Alan Peachy

“Just wanted to thank you all for the great camp in PR last week . It truly is an amazing spot to kite and we had awesome conditions. It was neat  to meet your dad and hang out with him, he added alot of entertainment value. Son James asked yesterday when we were putting some of the gear away, how long until we can go kiting this spring?  I think he is really hooked now thanks to how much he progressed at the camp. We will see if time permits for a trip to TC Michigan this summer.”
-Al & James
PS. It took about a week before I could stand up straight due to those sore stomach muscles and about the same amount of time to get rid of the bruises on my butt!

“It was really an amazing camp and the site where we kited was also unbelievable. It was a 15 min boat ride from the hotel, we would set up camp behind the mangrove trees where there was no wind and just around the corner  and above the trees the wind was between 15 – 25 mph all four days. We would kite between the mangrove islands, the water was ankle to chest deep and very flat due to the coral reef that extended between the islands. If you happend to get a little down wind or any other issues they would come and get you in the pick up boat. One of the brothers Matt was there and the two other instructors were all excellent and very safety conscious. We sailed from 6 to 12 m kites and were on the water most days by 10:30 am and finished the day usually by 4:00 pm, not because the wind died but because we were quite tired. I would say quite easily that I improved more in four days than I have in the last 2 yrs. My son James who is quite new to the sport ( last fall) he started off by only being able to go one direction and by the time we left he was kiting solid with transitions both direction, staying up wind and even starting to jump. I would highly recommend the camp and this site to anyone, it is an amazing spot to kite. If any of your clients have any questions give them my email address and once again thanks.”
-Alan

“Just wanted to drop a line to say how much I enjoyed your camp.  When I grow up I want to be just like you.  I want to enter the ‘Coach Apprenticeship Program’ so that someday I can be a coach.  A kind of coach on call for emergencies.
Seriously, you are likeable guys with a professionalism not expected in the industry.  I would like to visit you guys in the fall when you are not ‘working’ and see more of the island.

You know you run a great camp when I think of it every day!”
-Billy

“Always a pleasure!  The location you guys pioneered is incredible and provided a much needed “island fix” for me following years of deprivation.  You provide fantastic service to your campers-so much so that I was a bit embarrassed as a friend.  But that’s ok, maybe I’ll have the opportunity to wash your feet someday.  I left with loads of confidence in sailing – kiting sorry – and even more appreciation for the great places of the globe that I have yet not experienced.  Again, thanks for making this happen for me during your busiest period.  I really did enjoy the company as well.”
-Mike Stimac

“Great job last week.  I had a ball; both boarding and getting to know you guys better.  Great story on the recapture of your family property at Neahtawanta.  Tell Arlon that I scored his culinary efforts Five Stars and will mention him to Zagat’s rating service. Be careful with those models scheduled for the photo shoot in La Parguera. Happy Birthday Matt.  See you in TC this summer.”
-Tom Lane

“As we sit in the San Juan airport waiting to board the plane back to the cold we just want to thank you guys again for all you did  for us over the past two weeks.  It was great for Brigid and Ethan to meet all four of you guys.  You are very unique and we benefited so much from being around you.
Also, thank you for how much you helped each of us progress in our kiteboarding.  Hopefully, the next time we see you at the end of July in TC we will have made some more improvement.”
-Brigid, Ethan, & Keith

“Thank you for the replacement bladder. It is much appreciated. You guys definitely make a name for yourself in the culture of the sport. Someday I wish I could join ya. Just gotta get me out of this corporate stuff. It was good visiting with you guys briefly; hope my Dad and I didn’t impose on ya much. I wanted to thank you for your support and encouragement of my getting into the sport and meeting the people. Hope you guys enjoy your trips this winter. Keep in touch and thanks again for your generosity.”
-Rob Comfort

“Just a quick note of thanks for such a great week we had in Puerto Rico. Joe and I had a blast during the kite boarding camp. It was probably the most relaxing vacation I’ve had in YEARS! I can see why people keep coming back. You both do a fine job of training and have tremendous patience. Especially with me! Thanks for humoring me too.
I also appreciate the extra tour through the mangroves and dinner at your house. It was nice meeting Michael and Madison. Our fishing trip was a big highlight too. I still cannot get over the absolutely exquisite dinner on the patio. It really was the best fish I have ever had, no doubt about it. Bottom line- I’d like to come up for another camp in Traverse City as soon as you start them!”
-Scott Lorenz

“Had a wonderful time at camp this year – thanks for making it great. I know that Catherine enjoyed herself also – thanks for including her in many of the activities. All ready looking forward to the next camp. Anxious to get back out on the water, its totally addictive.”
-Tim Sefton

“Many thanks for what was a truly an inspirational week in Puerto Rico! Your instructional ability is without rival in the kiteboarding world and those who shape the sport have recognized that for some time now. What I got out of the camp was far more important than instruction however. The passion with which you approach your business, your clients, and how you live your life is both inspiring and contagious! There are a number of things I want to make sure my kids are able to experience in life, spending a few days with you in La Parguera is something I’m really looking forward to.”
-Michael Cote

“I had an excellent time! The camp was top notch; the kiting locations were perfect, the scenery was outstanding, and I learned a lot. Most Importantly I left the camp much more confidant. The only thing I need now is practice. You guys are awesome! (I’m considering the September camp or possibly Puerto Rico)”
-Joel Huizinga

“Oh man your timing is awesome!!! After a week of no wind, I finally receive the new kite lines and it begins to blow. Installed the line and hit the landboard, ripped up some soccer fields and got my daughter proficient with the trainer, now I am sunburned and happy.

Your customer service is the best; I am a customer for life and refer everyone to you guys. Keep it up!!!”
-Brad

“Thanks for the Lessons. Before the camp I actually thought I knew something about Kiting but found out I was only getting an uneducated version of the sport from friends. Your camp really helped me figure out the basics. The camp rocked. I’m consistently up on the board now and if we ever get some wind over here in Minnesota I will be able to stay up wind soon. Once again Thanks!!”
-Kevin Hofmeister

“Thanks for all you guys have done. The inspiration has been wonderful. The new kite has got awesome karma built right in. I’ve now had my first big ride, my first upwind experience and I am stoked. Keep up the good work. Thanks for your help. We’ll see you soon.”
-Enrico Schaefer

“Regarding Matt & Keegan, I have the utmost respect for the way they’ve lived their lives, and the way they apply relentless focus to everything they do. That energy is what created Broneah. It’s powerful and intense, yet free and playful; the way a rider is at the critical moment. Pursuit of this kind of focus is what pulls us to kiteboarding.”
-Peter Arpag, Naish Kiteboarding Sales Manager

“It is very clear you guys know what you’re talking about and are very thorough in making sure we knew how to go through the whole process safely. I would highly recommend Broneah to all those interested in taking Kiteboarding instruction.”
-Jason Sayre

“There always will be at least one thing that you do wrong that you could not have read about or watched on a video and Broneah is like having the TV or book right there in the water when you need to know what to do. Lessons a day or two with Broneah…$400. Kite package for a beginner…$1600. Learning to kite properly and safely with Broneah…PRICELESS! Thanks again BRONEAH!!!”
-Brad Pruim

“You have the knowledge of kiting on the water as well as the snow and have experienced it worldwide. This combination makes you experts in all areas. Also, since the early days of Broneah Kiteboarding you have been trying to get people involved in the lifestyle of kiteboarding the correct way. Safely!! Without regard of getting people into the sport just to make a buck but clearly just to spread the stoke of this awesome sport that everyone can experience.”
-Joel Hageman

“Thank you for one of the most exciting weekends of my life. I was really nervous about how I would handle everything and how you would handle me. It worked out perfectly. Thanks for providing the camp. I know it’s your job and everything but I feel we’re fortunate to have it right now. See you bros.”
-Mike Cleary

“What an awesome experience! You guys are great; we learned a ton and had a great time, never want it to end. We learned SSOOOOOOO much! The stress on safety was excellent, we could not have asked for a better time. We will have the whole family doing this in no time! Of course, Mother Nature smiling on us for the whole weekend played a role, anyone wanting to try this sport out should, without hesitation, sign up for lessons or a camp with you guys. With the age span we had (13 & 43) both of us equally had the best experience and you managed to teach all of us without backgrounds or ages making any difference. We will be telling EVERYONE we can get to listen about this experience!! Thanks for a fantastic weekend; you will see much more of us!”
-Eric and Jeremy

“When my daughter, Lara, asked in December if we could go to Puerto Rico to attend Broneah Kiteboarding Camp for spring break, I was reluctant to agree. After talking it over with her dad we decided for her 16th, birthday we would surprise her with our consent. However, I still had reservations about our trip. My concerns were numerous; would we be in a crime-ridden area? Was it safe? Would we need to rent a car? What would our accommodations be like? Yikes, what about sharks? Ok, you get the picture; I can be one of those overly anxious moms. Keegan and Matt patiently answered all my questions and reassured me that La Parguera was safe, friendly and beautiful. To our delight, we discovered that they were right on all counts. Our hotel was clean and comfortable, the staff amicable, sweet, bilingual, and very friendly people.

The site that Matt and Keegan selected to launch from (The Mangroves of La Parguera) was spectacular in several ways. The setting is picturesque; water temperature in the 70′s, shade available if you can’t take a lot of sun, with a view that earns the claim of paradise on earth. To say the least, it is a beautiful spot.

With only one kite boarding lesson under her belt before arriving in Puerto Rico, Lara was a true novice. Matt and Keegan were exceptional in teaching Lara, their encouragement and patience helped build her confidence and soon her skills notched up several levels. I felt she was safe with them at the helm, they followed her in a zodiac and when she fell or crashed her kite, they were right there to help her.

Lara and I had a blast on this trip and she is excited about going back next year. If you want to bond with your teenager, this is one heck of a fun trip to do together. If you love to see your child stretching their athletic abilities, having a blast while they fall and fall again and then all of a sudden; off they go, riding their board, conquering the kite, handling the wind, it is pure magic for all watching.”
-Gail Foster

“For anyone who’s interested in kiteboarding, I can’t recommend the 2 day Broneah Camp enough. In fact, I wouldn’t recommend trying kiteboarding until you’ve had a chance to work with this terrific team or some other certified instructor with equal ability – if there is one. Matt and Keegan have the right attitude for getting you started in a sport that I now consider serious fun. I know it’s going to take me some time get this sport down but, after completing the camp, I have even greater enthusiasm for it along with a healthy appreciation of safety considerations. It’s not that I now think kite boarding is inherently dangerous, but it deserves at least as much respect as any other sport or recreational activity I can think of and Matt and Keegan have a laid back, but very effective, way of communicating this.

It’s a privilege to spend time with these guys. They are passionate about the sport and what’s so cool about it is that they are so willing to share it with you. If I saw these guys boarding and didn’t know better, I’d probably be too intimidated to even talk to them as I’d figure the last thing they’d want to do is talk to some “spode” like me. Instead, they welcome you into their world and effectively introduce you to what is a most satisfying, exciting and challenging sport …or is it life-altering experience.

The hours you save by spending time with these guys talking about “dialing in your gear”, kite handling etc is more than worth the price. I think these classes can meet the needs of students of all abilities. Even if I was a seasoned pro I can’t help but think I’d want to keep a connection with these guys. I think they’d always find a way for you to improve. The student to instructor ratio makes it possible for you to get plenty of attention and supervision so you don’t do anything foolish while still feeling like you’re stretching your limits. I’m already thinking about the next camp… Puerto Rico …”
-Eric Okerstrom

“After what can only be described as a truly epic trip, I’m finding it hard to rejoin the ‘civilian population’. I feel compelled, however, to write and reiterate just how happy and satisfied I was with the entire experience.

Based largely on testimonials from previous customers, I signed up for the Broneah camp having had only brief exposure to kiteboarding in the past. After spending a week with all the Michigan crew, I realize now just how difficult it is to capture in words what Matt and Keegan Myers have created in Broneah. Stated simply, these guys deliver, and do so in spades. I left Cape Hatteras after only five days with a newfound passion for the sport of kiteboarding and with confidence in the skills I took away.

While we certainly benefited from a primo location, beautiful weather and steady, consistent winds, it would be difficult to understate the impact of the Broneah factor. Matt and Keegan are skilled instructors. Their teaching is both systematic and comprehensive, while, at the same time, characterized by a patient, generous and intuitive approach to the needs of the individual student. Learning to kiteboard can be intimidating for even the most accomplished of athletes. Matt and Keegan make that process safe, simple and kick-ass fun!!!

One week isn’t long to get to know people well, but I certainly came away from North Carolina with a strong sense of respect and admiration for Matt, Keegan and Broneah. These are solid guys who compliment one another well.

Your customers in the midwest should feel fortunate to have such a resource at their disposal. I may not be in Michigan, but you can be sure that I’ll be sending my business Broneah’s way every chance I get, and I’ll be recommending your camps to anyone interested in picking up the sport. Thanks guys…you changed my life!!!”
-Doug Davis

“I just returned from a week in Hatteras with the Broneah crew. Needless to say, I’m hooked! It’s like what I told Matt and Keegan; I love this sport! I’ve tried just about every sport there is on water and snow, and kiteboarding is without question the best!!

All in all, my time at the Hatteras Camp with Matt and Keegan was so amazing… the instruction that Keegan and Matt provided was, without exception, first-rate! I went into the camp with only 2 days of kiting on the snow (including a lesson from Broneah this past winter). I came out of the 5-day camp doing 3.5-mile down-winders to Jockey’s Ridge!!!! Like I said, I love this sport. Broneah helped me accomplish all of my goals for the camp (up and riding, self-sufficient, and safe) and provided me with a solid foundation on which I can build my skills. I even started to stay upwind some by the end of the week.

So, why are the Broneah bros so good at what they do… 3 reasons! First, they keep it simple. They provide the right amount of instruction and at a level that we beginners can digest. They realize that too much thinking can sometimes get in the way of learning. Second, Matt and Keegan are committed to making sure everyone understands how to kite safely. As we all know, things can go wrong quickly in kiteboarding. Matt and Keegan consistently stress (through both instruction and action) the importance of safety. Finally, both Matt and Keegan are two of the coolest bros I know. They are fun, humble, and committed to advancing the sport of kiteboarding through top-quality instruction.

I would travel anywhere in the world to kite with these guys, and I plan on doing just that – I guarantee’ (inside joke) that! If you’re reading this and considering taking lessons, there is, in my opinion, no better choice than Broneah Kiteboarding! They will do everything in their power to help you accomplish your kiteboarding goals! That’s my shout out for Broneah!!”
-Scott Derue

“It was great getting to know the both of you better, you two are the most soulful individuals we have meet in a long time. We love you both!!!!!!! While you were here you turned a lot of heads with your riding. You both are ripping and have inspired me to rip harder. Ride to shag and shag to ride.”
-Greg and Sherry Waller

“You guys defiantly have your stuff together, I came and the house was very well organized and your instruction was thorough and complete. I do feel comfortable going out to the beaches on my own. Yep back for one day and I am going through withdrawals so I hear the wind is blowing and I am off for a session.”
-Roger Thrall

“Thanks for teaching me how to kiteboard and showing me a good time in Hatteras. You guys are awesome kiteboarders and awesome people. I look forward to seeing you guys on the water and on the snow.”
-Paul C.

“I want to commend you both on the very professional and informative instructional clinic Broneah provided for our group. Funny, I spent five weeks in Southwest Florida’s 80-degree sunshine last fall with the objective of learning to kite board. I couldn’t get a lesson! Shops had flyers in stands advertising instruction, but they never seemed to want to instruct. Just ride if it was windy and nothing if it wasn’t.

So I returned to the Michigan winter for ice instruction with your company, and am I glad I did. Kite boarding is definitely an activity, which requires some training. Even with my twenty-five plus years of boardsailing, hang-gliding, etc, there were fundamentals that needed to be learned in order to remain unscathed. Your ground school had us all understanding safety, equipment theory, and flight dynamics before we rigged our first kite. And even though the entire class was enthusiastic and ready to buy equipment, your introduction and guidance saved us from haphazardly dumping hundreds if not thousands of dollars on potential landfill equipment not suited for our needs. The gear you did recommend turned out to be perfect and provided a huge bang for the buck invested. See you in the water! Aloha.”
-Mike

“I was extremely impressed by the professional level of instruction at the Broneah Kiteboarding Camp. Each student gets specific attention according to his or her ability. Matt and Keegan have created special safety measures that would have made my Israeli army basic training instructors proud.”
-Jay Kohn

“Yo! The Hatteras trip was so awesome, thank you guys both for everything. Matt thanks for all the coaching out there and hopefully by Cherry Festival I will have everything dialed in. You guys rock, so dope that you hooked me up down there, and got me hooked up with the board. I definitely owe you both, so whenever you want to show Southern California to kiteboard, or just come chill you let me know and you’re both always welcome. Thanks again, I had an awesome time and definitely feel ten times more comfortable to get out and get kiting. I can’t wait to get this kitesurfing thing down so I can rip like you guys do.”
-Chris Racen

“More than just a kiteboarding camp, it was a life adventure… Broneah Kiteboarding Camp, March 2004 in La Parguera, Puerto Rico totally blew me away!

The near perfect weather, consistent wind conditions, and Broneah support made learning to kiteboard much simpler and more efficient than I ever imagined… It was totally worthwhile and I’ll be signing up again next year. The conditions were fantastic, the accommodations excellent, the food as good as we could cook, and an overall great time… For me, a great way to learn and grow.”
-Patrick Connelley

“The Broneah Puerto Rico Kiteboarding Trip was a blast… It was 3 days of paradise – Sun, Water, Wind and Good People. The individualized instruction accelerated my learning curve dramatically instead of some caned lesson plan. The wide variety of riding conditions allowed me to utilize many different equipment setups and to broaden my overall ability. All the local folks added a lot of color to the experience. When you Kite with pros it ups your own game. Thanks for the fun time and great kiteboarding. Already looking forward to returning! Get sic and be ill – Wishing you both the best.”
-Tim Sefton

“It was so great meeting you guys! I just want to let you know that I was totally impressed with not only your shop, but with the two of you. You guys seem very down to earth, and so eager to share your passion and knowledge of this sport to others. It was crazy to live 1000 miles away, following you and the sport for the past year, and then having the opportunity to meet you. I am excited to support Broneah, Good winds.”
-Johnny Smith

“Thanks for the email! It is great to see two young forward thinking guys helping promote a great year-round activity here in Northern Michigan. I am glad I am along for the ride and super glad you are there too! Have a great trip to Puerto Rico!”
-Eric Noofer

“Learning the Broneah Way – Kiteboarding. The world needs to know about Broneah kiteboard lessons by the demigods Keegan and Matt Myers. Not only professional in the demeanor and presentation but truly knowledgeable. And, they are nothing but kind people. That’s the best way to describe the experience. I don’t know how I could have done anything if I hadn’t worked with Keegan and Matt. They got me good equipment at a good price and provided knowledge and experience that got me going and will keep me going. I’m ready to extend my season with the wet suit and get their further good advice about what kite to put in my quiver for those higher winds. Anyone needing a testimonial on the entire Broneah package can contact me. Thank you gentleman.”
-Mike Cleary

“Hey everybody its BQ. I took a lesson with Broneah and it was off the hook. The instructors Keegan and Matt are super cool dudes. They take more of a BRO approach toward the lesson then the usual schoolteacher way. The lesson ran smooth and easy. They went over everything in the lesson plan and they answered all of my questions. They told me where all the hot spots were around my area. (Saginaw) I got to see it go off when the wind picked up and all the locals got out. They even had me stay for pizza and a kite video after the lesson. I would suggest that anyone wanting to see what kiteboarding is about to check out Broneah these guys are legit and down for the sport. I’m stoked out now on kiting and can’t wait to get outfitted with a setup of my own and see were this sport takes me.”
-Brian Quinn

“If it wasn’t for Matt and Keegan I would not be involved with this incredible sport. Their positive attitude and enthusiasm totally motivates you throughout the whole learning phase of kiteboarding. Their organized lesson plans help walk through each step for new enthusiasts with no frustration whatsoever. If you ever want to get into kiteboarding or are looking to brush up your skills with the sport, contact Matt and Keegan for a very friendly and professional lesson, and you better bring your pocket books, because you will be hooked forever!!!”
-Nate Farran

“Just thought I’d let all you potential kiters out there know how much you need to get a lesson from the Broneah gang. These guys are extremely thorough, and will save you tons of time (and possible some broken bones) over trying to do it yourself. I was pretty much clueless prior to my lesson but thanks to Keegan and Matt, I’ve got the confidence I need to take it to the next level. Thanks guys, you’ll be seein’ me this summer riding the waves.”
-Chad Kolzart

“Matt and Keegan are awesome dudes!! There lesson was off the hook and I had a blast-the day was awesome! Not only did I learn how to kiteboard but I also met some great new friends! My suggestion to everyone is to take a lesson with Broneah-the two bro’s have to best kiteboarding school out there! They will show you what’s up and you will never want to stop flying that kite! I’m very glad I got the chance to hook up with these guys! Thanks for everything guys!”
-Nick Madrick

“After my incredible lesson and day with Eric my energy was pumping for a week. I knew I would love it, I had no idea it would be so exciting. I am very excited to do more.”
-Carole

“I wanted to compliment you guys on your operation there. With all the sports I’ve been involved with, and all the places been, I’ve seen so many shops that had a little vision but no clue about the business, but you guys really have your shit together. Well done. It must be a ton of work but it shows. Keep me on the list for your camps and whatnot. I’d be psyched to meet up with ya’ll in PR someday.”
-Jason

“I just wanted to let both of you guys know that I had a killer time this past weekend at your Spode to Pro camp. From the moment I arrived to time I left it couldn’t have been a better time. You both have got amazing personalities and run your camp with the right amount of enthusiasm and instruction. I had some serious fun and most importantly, I learned a ton from you. Your knowledge of the sport and methodology for teaching is both impressive and valuable to someone who’s just learning and getting into the sport. I definitely appreciate the focus on safety first and always being aware of potential “issues”. It seems it takes as much brain as it does body to make it all work our safely and positively.

I also want to thank you guys for the great gear I was hooked up with. Again, your knowledge across the board was insane – I definitely felt comfortable purchasing my kite, harness and bar from you guys. I appreciate that you guys take the time out to inspect all the gear and tweak it before you send us out with it. There’s a lot to digest but you guys try your hardest to make it as simple and straight forward as possible  that goes for your instruction out on the water and your gear recommendations back at the shop. I can guarantee that Broneah will be the ONLY place I buy from in the future – that’s a promise!

Sitting here in Chicago I’ve got nothing but good memories of the two days I spent with you guys and the good people in beautiful Traverse City. I’m completely stoked on this sport and will try my hardest to be patient with it. It’s going to be hard progressing without the instruction from you guys but after your camp I feel like I’ve got most of the tools and knowledge I need to be able to practice and try to get going safely on my own!

I’m going to take it upon myself to spread the good word on Broneah to everyone and anyone I know. The Broneah team is epic and unforgettable! Don’t rule out another visit from me – I’m seriously considering Hatteras in the fall.

Thanks again and big props go out to the Lang brothers – those bros are some characters! Thank them for me. Thanks again guys – now get rid of that hip hop bullshit the Lang brothers have got you listening to and start getting real with some metal. It’s all about the metal brother!!! Matt – Foo acoustic disc track 7 – get into it – I promise you’ll dig it bro.”
-Guy Pisani

“Guy and I have done it! We have finally put it all together and were up on the boards this weekend! We are still on cloud 9 and just want to let you know and to thank you guys again.

After your camp we had trouble with our schedules and wind the past month and finally we able to get it together the last 2 weekends. Last week the wind was a little tricky – changing directions and dying out. There were several kites out and we were the only guys who were keeping the kite up consistently – we know it is because of the Spode to Pro camp and all of you guys. This first session we went over everything you taught us and practiced flying the kite (Which by the way is awesome). We used your article in the latest kiteboarding mag to check our line length because we were flying backwards and we have corrected it. This past weekend when the kite was flying good and we had mastered the body drag we decide to break out the board. We both managed to get up and had a lot of laughs at each other while we tried – Guy also supplied entertainment to others that were on the beach when he forgot to unhook when he powered up for his water start and was pulled completely out of the water w/out the board and landed 15′ downwind. He did not lose control of the kite, which was amazing enough and got right back on the board.

We have been going to Waukegan Beach north of Chicago (less than 1 hour away for us) and FYI it is a great place for people just staring out. 2-mile long beach, not many people and just a few boats parked off shore. There is a sandbar that goes out at least 200ft that is great for learning and body dragging. The wind has been good to learn in (10 – 13mph cross shore) and water temp has been great – mid 70′s.

Guy and I wanted to Thank you guys again for a great class and all that we learned. They even wrote us up in the company newsletter. Tell Matt we found our O.G. – Where do we sign up for the Red Bull?”
-Bob & Guido