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Member since
21 June, 2011
Qualifications
Instructor Level 1
Additional Qualifications
Instructor Level 2
Teaching to Children
Head Instructor Exam

Job History

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09-05-201902-07-2021
CaptainKirks02-01-201202-07-2021

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Steven Schepurek
Oakland, United States
Reviewed 24 Mar 2021
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Casey Richter
Avon, United States
Reviewed 19 Feb 2021
The BEST Kiting Instructor! I have had lessons with 3 other instructors in various locations over the past 4 years. Adam is hands down the best instructor I have had. His focus on safety is unparalleled and I appreciated that so much. His teaching is hands on as he explains the mechanics of the various gear in a manner that makes students comfortable with it. The tips he provided as I was riding helped my progression 10-fold. After a week with Adam, I am 100% confident in my knowledge of and ability to use the gear safely, my ability to handle situations in the water as they come up, and in my ability to continue to become a better rider simply honing the skills Adam taught. I am going to refer all of my friends ONLY to him when they decide to get into this sport too. Thank you, Adam, so much for sharing your experiences and knowledge in a manner that someone just getting into kiting could comprehend.
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Carlos Camargo
Boston, United States
Reviewed 25 Jan 2021
Pelican Reef, La Ventana - great! Excellent teachers, location, etc. We had an outstanding week of kiteboarding and look forward to our next visit. Thank you!
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Marc Nash
San Diego, United States
Reviewed 04 Jan 2021
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Lucia Cisilotto
Reviewed 10 Dec 2020
Course with Adam for 13 hours. Amazing teacher, highly recommend :)
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Matias Serebrinsky
Reviewed 10 Dec 2020
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Eli Warner
Reviewed 04 Dec 2020
La ventana kiteboarding Adam did an excellent job teaching how to self-rescue and helping me work on getting back to my board when I lose it.
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Michelle Gosselin
Reviewed 25 Apr 2020
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Stanislav Kuznyuk
Auburn, United States
Reviewed 08 Feb 2020
Refresher course Adam gave my a refresher course and a lesson on the self rescue, he broke it down to manageable steps which was very helpful as later in the week I need exactly what to do when the wind died down.
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Jorge Alvarez
Whistler, Canada
Reviewed 19 Nov 2019
SAFETY CLARITY FUN the beginners lessons we took were amazing. #1 Safety was paramount. we were indoctrinated in the importance of safety in the sport. Safety for the kiter, safety for the fellow kiters near you, safety for the public and animals on the beach. #2 Technical aspect of the sport - our instructor Adam took great care and length to explain and made sure we understood all the technical aspects for the sport. we would not move forward until he felt comfortable that we were familiar with the equipment before we hit the water #3 He was very clear and very patient with his instructions #4 all of the above made it for a great learning experience and we have become addicted to kiting. I have 30 years of windsurfing in my bag and I did not think i would have the patience or desire to switch to kiting.... oh boy I was wrong. The lessons won me over, now the world has one more kiter and one less windsurfer :0 #6 - THANK YOU ADAM & THE PELICAN KITESURF SCHOOL!!!
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Misty Misener
Reviewed 19 Nov 2019
I'm back !!! Gratitude is the best word to sum up my experience. After having had a terrifying first experience 4 years back, Adam not only listened and empathized, he catered my lessons by building my skills confidently and steadily while still challanging me. I was amazed to feel in control, calm and safe. I wasnt expecting to have so much fun in this sport after my first experience !! Truly grateful !!
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Jane Bakker
Reviewed 21 May 2019
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Peter Fredman
Reviewed 31 Mar 2019
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Ben Seaman
Reviewed 28 Nov 2018
Great school, great instructor I learned a lot at Captain Kirk's school, with Adam Alsaad as my instructor. He was very knowledgeable, patient, and a really great guy to learn from!
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Gary Laidlaw
Reviewed 17 Nov 2018
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Siena Polk
Reviewed 28 Jun 2018
Captain Kirk's I had an excellent experience at Captain Kirk's . The IKO teachers were wonderful: knowledgeable, clear, and thoughtful. I will recommend to other at all levels.
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Brad King
Kelseyville, United States
Reviewed 18 Mar 2018
Captain Kirk's IKO @ La Ventana, BCS, MX in 2018, I was able to continue my training at Captain Kirk's school after my 2017 training ran into the late season doldrums. This year was very different, with winds well into the 20s or more. Many locals had "that look" when hearing my brother and I were in learning in those conditions but I can tell you both of adventures (in the Chouinard sense) and victories regarding my training and boarding. Adam A. my teacher, has been there each season for years and is probably the most mellow and patient soul to teach and his voice (via radio) was calming, professional and above all, helpful. If you want a school that will have you riding in 2 easy lessons you won't find it here, but if you want a solid foundation that gives you the confidence as a rider, learning safety and control. You may still find penty of ways to ride close to the edge but at least you won't blunder into them. Kirk's resort and facility are in a great location, and they have a broad quiver of equipment and multiple teachers. I hope you'll check them out.
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Leslie Ellis
North Vancouver, Canada
Reviewed 15 Mar 2018
Excellent and thorough instruction I took 10 hours of kitesurfing with Adam at Captain Kirk's in La Ventana, Mexico. Adam was the best instructor I have experience in any sport -- so patient, thorough and positive. The learning curve in kitesurfing is steep, but he broke it down into such manageable steps that I felt comfortable all the way through. I learned to rig and launch the kite, do water starts both ways and was just beginning to get some short rides, so was very happy with my progress. It was a positive experience overall, and made me want to continue learning and pursuing the sport.
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Reviewed 05 Feb 2018
KITEBOARDING I WAS REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE TRAINING AND ADAM THE INSTRUCTOR
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Adam Tachner
Palo Alto, United States
Reviewed 02 Feb 2018
Adam is a terrific teacher and mixes safety consciousness with a great sense of fun and the thrill of kite surfing.
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Fabrizio Romagnoli
Napoli, Italy
Reviewed 21 Jul 2017
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Evan Shone
Rochester, United States
Reviewed 24 May 2017
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Reviewed 06 Mar 2017
Kiteing the Baja. Adam Alsaad a man on a mission... This is the second time that I had the pleasure of staying in LaVentana Mexico at Captain Kirks Resort. I would like Kirk and the IKO world to know of the talent that they have in Adam Alsaad the lead instructor and manager of the school . He is not only technically proficient and completely entertaining in his skills as a kite boarder both on the water, and in his knowledge and ability to convey to his students the mechanical workings and theory needed to provide the confidence and safety skills for anyone wanting to get into this great new sport of kiteing. I would recommend , anyone wanting some great instruction that you feel safe confident and produces gradifing results ... go see Adam and his team When kiteing becomes an Olimpic Sport in the near future , I know who my vote will be for head coach... Thank you Adam. Tim Purdy Ontario, Canada
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Reviewed 05 Mar 2017
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guido caporizzi
milano, Italy
Reviewed 03 Mar 2017
great expirience a La Ventana Baja California After many years of windsurf I decided to try and learn also kitesurfing. My experience a La Vemtana was fantastic, a very professional instructor made my learning easy, enjoyable and safe. The location is also very forgiving and suitable for beginners, even in case of evential "kitemares!",
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Julianne Carlson
Santa Clarita, United States
Reviewed 12 Feb 2017
Adam is excellent Adam is a thorough and patient instructor, very encouraging and knowledgeable. Highly recommend!
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Louis McBride
Rossland, Canada
Reviewed 22 Dec 2016
Safety First The school facilities, equipment and instruction was top notch! My instructor, Adam, made me feel very comfortable learning kiteboarding after giving it a go by simply having a friend teach me.
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Eric Friedman
Berkeley, United States
Reviewed 08 Dec 2016
Training with Adam at Captain Kirk's The facilities at Kirk's are superb -- great location, easy access to a world class kiting spot but not right on top of everyone. Great support on the water and the beach. Adam is clear, compassionate, and thorough. He's a dedicated instructor committed to a great experience. I recommend him highly.
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Jackie Clark
Canmore , Canada
Reviewed 07 Dec 2016
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Steve Fedyna
Canmore, Canada
Reviewed 26 Nov 2016
Adam at Captain Kirk's was fantastic If you are looking for a patient, knowledgeable and safe instructor, go with Adam at Captain Kirk's at La Ventana. Adam is super positive and gives excellent feedback. I really appreciated his focus on safety and his ability to increase our skills in a steady, step by step progression.
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Reviewed 07 Oct 2016
Very good quality course
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Marcin Borkowski
Warsaw, Poland
Reviewed 27 Sep 2016
Fantastic teachers My course with Kite Relax was very excellent. My teacher Adam Alsaad has very good experience with teaching kitesurfing. He has huge knowledge about physical properties and aerodynamics of the kite. And what more, he is very patiently. I reccomend Adam to other students, who want learn drive with kite.
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Hyoungjin Yoon
Seongnamsi, South Korea
Reviewed 12 Apr 2016
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Krista Cater
Hailey, United States
Reviewed 18 Feb 2016
Captian Kirk's La Ventana The course was perfect. I had so much fun. I felt calm and confident. The pace was comfortable. It made me feel safe. I learned great fundamentals. I have been around kiting for a while and it has always made me anxious. It has been a huge success to get over the hurdle and to begin kiting independently. Adam helped me really understand and become comfortable with the kite. I thought that I would be more comfortable with a girl instructor, but Adam’s personality and precise thoughtful instruction was encouraging and easy to understand. He gave me the tools that I needed to remain calm and to have fun every session.
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Natalia Avdeeva
HOUSTON, United States
Reviewed 15 Oct 2015
SEPTEMBER 2015, TRAIFA , SPAIN Adam is a great teacher, one of the best I have ever worked with. He is really technical . Thanks to his advices I was able to progress quickly.
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Marcin Gruszecki
Opole, Poland
Reviewed 02 Oct 2015
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Bridget Harris
Gillingham, United Kingdom
Reviewed 02 Oct 2015
Great instructor and a fun few days Adam was a really fantastic instructor, who taught me a great deal in very challenging conditions. His knowledge of the wind is impressive, and this, combined with his kiting expertise, allowed me (a beginner) to learn a lot and make real improvements in gusty and very strong wind; his enthusiasm for the sport is infectious, and meant that I came away a little bit obsessed! He's also a really nice guy, very patient and generous - I couldn't have hoped for a better instructor. The school was also very good - nice people, good facilities and excellent location.
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Paul Spallini
Orpington , United Kingdom
Reviewed 23 Sep 2015
AWESOME Teacher let down by the school This was my second attempt to learn kite-boarding and Adam was an excellent teacher. He was attentive to my needs as a beginner and fully supported me in going as far as I felt appropriate to do so. He always asked if I wanted to go a little further and ensure I was not resting in my comfort zone. The only dark cloud on the horizon was the attitude of the owner of the school who lacked proper customer service aptitude seeming to be intent on maximizing her revenue rather than providing an environment conducive to learning.
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KENNETH NORTON
Glenalmond, United Kingdom
Reviewed 08 Aug 2015
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Simon Fivat
Zürich, Switzerland
Reviewed 02 Aug 2015
The best teacher! Adam is an excellent teacher! He takes security seriously, is very patient, has a very broad knowledge of the technical details of kite boarding (and many other things as a matter of fact), can explain everything very well and is very dedicated to his job. I can strongly recommend him as a teacher! The school he was working for while I took the classes is, however, a bit disorganized and the manager of the school would always show up with the material at least half an hour late. But this has however nothing to do with Adam - he was always very correct, reliable and punctual.
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Axel Janson
Oslo, Norway
Reviewed 28 Jul 2015
Had a great kiting week supervised by pro rider Adam. Went from absolut beginner to descent kiter in just a few days!
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Dorota Stankiewicz
Windsor, United Kingdom
Reviewed 08 Jul 2015
Adam was a very good instructor. This was my 1st kite boarding holiday and condition to learn in Tarifa were difficult, however Adam make it an amazing experience. He is very patience and he was making sure I understood everything. The most important for him was to make sure we are safe and we know what to do in case of emergency...but in this same time he was very friendly, always ready to help. I will diffidently recommend Adam to anyone who is willing to learn how to kite board. :-)
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Martin Dehnert
Arth, Switzerland
Reviewed 02 Jul 2015
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Simon Weber
Ditzingen, Germany
Reviewed 16 Jun 2015
Adam is a exzellent teacher! Adam has a great wayto teach the Stift needed. He motivates his students all the time, ensures that they feel comfortable and has an eye in safety-issues aswell. I really enjoyed my course under bis lead. Thanks Adam!
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Benjamin Lohmoeller
Hamburg, Germany
Reviewed 15 Jun 2015
Adam Alsaad is a great teacher. He is calm and polite, really good structured, reviews every important steps. I was really happy having Adam as a teacher. I always felt safe. He takes his time teaching and doesn't rush anything. But he makes sure that one did understand everything right and clearly shows and explains the important steps in learning how to kite surf. Always to recommend!
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Melanie Hauth
Schopfheim, Germany
Reviewed 15 Jun 2015
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Sheldon Gaudet
Reviewed 31 Mar 2015
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Kim Kern
Cloverdale , United States
Reviewed 22 Feb 2015
Amazing experience! Thank you, Adam - and Captain Kirk's! After many years of limited success with learning to ride upwind, Adam's teaching unlocked the door for me. Thank you! Your patient, insightful, and intelligent instruction made all the difference! With superb and caring instruction - and excellent equipment - I cannot recommend Adam and Captain Kirk's enough. Hurry to La Ventana and ask for Adam - you won't be disappointed! Best ever!!
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Steve Brown
tacoma, United States
Reviewed 25 Jan 2015
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Nicolas Schwob
Frenkendorf, Switzerland
Reviewed 19 Sep 2014
Great Teacher Adam was a really great teacher, we learned a lot and had a lot of fun kiting with him!
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Vanda Markovic
Brussels, Belgium
Reviewed 02 Sep 2014
Tarifa is an excellent kiteboarding spot but it's not an obvious place for a beginner. With an instructor like Adam, it does not matter how easy or tough the conditions are. For Adam it is all about making you succeed and enjoy - in a safe, quick and extremely exciting and fun way. Adam does not teach, he lives the experience with you!
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Emily Nicholls
Coulsdon, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 Aug 2014
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Jerome Waterkeyn
Wilrijk, Belgium
Reviewed 19 Aug 2014
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Christophe Hermann
Rosières, Belgium
Reviewed 05 Aug 2014
Adam is a very good teacher. We learn a lot and easily with him. I was happy to learn how to kite with him
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ciaran walsh
belfast, United Kingdom
Reviewed 05 Aug 2014
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Reed Wildman
Napa, United States
Reviewed 22 Jul 2014
Adam @ Aurelia Herpin Kiteschool Tarifa rocks! We had a phenomenal experience at Aurelia Herpin's Kiteschool in Tarifa with our instructor Adam Al Saad. Adam's instructional technique is extremely effective and tailored to each individual student based on their own learning style. He gives instructions that are easy to understand and interpret, and ensured that we understood the fundamentals of kiting and kite safety before getting into the water, then let us at it! Aurelia had good equipment for us to use despite varying wind conditions, and one day gave us a pro rata refund as our lesson got cut short when the winds died down. I would go back to this school in a heartbeat, and will hopefully take more lessons from Adam in La Ventana, Mexico in the Fall.
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Ashleigh Haken
Derby, United Kingdom
Reviewed 21 Jul 2014
Kiteboarding in Tarifa Adam was a fantastic instructor. He was very friendly and keen to teach us important safety aspects of kiting as well as going through the function of each piece of kit. He encouraged and answered questions easily, and was able to teach us both at the appropriate level whilst maintaining session structure. He encouraged us to recall / remember instructions from the previous sessions to ensure we had held on to important information. He also provided regular positive feedback and did not push us out of our comfort zones. We both felt that we were able to progress well with our kiting skills and are keen to progress further. Finally, after seeing other kiting schools / instructors in the area, we felt extremely fortunate to have Adam's expertise and brilliant teaching skills to guide us through our first kiting lessons.
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Milosz Lam
Seville, Spain
Reviewed 26 Jun 2014
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Omar Abdellaoui
London, United Kingdom
Reviewed 26 Jun 2014
tarifa review jun 2014 I did a 2day course with Adam through Aurelia Herpin's kite-boardfing school. Adam was a superb instructor, very systematic, organised and clear in his instructions. He made sure to point was aspects were of major importance and did very well explaining the underlying mechanics of why certain techniques are the way they are. It helped me develop a good technical understanding and intuition to fly the kite.
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Mary Kurz
Reviewed 15 Apr 2014
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