Nice to hear he is still giving great lessons and maintaining that superb enthusiasm. I had a great experience taking lessons from Dimitri in 2006. This is what I posted here on Kiteforum:
Post subject: Lessons with Dimitri Maramenides
Posted: Mon May 08, 2006 10:01 pm
Last week I had the pleasure of taking lessons with Dimitri while I was vacationing in Cape Hatteras, NC. I've taken quite a few kiteboarding lessons and have to say I've never learned so much. Dimitri is an amazing kiteboarder, excellent instructor and super nice guy. He has a great, positive attitude and is all about teaching you to kite better and have fun.
I started out by stating the moves I wanted Dimitri to teach me. He was eager to teach me them but also stated he wanted to see me ride, and noted he would suggest other tricks or tips after seeing where my riding was at. This worked out great as I learned many things I never intended to, nor thought of. Dimitri would see I could do part 1 of a move I've never tried and then explain the rest, then demonstrate it and push me to try it, then correct as needed. He was very keen on seeing when I was tired or frustrated, and would suggest we move on to something else. Later on we would return to that move I couldn't get. I found this worked very well for me. We did many downwinders, one of which he recorded with his GPS at 33 miles of riding (during a 6 mile as-the-crow-flies stretch). Let's just say I was exhausted after this particular downwinder but very happy in my progress.
I can't recommend lessons with Dimitri enough. If you're like me, and you spend all winter dreaming about kiteboarding and the new moves you are going to learn once it warms up, spending thousands of dollars on kiteboard gear and vacations, it just makes sense to spend a bit more and get great lessons.
Dimitri's website is: http://www.x-tremekiteboarding.com/
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