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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby KitesurfingCapeTown » Thu Dec 09, 2010 6:22 am

Forums are meant to help people to find honest information. Unfortunately some people abuse Forums to do their dirt-throwing revenge campaigns, reflecting the nature of their character, like this "Kite-Elli". Behind this pseudonym are 2 women by the name of Stefanie A. and Ulrike S. She is reportedly a German customs officer and obviously socialised to constantly annoy her fellow people. Stefanie A. and Ulrike S. came to our kitesurfing school and there was no wind in the first two days. They then continuously tried to extort us with rather vicious means to get free services and refunds, openly threatening us "if you don't pay we will post negative reports in the Forums about you". They even claimed that they have successfully done this before at other kitesurfing stations. We of course did not fall victim to these blackmailers - but the reader of their above comments is now victimized by uttlery misleading information. Later, they stole items from our school, resulting in a criminal case against one of them and investigations by the South African Criminal Police Force and an order to stay away from our house.

If you want to get objective information of what our students say, please read their reports here:
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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby Kite-Elli » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:34 pm

KitesurfingCapeTown wrote:They then continuously tried to extort us with rather vicious means to get free services and refunds, openly threatening us "if you don't pay we will post negative reports in the Forums about you". They even claimed that they have successfully done this before at other kitesurfing stations. We of course did not fall victim to these blackmailers - but the reader of their above comments is now victimized by uttlery misleading information

This must be the post by someone feeling guilty and trying to defend himself in a dirty way.
But he is right, there are many schools offering their students vouchers in case of no-wind days.

KitesurfingCapeTown wrote: Later, they stole items from our school, resulting in a criminal case against one of them and investigations by the South African Criminal Police Force and an order to stay away from our house

Kitekahunas missed a paper, one simple paper. All our invoices were paid, we made a clear cut when leaving this place and Kitekahunas could not find one of their own documents anymore and had nothing better to do but (again) blaming their students and went to the police. The file was closed before it was even opened, because there has simply no criminal action been done.

KitesurfingCapeTown wrote:If you want to get objective information of what our students say, please read their reports here:
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:lol: GREAT JOKE! Speaking about an objective opinion from their own homepage.

The reaction of Kitekahunas speaks for itself and is proof enough, that Kitekahunas is not a reputable kite-school.

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby fly_high » Sun Dec 26, 2010 11:53 am

We stayed at The Kites Nest (www.thekitesnest.com), also located in Sunset Beach.
Brad and Katie are a very warm and welcoming couple (they have two little kids). I instantly felt at home. The rooms are very nice and you get served a really rich breakfast every morning. In the evenings we often had open house braais (=barbecues), and you can use their kitchen for cold meals, they are really very easy going. Katie organized rental cars for us, and they also helped us finding accomodation for our round trip.

Lessons with Brad were awesome! Even if you are an advanced kiter, you should not miss it. He explains very well (also advanced stuff!), is very motivating, you feel really good with him - and the combination of giving instant feedback over radio helmets and short breaks for further explanations and questions on the beach worked really well.

We also did some downwinders together, or they took us to other kite beaches in the region. Even when I wasn't taking classes, I was welcome to come along (without having to pay extra!).
Brad knows the whole kitesurf community in Capetown, so you get to know quite a lot of people when going for a beer after a downwinder. Fun!

And I can agree to the Kitekahunas discussion: rumours about them are really bad in Capetown!

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby dG » Mon Aug 01, 2011 9:10 pm

I agree - I was scoping alternate places to stay and dropped in on the Kite's Nest for a look around (it's just round the corner from KiteKahunas). I'll definitely go there next time I'm in CT - didn't get to meet Brad but Katie was incredibly friendly.

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced "Kite School" in Cape Town

Postby pkurzaev » Sun Jan 22, 2012 7:23 pm

We are the other couple just returned from Cape Town.

I would agree with all the previous author wrote regarding this "the so called kite school".

I would like to add some more remarks for your to make a wise decision. For 1800 Euro we got an introduction and two transfers to the spots outside of Sunset Beach. No discussion, no video, no tuition - NOTHING.

The instructor Ugo from Belgium that was "learning us" had an accident several days ago and heart his ear. He was not in the water because he was not allowed but the doctors. The other guy was teaching the students with the crutches.

My wife is at the beginning of kiting. She was not able to pass through the waves at the beach. No help, no ideas.

When we complained, Wolfram told us to get out of his house and promised to call police. But we have paid the accommodation in full at the first day in Cape Town.

Never ever go to this "school".

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced "Kite School" in Cape Town

Postby Caesar » Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:05 pm

Wow!!!
I never heard of such negative reports from any kiteschool.
How long is this business in place?
Why did nobody ever mention anything about them before?

Most posters who commented on them (good or bad) made only one or two posts in the past. But I guess that doesn't mean anything...

Definitely not a good story, and I bet this thread will hurt that school big time.

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby pkurzaev » Wed Jan 25, 2012 7:13 pm

This only means that I haven't checked the net before paying them the money and had ruined our holiday which was 10000 km away from home.

I don't want anyone else to be in my situation, so go to ANY OTHER SCHOOL

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby Reinhard L » Mon Mar 05, 2012 10:44 am

Please read my story as a warning to stay away from Mr Reiner and his Kite Kahuna. viewtopic.php?f=83&t=2374726

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby Loupeyloo » Sat Mar 17, 2012 12:12 am

Another warning - see
viewtopic.php?p=732014#p732014

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Re: Kitekahunas Advanced Kite School in Cape Town

Postby Esmeralda » Thu May 16, 2013 1:29 pm

I've also had similar experience with this school. I've been bullied, threatened and blackmailed. All I can say at this stage - as I am still fighting my case through legal action - is not to use that school. The owner is extremely aggressive and rude. He does not care about the students, only about getting the money into his account. He will bad-mouth any other school or any brand he does not sell. He's very manipulative and if you are a total beginner, like me, you get trapped into spending a lot of money before you even know what is right or wrong for you. I've been left out at sea with no-one to look after me, no radio control to comfort me and had to be rescued by someone on the beach. I have paid for lessons which did not happen because the teacher did not have "the right size kite"...and I was blamed for it. The list is huge.... THere are so many other schools and amazing teachers who will not let you down or demand to pay for so many lessons in advance. They will let you use their equipment as long as you require and there is absolutely no need to go through such an ordeal, especially for those coming from so far away to have the time of their lives.


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