Meet your Instructors

Nate Tussing

Lead Kiteboard Instructor. PASA certified with 10 years professional experience teaching kiteboarding. Nate has a burning desire and love for the sport of kiteboarding.  He has a strong passion for teaching others and uses multiple teaching techniques. Just meeting Nate you will realize how much he enjoys helping others find the love and passion for kiteboarding. Nate's ultimate goal is always to keep you safe and have as much fun as possible while you advance into a proficient kiteboarder. Nate has received countless positive reviews from many sources including forums such as and PSKite. You are guaranteed to have a fun, relaxing, efficient and confident building lesson from Nate and you will walk away stoked with a new desire to kiteboard.

Micah Sanders

Micah has been teaching for 16 years. He is PASA and IKO certified with all his certifications. He comes to Air Pirates with a stellar reputation and years of experience. Other than being a excellent instructor and kiteboarder, Micah is also our go too Foil Guy and the best surf rider between us.  We are very proud and lucky to have him as a member of the Air Pirates team. All our Kiteboard Instructors are PASA Certified. That means you are getting the best trained and qualified Instruction from Professionals who strive to help create independent, successful and safe riders. Your best interest and Safety is a priority. An experienced instructor will have knowledge, patience, and an ability to communicate so you have confidence during your kiting experience. You are in good hands with Air Pirates Kiteboarding.


George Ward

George is PASA certified and has been teaching for over 14 years. George was manager and head instructor for Hood River Water Play for 8 years teaching hundreds of lessons. In winter George is a middle school science teacher. He is an amazing teacher in both the school and in the water. With hundreds of lessons under his belt he is extremely qualified and an incredible Kiteboard Instructor. You can only win when learning with George. His calmness and sense of humor will have you relaxing and having fun in no time during your lesson. No need for nerves. Just sit back , learn and kite!!