If you want to learn how to kiteboard, go to South Padre Island and learn from the best–Petra and Joel.  They emphasize safety, are very patient, will teach at a pace appropriate for you, and can talk the pros and cons of equipment so you can purchase what is best for you to get started.  I started my first lesson with Petra in a terrified state, and now I am kiteboarding!  South Padre Island is also the perfect location to learn, with a reasonable climate, steady wind, waist deep water, a wide open sound with no crowds on the water and plenty of lodging.  So if you want to pursue this sport, go with H2O Water Sports and SPI!

Maura, Woodinville, WA