Tyler Spence is an IKO certified kiteboarding instructor from Chicago and has been instructing since 2013. He was inspired to start kiteboarding after a trip to Cabarete in the Domincan Republic where he found himself at one of the most popular kiteboarding destinations in the Caribbean. He was then fortunate enough to have gotten hooked on kiting on the windy shores of Lake Michigan and share the stoke with his fellow students around the Midwest.
"Tyler Spence has put this [ The Windy City] spot on the map with his kite school, Stoke Riders, and is one of the mid-west’s only IKO certified instructors. Sunrise to sunset, he is always available whenever it’s windy. His mobile site offers lessons, rentals, kite repair, boat support, downwind pickup service and of course, an abundance of friendly midwestern hospitality. With the perfect teaching conditions for beginners, he’ll start you at a shallow flatwater spot just 30 minutes from Chicago until you’ve reached the skill level and are ready for a mindblowing downwinder at the dunes." - The Kiteboarder Magazine
Tiffany Forte is an IKO Certified Instructor who learned to kitesurf along the shores of Lake Michigan. She has been teaching Chicago area kitesurfing lessons for many years in order to spread the stoke to all of her students. Her favorite spots to kiteboard are in St. Joseph, Michigan and Porter Beach along the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, but she'll always remember where she first got up on the board on the Northside of Chicago in Illinois State Beach, also known as Zion. When she is not teaching kiteboarding in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin or Illinois, you can find her in the air perfecting her jumps and kiteloops on her favorite kite, the Core GTS. She travels to her favorite kite surfing destination annually in Brazil in search of the end of the endless downwinder and the perfect Açaí bowl. Tiffany's team took 1st place at the Race the Lake Downwind Classic 2017, a 5 mile endurance race including 40 other kiteboarders and kitesurfers that raced from Waukegan Municiple Beach to Zion.