About Us

We are a fun group that loves to kiteboard and hang out with kitesurfers from all over the world. Enjoy sharing the Costa Rica lifestyle Pura Vida and all the amazing activities this wonderful country has to offer.

We originally opened La Sandia eco activities lodge (B&B located 5 minutes driving from the kitebeach) in 2005. It was our lodging and activities center, kiteboarding being our main activity. Since then we have expanded our business to provide lodging directly on the kitebeach. We provide beach villa rentals, cabina/studios and the Kitehouse (shared house with dorm)  right on the kite beach, Playa Copal.

We make kiteboarders with quality standards in a safe environment and friendly ambiance. With a simple lesson plan developed by some of the best kite teachers, we make sure to go step by step to assure a quick and safe progression.

Kent and Lucie:

KCR is owned and operated by Kent and Lucie Graninger. Kent, from Indiana, USA and Lucie, from France, Tahiti, and Quebec met and started dating here at the kite beach, Playa Copal, Costa Rica.

Kent manages the kite school.  PASA certified and formal professional kiteboarder, very knowledgeable about kiteboarding and gear.
Lucie manages the properties. She probably answered your email and booked you in. She knows everyone in town and is very resourceful. She’ll organize your tours and activities in the area.

They travel back and forth from Indiana in order to keep their 2 kiddos in school. You ll see them around during vacation breaks.


Damien, IKO certified level 2, Damien is Lucie’s brother. When their parents moved to Costa Rica to retire in 2004, they came to visit and ran the “Restaurant Copal” together at the kite beach for the season. Damien saw some kiteboarders in the water. Curious, he went down to the beach and everything changed after that. Totally addicted to the sport, he moved his life around to be able to spend every kite season in Costa Rica. He now lives there year round with his wife Mathilde (who runs amazing snorkeling and sail boat tour) and his son Noa. He is an excellent kiteboarder and he is the safest and the most attentive person on the kitebeach… You’ll be in great hand with him. He surely will pass on to you his passion for kiteboarding.

Arja and André,