World Class Kiteboard Academy | Program


2022-2023 Destinations

Greece / Brazil / South Africa / Italy

Fall 2022: Greece / Brazil

September 4, 2022 - December 17, 2022

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    Q1 Greece

  • Q2 Brazil

Spring 2023: South Africa / Italy

January 22, 2023 - May 6, 2023

  • Q3 South Africa

  • Q4 Italy

2022 - 2023 Schedule

Greece / Brazil / South Africa / Italy

Fall Semester 2022: Greece / Brazil

September 4, 2022 - December 17, 2022

  • September 4

    Students and staff fly to Athens, Greece

  • September 5

    Semester Orientation

  • September 6 - October 15

    Quarter 1: Drepano Bay

  • October 16

    Students and staff depart for fall break

  • October 17 - 29

    Fall break

  • October 30

    Students and staff arrive in Fortaleza, Brazil

  • October 31 - December 16

    Quarter 2: Brazil (Parajuru, Barra Nova, Taiba)

  • December 17

    Students and staff depart for winter break

Spring Semester 2023: South Africa / Italy

January 22, 2022 - May 6, 2022

  • January 22

    Students and staff arrive in Cape Town, South Africa

  • January 23 - March 10

    Quarter 3: South Africa (Cape Town, Langebaan)

  • March 11

    Students and staff depart for spring break

  • March 12 - March 25

    Spring break

  • March 26

    Students and staff meet in Sardinia, Italy

  • March 27 - May 5

    Quarter 4: Italy (Sardinia, Sicily)

  • May 6

    Graduation in Sicily, Italy

Food and Lodging


The World Class team eats a variety of foods-- dependent primarily on the current destination.  While abroad, the program will either cook or eat food prepared for us in restaurants or by hired chefs. We will eat Tajine in Morocco, Lomo Saltado y Ceviche in Peru, Tapioca in Brazil, Gallo Pinto in Costa Rica... wherever in the world we are at, eating is an extension of the cultural experience. While in the United States or Canada, students and staff rotate between cooking responsibilities using our own cooking equipment. World Class Academy caters to any dietary needs and promotes healthy food choices. We always offer vegetarian options at meals and can cater to vegan diets as well. It is important while training that students eat well-rounded, nutritious meals. Students and staff help with shopping trips, cooking and clean-up duty when preparing meals for the group. This is often one of the most important life lessons that students take home.


While traveling both internationally and within the United States, the program looks for comfortable accommodations close to the kite launch. During our time abroad, accommodations usually include cabins, lodges, hostels and kite centers with sleeping facilities. When in the U.S., the program will usually stay at large rental houses, hostels, or campgrounds. Lodging varies depending on where in the world we are.

Our Faculty

World Class Academy relies on dedicated faculty who are professionals in the art of teaching, coaching, and outdoor leadership.

Polly Crathorne

Head of School
Algebra I, AP Human Geography, and Media Productions

1st Class M.A. in Human Geography from the University of Edinburgh


Brendan Brown

Program Director
Algebra II, Government, History of the Americas, and World History

B.S. in International Agriculture & Rural Development from Cornell University.


Panos Psaras

Chemistry, Economics, and Government

Masters in Law – University of Northumbria Newcastle


Franco Tremsal

Head Coach

Industrial Engineering with honours in Business Administration, and with a minor diploma in Ontologic Coaching, and Online Marketing.


Mentor Groups

Mentor Groups

Each student enrolled in World Class Academy will be assigned to a teacher who will act as a mentor during the semester. With their mentors, students are encouraged to reflect regularly on their growth as athletes, students, and human beings. With their mentor group, students collaborate to provide meals for their peers, maintain living areas, and provide general support to each other.

Mentoring and the development of life skills happen on many levels at WCA. Through these processes, students develop an understanding of themselves, their place in the community, and their capacity to continue growing and learning.

Throughout the semester, mentors send weekly updates to individual parents on the progress of their son/daughter in the program. These updates lay the foundation for regular communication between parents, students, staff, and admin. Updates include specific details on progress in academics, athletics, and character building.


World Class Academy often feels like a family, and students are with staff 24 hours a day. From morning till night, teachers guide students through daily activities and help them thrive while in the World Class environment. Students and parents should be aware that World Class has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to drug and alcohol use. Any student believed to be using or in possession of prohibited substances will be held to the stipulations of the Honor Contract, which students must sign before being accepted into the program.

Teachers will maintain the highest level of supervision possible as well as entrust students to make good decisions. Trust is a big part of the World Class Academy lifestyle, whether on the water or in the towns and villages where we stay throughout the semester.

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