Maui Kiteboarding - A Kitesurfers Tropical Paradise
Nothing beats kitesurfing under Hawaiian rainbows. In Maui kiteboarding is a year-round sport, so your kiteboarding holiday can start any time or last forever! It is warm and windy daily and Lower Kanaha - kitebeach, is a large designated kiting area. Even the windsurfers have their own spot further up wind.
Maui - KiteFacts:
Best winds: All year,stongest: April - September
~For Best wind and waves: March-April & October-November
Water Temp: Baggies
Water Type: Waves and flat
Weather: Sunny - warm to hot
Nightlife: Yes - the mellow Aloha lifestyle, beach parties.
When kiteboarding in Maui you are not competing for space with other beach goers as there are more beautiful beaches for snorkeling and relaxing on in the south and west and better waves for surfing further east and west on the North Shore.
Nearly year-round side-onshore trade winds make Maui an ideal kiteboarding spot for beginners and advanced riders. Because it is located on Maui's North Shore you have soft sandy beaches for launching and landing.
Although the conditions are sometimes challenging, it is still a good place to learn because there is a lot of space to practice and relatively few obstacles to watch for in the water. Many people learn here, try to come for longer than a couple weeks. Beginners should definitely take
with a qualified instructor that knows Maui well.
Advanced riders will love it too. Maui kiteboarding = Waves & waveriding. You can go out upwind from shore to get the best wind and rip up the great waves on the reefs a few hundreds metres out. Since these reefs are further out from shore, the closer waters are calmer if you run into problems or just want to take it easy on flatter water or smaller waves with less power.
The water is balmy with the warmest temperatures in August at 84 degrees and the coolest in February at 74 degrees. This makes baggies the norm for Maui kiteboarding!
Since Maui is the basically the birthplace of kitesurfing as we know it, the home of Robbie Naish and many well-known others. You have access to all the very latest kites, kiteboards and kiteboarding gear. Its also the perfect place to buy used kiteboarding equipment as many pro and team riders sell their used gear as new equipment comes out.
So if you're planning on buying new or used kitesurfing gear, it might be worth waiting until you arrive in Maui.
In Maui kiteboarding is close to everything. Kite Beach, Kanaha, is located in Kahului on the North Shore in a central spot on the island. Naish Beach or Lanes is also nearby with a great right hand wave setup perfect for natural footers to ride frontside/toeside, but beware the rocky launch and landing are quite dangerous - not for the inexperienced or feint-hearted.
Whether you stay in the nearby town of Wailuku, at a cheap hostel on the North Shore surf town of Paia or styling out in a condo further to the south in Kihei, you are looking at no more than a 20 minute drive. You will want to
rent a car
while in Maui (at very affordable rates) for the best access to kiting and the many other activities Maui offers.
Check out some of the best places to stay near the Maui kiteboarding beaches on Maui's North Shore.
Although it can be windy any day of the year, the tradewinds are the most consistent and predictable from April-September blowing from 15-35 knots. Kite sizes obviously range based on the weight, skill and comfort level of the rider but you find most of them in the range of 6-9 metres. Bring your smallest kite - you will need it! It can blow 35knots for days.
October - March is big surf season. The whole of Hawaii is electric as surfers chase the most heavy, huge and perfect waves from island to island. If you are on Maui during these months, watching surfers towing in at Jaws, Peahi which only starts breaking at 25 foot+, is a sight from the cliff, seen to be believed.
If you love waves the best times for kitesurfing are the October/November and March/April periods as you are more likely mixing wind and waves.
What better times to be escaping the North American cold at the beginning and end of winter.
Respect for the local fishing culture means that no kiteboarders can hit the water until 11am. This gives a visitor or local ample time to pursue other activities such as surfing, SUP snorkelling, checking out a sunrise at the volcano, Haleakala, working or just taking it easy with a cup of the local Kona coffee.
In Maui you really can "get away from it all" as Hawai'i is the most isolated island group on the planet - the perfect kiteboarding holiday.
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