Maui Hawaii Kitesurfing Wave Destination
Kitesurfing in Maui
Maui, historically seen as the mecca for windsurfing and surfing, is unsurprisingly becoming one of the world’s best kitesurfing destinations as well. The winds are nearly perfect, due to consistent trade winds which are accelerated by the venturi effect between Maui’s two volcanoes, and the white sand beaches and turquoise waters will probably complete your wish list.
Most kitesurf beaches are located on Maui’s northern shore, where you will find our recommended spot as well: Kite Beach, located at the western end of Kanaha Beach, is a bay with perfect flat water conditions. This part is ideal for beginners, especially as winds (predominantly NE) are usually side-onshore. A little further out to sea, the waves start to break and create great conditions for intermediate and advanced kitesurfers. The largest waves, breaking on the outside reef, are for expert wave riders only, as it is a shallow and unforgiving reef break. Swell can get very big here, especially in winter.
Other kitespots on the north shore
On the north shore you will also find many other great spots including – from West to East – Waiehu, Action Beach (where most kite centres are based), Kanaha, Naish Beach also known as Flash Beach, The Old Hale and Lanes (pros only). There are some restrictions for kitesurfing at abovementioned spots, e.g. no kitesurfing before 11am when the water is strictly for swimmers and fishermen. Furthermore, the FAA has ordained a 1-mile wide no kitesurfing corridor at the end of the airport’s runway at Sprecklesville.
Kitespots on the west coast
When the spots on the north shore become less feasible at northerly winds, try Kahana Beach on Maui’s west coast. It’s a long white sand beach protected by a reef, where swell can get large. Further south, Kihei works well at N-NE winds.
When to go
The winds are reliable year-round (15-25 knots), but the best time to visit the island is in spring and summer (between March and October) when the NE trade winds are strongest. If you come for the swell though, wintertime is the better choice with waves of up to 4.5m! Plenty of wind will then still be available, although it is less predictable. Water temperatures vary from 24°C in winter (shorty recommended) to 27°C in summer (boardshorts are all you need).
About Maui Weather
Summer: In summer the trade wind weather predominates. Trades blow from the NE to ENE direction and provide the comfortable climate and wind powered activities that we enjoy here in the islands. In summer 9 out of 10 days have trade winds. Trades usually bring fair weather to the central valley and south side of the island. But trades do bring regular showers to the windward sides of all the islands and on Maui especially toward Hana, Haiku and upcountry. We do have the rainforests and waterfalls to prove it. Showers are especially frequent in overnight and in the mornings. There may be spells of lighter winds but Hawaii has a high number of windy days. Valley Island Venturi: Maui is called the valley island, because its twin volcanoes have created a valley that runs NE to SW. This large valley acts as a funnel to concentrate the trade winds making them stronger. Maui’s valley is a natural wind tunnel that makes it the windiest Hawaiian island. Summer Surf: In Summer the waves are smaller on the north shore, and most of the surfing is done on the south side. there are often nice southerly swells coming from the southern oceans, near Tahiti or New Zealand. Summer swell are usually mellow compared to winter. Summer swell is great for longboarding, but there are several shortboarding waves if you know where to look. Summer is often the preferred time to visit Maui for windsurfing and kiteboarding enthusiasts because of the frequency and strength of the trade winds. Winter: Winter Winds are less predictable, and we occasionally get Southerly winds that are called Kona Winds. Kona comes from the Polynesian word for leeward. Kona winds blow from the opposite direction from the prevailing NE tradewinds. Kona winds can get extremely strong on the north shore due to the venturi effect of the wind being funneled through the valley. Winter Waves: Winter is the time for Hawaii’s largest waves. Storms off Japan and Alaska create the energy that creates the swells that travel 1000′s of miles to the Hawaiian Islands. Winter swells will usually hit the north and west facing shores, and may occasionally wrap around to the other sides of the island. Depending on the swell’s direction, some islands may block the swell from reaching other islands, or the wave train may miss the islands all together. The Hawaiian islands are surrounded by wave buoys that monitor the swell activity and relay the data back to us via satellite. Using buoy data and swell prediction computer models, we can forecast surf conditions with reasonable accuracy several days in advance. Surfers in Hawaii anticipate with joy the pending arrival of large swell. Kona Winds: Kona winds are often accompanied by rain and thunderstorms. Hawaii experiences about three Kona storms per year. It is possible to windsurf and kite in these southerly Kona wind conditions but it is definitely not recommended during the intense parts of any storms. Kona storms can produce heavy rains, flooding, waves and storm surge. Localized flooding can cause flash floods, which are extremely dangerous to people and vehicles. Surfing in Kona Winds?: In Kona winds huge plumes of spray to peel of the crest of waves. Some expert windsurfers may venture out at Ho’okipa an Lanes, but there is a real possibility of getting blow out to sea. The strength of the Kona offshore winds may be masked close to shore because of wind shadow of the land and trees at the shoreline. So you should never attempt to surf the north shore during a strong Kona. Hurricane Season: Hurricanes are rare but the hurricane season is from June to November. The last major hurricane to hit Hawaii was Iniki, which severely damaged Kauai in September 1992. Tropical Storms: Depending on its location and strength, a tropical cyclone is referred to by many other names, such as hurricane, typhoon, tropical storm, cyclonic storm, tropical depression, and simply cyclone. While tropical cyclones can produce extremely powerful winds and torrential rain, they are also able to produce high waves and damaging storm surge as well as spawning tornadoes. This is the reason coastal regions can receive significant damage from a tropical cyclone, while inland regions are relatively safe from receiving strong winds. Heavy rains, however, can produce significant flooding.
LifeStyle : laid-back
Airport : Maui airport Kahului-OGG
Language : English
Health : same as USA
Electricity : 110 US
Time zone : Standard time zone: UTC/GMT -10 hours
Cost Factor : Moderate
Population : 150 000
Size : 1,883 km2
Currency : US $
Air Temp : 28
Water Temp : Tropical
Difficulty: Beginner to Expert
Best period: June-Sep
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