Welcome to our first Foilboard Friday Sale. We have many great deals on new and used Foilgear. We have dropped our prices for this sale on most of our used and demo gear. These prices are too good to last. Locals can come and pick it up, and mainlanders can drop a line and get some discounted shipping, in some cases its even free. New stock is coming so we need to clear the decks and make room for it all. Now is the time to pull the trigger on that Foil setup you have been secretly desiring. Don’t wait to get into this great sport, the best time to start is right now!! If you are not sure what you need or don’t see what you want, then tell us and we can help guide you to the right Foilboard.
SALE PRICE – Some Highlights
FlyFoil Surf Foil Set (demo) $300 Off. GoFoil kite Foil Set (used) $400 Off. 2014 Lift Kite Foil Set $650 Off. LF Happy Foil Board & Foil complete $575 off. Naish 2018 Hover 130 and Thrust Foil complete $400 Off. And Much More.
** These predictions are for the generalized (Trade wind) airflow across the state, and localized mechanical wind effects (trees etc), and intermittent variables (rain/venturi/clouds/etc.) also need to be considered.
Today’s Wind Forecast – Model Tables:
Wind Yesterday: Here is yesterday’s wind graph for Kanaha.
Weather Map: Global weather patterns affect our local weather. Distant storms produce surf, and massive pressure systems create our winds. We can see these features on the Weather Map. Here is today’s weather map:
Tides on Maui: In general Tides only vary about 2 feet in range, While this is a small amount it makes a big difference because the water is shallow in many places and the reef can get close to the surface or exposed at low tides. At high tides, beaches become narrow and will have more shore-break. Pay attention to the tide times for a better safer session. For more detailed information about tides go to our Maui Tides Page. Here are today’s Tides below.
Rain Radar: The rain radar is the best way to see if there is bad weather coming especially heavy rains. Rain showers are not only wet, they can cause flooding on land, and rain squalls can cause strong wind gusts. Severe storms may create lightning as well. So it is always prudent to pay attention to the rain radar. Click here for the Current Radar Image (static image of Dopler Radar):
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Changing of the Seasons: Maui has super consistent weather, but we still have seasons here. The Surfing Season is coming and you will notice things changing. Each season has a character a and a rhythm, so be prepared to adjust your approach and technique accordingly. To read more about the different weather by season and by month, Go to our Maui Weather Page..
Oceans are not like Lakes or Rivers: If you are new to ocean sailing then you should get a lesson on Ocean Sailing from one of our Action Sports Maui instructors. There are many common pitfalls and basic survival techniques that you will want to learn before getting yourself into trouble. Talk to Suzie about our “Ocean Rider 101 class”. Read more about ocean safety on our Ocean Safety Page..
Strong Wind Warning: Maui has a lot more strong wind days than most other locations. Many people have not kited in strong winds before. Riding in strong winds requires an adapted technique and specialty equipment. If you came to Maui with only large kite sizes then there is a good chance that your kite will be too big some of the time. Do not go out overpowered, you are taking a risk with your own safety but you put other people at risk as well. So always ask one of our local instructors about you kite size choice if you are in any doubt. Your kite should never be significantly larger than the other kites on the water. Note that most of the local riders will make better-informed choices on right kite size for the local conditions. If necessary you will need to rent a smaller kite And/or get a lesson on riding a smaller kite in strong winds. If you have never ridden a small kite size before, then get a lesson from one of our Instructors. Ask Suzie about our High-Wind 101 Lesson. For an overview of the lessons we offer go to our Lesson Overview Slider Here.
Hurricane Season: Hurricanes are most likely to occur July through December in Hawaii. Hurricanes bring severe bad weather, flooding rain and potentially devastatingly strong winds. The passing of a Hurricane may last days or up to a week or more. The Hurricanes usually develop far away in the eastern Pacific and we generally get several days or more warning of their approach. So there is usually time to make preparations and even evacuate if necessary. Many Hurricanes come close to Hawaii but are just too far away to have a severe effect, This near-miss scenario, and repeated canceled warnings, can give some people a false sense of security. Until one does hit, and then they may be unprepared. Here’s the link to the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
Climate Change Maui: There is a lot of confusion about climate change. There are anthropogenic (man-made) factors that affect climate, like greenhouse gases, deforestation, and pollution. This is a worldwide problem but has to be managed locally as well. Reducing our carbon footprint using renewable resources like solar and wind energy, as well as recycling and reusing materials rather than throwing materials away after a single use. Also being mindful of not causing harm to the ecosystem by overusing toxic agricultural chemicals. Also eating less meat (reduces greenhouse gases and deforestation) and would be a major step in slowing Global Warming. For More Information, including How climate change affects Maui, Beach Loss, & Coral Reef Destruction and Degradation, Go to Our Climate Change Maui page
CAUTION: Always be sure of your abilities, training, and local knowledge before you attempt to kite, sail or surf. If in doubt don’t go out!
Maui Factor: Maui is not like other places. Maui is perhaps more extreme than most people are expecting. Always treat Nature and the elements here with respect. Be humble and do not underestimate the weather. Mother Nature is the boss, so do not push your luck no matter how long you have waited to sail or surf here. There are going to be days when you should NOT go out. There will always be conditions too tough even for the biggest expert, never forget that. Maui factor usually also means that you will not be as good as you think you are, the first time you ride here. So start out conservatively and take the time to learn about local conditions. Pay your dues, be respectful, and be prepared to be humbled. With the right attitude and approach, you will better appreciate, adapt to, and ultimately enjoy the uniqueness that Maui has to offer. **Read More Local Information Below at the Bottom of this Page.
KITE SAFE PRO-TIPS: “BEWARE OF OFFSHORE WIND”
Offshore wind is inherently dangerous: Never kite in off-shore wind if you have no way to return to shore. For Safety, you always need to be able to drift downwind to a point on land. Offshore winds in a bay: a small bay that is offshore at the launch, but has another shore with onshore wind, that can be easily reached by downwind body dragging is sometimes acceptable. Never ride in pure offshore winds without a dedicated support boat active on site. Launching in offshore winds is very difficult as winds are usually very gusty. Offshore winds are deceptive; the wind at the shore is usually very different from the wind on the water. People often severely underestimate the wind strength in offshore winds. When you launch/ride in offshore winds there is a greater difficulty returning to the beach afterward. Getting back to the beach may become impossible! For More Kite Safety Tips Go To Kitesafe.com
Have Plan Before you Launch: Always consider what will happen when your gear breaks, or you lose your board or kite. What is your plan when gear failure happens? What is your plan when the wind increases/decreases? What is your plan when there is no one to assist you. What is your plan when you get tired/cold/injured? If you do not have a plan, or if you do not know the answers to these basic questions, then we strongly suggest that you get a lesson from one of our local instructors to give you the skills to become self-sufficient, independent and able to kite responsibly and “autonomously” in the local Maui Conditions.
Shorebreak Warning: Watch out for shore break. There is a high risk of serious injury or death. Especially when the tide is high and the swell is up. There tends to be more shore break. Shore break is waves breaking into the shoreline, and they can be especially dangerous even when they are small. Take care when crossing through the shore break, and do not linger there. Get in and get out quickly, do not lose your footing, and definitely, do not drop your kite in the shore break. For More Infor on ShoreBreaks go to our Shore Break Warning Page.
Maui Surf Report: The Maui Surf Report has far too much information to fit here so it has its very own page. So if you need the latest surf info, like to learn, or are just curious then please check it out. For more detailed Surf Information go to our Maui Surf Report Page.
Maui Wind Report: The Maui Wind Report has far too much information to fit here so it has its very own page. So if you need all the detailed Maui Wind Info, like to learn, or are just curious then please check it out. For more detailed wind information go to our Maui Wind Report Page.
Find Us on Kite Beach: We are at Kitebeach almost every day (10 am – 5 pm), so come look for our Van, and Drop By and Say hello. *Ask us for a copy of the New MKC Guidelines for Kiting on Maui Brochure that includes a map of Maui kite spots. Call in for Lessons Schedule and Information, we are on for lessons, today, and we are getting busy, please call us if you want to schedule a lesson. +1 (808) 283-7913
Loss of Beach Access: A most pressing made-made issue is Loss of Beach Access, where less public ocean access is available. This is due to developers, and public planners failing to protect ocean access points. Developers, shady land swaps, county apathy, politics, and power. This is the biggest immediate threat the ocean users face here on Maui. Ocean access in Hawaii is being lost all of the time, we all need to stay vigilant and get informed, and speak out against it. And when necessary buy back the beach! If you ignore your ability to access the beach, then it will go away! For More Information go to Maui Kiteboarding Association Save Kanaha Page or Go directly to the Change.org Save Kanaha Petition
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Discover the exciting world of Maui kiteboarding: We host Kite trips to Maui for all levels of Kiters and non-kiting family members. If you want to Kite everyday in great conditions, or mix Kiting with some sightseeing and cultural activities we have a plan to suit you. Each Kite Trip is customized to your needs and budget. We can arrange everything so you can relax and enjoy the experience. Maui is known as one of the most reliable and best kiteboarding locations on the planet, with warm side shore winds and accessible ocean and a range of conditions to suit every rider.
Kiting Activities Include: Available options include, Go free riding any time, we tell you where to go, and we have give you daily weather updates. Or join one of our; Advanced riding sessions, Supervised kiting for intermediates, Down winders, Get some Coaching, Get a Kite-Caddy, as well as Kiting lessons for every level. Try Something new, Ocean Riding, Directional Boards, Learn to Foilboard, or push your kiting to new levels with private coaching. We say a week in Maui is like a month on the mainland, your riding will improve and you will expand your kiting experience.
Non-Kiters may want to get a taste of Kiting: We have a full-service Kite School offering single “Try Kiting” lessons, and multi-day courses too. Maui is a great place to try kiting for the first time.
Maui is an adventure sports playground: In addition to some of the world’s best Kiteboarding and Windsurfing, Maui also offers, Volcano Tours, Downhill Mountain Biking, Surfing, Rain-forest Tours, Scuba Adventures. Underwater Scooter tour of shipwrecks, and full dry submarine tours. On Maui it is “Summer” year round, but the biggest surfing waves are in the winter and the best wind is in summer. Many people like to come Spring and fall for a combination of wind and waves too.
Local Lifestyle: Singles can travel solo, or get together with other kiters in private ort shared accommodation, whatever your preference. We have regular group activities to Maui’s best attractions and locations. You can have fun and socialize with international travelers and the locals too. Live in the moment and be spontaneous or let us plan your daily schedule, it is up to you. We can guarantee that you will always have the best options and choices available to you.
Family Experience: Traveling with family is no problem too, we understand that you always cannot Kite 24/7 but you can maximize your ride time, while catering to all the non-kiters in your crew. Families can enjoy Maui too, with Shared Ride time, alternate activities, and we even have qualified Child Care available on the beach. Young Kids can also participate in Surfing from age 5 and up, windsurfing, from age 6 and “Kid’s” Kiting from age 8 and up.
Maui Climate: Maui is situated 20 degrees north of the equator and square in the trade wind latitude. Maui has warm weather year round, and has kiteboarding all year long. The peak windy season is in summer, and the peak wave season is in winter. Surfing is also available all year as well as all ocean activities. There are really only two seasons in Hawaii: summer (kau) from May to October and winter (hooilo) from November to April. The average daytime summer temperature at sea level is 85° F (29.4° C), while the average daytime winter temperature is 78° (25.6° C).
Maui Culture: Maui Has a unique host culture, the Hawaiian culture is a Polynesian culture that was centered around the aquatic lifestyle as well as being in tune with the natural world, and practicing ecologically responsible agriculture. Sports have always been an integral part of Hawaiian society and surfing especially achieved a high art form and a spiritual-religious standing. Sailing, seafaring, surfing, canoe racing, are part of the community culture. In Hawaii you can experience some of the Hawaiian culture in various activities, tours, as well as specialty events.
Your Hosts: We have been hosting Kite Trips for over 20 years and can cater to almost every need. Budget accommodation up to private ocean front homes, or 5-star resorts are available for the asking. Or you may prefer to live like a local, and enjoy the Island. We are also the source of your Kiting windsurf, and Surfing lessons, gear rentals and on-water activities.
Dare to Dream: All great adventures start with an simple idea and a dream. Dare to dream yourself kiting on Maui, and your adventure has already begun.
Plan your Trip: The peak windy Season on Maui is May through September, with the most reliable wind and easiest conditions. And this is a great time to plan your kite trip. Send us your dates, group size, and activity preferences, and we can put together a great itinerary package for you.
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