Get High on KiteboardingMaui
From the technological advances of windsurfing, paragliding and wakeboarding has come a challenging water sport that some people call kiteboarding and others call kitesurfing. No matter what you call it, this is an extreme sport that takes wind, guts, the right equipment and lots of practice.
Here’s how it works: The kiteboarder, standing on a kiteboard, which looks like a small surfboard or wakeboard with straps, is pulled across the water by a big kite. Sounds easyenough, but it’ll take a little practice to coordinate the moves. Kiteboarding schools on the island are happy to provide instruction.
Long known as a premier site for windsurfing, Maui’s nearly year-round trade winds, warm waters and gorgeous beaches are an equal draw for kitesurfers. Popular kitesurfing sites include the west end of Kanaha Beach Park, near the Kahului Airport, Kihei beaches and westside areas above Lahaina.
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