From the technological advances of windsurfing, paragliding and wakeboarding comes 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 a bit of trial and error.
HOW IT WORKS: The kiteboarder stands on a kiteboard, which looks like a small surfboard or wakeboard with straps, and is pulled across the water by a big kite. Sounds easy enough, 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 Kanahā Beach Park, near the Kahului Airport, Kīhei beaches and west side areas above Lahaina.