Shipwreck Beach Maui-Lanai, Hawaii

Beach: Pro+. Legendary spot with incredibly strong wind and waves amidst the backdrop of
an insane shipwreck. The final 500 yards near the shoreline are extremely shallow reef and can be above
the water line during low tide. The waves are constantly pushing and crashing against the ship so stay a
decent distance from it. The beach is very narrow and littered with debris as the wind/waves push a lot
of flotsam and trash here. This spot is the locus point for many of Maui’s weather subsystems as wind
and waves from all over Maui push to this point. If you lose your board at Kanaha, it will usually end up
here. Likewise if you lose your board in Kihei, it will end up here. Access is via sea (kitesurf from Molokai
or come by boat) or driving overland on the island of Lanai. Kiting straight across from Lahaina to
Shipwrecks is sketchy as one minor shift in the wind and you are stuck in the channel with strong
currents. The wind between Maui/Molokai and Molokai/Lanai are generally stronger and more

consistent, making a two part trip the preferred approach for kiting from Maui to Shipwrecks. A boat
ride back or a pickup at the beach are strongly recommended (landing on the beach requires landing
farther east and walking over). There are generally no people here and no real safety systems out here.
Surprisingly, you can get decent cell signal (at least on AT&T wireless as of 9/2018) so make sure to bring
a cell phone if go out here. If on other carriers with no service, try enabling roaming. Extremely
dangerous and epic conditions. Professionals only. Intermediates/Advanced should stay out on the
water and have a boat pick them up. Great for waves and Big Air.

Ka’anapaali Beach Maui, Hawaii

Advanced+. Officially there is no kitesurfing allowed off Ka’anapaali beach. However its primarily a tourist resort area as this is where the majority of hotels on Maui re located. The wind tends to be light on the beach but once you go out into the channel the wind is actually pretty strong out there as the wind funnels between Molokai and the West Maui mountains. The launches are sketchy due to light wind conditions and you may end up drift launching. Great for Wakestyle and Big Air.

Keawekapu Beach Maui, Hawaii

Keawekapu: Intermediate+. A public park with paved parking, showers, and bathrooms in front of a
narrow beach. Water conditions are favorable however wind conditions are sketchy here. The ricochetvand wind shadow effects of the two mountains are extreme here, making for unpredictable wind conditions. The wind can stop suddenly and the wind line can shift in a heartbeat. A common end point for downwinders coming down from the more northerly Kihei spots. Good all around spot.

Baby Beach Maui, Hawaii

Intermediate+. Parking is west of Baby Beach while the launch is actually around a sandy
point east of Baby Beach. Baby Beach itself is technically an ocean pool formed by a rock wall near the
shore that create a nice flat water spot in front of the beach. Prevailing winds can push you into the
rocks very easily. Local rules include the 11am rule (no kiting before 11am) and an Egress Out / Ingress
In rule that means you are allowed to launch and land on the beach, but you must do your riding at least
500 yards out to sea. Enforcement is done by lifeguards at nearby Baldwin Beach who will come on
Jetskis/Dune Buggies – several are kiters themselves and know exactly how to get you. The near shore
environment has a lot of break waves and has a lot of messy conditions. At roughly the 500 yard mark
there is a reef break with large waves and cross currents; it’s a wild ocean environment. This spot works
great on E winds as the wind likes to pile up here on Easterlies, bouncing off land and creating a mini
bubble of extra strength winds. The major wave break out to sea can get HUGE and the cross currents
can create mini waves going in cross directions forming in the middle of a larger wave. The water
conditions here can be complex and high energy. Great for wave riding and some Big Air.

Spreckelsville Beach Maui, Hawaii

Intermediate+. Generally used by knowledgeable locals and guests of nearby BnBs.
Finding this spot can be tricky, basically you drive down Stable Rd until you get to a beach access road.
There is no public parking so dropping off all the gear and then parking farther east is necessary.
Technically this area is inside the airport exclusion zone but as of 2019, kiters have been ignoring the
rule and getting away with it. The near shore environment is dominated by shallow reefs and breaking
waves. Mostly a wave riding spot

Lanes Beach Maui, Hawaii

One of the Worlds Most Epic Kiteboarding/Kitesurfing Spots

Lanes Beach Maui, Hawaii

Advanced+ Only. One of the most famous spots in the kitesurf universe, Lanes is located a short drive/walk west of Ho’okipa. There is no parking, leading kiters to park alongside the main highway. Setup is on a narrow sandy beach with the launch going over a bunch of rocks. Waves generally break right at the rocks where you walk into the water, creating difficult launch conditions. Wearing booties on your feet, walking gently across one of the “keyholes” that have smooth rock, or doing an aerial start (in lieu of a water start) are the main ways to get out into the water. This spot is great when the swells roll in and generate waves but the launch is extremely sketchy and dangerous. Easterly winds allow for amazing waves, especially when combined with NNW,N,NNE,NE swells in the winter; getting off the beach is tricky.

Whale Beach Maui, Hawaii

Advance+ Only. A public park with paved parking and a large grassy area fronted by a narrow beach. A sandy beach with a sand dune growing next to the Whale Sanctuary as the Sanctuary dumps excess sand here. The water near the beach tends to be shallow for a couple of hundred yards out. Between shallow water, a rock wall built in the waterline around the Sanctuary, and the primary direction of the wind stacking/swirling in front of the buildings, any mistakes at launch here will punish a rider.

Waipuliani Park: Maui Sunset

Waipuliani Park: Intermediate+. A public park with paved parking and a large grassy area fronted by a narrow beach. The grassy lawn has a small 2-3 ft cliff overhanging onto a narrow beach that goes up the coastline. It is suggested that kitesurfers setup farther north of the paved parking lot, near where the grass changes (you will understand when you see it, two large grass areas are maintained by separate entities). The prevailing winds have a habit of putting kites into the trees for people launching at the beach right next to the parking lot. The water near the beach tends to be shallow for a couple of hundred yards.

Kihei Kitesurf Guide

Kihei – Secondary Spot:
The town of Kihei provides the next largest spot (in terms of kitesurfer population) on Maui. There are
two primary launches: Waipuliani Park, behind the Maui Sunset condo complex, and Whale Beach, next
door to the Pacific Whale Sanctuary. Both are accessed via South Kihei Road. The winds can become
inconsistent as there are a lot of ricochet and wind shadow effects between the prevailing trade winds,
Halekala, and the West Maui Mountains. Technically these are some of the strongest winds available for
kitesurfing near the coastline on Maui with wind gusts in excess of 45 mph (40 knots) common. Good for
big air and occasionally waves. During Kona weather events (winds coming from the south) this is a great

spot. With regional winds from NE, ENE, and E directions, the wind here will mostly be from the N.
During Kona events, the wind can be S, SW, or even W.
Note that straight N regional winds tend to go offshore here as the ricochet effect off Haleakala’s
western flank pushes the wind line 2-3 miles offshore (a strange effect that has caught man visitors by
surprise). The wind sensor at Ma’alea is the closest public wind sensor but the ricochet effects off
Haleakala mean you need additional data to figure out if its good to kite Kihei (you can combine the
speed data from Ma’alea wind sensor with the DIRECTIONAL data from the North Kihei wind sensor to
guesstimate if the wind line is near the shore). Situation where the wind is coming down straight N at
Ma’alea and is blowing NE in Kihei can happen (this is caused by N winds ricocheting off Haleakala
pushing the wind line far offshore near Kihei coast).

Kanaha Beach Park

Best kitesurfing spot on Maui

Kanaha Beach park Spot Guide

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Kanaha Beach park is Maui's main Kitesurfing and Kiteboarding spot

The main kitesurfing/kiteboarding spots on Maui are at Kanaha Beach Park (Naska Beach and Kite Beach/Teach Beach) on the north shore of Maui, located next to the main airport (OGG) on the island. The airport site was chosen back in the 1920s when single prop planes utilized the wind to help them get enough lift to takeoff so they chose one of the windiest spots on the island. 

Why is Kanaha Beach the go to beach for kitesurfing on Maui?

The spot offers favorable winds throughout much of the year with clean trade winds coming from an ENE direction, wide sandy beaches, and emergency landing points farther downwind in the event anything goes wrong. The winds are strong at this point as the incoming trade winds funnel between Haleakala and the West Maui Mountains. Utilize the Kahului Airport and Kahului Harbor wind sensors to see what the winds are doing. Best wind directions are NE and ENE. E winds can be good, especially for wave riding, if you are comfortable riding 1-2 miles offshore. Big Air and Wave styles dominate at the main launches although the Pro Pool is great for wakestyle if the wind direction has a lot of N in it.

Naska Beach

Naska Beach (also known as Old Man’s Beach, Naish Beach, Campground, and the Keyhole): Beginner friendly. This is one of the two main beaches for beginners on Maui and there are many instructors teaching here. A wide sandy beach with a reef break 500 yards/meter out to sea offers the smoothest and steadiest launch spot on the island in terms of being the easiest and gentlest launch. Two access points: the Campground access via the main Kanaha Beach Park and the Keyhole sand road/parking lot. Gates are open 6am-8pm HST and kitesurfing is allowed from 11am-8pm. Basic rules and times are enforced by the lifeguards on jetskis who also provide emergency services.

Teach Beach

Teach Beach (also referred to as Kite Beach, Pro Beach, Action Beach, and the Pro Pool): This spot is just west of Kaa Point, a cluster of rocks west of the main Kanaha Beach Park entrance. Beginner friendly. There are many instructors teaching as well as beginners new to the sport. Gates are open 6am-8pm HST and kitesurfing is allowed from 11am-8pm. Basic rules and times are enforced by the lifeguards on jetskis who also provide emergency services.

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