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.

Where is Kanaha Beach Park?

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