Maui Kiteboarding Areas – Maui Kiteboarding Association

Maui Kiteboarding Areas – Maui Kiteboarding Association

Maui Kiteboarding Areas, Zones and Beaches Non Kiteboarding Beaches Upper Kanaha, Sign at Kanaha. Lower Kanaha (& Canoe Beach) Sprecks, Sign at Sprecks. Camp One, Sign at Camp One. Lobster Cove Sugar Cove Baldwin Beach Paia Bay Hookipa (kiting only allowed during contests) Lahaina Harbor, Ka’anapali Beach. Cove Park, Kihei Kiteboarding Beaches Ka’a Point (Pro … Continue reading “Maui Kiteboarding Areas”


Ho’okipa Rules

Ho’okipa Rules -MKC

These common-sense rules will keep us all safer and create a better rapport with windsurfers and surfers. Be aware of the potential dangers at Ho‘okipa! The wave is powerful, the lineup is small, and the rocks are close.

  • A downed kite will present a danger to those on the inside, so keep kite in control

  • Board leashes are recommended

  • CHECK IN WITH THE LIFEGUARDS BEFORE KITING HO‘OKIPA ! The lifeguards want to know everyone who kites here and want to share their safety concerns

  • Surfers always have right-of-way. Stay at least one kite length away from surfers, and off any wave they catch

  • Windsurfers and kiters have equal priority when catching waves. The rider who catches the wave first has right-of-way. If a wave is caught simultaneously, the upwind rider has right-of-way

  • Sharing a wave is common in both windsurfing and kiting, IF BOTH RIDERS AGREE. However, because of a kiter’s lines, it is recommended that the kiter surf downwind of the windsurfer

  • Be aware that windsurfers do not catch as many waves in light and fluky conditions, so show some aloha and give them the waves they can catch

  • If a lifeguard sounds one blast during your transition it is a warning: you did something unsafe. Two blasts means you must leave. Talk to the lifeguards later and ask them to explain their concerns. Three blasts means all kiters must leave. A siren means keep the channel clear, so lifeguards can launch their rescue craft

  • CONSIDER YOUR ABILITIES BEFORE KITING HO‘OKIPA. If you are not experienced in extreme conditions do not ride Ho‘okipa and chance endangering someone else or yourself. Remember, you are kiting with some of the best windsurfers and kiters in the world. Please show them and the lifeguards the respect they deserve and we will all have a great time

  • Finally, Ho‘okipa means hospitality and our ability to kite there depends on mutual respect of all ocean users