Rig your board and prepare for outstanding wave rides, jumps and gnarly shore-breaks just down the road from Paia vacation rentals. Waves thundering toward shore are driven by ever-changing trade-winds, providing ideal conditions for wannabe to hard-core sailors. Windsurfing in the area is starboard tack, where the wind blows in from the right, so you're guaranteed to experience an incredible day of sailing.
Kanaha Beach Park
Situated between Spreckelsville Beach and Kahului Bay, this tree-flanked beach offers excellent onshore winds for sailors of all skill levels. If you're a novice, head out in the morning to catch the gentle, north winds as they awaken the surf. By mid-day, winds begin to blow stronger for intermediate riders to practice jumps, and by late afternoon experienced sailors can hit the surf to challenge the big waves as they tumble toward shore.
Beaches near Spreckelsville
About 5 miles east of Kanaha Beach, beautiful white-sand coastline beckons windsurfers with the strongest, most consistent winds on the north shore. Combined with the open water's proximity to the reef, you'll experience awesome conditions of choppy water, making for amazing wave rides and jumps. It's a great location for beginners to concentrate on honing their skills, because there aren't huge rocks cropping up in the off shore waters.
Ho'okipa Beach Park
Windsurfing doesn't get any better, or more exhilarating, than at this Maui coast hot spot. Ho'okipa beach hosts World Cup surfing and sailing competitions throughout the year, and it is hailed as the windsurfing capital of the world. Attracting the best-of-the-best from around the globe, this surfing mecca possesses all the key elements for sailors to challenge tumultuous ocean swells. The seascape is a combination of exposed reef and craggy lava rock, with strong rip currents, mild inside winds and a gnarly shore-break. Unless you're an expert sailor, attempting a launch under these harsh conditions is difficult. Ho'okipa Beach Park provides 4 pavilions complete with grills and tables, so if you're not ready to brave the waves you can sit back and watch the pros in action.
If its modest swells and high winds you're after, north east trades range from 15 to 25 miles per hour between May and August, but they can occasionally reach up to 30 miles per hour. Large swells and peak trade-winds occur from March through May and from September through November. Trades lessen in intensity from December to February, but they still provide awesome sailing and big wave days.
The majority of windsurfing schools are located in Kahului and offer training at Kanaha Beach due to year-round warm water and winds. Lessons can be arranged through several Kahului outfitters, including Action Sports Maui, Second Wind, Naish Maui Pro Center and Maui Sports Unlimited. Call or check them out on-line for rates and locations.
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