Windsurfing, also known as
sailboarding, is one of the world's newest sports, and also one of the
Just watching the competitors at some of Maui's numerous tournaments
is exhilarating. People come from all over the world to
test their skills against Maui's north coast, and none are
Hookipa Beach, just past Paia on the
Maui's north coast, is known as the windsurfing capital of the world.
The Aloha Classic is held here every fall, with prize money up to
$10,000. Other windsurfing events are held just down the coast
at Kanaha Beach in summer. Kanaha Beach has perfect gentle winds
and waves for learning the sport and Kealia Beach in north Kihei is
the choice of many. Summer is best for windsurfing because of
the wind characteristics. Mornings are good for the novice as
winds are lighter. As winds pick up in the afternoon, the more
advanced board riders hit the water. Any windsurfing shop will
point you in the right direction for location and gear according to
your skill level.
The links in the table below will
give you some insight into the thriving windsurfing scene on Maui,
including places to rent gear and take lessons, professional
windsurfers, and information about the sport. After you've
scoured the links and found a shop you'd like to go with, visit our
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