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IKO Kiteboarder vCard

New IKO Phone App and Kiteboarder vCard Each registered IKO member has their own vCard on their App. To access the vCard, the student/kiter has to download the IKO App on their phone, sign in to the app with their IKO account (same as on the website) and click on the vCard button to show…

Maui Weather Blog Today

** These predictions are for the generalized (Tradewind) airflow across the state, and localized mechanical wind effects (trees etc), and intermittent variables (rain/venturi/clouds/etc.) also need to be considered. Today’s Wind Forecast – Model Tables: Wind Yesterday:  Here is yesterday’s wind graph for Kanaha. Weather Map: Global weather patterns affect our local weather. Distant storms produce surf, and massive pressure systems create our winds. We can see these features on the Weather Map. Here is today’s weather map: [do_widget id=wunderground_forecast_widget-2] Tides on Maui: In general Tides only vary about 2 feet in range, While this is a small amount it makes a big difference because the water is shallow in many places and the reef can get close to the surface or exposed at low tides. At high tides, beaches become narrow and will have more shore-break. Pay attention to the tide…

Kiteboarding Gear Rentals

Kiteboarding Gear Rentals We have Kiteboarding Gear Rentals available for experienced persons only.  Bring your IKO Kiteboarder Card as proof of ability, or do a checkout ride with one of our instructors. We have the latest gear available. Rent a complete setup, Kite Only or Board Only. Prebook kite gear with us to ensure availability….

Kiteboarding Lessons – Overview

Kiteboarding Lessons – Overview Oceans are not like Lakes or Rivers: If you are new to ocean sailing then you should get an Ocean sailing 101 lesson from one of our local experienced instructors. There are many common pitfalls and basic survival techniques that you will want to learn before getting yourself into trouble. Talk to Suzie about our “Ocean Rider 101 class”. Shorebreak Warning: Watch out for shore break. Especially when the tide is high and the swell is up. There tends to be more shore break. Shore break is waves breaking into the shoreline, and they can be especially dangerous even when they are small. Take care when crossing through the shore break, and do not linger there. Get in and get out quickly, do not lose your footing, and definitely, do not drop your kite in the…

Learning to Kiteboard on Maui

Learn to Kiteboard on Maui Learning to Kiteboard is Fun, with our patient and professional Instructors. We have all kinds of beginner lessons and advanced lessons too. Our lessons are located at Kite Beach on Maui’s north shore. This location has a sandy beach in a cove surrounded by a protective reef. This creates a…

Local Kiteboarding Community

LOCAL SCENE: At Action Sports we have built a community of kiteboarders around our love for the sport. As the first school we have taken on a responsibility to the community to make the sport safer, and to foster responsible kiteboarding practices. We helped create a working system on Maui whereby kiteboarding can be enjoyed alongside the traditional watersports, and integrate with the wider community. As pioneers and early promoters of kiteboarding we established high safety standards and solid techniques that we shared with the local kiteboarders, that became the blueprint for the lesson program as well as the local kiting guidelines. The Safe kiting guidelines were adopted by the local kitesurfing community that eventually became the basis for the local rules and the formation of our local kiteboarding association. We are proud to be a part of a vital…

The Action Sports Difference

The Action Sports Difference   Expert Instructors ASM is has the best and most experienced instructors on Maui, they are trained and *Certified under the internationally Recognized teaching standards. Action Sports Maui known globally for its highly trained instructors. Every single member of our team is professionally trained and certified, and has the experience to tailor the lessons to the individual Kiter.   Personalized Lessons Our team’s goal is to help the individual student reach their goals while maintaining the highest levels of safety, using only the latest proven and approved teaching methods available. Our goal is to help kites reach independent level, while enjoying the learning experience. Every student learns differently and our instructors have the  experience and training to allow them to adapt and tailor the lesson to the individual learning styles, while never compromising safety. Each student…

Why Choose Action Sports Maui

WHY CHOOSE ACTION SPORTS MAUI? Not all schools are the same. So when you are comparing schools you should look at the quality of the instruction, their track record, reputation, and the teaching methods they use. The first few lessons and hours that you spend learning will either make or break your future in the sport. Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that requires accurate information and specific techniques to be done safely (Just like scuba diving) So you definitely want to seek out the very best instruction available. Originality When compared to other schools, our school should be your first choice. We were the original (first) kiteboarding school in Hawaii since 1996 and have been teaching full time since 1997′ (far longer than any other school). We have taught more people to kiteboard and have developed many…

Protected: Kiteboard Jump Technique

Kiteboard Jump Technique Learning to jump is easy if someone shows you how. Snowboarders and surfers may have some crossover when learning the jump. There are several components of the jump, the board steering, the body position, the sheeting of the kite, and the timing. You may want to practice the body positions in front of a mirror until you get a smooth , action down, try to visualize the jump, and if possible pay close attention to others jumping. Watching a video in slow motion can help, (if you know what to look for). In the blink of an eye: When you watch a kiter jump, it happens quickly and you may not see all the actions that go into the jump. Even experienced kiters cannot tell you exactly what they do, because they just learned by muscle…

Kiteboard Hand Signals

When communicating on-water or over a distance, wind and wave noise will drown out almost all verbal communication. So it is necessary for kiteboarders to use visual communications to signify their intent, and especially useful is using hand signals. There are a specific set of hand signals that are in wide use, and are widely understood. To be a responsible kiter, you should learn the kiteboarding hand Signals listed below. Understanding these basic hand signals will improve the level of safety for you and others. These hand signals are based on the standard signals used internationally by IKO certified kiteboarding instructors. When to Signal: Good communication is essential when launching and landing kites. Also between a kiter on the water and their on shore support crew. Sometimes it will be necessary to communicate with other kiters, and communication is…