Current Wind / Forecasted Wind at Maui Kite Beach
How much wind do I need to go kiteboarding?
Generally speaking, the average kiteboarder needs about 12mph of wind to get up and ride. Lighter riders can stay upwind and ride in less wind, while heavier riders (over 200lbs) may need 15mph. Modern race boards and race kites can get a skilled rider ripping in under 10mph, but this is the exception, not the rule.
When is it too windy to head out kiteboarding?
The first part of this question is based on your riding skills. Many pros can go out in winds over 40-50mph with a small kite and loads of experience. The average rider will start with a kite in the 6 to 10 meter size range and be able to comfortably kite from about 15-25 mph. Kiteboarding kites changed radically in 2006 when Naish began to push bridled bow kites. Today most kites will allow a skilled rider to push their 10 - 12m kiteboarding kites into the low 20mph wind range. As you progress and own smaller kites, most riders can begin to push the 25-30mph wind range. An important thing to remember is that everything happens twice as fast and twice as hard at 25 versus 17mph. Wind power increases exponentially. Always remember that smaller kites in high winds move much faster than larger kites in light winds. One more thing to consider is your riding area - in many areas the waves grow and become much more powerful as the wind increases. If you are unsure, please take a beginner lesson or a refresher course.
Can I see what Kanaha Beach looks like right now?
Sure! No problem! Please check out the link below, and you'll be able to get a live feed of world renown Kanaha Beach. Kiteboarding is not allowed on the North Shore of Maui before 11am, so if you're checking for kiteboarders at 10:45am, you won't find them even if it's the best day of the year for kitesurfing... but if it's after 11am and there are white caps on the water, there should be plenty of kiteboarders.
Streaming Live Feed From Kanaha, Maui>>> (Click Here)
Is there a phone number that I can call to check on the current weather for Kanaha Beach?
Absolutely! The Kahului Automated Surface Observing System, or ASOS, as defined by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS), is a weather sensor which measures, collects and disseminates current weather data to help meteorologists, pilots, flight dispatchers (and kiters) prepare and monitor weather forecasts, plan flight routes, and provide necessary information for correct takeoffs and landings. The significance for kiters is that this sensor is at the top of the Kahului control tower, so it will provide the most accurate wind and weather report to ensure that you know exactly what the weather is doing at Kanaha Beach. The wind speeds will be read in terms of knots, and the wind direction will be read in terms of degrees. If the ASOS is reading 12 knots or more and the wind direction is from 010 degrees to 080 degrees, the conditions are usually good to go kiting. Call the Kahului ASOS today and see why Kiting.com uses it before heading down to the beach. "The Kahului ASOS is what I use to check the weather before I go kiting because I want to know what the weather is doing right now!" (Jared Lane)
The Kahului ASOS phone number is: (808) 877-6282