Weather

Can we go kiting today?
There are a number of graphs/charts, live feeds, and phone numbers that we look at prior to getting out on the water.  This weather page will provide you with all the information that you will need and more to make the most educated decision on going kiting.  These apps are also helpful in planning your future kiting trip to Maui.

Windy TV Wind Map
Windy TV offers a great map that can be used to provide your own forecast for a period of more than a week out.  It is also a great tool to use for the day of your kiting adventure.  This way you can make sure the winds are blowing in a good wind direction (NNE or NE) and wind speeds are greater than 15mph.  You can check this by clicking directly on the map.  Please note that any wind patterns that you see on this wind application circling in a clockwise fashion indicates a high pressure system (normal north-easterly trade winds, clear skies, and sunny weather).  Any wind patterns circling in a counter-clockwise rotation indicates a low pressure system (light and variable winds, lightening and thunder, hazy conditions, and/or intermittent rain).  For a more in depth description for wind predictions, wind patterns, and weather theory, please take a refresher course with one of our professional kiting instructors.



What is the best wind forecast if I want someone else to forecast it for me?
IKitesurf offers a great wind application which provides a 6 day wind/weather/wave forecast for Kite Beach.  This is one of the most accurate kiting forecasts on the market, but since Maui is a unique place, add 10mph to the forecast.  Maui is shaped like a venturi.  There are two large mountain ridges (Haleakala on one side and the West Maui's on the other) which separate the island.  The wind may be steady at 20 mph 5 miles out to sea, but when the wind gets closer to shore, the wind compresses between the valley.  It's common for this 20mph wind to turn into a steady 30mph wind closer to shore.  Because of this, we add 10mph to the forecast.
 

What is a basic weather application that I can use?
Willy Weather offers a basic weather forecast and current wind speed for the Kahului Airport.  We kite directly in front of the airport, so the wind speed is generally accurate.  


What is today's wind looking like?  
This is another iKitesurf wind application, but it is a useful tool if you would like to check the previous day's wind. 


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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. 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 with 15-25 mph wind. 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 25mph 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 lesson or get some advice from an expert.

What are the best months to kite on Maui?
You are very lucky if you live on Maui since Maui is the best place in the world to kite.  We average around 280-300 days a year of conditions suitable for kiteboarding. However, our summer months (May-September) are generally the most windy.

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