Discover the exciting world of Maui kiteboarding: We host Kite trips to Maui for all levels of Kiters and non-kiting family members. If you want to Kite everyday in great conditions, or mix Kiting with some sightseeing and cultural activities we have a plan to suit you. Each Kite Trip is customized to your needs and budget. We can arrange everything so you can relax and enjoy the experience.
Learn to ride a Kite Foilboard
Foilboarding, kitefoiling, foiling, hydrofoiling, are different names for one of the fastest growing segments of the sport of kiteboarding.
Why are they so popular?, kite foilboards, are super efficient and can go in much lighter winds than conventional equipment. This means that kiteboarding is more accessible for people living in light wind areas. It also means that people can kite more often, and when their schedule allows.
The kiteboard foil, is a hydrofoil system attached to the bottom of a directional the board. The foil system lifts the board out of the water at speed, and then provides enough lift for the rider and board to be out of the water, riding. Without the board dragging along the foil can accelerate swiftly and provide a smother ride. Foilboarding feels like flying. Foilboards are becoming popular for racing, foils can sail much closer to the wind than regular equipment. A kite foilboard points much higher, like a raceboard, and is great for people racing around an upwind-downwind course. Foils are being raced on local and national levels, and even a world racing series. Foils may even be the next kiteboard to be selected for Olympic competition. Foils are not just for going fast. Foilboards are also being used for freeriding, freestyle and waves. Each foilboarder, will express their personal style and ride their own unique way. There as many individual ride styles as there are riders.
So what does it take to become a kite foilboarder?
Forget everything you think you know about kiteboarding. A kitefoilboard is very demanding to ride. It requires constant focus and concentration. Any kitefoilboarder will tell you that learning to foil is far from easy. Many compare it to starting to kiteboard all over again, The best way to learn to foil is with some lessons lesson from an experienced kitefoil instructor, this can really shorten the learning curve.
You could go and buy yourself a foilboard and try to teach yourself, but in that case you must be prepared to invest a lot of time and bumps and bruises until you get it down. There is no magic bullet, foilboarding is a totally new experience, and it takes a lots of “T.O.W. Time On Water” until you get it down. Getting a few lessons from a Kitefoilboarding Instructor is usually the best use of your time.
Prerequisites to become a Kitefoilboarder: Ideally you should already have completely mastered kite flying. That means that you can fly most kites instinctively, and you can react quickly to kites back-stalling, and do quick redirects. You should also be able to powerstroke the kite efficiently. You must be able to fly fully in control “one-handed” (including power-stroking the kite one-handed). You should be able to relaunch the kite from any position, and relaunch in light wind. You can fly in under-powered and overpowered conditions. And it is really helpful if you can also power-loop the kite, downloop when needed to get extra power. As with any kiteboarding, you should be able to deal with problems, like tangled lines, and stuck bridles, and be able to do complete self-rescues, and have a full mastery of all of the safety systems in all kinds of situations. Foilboards tend to get stuck in the kite lines more than other types of boards, so you should be comfortable dealing with depowing a kite in a tangled scenario. As for board riding experience, you should already be able to ride a directional board. Because Foilboards have a direction, so you must also be able to jibe a directional, and switch your feet without crashing, as well as ride for extended periods in the toe-side position. You should also be prepared for the physical exertion of multiple wipeouts and some hard swimming.
TIPS for Foilboarding:
• Of course you should wear as much protective clothing as possible to prevent injuries.
• A helmet should be considered mandatory.
• Start out in steady winds.
• Gusty conditions are way more difficult to handle on a foilboard.
• Try to find calm, flat water. Waves and chop make it harder.
• Go out with an underpowered kite at first.
• And keep your sessions short because you will be exhausted quickly.
• Stay in deep water, you must have enough water under your foil at all times.
• And avoid foils with sharp edges, some are razor sharp.
• Kite with other foilboarders, and share your experiences.
Click here for more information on Private Kitefoilboarding Lessons
Start your Career as a Kiteboarding Instructor
Step One – Kiteboarder Training
The Best way to start your new career as a kiteboarding Instructor is to take professional lessons from an IKO certified Kiteboarding Instructor. Being properly trained as an IKO kiteboarder will ensure that you are using the correct technique and following the safest methods. Your IKO instructor will certify you in all of the stages, give you an IKO Kiteboarder Certification Card, and register you in the IKO kiteboarder database. There are IKO schools and Instructors worldwide. If you did not learn with an IKO instructor, you can still do a “Kiteboarder Skills Assessment Test” with any IKO certified Instructor, to check your riding ability, and safety knowledge, and theory level. Your IKO instructor can fill in any gaps in your knowledge and ensure that you are prepared to go forward in the training.
Step Two – Instructor Training
After you have successfully completed your kiteboarder training, and have consolidated your experience by riding at Level 3N for at least 6 months. You are then eligible to attend the IKO Assistant Instructor Course. Check the calendar for a course near you or tell your local provider you are interested in a course, so that they can group candidates together and start a course (AITC courses usually have a minimum of 3 candidates to run a course). Register to join one of our ITC Instructor Training Courses. Kiteboarding Instruction training gives you a certification that is recognized worldwide, and give you many career opportunities. Certified Kiteboarding Instructors are in High Demand, and can work in many of the world’s best destinations. The IKO instructor training Courses include the; AITC, ITC, Level2, and Level2 Senior, and various Coaching Courses.
Step Three – Trainer Training
Senior Instructors who have gained experience with teaching and logged their teaching hours can move onto the third step, to become a trainer. A kiteboarding trainer is responsible for training the next generation of kiteboarding Instructors. This is a very important responsibility as the training will affect the safety of all of the trainees, and their students as well. Dedicated and qualified instructors can apply to begin the trainer training, and must first be selected by the training committee, based on individual merit, experience and qualifications. The trainer training path includes the; Coach trainer, Assistant Examiner, Examiner, and Training Master levels.
Instructor Course Booking Procedure
|ITC Booking Procedures: Each ITC course is a special event. To see when courses are available you can check the IKO training calendar, or check the schedule of the individual IKO training center. Each ITC Course requires extensive preparation and organization. ITC courses are scheduled months in advance. The lead in time is used to prepare the course and the candidates. Many candidates will travel internationally or long distances to attend our courses, so their travel arrangements and schedules need to be set in advance.|
|Enrollment: To enroll in the course you should fill out the Application Form, and/or contact the organizer with your details email, phone number and dates. The organizer will send you the course requirements and information via email, or send you the links to the website info. The candidates should read the information thoroughly, and familiarize themselves with the details. Each candidate must meet the course’s *prerequisites before the commencement of the course.|
|Deposit: Candidates must pay their deposit before the course to make a reservation. Then pay the balance of the pre-course payment to make their confirmation into the course. Deposits are non-refundable unless the course is cancelled by the organizer.|
|Maximum number: There are a maximum number of candidates allowed for each course. If the course is overbooked, the organizer may create a standby list in case of any cancellations. If you are on the standby list for the course you should also have the pre-requisites, and the deposit paid.|
|Cancellation: ITC Courses need a minimum of 4-6 candidates to be run. If there are not enough candidates to run the course before the cut off date, the course will be cancelled.|
|Cut-off date: The cut off date for enrollment is usually 30 days before the course. Do not expect that last minute enrollments will be accepted. However this is up to the organizer.|
|Confirmation: Confirmation in the course is usually 30 days prior to the course. Then the organizer has the minimum number of paid qualified candidates. The second payment is required at the time of confirmation (usually 50% the course fee).|
|Travel to the Course: When booking travel arrangements you should be sure that your course has been confirmed at the cut-off date. If you need to make travel arrangements more than 30 days in advance of the course you should be sure that your tickets are refundable of transferable. Please note that many cheap tickets are not transferable and you could lose you money if you do not travel on your exact dates. Travel insurance may help in the event of cancellations or medical problems.|
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10 Tips For kiting at Kitebeach Maui
Aloha and Welcome to Kite Beach Maui, This beach is famous around the world as a key kiteboarding destination for good reasons. Firstly it has lots of wind thanks to the island geography. And Second because it has warm water year round. Kite beach offers a range of conditions in different areas so you should get to know the different areas so you can find the best place for your ride level and ride style.
Maui winds are a combination of prevailing winds, trades, konas and storms, combined with local wind effects caused by Maui’s geography. The wind on Maui will be very specific to different areas. The wind on one side of the island can be blowing in the opposite direction from the wind on the other side. Depending on the activity you have planned, you may be seeking out the windiest spot, or trying to shelter from the wind for a surf session or picnic. For safety reasons you should always be aware of: extreme weather, severe weather, and any marine warnings. Check the weather reports before going to the beach, so you will have a good idea what to expect when you get there. On this page we have brought together most of the information that is useful to check the weather everyday.
Tips for Kiting at Kitebeach Maui
By David Dorn, 12/24/2013
Welcome to Kitebeach.
Here are some guidelines to help you kite safe and fit into the local community.
This year’s Instructor Training courses were a great success. We just finished the second and final event for this year. We were favored by the winds on the live training days and had ideal conditions to complete each part of the training.
Knowing what size kite to ride, is the eternal question for every kiteboarder.
Kiteboarding is not like other sports, where you always use the same equipment each time. Because in kiteboarding the playing field is always different.