"We have been working with Martin Kirk and Kiteboarding School of Maui (KSM) since Martin began his business in 1999. I also have had the pleasure of a long term working relationship with Martin for many years now and aspire to continue to work with his company for many years to come."
Owner/Manager-Maui Vacation Advisors
In this section, we give you a seasonal take on the weather and make suggestions on the best time of the year to travel to Maui and find favorable winds (yes, the winds take a break even on Maui). At any time of the year, we recommend to book your kiteboard lessons once flights and accommodations have been booked in order to secure any desired dates for lessons as our intructors are normally booked one to two weeks in advance. Visit this page from time to time for updates and for suggestions on activities, visit our Maui Activities page.
November through March is our winter season with cooler and rainier days than the rest of the year. But, don’t be afraid we still have warm days between those showery and cool periods and, in fact, the rains generally occur at night or early in the morning. Tradewinds blow only 40-60% of the days during these 6 months and can change to a southerly flow, forcing kiters to move to the Kihei area where the winds would be more side or side-on-shore and blow from left to right. The water temperature around the island averages 75 °F or 24 °C.
The surf action on the north and west shores can get quite large due to the big winter storms in the north Pacific Ocean, so caution should be taken especially if you venture to the north shore beaches. Kite beach on the north shore offers a variety of conditions to suit different riding levels. The NE tradewinds make Kite Beach a safe venue for beginners because the side onshore winds always bring the novices safely back to shore. Also, the sandy-bottom cove where beginners practice lies inside a protective reef. That reef keeps the ocean surface waters flat, which adds to the ease of learning. A little farther from shore, about 1/2 mile, the waves start to break at the reef, creating a great venue for intermediate and advanced kiteboarders. From November to March, the largest waves break on the outside reef, creating spectacular wave riding for experts.
April through October (even mid-November) months are kiteboarding heaven on Maui. The tradewinds are back in full force and blow 75-95% of the time on the north shore where the winds are side-on-shore and blow from right to left. Ocean temperature is a comfortable 76-80 °F or 24.4-26.6 °C. The hurricane season begins in June but rarely does a tropical system come close to Maui but when it does we get high humidity, with sticky and showery weather.
The reliable north east trade winds blow constantly night and day and are stronger in the daytime when accompanied with thermal winds that kick-in early afternoon. Summer/Fall winds are generally topping out at 20-25 mph (17-22 knots) and the air is more dense than most other locations so expect to be on a smaller kite than you're accustomed to.
Summer is when Maui sees small to medium size waves rolling onto the South facing shores from Lahaina to Wailea. These waves are generated in the Southern Hemisphere down near New Zealand. Beach goers and ocean users should be careful during these periodic high surf events as the shore break can be quite treacherous on the south facing beaches. In late summer and during the month of October, early north Pacific storms generate the first swells on the north shore making for awesome kitesurfing in the waves.
Pack your bag (you only need one bag for jeans, board shorts, sunscreen, and sunglasses-the rest will never be worn), you're coming to Maui for fun, sun, and surf!