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2nd March 2007 12:04 AM
RE: Maui first timer

Yo Criag going in april meself, have been 6 times and rented from variety of places some of them no longer in existence ( and a good thing)
starboard is sadly enough only weakly represented in maui.
Kanaha kai had a few starboards, 2 kombats, 2 carvres an s-type, and the begginer boards were all starboards starts and the like.
Hawaiian islands had some older evos, an an kombat/aero from their yearly spring photo shoot.
i would have liked to get an evo 92 for myself when i am there but i will wait till i get there to go thru the gear places have then decide.

Kanaha is the spot for you, a variety of conditons with a few "watertopological" feature such as:
the uppers a series of reef breaking waves to windward ,
the lowers a nice very even break downwind from the launch,
and a flat bump and jump area between!!
a nice beach for the family, to picnic , or to cuddle up in a book, sunbathe or swim in a little sandy nook just to the windward of the cordoned off swimming area!
Outside the reef big ocean swells and nice sweet gybing.
kihei is good but can get very very windy, and a bit of a harsh ride when it gets pumping IMHO. Here you have the west/east maui valley funnel effect. On day its not blowing at Kanaha it can blow hard here, advice always drop in at the shop you rent form before sailing to gets the local scoop what to rig and where to go daily.
maybe see you there !!!

1st March 2007 11:48 PM
RE: Maui first timer

Hi Craig,

While Ian and LK have offered quite a bit of very useful information, I thought I would contribute something a little different. You ought to check out Kevin Pritchard's blog site below:


If anything, I think you will find Kevin's input interesting, and it will help get you in the mood. Also, I'm sure that he might be able to offer some useful input regarding a great place to stay.

Another great blog is Giampaolo Cammarota's website below.


1st March 2007 08:59 PM
RE: Maui first timer

Hi Craig

Me and my wife come to Maui for the first time 29-03-07.
I am a bit of an *board fan too. Looks like you can rent *board several places this year.

Here some links I found after a short research.



http://www.iwindsurf.com/windandwhere.iws?regionID=131&siteID=235&Isection= Local+Info

good links to where to stay/rent and teaching



Looks like you can get *board at NP through Vela.

For freeride, upper Kanaha should be the best spot.
When Kona winds then it should be Kihei

Where do you stay ?


1st March 2007 12:12 PM
Ian Fox
RE: Maui first timer

Hi Craig,

No shortage of info or discussions on the Maui scene.

Mostly Kanaha Beach Park on Kahului side is the centre of universe for intermediate action, pretty practical and fun as long as it's not epic swell. Parking, rigging etc is the best. Plenty of flat water on the South side down Kihei and Maalaea, side to offshore conditions, gets pretty windy out the back, so be wary. Parking, rigging OK but not great.

For Starboard rentals (pretty thin on the Maui ground right now) check out Kanaha Kai (closest store to Kanaha) - or a few in Hawaiian Island Surf. No question NP Maui is the prime rental location for NP products. They might even try and lure you with some of those other boards.

As for female instruction for your daughter, Maui Sports Unlimited. http://mauisportsunlimited.com/.

There are plenty of other options and choices, but for what you're looking for, the above will be a very good start.

Cheers ~ Ian
1st March 2007 11:10 AM
Maui first timer

Hello Everyone,

I am headed to Maui in April for the first time. I am begginar to intermediate in skill. Where are some good flat water spots? How about gear rental? I wanted to rent Starboard equipment, and Neil Pryde sails. How about instruction? I wanted to get a female to teach my daughter? Any help would be great!


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