About our Kiteboarding School

WHO ARE WE: Action Sports Maui established the first kiteboarding school in Hawaii. Our school has grown into a complete kiteboarding center, offering a complete range of kiteboarding instruction, courses, and services. We come from a watersports background are committed to safety education, and we enjoy sharing our local knowledge and experience with our students. Action Sports Maui is the owner-managed by Hawaii’s only IKO examiner. Over the last two decades we have trained and certified most of the local kiteboarding instructors, and we run mainland courses and international training tours. Action Sports offers the complete full-service kiteboarding education experience. At Action Sports Maui we do not believe in gimmicks, just plenty of experience, proven techniques, with lots of personalized attention. We also have great weather conditions and provide the latest equipment to make your kiteboarding experience better.

THE ACTION SPORTS DIFFERENCE: Action Sports Maui school and lesson center offers all levels continuing kiteboarding education through an extensive range of lessons, courses, seminars, the latest IKO kiteboarding books, DVDs and other great learning tools.  Action Sports Maui is original, imaginative, and innovative. Often imitated but never duplicated. Leaders in kiteboarding instruction since the beginning of the sport. Please take a minute or two to read about our services; 

WHAT WE DO: Action Sports Maui, is Maui’s original kiteboarding center, and the largest school of kiteboarding in Hawaii. Teaching the sport of kiteboarding full-time since 97′ has given Action Sports unmatched experience and depth to the lesson program. The latest techniques utilize the best equipment developments and hands-on training methods. Olden Days, Image copyright www.actionsportsmaui.comAction Kiteboarding lessons cater to every level of rider from beginner to advanced. Action Sports Kiteboarding School offers the most complete and comprehensive kiteboarding courses available. And will get you kiteboarding confidently &  safely, in the shortest amount of time possible. Action makes the learning process fun. At Action Sports Maui we will also help you in choosing the perfect equipment for your needs and will provide the best combination of equipment and training. At Action Sports Maui kiteboarding school you can expect the very best. Learning on the latest gear with the most up to date teaching techniques.

OUR LOCATION: The school is located at the world famous “Kite Beach Maui” with near perfect kitesurfing weather conditions year round. The Hawaiian Islands have the distinct advantage of being located in the trade-wind latitude.

WEATHER: The reliable Hawaiian trade winds blow consistently, and they are funneled through the islands main valley in a “venturi” effect which concentrates their direction and strength. Maui has more kitesurfing days per year than any other kitesurfing destination in the world. Our Weather is changing daily, and we provide updated weather information 24/7. Read our personalized Daily Weather Blog for the complete picture. And Tune Into our Daily Live Kite Beach Wind Report video blog VLOG on our Action Sports Maui Facebook Page, at 10:30 am each Day.
WORLDS FIRST: Action Sports created the world’s first full-service Kiteboarding School. Action Sports Maui Kiteboarding, Image copyright www.actionsportsmaui.comLeading the way in kiteboarding instruction since the beginning. Working with the pioneers and innovators of the sport, created the basic safety protocols still in use today. Action Sports was the birthplace of both the KISS and KITES learning systems. Action Sports was also the original center for kiteboarder instructor training and has trained and certified the largest number of kiteboarding students & kiteboarding instructors in Hawaii. click for more history..
EVOLUTION & DEVELOPMENT: Kiteboarding is constantly evolving, and while our original training techniques served us well, our newest techniques work even better. ASM in cooperation with its international instructor network has created, developed and tested the latest instructional methodology. Today’s students have more control, confidence, motivation, and they get more water time. Wipika ClassicOur system aims to give students all the tools they need to become fully fledged independent kiteboarders. As the sport grows, so does the teaching methods we are developing to make use of the latest equipment and skills. Action Sports has a continuous  training and instructor improvement program. Because every year many students will return to us for more advanced levels of training. 

IKO AFFILIATION: Home to the International Kiteboarding Organization’s teaching standard, and Maui’s largest fully affiliated school member of the IKO’s worldwide  School Network. Action Sports offers a complete range of IKO Lessons Courses taught to the internationally recognized standard. Kiteboarders of all levels come to Action Sports to be trained and certified from beginner (level 1) up to instructor trainer (IT). The I.K.O. system is the most widely accepted standard for, kiteboarding Instruction that covers all levels of kiteboarding. The emphasis is on safety, hands-on experience and technical information. Our Instructor team includes world champions, professional kitesurfers and Kiteboarding Instructor Trainers. David Dorn is our certified IKO instructor trainer/examiner/ Training Master. Action Sports follows the safety guidelines and certifications of the industry’s most respected Training System.

ACCREDITATION: The IKO International Kiteboarding Organization, is the world’s most respected kiteboarding training & certification organization represented in over 40 countries, The IKO has a worldwide network of affiliated kiteboarding schools. Action Sports Kiteboarding School is a fully accredited and affiliated IKO Training Center (#372). Every Action Sports Kiteboarding Instructor is fully trained and Certified by the IKO. And is also certified in First-Aid and CPR.

CERTIFICATION: Students automatically receive an IKO Certification Card at the completion of their training, and are eligible to become a member of the IKO Organization. With your IKO Card, you can continue your training in any one of the certified schools & rent equipment appropriate to your level. Get discounts on equipment. *IKO Membership Program includes exclusive member benefits. *IKO Cards are now available in a Digital Version, ask us about getting your Kiteboarder Digital IKO ID card. 

ProgressionPROGRESSION: The Action Sports Program has the most technically advanced and proven teaching system available. The skill set taught to beginners has the essential core elements which are needed for more advanced levels of riding. With the emphasis on control skills the students gain more confidence and learn and progress faster. Safety and retention has been improved making the training more hands on. Students learn more by doing and practicing the real skills. Improvements in equipment and training tools have made the sport more accessible than ever. That is why you are now starting to see more women and children entering the sport. Kiteboarding still remains a technical sport that requires training safety skills. Lessons are a still must.

EQUIPMENT: At Action Sports Maui kiteboarding school you will be learning on the latest kiteboarding gear full selections from the worlds leading brands, Naish and Best. We always use the latest Kites in our fleet, and available to our students. Our equipment is tested, and tailored to bring provide performance, safety, and reliability. We use Naish Brand kiteboarding gear because they have the best quality and performance available. Naish® was the first real sailmaker to become a kiteboarding kite manufacturer. They created the first kite brand under the patent, that manufactured kites independently from the original inventors/designers (who made their prototypes in a tent factory). We were the first school to use Naish kites, and we have stood by them ever since. When you have a product this good why change? Consistently using the best quality gear has always given us the best results in the long run. Good gear gives a distinct advantage to every student regardless of their level. We test and compare all the latest kite products to ensure that we are thoroughly conversant with the current spectrum of available equipment. Our team riders also train on the new Naish products before they are released to the public so we can understand their capabilities and how best to utilize them in our future training programs.

BOW KITES: The equipment we use today is far superior to any equipment that was available at the beginning. There have been several design revolutions that have made kites much easier to use, and much safer too. For example, when first released, the revolutionary “Bow Kite System” quickly became the workhorse of the kite world, because of their ability to fully depower at any time, giving the rider total control, this was a huge safety improvement as the rider could stop the power completely (“100% Depower”) at any time. Today’s versions of these kites, sometimes called SLE (Supported Leading Edge) designs, are more intuitive than ever, which cuts down learning time. The latest kite designs are far more sophisticated than the early designs. The newer designs include the HDP (High De Power) kite designs that are great for Maui’s strongest winds. Each year the equipment technology and design experience move forward and so do we. At Action Sports Maui we always use the best equipment and very latest kite designs available.

LATEST KITE DESIGNS: Since revolutionizing the sport, Bow Kites have continued to evolve into the latest fleet of elegant flying machines available today. Modern Kites are more user-friendly, intuitive to fly, and safer. Desirable attributes include; easier relaunch, more stability in strong wind, and better balance and feel. The New “HDP” kites have less “bar pressure” and that means less fatigue! These kites can be flown with one hand, and they are intuitive and responsive. We find that everyone who tries theses kites loves them immediately. We believe that giving the beginners the best kites available will give them the most positive learning experience. We always use the latest kites of the best design in our school. Advanced riders can rent kiteboarding equipment and Pre-book Gear Rentals Online.

IKO Kiteboarder logo.INTERNATIONAL: Action Sports is a premier IKO affiliated school and instructor training and certification center. And part of the IKO’s worldwide network of certified affiliated kiteboarding schools. IKO allows students and instructors to pass between different schools to continue their education. Many Action Sports Instructors travel to international kiteboarding destinations and experience a variety of locations.  Action Sports continues to participate in international instructor forums, and gatherings, to discuss the latest training techniques from around the world. Action Sports also offers Instructor training courses (ITC’s) both nationally and Internationally. The IKO is recognized and represented in over 40 countries and is the biggest international certification system. When you receive training from the IKO network you join a worldwide community of thousands of kiteboarders and become part of the IKO family. Click here to learn more about the IKO System.
Our friendly IKO certified kiteboarding instructors will focus on your individual needs, to make your learning experience safe and rewarding.  Choosing a genuine Affiliated IKO Center like Action Sports Maui guarantees that you will be taught exclusively by Certified IKO Instructors according to the International Kiteboarding Organization’s high safety standards & techniques. Action Sports Maui is a genuine IKO Affiliated Center, School ID#372. All our Instructors are authentic IKO Kiteboarding Instructors with current certifications! Feel free to verify our status at the IKO’s official website. We guarantee that you will only receive the best instruction according to the IKO standards.