Kiteboarding Lessons with Action Sports Maui

About our Kiteboarding School

WHO ARE WE: Action Sports Maui is the first school of kiteboarding in Hawaii. Our school offers a complete range of kiteboarding instruction, courses, and services. We come from a background in watersports instruction and are committed to safety education. We sharing our local knowledge and experience with our students. Action Sports Maui is the only school in Maui owner-managed. And the only school with an IKO examiner as a school owner. We have trained and certified most of the local kiteboarding instructors locally and run courses internationally. Action Sports offers the complete full-service kiteboarding education experience. From training to equipment and ongoing assistance in every aspect of the sport and lifestyle. At Action Sports Maui we do not believe in gimmicks, just plenty of experience, and tried and proven techniques, with lots of personalized attention. The best conditions and the best 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 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. Action 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. 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.
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 Olden Days, Image copyright www.actionsportsmaui.cominstruction 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 was also the original center for kiteboarder instructor training and has trained 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 instructors has developed and tested many of the latest instructional methods. Today’s students have more control, confidence, motivation, and nowadays students get double the water time. Wipika ClassicThis gives students all the tools they need to become fully fledged independent kiteboarders. Constant innovation is required to keep pace with the demands of today’s students and equipment. Action Sports has a rigorous training and retraining schedule. Every year many students return for more advanced levels of training.  Action Sports has taught thousands of kiteboarders over the years. Most of whom have evolved into accomplished kiteboarders, instructors or professional kiteboarders.

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,  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, certified IKO instructor trainer /examiner / Training Master, with the IKO teaching System. Action Sports follows the safety guidelines of the industry’s most respected Training System.

ACCREDITATION: The IKO International Kiteboarding Organization, is the worlds most respected kiteboarding training & certification organization represented in 38 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. (beware of untrained imitators).

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 Kiteboarder Insurance and many other exclusive member benefits.

PROGRESSION: ProgressionThe 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 sailmaker to become a 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 is an 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 than any equipment that was available a few years ago. The revolutionary kite designs and easier and safer to use. First released in 2006, the 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. Today’s versions of these kites are more intuitive than ever, which cuts down learning time. In 2014 the latest kite designs are far more sophisticated than the early designs. At action Sports we always use the best and latest kite designs available.

C-BOW & HYBRID DELTA KITES: Since their introduction Bow Kites have developed and evolved. We are now on the eighth and ninth generation “Bow/SLE kites. Naish has produced a line of advanced kites called, the SLE are distinctive angular shape that gives several advantages to the rider; easier relaunch, more stability in strong wind, and better balance and feel. Less bar pressure is a result, and that means less fatigue! These kites can be flow with one hand, and they are intuitive and responsive. One step further is the Ride/SLE Kite concept which combines some old and some new design features to create the easiest relaunching kite yet. These kites are so new that many people have not tried them yet. We find that everyone who tries them loves these kites for a variety of different reasons. We think they they are great for our beginners, because they are so forgiving. We already have the complete quiver of next year’s kites for our students use.

Kite Club Maui www.actionsportsmaui.comKITE CLUB: Action Sports Maui is happy to offer our on location kite beach club. We are located right at kite beach. Kite Club Maui is social gathering for students and instructors and enthusiasts to share their stoke for the sport. Kite Club offers a range of extended services to our members. The Club’s services are available all the graduates of our kiteboarder training programs, and our selected guest service members.
LOCAL SCENE: At Action Sports we have built a community of kiteboarders around our love for the sport. As the first school we have taken on a responsibility to the community to make the sport safer, and to foster responsible kiteboarding practices. We helped create a working system on Maui whereby kiteboarding can be enjoyed alongside the traditional watersports, and integrate with the wider Jetski Rescue, image copyright www.actionsportsmaui.comcommunity. As pioneers and early promoters of kiteboarding we established high safety standards and solid techniques that we shared with the local kiteboarders, that became the blueprint for the lesson program as well as the local kiting guidelines. The Safe kiting guidelines were adopted by the local kitesurfing community that eventually became the basis for the local rules and the formation of our local kiteboarding association. We are proud to be a part of a vital and diverse community of watersports lovers that call Maui home. Our goal was to creatAction van, Image copyright www.actionsportsmaui.come a sense of camaraderie, and cooperation in the Ocean. Where kiteboarders would watch out for each other, and be a safety net for each other. Kiteboarders today are a fairly self sufficient bunch, that take care of their own. The sense of seamanship and survival skills we have passed along to our students and friends, have multiplied and become the common elements of kiteboarding technique and etiquette in the community. Promoting safety and education, became the responsibility of the wider kiting community and became its own entity that provides information and support for the sport here on Maui. Action Sports is still an active supporter of the Maui Kiteboarding Association, and other community projects like Adopt a Beach, and Community Work Day coastal cleanups, and other environmental endeavors. Every year Action Sports provides kite rescue training to the Maui County Lifeguards. Our instructor training programs and lifeguard training exercises are combined several times per year to increase the ability of the lifeguards to respond to kiteboarding emergencies with the jet skis.  We have also cross trained many county lifeguards on kiting safety, some of whom have gone onto become avid kiters themselves.  As the sport has matured we have also given a lot of attention to the younger kids and created special programs and camps and clinics to encourage youth in kiting. We are supporters of charity events to raise money for island youth programs. and have summer kids camps. Recently our programs for promoting Women in kiting have really taken off, and we hold regular camps, clinics and seminars to promote women in kiting.
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 legitimate 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.

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