Action Sports Maui Slideshow

Action Sports Maui Slideshow

Kiteboarding Lessons – Overview

Kiteboarding Lessons – Overview

Oceans are not like Lakes or Rivers: If you are new to ocean sailing then you should get an Ocean sailing 101 lesson from one of our local experienced instructors. There are many common pitfalls and basic survival techniques that you will want to learn before getting yourself into trouble. Talk to Suzie about our “Ocean Rider 101 class”.Continue reading

Learning to Kiteboard on Maui

Learn to Kiteboard on Maui

Learning to Kiteboard is Fun, with our patient and professionalKiteboarding on Maui Instructors. We have all kinds of beginner lessons and advanced lessons too. Our lessons are located at Kite Beach on Maui’s north shore. This location has a sandy beach in a cove surrounded by a protective reef. This creates a sort of lagoon where the water is calmer than the open ocean outside the reef. On Maui we have warm water all year round, no wet-suit needed, and we have reliable trade winds that are ideal for kiteboarding. In the lessons we supply all of the gear you need.  Which will include, kites and boards, as well as a harness, life-jacket and helmet, and rash-guard shirt. Kiteboarding is an extreme sport, but our lessons provide a safe environment to learn the basics. Our instructors select a kite size for each individual student. The size of the Kite should be matched to each individual person based on their size, experience level, and the wind speed. When learning you will start our with a smaller kite with less power, then progress to slightly larger kites as you gain control and confidence. having the correct kite size, is critical to safety, and is the difference between being scared or being comfortable and feeling in control. We only use the latest and best gear around. The latest equipment is usually the easiest to use, and the safest. Our instructors are trained and Certified with the worlds leading accreditation system. We have private lessons, and family group lessons, and longer courses available. Start times are usually 10:30am or 2pm 7 days a week.

Day one is lots of fun and might be the beginning of your new favorite sport. Try our one-day “Intro to kiteboarding” class, to check out the sport. After your first day you will want to do some more kiting, so we have longer courses for you too.  Go day-by-day or book one of our longer courses. We can go 1-day up to 20-days or more, it is all up to you. There are different options for you, so check out the lesson packages below to see which one is right for you. Our classes are available seven days a week, at Kanaha kite beach on the north shore. There are two times per day, 10:30am or 2:00pm. All lessons are strictly by appointment only so please call ahead to make a booking, or click the “Book now” button below for more details.

To make your reservation Book now , Text or Call: 1-808-283-7913

Local Kiteboarding Community

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. Continue reading

Riding a Kitefoilboard – Video

Riding a Kitefoilboard – Video

Kitefoilboarding at Kanaha Beach Maui, with David Dorn. Stay tuned after this video for more Foilboard Tutorial Videos.
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The Action Sports Difference

The Action Sports Difference


Expert Instructors

kitesurfing-iko-certifiedASM is has the best and most experienced instructors on Maui, they are trained and *Certified under the internationally Recognized IKO International Kiteboarding Organization.  *Only ASM is a fully Certified and Accredited IKO training center (IKO ID #372), no other school in the state can claim this. Action Sports Maui known globally for its highly trained instructors. Every single member of our team is professionally trained and currently IKO certified, and has the experience to tailor the lessons to the individual Kiter.

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First Flight

 First Flight – Intro class  1.5 hrs (group) $99.00 (+ Tax)                  Your first experience

This lesson is the easiest way to try Kite flying! This is perfect for the first time kite flyer. Students learn the essential skills needed to fly kites, including safety, wind theory, hands-on kite-flying, and power control. This class is the first step in the kiteboard progression, and is fun for groups and all ages.  In this class you get the chance to try a flying the kite yourself, with the help of the instructor and learn to fly solo. We include all the gear, But we recommend that you bring sunglasses, to use while beach flying, we provide the kites, helmets harness etc. We have different kite sizes for different size people. This lesson gives you a first look at the sport and a chance to feel the power of the kite. This is a good prelude to any of the longer courses, and perfect for people who are curious about kiting but not ready to commit to full course (just yet). No previous experience is required. This class is taught as a group lesson (private is available), see our terms and conditions page.

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Kiteboarding Travel Tips




Master Kitesurfing Instructor, David Dorn, has been visiting the Islands for over thirty years and now lives here permanently. He knows from experience that traveling combined with Kitesurfing presents its own unique set of challenges. Use some or all of Dave’s tried and proven hints and you’ll survive many of the common pitfalls that beset the Maui greenhorn.

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Why Choose Action Sports Maui


Not all schools are the same. So when you are comparing schools you should look at the quality of the instruction, their track record, reputation, and the teaching methods they use. The first few lessons and hours that you spend learning will either make or break your future in the sport. Kiteboarding is an extreme sport that requires accurate information and specific techniques to be done safely (Just like scuba diving) So you definitely want to seek out the very best instruction available.

When compared to other schools, our school should be your first choice. We were the original (first) kiteboarding school in Hawaii since 1996 and have been teaching full time since 1997′ (far longer than any other school). We have taught more people to kiteboard and have developed many of the teaching systems in use today. We are also the premier center for instructor training and certification too, and we are the center where other schools send their instructors to be trained.

We are the only school on Maui to maintain their IKO (International Kiteboarding Organization) affiliated School Rating.  See, IKO Affiliated Kiteboarding Schools.

No other school is so active in updating and renewing their teaching programs. We put a lot of energy into creating the optimal learning environment. Our instructors are the most highly trained, and we are at the leading edge of new programs. Most other schools use dated programs (which still work but have since been improved on). Our students benefit from the very best lesson program that we can offer.

Our courses are designed to be tailored to individual students. Fast learners can breeze through the physical skills that may take a slower learner more time. This way you will spend more time learning the skills that are new to you. You learn at your own pace. Our program is structured to ensure that you do not skip any of the fundamentals, and acts as a check list so that no vital information is missed. For example someone with advanced wake/snowboard experience may need some very basic wind theory. The “Kiteboarding for Kids” program we developed has been adopted by the IKO network, and is now taught around the world in over 40 countries.

We teach some of the world’s best athletes in many different disciplines, and succeed by bridging their existing skills to the Kiteboarding skill set. We advise all our students to come to the program with an open mind and to be prepared to learn a unique and challenging sport. (This attitude makes the difference between mastering the basics of the sport in a few days, or flailing and being totally frustrated for a few weeks.) Please take some time to review or different programs. We highly recommend the three and five-day programs, if you have the time.

There is a new page (Discover Kiteboarding program) recently added to the website that accurately describes the typical first Day of your lessons (there is much to learn). Check it out by clicking through to our beginner lesson on our lessons page or follow the link, Action Sports Discover Kiteboard Program

Having taught thousands of people to kiteboard safely, We have maintained an unmatched safety record. The primary goal of the schools is to teach safe techniques in a controlled environment.  When dealing with the natural elements of wind energy and wave energy, there are extreme forces at work that need to be understood and respected. each student starts with skills to assess the weather conditions, and leaves the lessons with an understanding of their abilities and limitations. each student will develop a sense of respect for the ocean environment that will serve to keep them from blundering into conditions that are too extreme to handle.

At Action Sports Maui, the customer comes first and we always stand behind our service 100%.


Kiteboard Hand Signals

Kiteboarding Hand Signals

When communicating on-water or over a distance, wind and wave noise will drown out almost all verbal communication. So it is necessary for kiteboarders to use visual communications to signify their intent, and especially useful is using hand signals. There are a specific set of hand signals that are in wide use, and are widely understood. To be a responsible kiter, you should learn the kiteboarding hand Signals listed below. Understanding these basic hand signals will improve the level of safety for you and others. These hand signals are based on the standard signals used internationally by IKO certified kiteboarding instructors.

When to Signal:
Good communication is essential when launching and landing kites. Also between a kiter on the water and their on shore support crew. Sometimes it will be necessary to communicate with other kiters, and communication is especially important between instructor and student. If you do not know these hand signals, chances are that you have never done a lesson with a professional instructor. It is always recommended to take lessons from professional certified instructors.
Ready to Launch (launch Signal).

Ready to Launch (launch Signal).

The ready to launch signal is a raised thumb. When the kiter gives the thumbs up sign, the kite launcher knows when to let go. Jab your thumb upward to make this signal more clear to the launcher. An alternative to thumbs up is to raise the board up and point upward with the board.

*It is very important to never launch the kite for someone until they give a clear launch signal.


Don’t Launch (Thumbs Down).

The DON’T LAUNCH sign is to have the thumbs down. DO NOT launch the kite if the pilot gives you this signal. You can also shake your head no (sideways) to emphasize the signal.

Take care to always give clear signals so that they do not confuse the receiver.


Catch my kite (Catch signal).

Catch my kite (Catch signal)

Patting the head with the palm down is the signal to catch my kite, it also means “I will catch your kite”.


Land your Kite (Land Signal).

This signal means “land your kite to me” if it is given by someone on shore to a person who is riding.



Turn around ! (Turn signal).

Turn around ! (Turn signal).

Raise on hand and point up with the index finger, and make a circle with your finger. This circular motion means “turn around”, or “go back the other way”.



Stop ! (Stop signal).

Stop ! (Stop signal).

Push out your flattened palm, fingers pointing up. This stop signal is a widely used and well understood stop signal. It means stop right where you are, come to a dead stop. Wait, in your current position, stop all forward movement.


Release your bar (Let Go).

Release your bar (Let Go).

This signal is when you want someone to Stop by releasing their bar. Push up and out with both hands, opening your hands, just like you are letting go of your (imaginary) bar. This signal tells that other person to release their bar. This signal is usually used between an instructor and student.


Release the trim loop (Release loop).

Release the trim loop (Release loop).

This signal is when you want someone to Stop by releasing the trim loop. Pretend to grab an imaginary trim loop at your belly and bring you hands up and outward like you are releasing a QRTL Quick release trim loop.

 This is the signal to give when you want your buddy/student to release their trim loop. This signal is usually used between an instructor on the beach to their student on the water.


Are you are OK?

Are you OK, or I'm OK.


I am OK.

Put the tip of your index finger against the end of your thumb, to form a circle, Keep the other fingers extended, this is the hand-signal for OK.


Put the kite at 10 o’clock.

Put the kite at 10 o'clock.

Put both your outstretched arm out at the angle you want to communicate. The rider should attempt to put his kite at the same angle as the arm. You can do the whole wind clock in this way.


Put the kite at the Zenith (12 o’clock).

Put the kite at the Zenith (12 o'clock).

Put both hands together above your head so that they form a triangle. This is the signal for putting the kite at the Zenith, (12 o’clock).


Put the kite at 2 o’clock.

Put the kite at 2 o'clock.

Put both you outstretched arm out at the angle you want to communicate. the rider should attempt to put his kite at the same angle as the arm. you can do the whole wind clock in this way.



Put the kite at 3 o’clock (on the water).

Put the kite at 3 o'clock (on the water).

Put your arm to the side you want the kite to go, palm downward means keep in down, This signal means put the kite at 3oclock on the water and keep it there.



Come here , Come closer.

Come here , Come closer.

Palm of the hand facing inward, fingers pointing up, scoop your hand towards you. This means; “come here or, come closer”.


Look at…, (Look at this…).

Look at..., (Look at this...).

Pointing to your eyes, signals to look at or pay attention to something. This sign is usually followed by pointing to the object of interest.



Look Here, (Pointing).

Look Here, (Pointing).

Look at that, pointing to an object of interest.


Go Left, or Go Further Out

Go Left, or Go Further Out

Make a pushing motion in the direction you want the rider to go. The kiter goes to the side your arms are indicating. If it is done on the side away from the beach it means go farther out.



Go Right, or Go this way

Go Right, or Go this way

Make a pushing motion in the direction you want the rider to go. If it is done on the side away from the beach it means go farther out.


Whenever possible a hand signal should be preceded by a loud sound signal to get the attention of the kiter. A loud whistle, or a shouted “hoy” should get the attention of the responder. When you are out of earshot, you should be on the lookout for the hand signals of others trying to communicate with you. Sometimes you will be signaled by another kiter, (kiter to kiter), sometimes you will be signaled by someone on shore, (shore to water). Sometimes you will want to signal someone on shore while you are out kiting. (water to shore). The situation will demand that both signaler and signalee both understand the meaning of the signal.

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