Hawaii has a magic of its own and a reputation that precedes itself in the kiteboarding world. It’s kiteboarding’s spiritual birthplace and home to Robby Naish, Pete Cabrinha, and many pro kiteboarders, most whom you’ll see riding strapless on YouTube. Just like Le Morne in Mauritius, Oahu is a very beginner-friendly kite spot that suits all levels.

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Kiteboarding on Kailua Beach — Oahu’s most popular spot for wind chasers

Kailua is an ideal location for all kiteboarding levels

Kailua, on the green, east side of Oahu, is situated on its namesake bay with white, sandy beaches and turquoise water — often showing up on “best beaches worldwide” lists. It is here where all kiteboarders can find ideal conditions.

Thanks to the offshore reef, Kailua is protected from the waves and offers flat or choppy water during the summer months, including some wind swell. The best wind conditions are in the morning and evening. 

How to avoid the crowds

Keep in mind that Kailua Bay gets crowded with kiteboarders, swimmers, and sunbathers, and the beach becomes smaller with high tide — make sure you launch and land quickly. It’s best to kite away from the crowds, in the spacious bay, and not get too close to shore or jump close to the beach. One tip for kiting here: you can set up and pack your kite gear on the big grassy area at the north end of the bay.

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