Discovered by the French, popularized by local enthusiasts,
kite surfing is the most extreme new water sports. Kite surfing
uses a waterproof inflatable kite to provide an enormous amount
of power to lift a surfer out of the water and into the air.
If the surfer goes down, the kite simply floats on the surface
and is very easy to recover.
Kite surfers use a special board with foot straps designed
to help produce stability at speed and still keep the edge of
the board in the water. The most common kite sizes for local
riders range from 9 to 16 meters for men and 5 to 14 meters
Currently, Kailua beach is the most popular area where riders
are allowed to launch; however, there are many safety concerns.
Some safety guidelines that the Hawaiian Kitesurfing Association
All beginners seek professional instruction, and use
a proper safety leash.
Kiteboarders yield right of way to all other beach users.
Assisted launch and landing is recommended.
Attach kite safety leash (do not attach board leash until
kite is launched and in the neutral position.)
Make sure that beach area is clear.
On the water
Incoming kiters must let launching kiters go out first
Kiters must not come within 200 meter of the beach or
swimming areas unless launching or landing.
Wakeboarding is a sport new to Hawaii. It actually came
from surfing. Around 1990, surfers in California got a ski rope
and towed themselves behind a boat. Wakeboarding was born. Similar
to water skiing, it uses a board that looks like a little surfboard
but is fastened, like a snowboard, to the surfers feet
enabling him or her to jump and do elaborate tricks.
Unlike kite surfing, wakeboarders do not have to already know
how to surf, although knowing how to water ski or snowboard
helps. However, to reduce injury risks, participants must follow
some safety rules:
All riders should be towed at boat speeds that allow
for reasonable control and stability.
Use correct board size and binding. Wet binding
and feet before use.
Do not attempt land or dock starts; these can increase
the risk of injury.
Always wear a life jacket.
Kayaking is also great fun in Hawaii. With a kayak, one
can paddle out on quiet waters and have a great experience.
In fact, the Hawaiian Islands are described as paddlers
Kayaks are usually light and easy to handle. Most of them are
stable, very easy to get into, and fun to use. The average speed
is three to six miles per hour.
Mokulua Islands, the twin islands one mile offshore of Lanikai
beach in Kailua, are the most popular kayak destination on Oahu.
Experienced paddlers surf the channel between the islands. For
beginners and advanced paddlers, Kahana Bay Beach Park is a
good location, because the water around there is usually very
Like any other water sports, every kayaker must use good judgment
and common sense to avoid dangerous situations. The most common
danger is a storm that causes the kayak to capsize. Be prepared
keep your cell phone and flash light, food, and water
in a waterproof bag tied to the boat and dont panic.
We can experience many water sports on Oahu; however,
anybody can encounter stressful or dangerous situations. To
reduce the risk of danger, get advice and guidelines from experts
before you explore these exciting ocean sports.