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Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby lalawyer » Sun Sep 16, 2012 7:03 pm

I'm heading to Oahu for two weeks after a long 5 years and hoping to get some kiting in. Last time I was there I kited exclusively at Kailua. Anywhere else to kite or suggestions?

Also, it looks like there was some drama at Kailua regarding banning kite instruction. Status?

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby tautologies » Sun Sep 16, 2012 8:27 pm

Another spot would be Mokuleia North west side. No drama up there :-)

They did ban all commercial activity in Kailua.

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby Speedkillz » Sun Sep 16, 2012 11:26 pm

They banned commercial beach activity in Kailua, but you can still kite there. Same rules (self enforced) apply. Launch in the normal spot, stay away from the beach when riding, give way to swimmers and whatnot. Pretty common sense, really. Weekends with good wind = lots of kites on the water and the beach. Lots of people learning, but as long as you get rigged and get out quickly, there isn't much of any drama. When launching and landing watch the tourists, especially the ones that don't speak English, as they don't seem to realize that kite lines under load can cut their heads off.

Mokuleia is right in my back yard. Great spot to ride when the winds and tide are up. Low tide is really low, and you will hit the reef in spots if you aren't careful, so that is why you should look for middle to high tide times. Winds (thermal) usually get steady at around 11:00am and stay pretty good until about 4:30pm. Check WindAlert and Surf News Network. Make sure there aren't any big North swells as that can make it pretty rough. Some swell is good if you like to ride waves. When WindAlert is showing lulls above 12 knots, it is good riding. Less big waves if you go out and head upwind a bit (toward Haleiwa) but there are still some decent size breaks. If waves aren't your thing, Kailua is your best bet.

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby lalawyer » Mon Sep 17, 2012 6:16 pm

Thanks for the replies. The wind forecast doesn't look so great for the rest of the week, but hopefully that will change.

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby tautologies » Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:02 pm

lalawyer wrote:Thanks for the replies. The wind forecast doesn't look so great for the rest of the week, but hopefully that will change.


...but the wave report looks killer.

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby lalawyer » Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:28 pm

What's the weather like in Kailua? The reports show chance of rain, has it been raining?

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby Speedkillz » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:44 pm

See for yourself:

http://www.kailuacam.com

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby tautologies » Tue Sep 25, 2012 11:21 am

lalawyer wrote:What's the weather like in Kailua? The reports show chance of rain, has it been raining?



You weren't the guy that tipped his kite and had to get rescued up north this weekend?
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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby lalawyer » Tue Sep 25, 2012 6:50 pm

Not me. The only day I've kited so far was yesterday, at Kailua.

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Re: Where to Kite in Oahu?

Postby tautologies » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:22 pm

lalawyer wrote:Not me. The only day I've kited so far was yesterday, at Kailua.


Well good!! The guys kite was absolutely shredded. Looked kind of gnarly in the big waves.


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