Windsurfing and Kiteboarding
Those who call windsurfing and kiteboarding cheating because they require no paddling have never tried hanging on to a sail or kite. It will turn your arms to spaghetti quicker than paddling ever could, and the speeds you generate … well, there's a reason why these are considered extreme sports.
Windsurfing was born here in the Islands. For amateurs, the Windward side is best because the onshore breezes will bring you back to land even if you don't know what you're doing. The new sport of kiteboarding is tougher but more exhilarating as the kite will sometimes take you in the air for hundreds of feet. We suggest only those in top shape try the kites, but windsurfing is fun for all ages.
Equipment and Lessons
Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks. This company offers both beginner and high-performance gear. You can also take lessons, either at $129 for a four-hour group lesson or $109 for a one-hour individual lesson. Since both options are around the same price, we suggest the one-hour individual lesson; then you have the rest of the day to practice what these instructors preach. Half-day rentals for the more experienced run from $59 for the standard board to $79 for a high-performance board. 130 Kailua Rd., Kailua, HI, 96734. PHONE: 808/262-2555. FAX: 808/261-7341. www.kailuasailboards.com.