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Foiling at Kanaha

Postby hopper » Tue Mar 03, 2015 2:19 pm

I just received my new foil and off to Maui soon. My question for the locals is there enough room to learn without hitting bottom and destroying my foil. I have kited there and at Lanes a few times on my surfboard but wasn't that observant about the depth in that area. Kihei maybe more appropriate but I don't like the idea of trolling around learning and being bait for Mr. Tiger. I have been kiting for 15 yrs and looking forward to the challenge.

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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby cglazier » Tue Mar 03, 2015 4:55 pm

There is plenty of deep water.
You will find other foilers at Kanaha. Ask them where the shallow spots are. Also watch the tide.
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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby Peter_Frank » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:48 pm

Regarding tide, sometimes it is preferable to ride at low tide.

We have places, where the longer "Reefs" are here and there, under the surface at high tide and just over at low.
Actually not a classic coral reef as we dont have such, but spots in the middle of things, suddenly low water because of a long rock/musselreefs, like underwater/surface jetty's.

When high tide you can not see where they are, and you have to ride extremely safe far away, which often gives you a very narrow strip to ride to get out/in or around, because you are very careful.

Here I prefer low tide, so I can see these and ride close, and always avoid them, eventhough the risk of a new hidden rock is higher - but we know the spot quite well :thumb:

So visual direct positioning is far better, even though it is low tide :naughty:

A different way wanting low tide, instead of high tide, for hydrofoiling.

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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby ronnie » Tue Mar 03, 2015 5:50 pm

This is at Kanaha.


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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby juandesooka » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:00 pm

The Boneyard reef in front of kiddie pool area (Kaa Point I think) was quite shallow. Other than that, seemed deep enough, both upwind and downwind. I wasn't foiling, but others were, on the beach upwind from there.

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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby haiku » Tue Mar 03, 2015 6:04 pm

Hi. Kanaha is, for sure, foil friendly unless you ride from Naish beach to the lifeguard's tower. As Peter said riding at low tide is better. During the learning process It is important to remain into the inside watching around for other kiters. On the left side of the spot, towards Ka'a Point, there is a very shallow and treacherous reef called "The boneyard"....stay away from It! Last November I saw there a tourist destroying his foil :nono: so, be careful.
Have fun and ride safe :thumb:
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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby boardjockey » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:18 pm

Ask the locals before you launch.

Go at high tide if you want to significantly lessen the chances of hitting something. You will need a very small kite If the trades are strong.

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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby boardjockey » Tue Mar 03, 2015 8:58 pm

hopper wrote:I just received my new foil and off to Maui soon. My question for the locals is there enough room to learn without hitting bottom and destroying my foil. I have kited there and at Lanes a few times on my surfboard but wasn't that observant about the depth in that area. Kihei maybe more appropriate but I don't like the idea of trolling around learning and being bait for Mr. Tiger. I have been kiting for 15 yrs and looking forward to the challenge.
BTW, Lanes is way more likely to take a bite out of you.

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Re: Foiling at Kanaha

Postby hopper » Tue Mar 03, 2015 9:27 pm

Thanks for all the tips. Hopefully one of you foilers will be present when I arrive to point out the best launch area at Kanaha. It sounds like further west is better and not in front of the lifeguard tower, correct?


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