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Windsurfing Beaches

Windsurfing Beaches

Windsurfing Beaches in Kauai

Windsurfing or sailboarding is a surface water sport that combines elements of surfing and sailing. It consists of a board usually two to four metres long, powered by the orthogonal effect of the wind on a sail. The rig is connected to the board by a free-rotating universal joint and comprises a mast, wishbone boom and sail. The sail area ranges from less than 2.5 m to more than 12 m depending on the conditions, the skill of the sailor and the type of windsurfing being undertaken.

Windsurfing can be said to straddle both the laid-back culture of surf sports and the more rules-based environment of sailing. Although it might be considered a minimalistic version of a sailboat, a windsurfer offers experiences that are outside the scope of any other sailing craft design. Windsurfers can perform jumps, inverted loops, spinning maneuvers, and other "freestyle" moves that cannot be matched by any sailboat.

Windsurfers were the first to ride the world's largest waves, such as Jaws on the island of Maui, and, with very few exceptions, it was not until the advent of tow-in surfing that waves of that size became accessible to surfers on more traditional surfboards. Extreme waves aside, many expert windsurfers will ride the same waves as wavesurfers do (wind permitting) and are themselves usually very accomplished without a rig on a conventional surfboard.
  • Anini Beach

    North Shore

    Anini beach is well known as one of the safest and most protected beach along the North Shore. A fringed reef runs the length of beach and is Hawaii's longest reef.
  • Gillin's Beach

    South Shore

    Gillin's Beach was named for the long time engineering supervisor of the Grove Farm Company, the owners of the sugar plantation behind the beach.
  • Kawailoa Bay Beach

    South Shore

    Often there are local families here for picnics and fishing. The shoreline is covered with active and lithified sand dunes. Waves have deeply undercut the sea cliffs below the dunes.
  • Ke'e Beach

    North Shore

    This is the last beach accessible by car on the north shore. Located literally at the end of the road, Ke'e Beach is probably the most visited beach on Kauai.
  • Kepuhi Beach

    North Shore

    You will find soft tumbling waves that come close to shore at this beach. They break further out due to the reef and the water is pretty shallow near the shore. The current can tend be strong, so pay special attention as you swim or go in the water furthe
  • Kilauea Bay

    North Shore

    This bay is where the Kilauea stream meets the ocean. The beach here is Kahili Beach and is a poplar surfing spot. The bay is calm and a good fishing or kayaking spot. The stream has a slow current, and many times the wind will blow you up or downstream.
  • Salt Pond Beach Park

    West Shore

    Salt Pond Beach Park is a wide, reddish-golden sand pocket beach on Kauai's south shore that is generally safe for swimming all year round. At both ends of the beach are rocky outcrops; a natural rock ridge connects the outcrops, creating a small lagoon.
  • Shipwrecks Beach

    South Shore

    This sandy beach has a step shore break which makes it a popular body boarding beach. It's usually sunny and a good family beach.
  • Wailua Beach

    East Shore

    This beach is at the mouth of the Wailua River and is a popular surf and kite board location. The water can be murky and the parking is limited. The beach is located at the mouth of the only navigable river in the State of Hawaii, the Wailua River. Wailua

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