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Longboard sailing: Level 1 & level 2
The skills learned in longboard sailing form the foundation for all windsurfing. Big boards and small sails will have you sailing out and back on your first lesson. Their stability lets you learn new skills quickly.
Level 1 is an introductory lesson, where you learn how to steer the board, control power in the sail, and turn around. There are many skills to learn after your first lesson. Tacking, jibing, and sailing upwind are essential to proficient sailing, and level 2 longboard lessons provide the opportunity to learn and solidify them.
When you can stay upwind and easily sail back to your starting point, you’re ready to move on to shortboard sailing.
Shortboard sailing: Levels 3, 4, 5 & 6
Maui’s tradewinds provide the fun and challenge of shortboard sailing. These boards are smaller, faster, and more maneuverable than longboards, but they demand some new skills.
Too small and tippy to uphaul, waterstarting is the ticket to riding a shortboard. Level 3 waterstart lessons teach the basics and the finer points of efficient waterstarting, so you can use your energy for sailing.
Higher wind means more force in the sail, and higher board speed. Save your arm strength by learning to use your harness in level 4 shortboard sailing lessons. Level 4 lessons also teach you foot steering at planing speed, and an efficient stance so your body weight and position work for you instead of against you.
Learning to jibe a shortboard gives you substantially more sailing time. Level 5 jibe lessons break the skills down into a series of steps to be mastered in sequence. Level 6 covers almost any advanced skill you can imagine. Wave sailing and looping are two of the most requested.
Prepare or review with a video
Our instructional videos are the perfect way to reinforce what you learn in lessons, and give you the knowledge you need to try a new skill or move on to the next level.
Windsurfing at Kanaha
The sailing at Kanaha is world-class. Light wind is typical for the morning hours (which is why we schedule our entry-level class at 9:00 AM), and by noon the wind is strong enough for shortboard sailing. Let’s go windsurfing!