Since the winds have been 20+ miles per hour for the past month, it only seemed right to visit one the best places in the world for windsurfing on my recent trip to Maui. Located on the north shore of Maui off the Hana Highway in the town of Paia, Hookipa Beach is where to go for excellent windsurfing. This is also the site for two major world class windsurfing competitions. Hookipa Beach is ideal for windsurfing because of the large well-shaped waves and strong winds. Because of the powerful winds and strong currents this beach is not a place for beginners.
There are four distinctive surf breaks on Hookipa Beach. The two breaks on the left closer to the lifeguard stand are H’Poko and Lanes. These breaks are reserved for the windsurfers. Pavillions and Middles are usually reserved for the surfers off the lookout parking area on the rightside of the beach.
On my day as a Maui tourist, I got to see both windsurfers and surfers going at it. The waves were chest high for the surfers there were lefts and long rights to be had. On the otherside of the beach there were about 8 windsurfers taking advantage of the strong wind gusts. I saw photographers out and many sightseers watching the action.