When to plan your windsurfing vacation on Maui?

Windfinder Kahului graph

People often ask when is the best time to plan a windsurfing vacation on Maui. As usual with questions involving “the best”, the answer is “it depends.” It depends on what “the best” means to you – what are your priorities? What is most important for you: the most windy days? the strongest wind? the largest waves? the most sunshine? the lowest airfares?

There are pros and cons to different times of year, so I’ll try to give you some general information and resources so you can choose what fits best for you.

In general, the summer months – June, July, August – have both the highest wind, and highest probability of wind. Likewise, the winter months, especially December and January, have the lowest average wind speed, and lowest number of windy days. The chart above from Windfinder.com illustrates it well.

You can also check the iWindsurf archives for daily and seasonal wind patterns, and the National Weather Service climate data.

Kanaha November wind archive

Besides wind, other seasonal considerations are waves, and tourism.

We get more waves from north swells in the winter months, starting in October, and running through April. The biggest waves are in December and January, and are too big for us, but there are usually only a few days each month when they’re that intimidating. We can also get rainy Kona storms in December and January, and through March.

The busiest times for tourism are summer, Thanksgiving, and Christmas-New Year’s: thus, the most costly accommodations and airfares, and the most difficulty booking them. September and October are pretty peaceful here; I’d say they’re the lowest months for tourists. January is pretty light too, after the first week, then there are bursts in February and through the spring months (various holidays and spring breaks), building up in April and May to the busy time in summer.

The people at Maui Windsurfari are helpful regarding windsurfers’ needs.

I hope this helps you with your planning. Do your research, and make your best choice based on your priorities. However, the caveat is, as a windsurfer, you probably already know that despite the statistics, you can get atypical conditions at any time!

And of course, if you’re interested in lessons, contact HST: I’d love to help you build your skills, have more fun windsurfing, and make the most of your time on Maui.

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