The Maui Kite Fest is here for everyone to come together and have a good time!

We want all the Maui riders to go out there and put on a show! Go big and have fun.


Here is all the info you need to know if you want to compete or join the festival. All are welcome.



Registration: Rock n Brews at 5 pm – 7 pm on June 1st, 2018

Every competitor needs to complete registration in person before the official registration period ends.

Pre-registering & paying online will secure your spot in the event should the discipline’s fill up, it’s still mandatory to be present at the Registration to compete in the Maui Kite Festival.

Registration fee: $50 is the fee to compete, and it includes entry into an unlimited amount of disciplines, an official event T-Shirt, Luau Lunch on Sunday, June 3rd and the chance to win Trophies and prizes.


Event Site:

The official event site will be lower Kanaha Beach Park. Official Riders meetings will be held at the Canoe Hale behind the Lifeguard Tower.


Beach Clean Up:

Encouraged for all to join, bring friends, bring family and come to help clean up our awesome beach. Trash Bags will be provided; we recommend bringing gloves. This will take place 8 am – 9 am on Sunday, June 3rd.



Rider’s Meeting – The Mandatory Competitor’s Meeting will be held at 9 am on June 2nd at the event site. This is where all the info will be given, the day’s schedule will be set, and the riders can find out when they go out on the water.


Safety and Right of Way

1) Safety and fair play are the most important aspects of the competition. Unsafe competitors will be disqualified. Leeward kiteboards have right of way. Therefore Windward kiteboards should not jump when a leeward kiteboard is close to them.

2) Opposite Tack: a) When two kiteboards in opposite tacks cross each other, the windward kiteboard should keep his kite high while a leeward kiteboard should keep his kite down to avoid a tangle. b) When two kiteboards are in opposite tacks, and equally upwind, the Starboard kiteboard has right of way over the port kiteboard.

3) Starboard kiteboard: should cross-upwind keeping the kite high while the port kiteboard should cross downwind keeping the kite low.

4) Transitions: a) A kiteboard changing tack should keep clear of other kiteboards on a tack. b) Kiteboards doing transition jumps should watch for kiteboards behind them before attempting a transition jump.

5) Kiteboards should stay clear of the competition area when not competing.

6) Kiteboards must not change course to obstruct another kiteboard (blocking).

7) Kiteboards shall not land jumps on the beach and shall stay clear of any natural obstructions near the competition area.

8) A kiteboard is capsized when his kite is in the water; his lines are tangled, or has lost control or has accidentally become disconnected from his kiteboard. a) If possible, a non-capsized kiteboard shall avoid a capsized kiteboard, a kiteboard that has not regained control after capsizing or jumping over the lines of a capsized kiteboard. b) A capsized kiteboard shall not take any action that hinders another kiteboard.

9) In case of dangerous action, tangle or collision, as a result of the infringement on any of the above rules will result in a warning or disqualification from the heat at the discretion of the Maui Kite Festival Contest Director or Head Judge.

10)While competing, a competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite inside of the competition area only from a competitor competing in his/her heat. A competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite only when the downed kite is out of the competition area. (Example when the kite drifts to the shore break).

11) In the event, if a competitor loses his kite from equipment failure, the competitor will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside of the competition area. 12)The competitor has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the competitor is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he loses his kite.


Official Notice Board

1) Any changes in the instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board. All competitors have the responsibility of checking the Official Notice Board periodically for any changes.

2) Each competitor is responsible for checking his heat number. This will be posted on the Official Notice Board, at least 15 minutes before the start of the first heat.



1) No limitation. It is the sole responsibility of the rider to choose and use appropriate equipment for his safety and the safety of third-party.



  1. The Contest Director will decide the suitability of the conditions for running heats.

  2. The heats will be drawn randomly with no seeding.



1) Judging Panel Composition: Events shall have an odd number of judges panel, with 3 or 5 judges on per heat plus a head judge.

2) A competitor shall be scored while being in the designated competition area. Whether a competitor is in or out of the competition area, will be at the discretion of the Head Judge.

3) The final judging scores of each judge shall be shown only to competitors in that heat, on their request. The scores of the judges may not be appealed. No Scores will be shown during the competition, and no changes to the results will be made. 4)Request’s to see heat scores can be made to the head judge after the event has concluded for the day.



1) Judges will score based on Overall Impression.

Overall Impression means that each judge will base their heat results on their impression of the rider in the heat based on the discipline criteria.

2) No limitation in maximum number of moves/combinations attempts per heat (including crashes) or repetitions for the same jump. –

The Judges will focus on the best tricks in the heat, and the whole performance will be counted and will form part of the final result.

Variety within your heat is a key factor, as the focus is to prize the most complete rider.

3) The heat score will be determined by considering a combination of different factors as: technical difficulty / style / variety / execution / risk / show / innovation; this will be added to the total score of the overall impression.




1) The Overall Impression of the Extreme Big Air performance scores will be determined by combining:

-70% Height. Go as hard and high as possible. The height in combination with extreme moves is the priority, but we will also take the horizontal distance traveled int account, combined with certain powered moves

-30% Extremity. Controlled extreme high moves. Think about extremely powered and extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this as long as it is performed on a proper height.



The Overall Impression of the Foil performance scores will be determined by

Combining equally:

-Technicality: The technical difficulty of the maneuver

-Innovation: Tricks that have never been landed in competition before

-Smoothness. Smoothness and fluidity during the execution of tricks completed during the heat, between different tricks in a combo and on landings.

-Style. The personal flamboyance and attitude of the competitor when executing a trick.

-Amplitude: The Power in which the riders shows in the trick

-Variety: The diversity of the maneuver that the rider performers in the heat.



The Overall Impression of the Freestyle performance scores will be determined by combining:

-50% Height & Amplitude. Go as hard and powerful as possible. The height in combination with the power of the trick is the priority. We will also take the horizontal distance traveled into account, and we will see how much power is in the trick. Both Big Airs, kite loops and low handle passes can have power and score full potential in this category.

-50% Technicality: Controlled Technical maneuvers.  Think about extraordinarily powered and extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this.



The Fun Race is about getting out on the water with everyone and riding together around a course. The race is a fun event, and safe riding is the #1 priority. We will score different classes, and you can win the race, but any sort of un-sportsmen actions will result in immediate disqualification.

The Race will follow standard right of way rules with the three key rules being:

–    Port tack gives way to starboard tack, the rider going out to sea with their right arm leading the way has the right of way. If two riders coming in opposite directions are on a collision course the rider on Port (Left arm forward must give way to the rider on Starboard (right arm forward).

–     Windward gives way to leeward: If two riders are approaching each other, and the wind is on the same side of each boat, then sailing rules are that the vessel which is to windward (the direction of the wind aka upwind) must give the right of way to the vessel which is leeward (the opposite direction of the wind aka downwind).

–    You must not block a rider coming to round a mark if you are windward of another rider and both are on a course to round a mark you must give the leeward rider room to make it around the mark. Encroaching on the leeward rider is not allowed.

AVOID CONTACT. You must avoid contact with other boats, but a right-of-way boat will not be penalized under this rule unless the contact causes damage.

CHANGING COURSE. When you change course, you must give the other boat a chance to keep clear

ACQUIRING RIGHT OF WAY. When you do something to become the right-of-way boat, you must give the other boat a chance to get away from you

Before your Preparatory Signal, and after you finish, don’t interfere with boats that are about to start or are racing.


The course will be displayed at the official riders meeting.

There are no gear restrictions however there will be different classes and results will be scored by class:

The Race Classes will be: Foil, Surfboard, Twin tip


The Foil class will start 5 min before all other classes.


Start Sequence and Flags will be confirmed at the official riders meeting.



1) Any handle pass that is finished by pulling the leash to get the bar will be considered a crash.

2) The chicken loop is considered as part of the bar. Grabbing the chicken loop when passing the bar still gives credit to the trick, although, won’t be considered as a clear pass.

3) If a competitor “butt checks” when landing the trick, but keeps momentum and has the board touching the water first followed by the ‘butt,’ the judges can still give credit to the trick. (It’s a crash if the competitors’ first land on their back and the board is completely out of the water and then ride on) It’s at the discretion of the head judge to consider if it’s a crash or a butt check, this also depends on the extremity of the trick and the speed at landing. Each judge will consider how much credit he/she will give to the trick. The credit given to a ‘butt check’ landing is directly related to the RISK FACTOR involved in the execution of the trick. For tricks with a high degree of risk factor judges won’t deduct (much) points for a butt check.

4) If a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the handle bar and the crashing of the kite into the water after landing the trick, the trick will be considered as a crash.



1) START Heats shall be started with the following system:

Red flag up 5 min to the start of heat

Red flag removed and yellow flag up = 1 min to start of heat

Yellow flag removed and green flag up + 1 horn = start heat

Green flag down = last minute of the heat

End of the heat = 1 horn + red flag up (continuous clock)

2) HEAT AND TRANSITION DURATION – Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 15 minutes before the heat in question on the Official Notice board



1) RE-RUNNING OF HEATS: The Head Judge has the power to re-run a heat, only when he has witnessed the complete heat and he firmly believes there is a major discrepancy in the judging scores from each judge. Whenever possible, the decision to re-run a heat shall be made before announcing a winner of the heat in question.

2) APPEALS AGAINST JUDGES:  Not considered (No protest allowed)



1) GENERAL ATTITUDE. All riders must, by their actions & general attitude, during the entire event and at all times promote the image of the sport, the sponsors of the event, and themselves in a professional manner. Any failure to do so immediately prior to, during and immediately after the event may result in a warning or disqualification of the event.

2) COMPETITION AREA VIOLATIONS. Riding in the course/competition area when not competing: Violation under this rule will incur a warning or disqualification from the event or elimination.

3)INTERFERENCE PENALTY. The head judge may call an interference penalty if;

– another kiteboard changes course to obstruct another kiteboard.

– there is deliberate unsportsmanlike action against other competitors in the heat.

*Interference penalty;

-If an interference penalty is called on a competitor, then the competitor’s final score will be penalized with a loss of 50% of his best scoring trick.

– If a competitor incurs a second interference penalty during the heat, he must immediately leave the competition area, and he will on longer be scored from this point. In addition, he will lose 100% of his best scoring trick.

4) SAFETY. Riding in a manner that can be considered to be dangerous or a threat to the safety of other competitors will not be tolerated. All disputes under the rules shall be conducted on this principle. Each competitor, when in a position to do so, must render every possible assistance to a competitor in danger and assist organizers with any rescue information in the event of a rescue being needed. All details on medical and safety plan will be presented to riders during the official rider’s meeting. Responsibility of Competitors: It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to decide whether or not to start or to continue to race and to provide for his/her safety.

5) UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. Any members failing to conduct themselves at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and or give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, members of the media or other persons, will be disqualified from the even. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on-site offense contained in these rules. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include but not be limited to the giving, making, issuing, authorizing or endorsing any public statement having or designed to have an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the Maui Kite Festival event, the organizers or the sport.


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