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Hawaii Extreme Sports

Updated on August 22, 2016

In Hawaii, it is pretty much summer all year. No wonder it is the destination most people think of for extreme sports.

If you are one of those that feels your life needs a little more excitement, there are several extreme sports to choose from in Hawaii.

Oahu offers many activities to get your adrenaline rush.

As we wind our way from the North Shore to Kaneohe or Honolulu, we are often witnesses to several paragliders. They look like giant birds soaring close to the cliffs of the Ko'olau Mountains.

Usually, I admire the scenery of Hawaii from the car, but feel like I am missing out on a lot. These hand gliders have a bird's eye view. But, then they are taking risks. I have heard of a few fatalities from hand gliding, but very rarely.

Here are some pictures taken by a paraglider on the North Shore of Oahu:

Near Makapuu Beach

The weather in Hawaii is highly unpredictable. It can look sunny one minute and be raining the next. Oftentimes it rains and shines at the same time. That is why we get so many rainbows.

Extreme sports are definitely not for wimps. Especially those who glide on the south side of the island in Makapu'u near the cliffs. There are rugged rocks and wild surf so if you happen to land wrong, it can go worse very fast.

But, that does not stop a group of dare devils that belong to the Hawaii Paragliding Association. There are some incredible aerial shots taken by paragliders around the island of Oahu.

Others prefer staying at sea level, but they can get as much of an adrenal rush as they fight the wind and waves.

For those tough enough to brave the wind and waves, Kailua is known as the windsurfing capital (it is actually where windsurfing was developed).

There are steady trade winds and beautiful waters with waves on the outer reef and the cleaner slalom conditions inside. There are three miles of sandy beach at Kailua Beach Park with a mild shore-break.

If you have never wind surfed before, you will want to have a couple of lessons which are offered at Kailua Beach.

With all the extreme sports going on in Hawaii, you would think they would run into each other. Actually there are a few rules that keep things a bit organized. Hopefully everyone keeps the rules.

Because Kailua is the best place for beginners, the launch place can become very busy, especially during peak times.

Everyone must keep in mind that the beach users (children and adults just swimming at the beach) have the right of way over anyone involved in extreme sports (wind surfers, kite surfers, etc.) The beach is for launching and landing only. They must avoid the swimming zones and keep away from the shore break. They must also not jump within 200 feet of the swim zone, beach or people. Otherwise, there could be a disaster.

Whatever you decide to do, be cautious and wise always.


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  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are welcome Power Strider - hope you found it useful.

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    Power Strider 

    8 years ago

    Thanks for giving this blog about the extreme sports.

    Power Strider

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is great pmccray. Hope you can come to Hawaii soon.

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    8 years ago from Utah

    What a beautiful hub. I'm too old to get extreme, but I'm definitely adding a visit to Hawaii on my bucket list. Voted up, and shared.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Me too, Micky Dee, me too!

    @Storytellersrus - I'm not aware of any glider planes, but it also sounds like an extreme sport. You will have to come and try some of these sports, extreme or just hang out at the beach.

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    8 years ago from Stepping past clutter

    Does Hawaii have sites where glider planes soar? Is that an extreme sport? I don't know which sports are considered extreme. Is it related to some danger scale? Which extreme sports have you tried? My kids all wanted to go to college in Hawaii after we visited Kauai, but alas none of them did. What a lovely place. Congratulations!

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    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

    If only I were 100 years younger!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    You are welcome Hello, hello. I admire those who do extreme sports, but have yet to tried. Maybe some day.

    @equealla - I can only imagine what it would be like. I enjoy the videos the paragliders took of Hawaii. Sites I cannot see myself. Hope you get to try it.

    @G L Strout - Come on over to Hawaii. It will be waiting.

    @LianaK - same here. Why are we so cautious? What are we afraid of? (dying hehehehe)

    @dallas93444 - That's great! My father went sky diving at age 82.

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    Dallas W Thompson 

    8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Wind surfing is "next" on my "bucket list." Thanks.

  • LianaK profile image


    8 years ago

    Awesome hub! Love watching those who choose to take risks, . . . don't know that I am brave enough myself :).

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    G L Strout 

    8 years ago from Ohio, USA

    Neat hub! I wish I were there! Thanks,

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    8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

    I think the paragliding sounds very tempting for me as well. It must be awesome to see such a beautiful place from up above in real life. Thank you for sharing.

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    Hello, hello, 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    Thank you for your very interesting hub about a world I hardly know anything about.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Again, Princessa, sounds like this is the place for you. BTW, my granddaughters name is Princessa too.

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    Wendy Iturrizaga 

    8 years ago from France

    Amazing, I have done some parachuting and would love to try paragliding. Hawaii sounds so tempting... you are really lucky!


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