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Wind/kitesurfing in Tahiti

The Society Islands of French Polynesia are commonly referred to as "Tahiti" by many, but Tahiti is really just one of over 130 different islands that comprise French Polynesia. The island of Tahiti itself just happens to be located in the windward group of the Society Islands archipelago.

In fact, Tahiti is the largest and most famous, and the other Society Islands include Bora Bora, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea, Tahaa, Maupiti, Tetiaroa, and a few others. Tahiti is the island with the most consistent year-round kiting conditions. Venus Point is a mainstay for the best kiters on the island, but there are many other islands, spots and conditions worthy of knowing.

Similar to the Hawaiian island chain, the French Polynesian islands get a steady flow of South Pacific tradewinds. Depending on their direction and the season, the tradewinds are called either the Toerau or the Mara'amu. The Mara'amu are commonly thought of as being best for kiting but the Toerau can be good too.

Best time of year? The south-easterly Mara'amu is USUALLY most consistent during the Polynesian winter months (dry season) of June through September. When they blow, average winds are between 15 - 25 knots, so it's recommended you bring a quiver of 2 kites or more.

Most of the island's kite spots are in the lagoons, well protected from the deep open waters of the Pacific. The lagoons are a perfect non-intimidating depth of between 3 and 15 feet.

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