Maui Wave Riders – Surf Lessons
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Maui Waveriders conducts their surf lessons in Maui from both the south side in Kihei and from Lahaina. After you check-in at the Maui Wave Riders surf shop, they escort you across the street with your board in hand. The lesson begins on the beach with the surf instructor teaching you the basic fundamentals of surfing which is learning to stand up on the board without falling off. They will also explain surf etiquette and the rules of the wave. It takes a short period of time to master the technique of standing up on the board. Once the instructor feels like to group has mastered this, it’s out to the water. The instructor will accompany the group to make sure everyone is adapting to the lesson. There is a difference between standing up on a surfboard on the beach and in the open ocean. The beach doesn’t have the current to deal with. Your Maui surf instructor will show you how it’s done by catching the first wave. Then it’s your turn to catch the wave.
It’s an awesome feeling riding a wave on a surfboard. Expect to wipe out the first couple of times. The bottom is more sand than reef at Kamaole Beach Park III, so it’s not much of a wipeout. But, it’s part of the activity, so you have fun falling into the water also.
In Kihei, they are located across the street from Kamaole Beach Park III. It’s the best place to learn to surf in Kihei. Kamaole III has a sand bottom, so it’s a soft landing when you wipe out.
In Lahaina, Maui Wave Riders are located on Prison Street. It’s about a 100-yard walk to the surf spot. The surfing area is known as break wall and sits just south of Lahaina Harbor. The waves are small and it’s the best surfing location for beginners.
Surfing on Maui has been an ongoing sport in Hawaii since the Kingdom of Hawaii, hundreds of years ago. It was known as the sport of Kings. For most of that time, it was only heard of in Hawaii. Fast forwarding the clock, surfing is now a sport that is enjoyed worldwide. There is a good reason for that, it’s fun.
Maui Wave Riders surf instructors are local born and have been surfing their entire life. They compete in surf competitions around the world and are considered experts on surfing. They are all certified in CPR and water safety. One of the things that separate Maui Waveriders from everyone else is their instructors display “Aloha” not because they feel they have too, but because that is who they are. Big difference.
Surfing began in Hawaii. Due to Hawaii’s location, there are always waves to surf. One of Maui Wave Riders surf instructors is a descendant of Duke Kahanamoku who is considered by many to be the founder of modern surfing. In the days of the Duke, surfboards were carved from the Koa Tree. Today the boards are made of polyurethane or polystyrene foam covered with layers of fiberglass cloth, and polyester or epoxy resin. They are much easier to handle today than back then.
Tip of the Day:
Bring a towel
Wear a swimsuit
No food or beverage is provided during the lesson
No children under 8 Years Old
No expecting mothers
Waiver of liability required
Should know how to swim for surf lessons
KIHEI GROUP SURF LESSON
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LAHAINA GROUP SURF LESSON
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Meet Location: Kihei – South Maui
GPS: 1975 South Kihei Road, Kihei, Hawaii 96753
Meet Location: Lahaina – West Maui
GPS: 133 Prison Street, Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Closed on Sunday
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day
Stand Up Paddleboard and Regular Surf Lesson Times Differ
Kihei: 7:30am, 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:30am
Lahaina: 7:30am, 10:00am, 1:00pm
No 1:00pm on Saturday
Check-in 30 minutes prior to activity start time.
Total Duration: 2 hours
I was apart of a group lesson, Brax was our instructor. The water was shallow and very rocky, but that’s what provided such great waves for beginners. I found no safety concerns with the rocks.
Despite the group session with a little extra down time, at the end of my 2 hours, my shoulders were cashed. I’d highly recommend this company to anyone wanting to get started. After an introductory lesson though, I agree renting your own gear is the way to go.
We were in a group of six and took turns. Everyone got to surf 4 waves which makes like 20 dollars per wave. Your probably better of googling how to surf and go for a rental.
As look back the reviews, I wish I had read more closely. Our experience was very similar to others critique such as no concrete instruction (much better googling how to surf and renting a board), and the shallow rocky water, easy to get hurt in. We were two adult women placed in a group of four children: one boy around 7, two boys around 10, and one teenage girl. Our instructor provided us with some elementary and basic instruction before getting us into the water. There before a wave, he would give us a little extra push and ask us to stand. When I asked questions like how do I know if I catch a wave, he could not provide me with an answer. I would really encourage you to use a different company or simply rent a board and teach yourself.
The office personnel was amazing and thank you for all your help. The instructor was a different story. He was very rude and was swearing at my kids. My daughter hit the rocks and he was cursing at her, and talking down on the other students. At the end of the lesson the kids and others where struggling bringing in the boards. Three people where knocked down by their boards and surf hitting them and he just yells at everyone to drop the fuc***g boards 5 times. My kids where so scared they didn’t know what to do. Ended up helping taking stuff up to the supplies truck and kids back to the store. The photographer was amazing!! She was so nice. Went back to the beach where the rest of the family was waiting and noticed one of MWR boards and life jackets on the beach so we threw it on our rental car and took it back to the shop, our instructor removes it from our car and bumped into a bike and just went ballistic, massive amount of swearing ranting frenzy. More F-bombs kids crying and wanting to know what they did wrong. Very very disappointed with this outcome. I feel terrible for leaving one star because the rest of the staff was absolutely amazing but at the end of the day it wasn’t the office staff teaching my kids it was a terrible instructor who might have screwed up any chance of my kids wanting to try surfing again. it was a terrible terrible experience for my kids on was supposed to be a happy vacation.
Get a real Maui experience with local instructors. Josh B was our instructor and he was charismatic, handsome, knowledgeable, and an on point surf instructor. If you want to have an up and riding experience, check them out. AND DON'T FORGET TO TIP YOUR INSTRUCTOR!!!! Your life is in their hands out in the water. They deserve that gesture of gratitude!