Come Learn To Surf On Maui
For Maui vacationers who want to learn how to surf, there is no better option than Hawaiian Paddle Sports Private Surf Lessons. Founded on a model that allows instructors to cater exclusively to the needs and abilities of your private party, Hawaiian Paddle Sports’ surf instruction combines the two key ingredients for a great surf lesson: small class size and knowledgeable, personable instructors. The result is an unmatched experience for beginning surfers, one that is further infused by ocean awareness, Hawaiian culture, and environmental responsibility. A great place to learn to surf on Maui.
Private surf lessons ensure that you and your party are provided the utmost instruction, care, and quality time. Lessons are typically held along Maui’s tamer west coast and always away from large crowds. Furthermore, since instructor-to-student ratio is never more than 1 to 4, and as instructors only host one lesson each day, your instructor remains 100% focused and committed to your lesson, even if that means going five or ten minutes over the allotted time.
Sustainability & Respect
Class size isn’t the only unique aspect about private surf lessons. As an ocean-based activities company, and one of a small number of tour companies certified as an Ecotour Operator in Hawai‘i, Hawaiian Paddle Sports makes it a priority to protect and give back to the ocean environment. In fact, before you even arrive at the surf spot, your instructor has already completed a short beach cleanup (talk about walking the walk!). Additional steps to minimize its environmental footprint include using reusable water bottles for guest refreshments, offering guests the option to purchase reef safe sunscreen, and even donating a portion of monthly proceeds to a local non-profit.
It’s no wonder, then, that from the moment you arrive at the beach, you immediately realize that the next two hours are going to be much more than just learning how to stand up on a surfboard.
A Private Surf Lesson Experience
When you book a lesson and are ready to learn to surf on Maui surf instruction begins with a half hour land-based component where students are first introduced to the Hawaiian phrase “e malama i ke kai” (“to care for the ocean”), a theme that permeates not just the surf lesson, but the company itself. Students are also given an overview of where waves come from and how they break – essential knowledge for any beginning surfer that is often neglected by other surf companies. From there, it’s time to learn how to surf!
Before entering the water, students learn body positioning on the board, paddling, wave selection, and of course, how to catch a wave. The majority of time is spent practicing the “pop-up”, the movement from lying prone on your stomach to standing on your feet as you surf the wave (easier said than done). Safety tips, such as how to fall, basic surfing etiquette, and reminders of not to step on the coral (for the sake of both you and the coral), are also included. As you start paddling out towards the waves, your instructor reiterates that surfing is all about having fun – keeping a smile on your face is just as important as standing up.
Once in the water you’re ready to put what you’ve learned into action. You begin by paddling through the inside section, and before you know it, you’re sitting in the lineup – the area just outside the breaking waves from where you both rest and get into position. As a wave approaches, your instructor turns you towards the shore and instructs you to paddle, helping you adjust your paddling speed so you can be in the perfect spot. You give a final, strong stroke and can suddenly feel the wave’s energy move your board. You pop to your feet, a smile bursting across your face as you surf your first wave. After an hour and a half of in the water, you make your way back to the beach for snacks and refreshments, exchanging memories and doing what all surfers do – sharing surf stories.
As a beginning surfer, Hawaiian Paddle Sports’ private surfing lessons are an absolute must. Their instructors ooze likeability and patience, while small class sizes ensure that you will get the one-on-one attention you deserve. If you want to stand on a surfboard, choose one of the many surf schools that dot Maui’s coastline. If you want an authentic, intimate experience that will teach how to surf, however, then choose Hawaiian Paddle Sports. Not only will you end your private surf lesson with a few waves under your belt, but more importantly, with a better understanding of the ocean environment and a strong grasp of surfing fundamentals.
So come learn to surf on Maui now and book your private surf lesson today! This is just one of many incredible Maui Activities you can be a part of.