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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School

Po box 791075, Not really located in Lahaina but actually in Paia Hawaii, big difference, Lahaina, Maui, HI 96779
808 579 9231
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Ranked #10 of 131 activities in Lahaina
Type: Water sports
Owner description: Maria Souza Ocean Sports Education LLC Offers:-Stand-up Lessons- No Experience Necessary-Guaranteed to Stand-up in 1 Lesson! Must know how to swim -... more » Owner description: Maria Souza Ocean Sports Education LLC Offers:-Stand-up Lessons- No Experience Necessary-Guaranteed to Stand-up in 1 Lesson! Must know how to swim - Training for Races - Long Distance Paddling- Down Wind Runs-Surfing-Extreme Surf Week Training Package- Experience Necessary-Fitness Training for specific Ocean Sports « less
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

My 9 year old son and I just did a lesson with Maria and it was incredible! He was a little nervous about it as he hasn't spent a ton of time in the ocean and she made him feel completely safe and comfortable. I have also been told by some people that SUP is either really tough or really... More

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Wendy, Wyoming
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We are so blessed to have found Maria! Our first lesson was pure joy, and so fun. We began at her house, with some basic technique. This was VERY helpful. The to the beautiful ocean we went. She is so encouraging and truly a great teacher. We had a wonderful time and you would be silly not to book thru... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

My husband doesn't feel comfortable falling into ocean. She made the class very simple and easy to learn, and also very safe. We feel very fun, and definitely will try again.

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Ventura, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Would definitely recommend going back to "school" to learn stand up paddleboarding! Maria does an excellent review on land & gets you warmed up prior to going out onto the water. This was really helpful since it makes for an easier transition to SUP. I think she is an outstanding instructor and would go again if it weren't for my... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

In the past I took several lessons on stand up paddle with different instructors. Maria was the best of all.

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

My husband, a friend and I took a lesson this week - all of us had a little bit of SUP experience though no lessons and it was really nice to get some fundamentals. I'm an intermediate surfer and picked up SUP quickly but never learned the "right" way to do it and this was a great way to start... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I had the good fortune to get a private SUP lesson with Maria when I was in Maui. She clearly knows what she is doing and the Bosu ball practice before getting in the water was really helpful. She gave me some imaginary balloons, too! I was really happy with how well I was able to do, right away, and... More

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Tucson, Arizona
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

Maria was wonderful. She immediately makes you feel welcome like old friends. We had never SUP before, and was looking for instruction. She begins by warming you up and spending a half an hour or so on dry land giving instruction on how the board will act in the water. She will remind you to imagine balloons lifting you up... More

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Dinuba CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

My husband, a friend, and I took a lesson from Maria. We started out on land doing some body awareness exercises, then practiced different strokes and the sitting/standing on the board. She thoroughly explained how to enter and exit the water and what to do while we are out there. Then we hit the water! Maria took us out and... More

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Valparaiso, Florida
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2014

This was my first SUP lesson and it truly was an awesome experience! I believe the instructor can "make or break" that experience....Maria definitely "makes" it! Not only is Maria very knowledgable but she is so personable and funny! I took a private lesson with Maria. The lesson started on land with a warm up for your core with a... More

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