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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School

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Address: Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
Phone Number: 808 579 9231
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Description: Maria Souza Ocean Sports Education LLC Offers:-Stand-up Lessons- No...
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
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SUP with ALOHA!

For my teenage daughter and me the SUP lesson with Maria was exactly the right choice! She was explaining things easily to understand (which was important for us as non-native... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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Kihei, Hawaii
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Kihei, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

For my teenage daughter and me the SUP lesson with Maria was exactly the right choice! She was explaining things easily to understand (which was important for us as non-native English speakers) first at the solid ground, later at the sea, being able to give us the right advice at the right time in the right way... so much of... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

I was looking forward to this SUP instruction and Maria did not disappoint! Maria focused on personalizing the instruction and taught me how to stand on the board, read the ocean, wind, personal safety and a few important golden rules. She was encouraging and fun and I wished I could have spent the day with her. I took out a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Like most of us who read reviews, the ones that "glow" are rarely believable. After all, each of us define exemplary in different ways. None the less, let me go ahead and give you the spoiler alert: Maria Souza's school is all that and much more. If you seek a SUP experience just off the coast of the best island... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

If you're interested in SUP, do NOT just go rent a board and think you can teach yourself. Maria's instruction and attention to detail made our day... We learned so much more than just how to stand up on the boards. She really takes teaching seriously while making the lesson fun. If you're serious about "learning" how to paddle, I... More 

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Fayetteville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I contacted Maria ahead of time to see if it would really be feasible for us to try SUP surfing. She was very affirming and explained that we'd work on skills first, then go out to a beach. So we met offsite, practiced balance and discussed falling, safety, reading the ocean. Then we headed to a nice cove and had... More 

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Fayetteville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Whoever said that you can't teach an old dog new tricks has never met Maria Souza. Maria's patience and gentle encouragement along with a series of skill-producing exercises done on dry land before entering the water means that when you do enter the water, you're well on your way to spending more time on the board and less time in... More 

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Fayetteville, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Maria is a natural teacher and the experience was great! She really takes time to teach you and is so patient with you. I'm so happy I did SUP! We also got great photos that she took while we were doing it. I would definitely do SUP with Maria again.

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Money & time well spent! Maria makes you feel comfortable from the start and shows that she's genuinely interested in giving you the best experience to learn SUP while having a lot of fun. Super personable and puts you at ease while covering a lot of ground in safety, technique and reading the waves and weather. A fantastic experience Maria!... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

My daughter and I signed up for one of Marie's 2 hour Stand Up Paddle Board lessons yesterday on Maui and it was an awesome experience. Neither of us had ever been on a paddle board before. First off we spent a little bit of time at her home learning some basic skills and this was an absolutely crucial part... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Our time with Maria was a time of discovery. Maria introduced us to the correct techniques of SUP within our 2 hours lesson. We began with land training which helped get our body's aware of the board and the paddle, and also warmed us up for our water adventure. We then proceeded to the water where we practised all of... More 

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