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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School

Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
808 579 9231
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Ranked #2 of 13 Activities in Paia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

Have always wanted to try SUP and found Maria Souza's SUP School. She was great and patient with my mother and I. She had us do some exercises and finding our balance on land, which i could find with no issues. She gave really good tips and then showed us the correct techniques for paddling, turning and handling of the... More

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Lexington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014

My daughter and I picked Maria Souza's school, I'm 64 and this was a new experience. She first met us at her house and we went through some exercises and balance learning (very important) , then how to use the paddle board and paddle, again extremely helpfull, Next off to the beach and used the skills she taught us, she... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We booked in for a 3 day package with Maria as first time Stand Up Paddleboarders. In the group was myself + sister and brother-in-law, all aged 40-45 and no longer as fit as we were. Maria had us up and on the boards in no time and we enjoyed all our lessons - basic skills, downwind run on the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 via mobile

Our family of four with two children at the age of 6 and 10 had a terrific morning on the ocean. Thanks to Maria we enjoyed our first time on the SUP board very much and cannot wait to get back on. Maria is a wonderful person - super sweet, fun loving, outgoing, patient, very knowledgable and she just makes... More

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Wailuku, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

I am a local girl born and raised! Never really took interest in ocean sports until a few years ago. Maria and I connected the minute we met. This was huge for me! She has a heart of Gold! She is friendly, compassionate, patient and her overall energy just makes all the "nervousness" go away! The few hours spent with... More

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I had read other reviews regarding SUP paddle boarding and we decided to go with Maria. You won't be disappointed. I am just about to turn 60 but in good shape and Maria had me up on the board within 15 min. She was prompt with the class at her home. I think this was key for us because it... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Maria is a world-class athlete and may just be a better teacher. She had me up on the board in no time and, at 66 years old, that is no easy feat. The initial portion of the lesson is taught on dry land in her back yard. The strange-looking contraptions she uses to replicate what you will experience on the... More

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Appleton, Wisconsin
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

My wife and I who are both in our 50's wanted a SUP experience as a bucket list item. We chose Maria after viewing her website and were delighted to find out she was taking us personally. Her knowledge, experience and passion for SUP as well as proper technique and a personalized experience was beyond reproach! She taught us the... More

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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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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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