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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School

Address: Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779
Phone Number: 808 579 9231
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Owner description: Maria Souza Ocean Sports Education LLC Offers:-Stand-up Lessons- No Experience Necessary-Guaranteed...
Useful Information: Activities for older children
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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
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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

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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Danville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

I'm so fortunate to have worked with Maria. I injured my back earlier this year, and she taught me how to paddle correctly so I don't hurt myself. We did a "sup 101" session, two sup surf sessions, and a downwinder. Not only did Maria teach me to SUP, she also taught me about the ocean and safety- which is... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I have SUP experience, but only on flat water lakes. The ocean and its waves are a completely different experience, so I sought SUP surfing lessons for our trip to Maui. When one observes someone doing an activity that looks easy for them, I've learned over 60+ years that the quickest way to achieving the same level of comfort is... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

It was our and first time visiting Maui, my husband and I, and one of our Bucket List things to do is learn proper technique for Paddle Boarding. I came across Maria's Yelp page since it was a 5 star review, read her reviews and watched her video on her link page. I called her at 6:30am on a Sat... More 

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

10 years ago while in Kauai, I saw people SUP and was intrigued. I decided on this trip to Maui, just after my 60th birthday, I would finally try it! Being cautious and wanting to feel safe while learning, I called Maria Souza. I felt confident that she was the one to teach me. And I was right! After a... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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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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