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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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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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Thumbs up and "I like". The private SUP session with Maria was both professional and personal. You feel immediately her passion and recognize her experience when she conveys her... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Stephan M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Thumbs up and "I like". The private SUP session with Maria was both professional and personal. You feel immediately her passion and recognize her experience when she conveys her deep knowledge about SUP surfing. With patience, humour and clarity she told me the basics in dry practice in her backyard, before we went to sea. We "set sail" at the... More 

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Thank Stephan M
San Carlos, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Maria is fun, super nice and a bundle of energy - and she really knows how to teach you how to stand and balance and turn and everything you need to know to paddle board correctly. We took the two day class - two hours each day - which was the right way to learn in my opinion. The first... More 

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Thank Marty R
Michigan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I made an appointment for two private SUP lessons a couple weeks ago. Our VISA card was charged $438.46. Maria's website and the confirmation we received clearly said that if we cancelled at least 72 hours in advance we would get a full refund. It provided Maria's number to call to cancel. At least 5 or 6... More 

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Thank annarbor007
Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Took a SUP surf lesson from Maria this morning... Trying to take my level of surfing from waist high to head high waves. It was wonderful having someone watch your stance, watch your technique and be able to give you feedback in a way that I can practice for the remainder of my time in Maui. Now I just wish... More 

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Thank Johanna G
Westchester County, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The five of us had a great, relaxing time learning to SUP with Maria and her assistant Hillary. They are great teachers who know all the tricks of the trade. The boards were very high quality. We had arrived late the night before on a 10 hour flight. I had been sick the whole way, so it was a motley... More 

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Thank YearntoRoam
Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Maria got both my wife and me up on boards with no problem, just a bit of simple instruction. We felt very safe out on the water.

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Thank Andrew H
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stand up paddle boarding lesson and time with Maria. We really appreciated her focus on safety and efficiency of movement to protect your body. When you get older this is especially important. Her reading of the environment ie waves, beach, coral and fishermen was also most helpful. We now feel we are both... More 

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Thank PiperHide
Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

Maria Souza is a world class instructor! I arrived in Maui with flatwater SUP experience, intent on trying some waves. Maria started with the basics and, with her ever present smile, zeroed in on what she graciously called ‘opportunities for improvement’ in my paddling style and body mechanics. What is so impressive, and effective, is her ability to communicate the... More 

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Thank Dennis H
Palmdale, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

One can really feel that Maria is a true expert on every watersport discipline. We always felt that she knows what she is talking about (and by the way it really helped) and that gave us great confidence and trust in her. Besides, she is a fun person :)

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Thank cmf541
San Clemente, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

I had my first ever lesson with Maria 2 days ago. I have experience sailing and I'm a reasonably fit 59 year old woman. Maria gave me a 30-40 minute overview on land first - a great idea before heading to the beach. She's a delightful instructor - comes up with great analogies to help you understand balance and technique.... More 

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