Rivers To The Sea
Rivers To The Sea
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Sports Camps & ClinicsSurfing & Windsurfing
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:30 PM
About
Once in a life time beginner surf lessons which take place five minutes south of LAHAINA and advanced surf lessons which take place right in the heart of Paia. The Rivers brothers and our team of professional, fun & experienced surf instructors invite you to join in on the fun of becoming a surfer! With our Maui surf lessons, you will be welcomed to the surfing world with plenty of aloha and taught to surf with an emphasis on water safety and proper surfing etiquette. By the end of your lesson you will learn how to stand up, stay up and catch a wave all on your own!
Lahaina, Hawaii

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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NMoore1228
Riverside, CT142 contributions
Feb 2020
My family booked a Private Surf Lesson for 2 and a Private Group Surf Lesson for 3 while we were in Maui in February. We were originally scheduled to have our lesson on Monday, Feb 10th, but that morning we got a call from one of the instructors saying that due to weather they were recommending we push back our lesson until later in the week. Given how windy and overcast it was, we were happy to push our lesson back to Thursday morning. On Wednesday night I received a text from Kain asking if we could change our meeting spot the next day so we could have optimal conditions. That was fine with us, and the next morning we headed down to Mile Marker 12.5 where we met Kain & Kyler.

Both Kain & Kyler were great with me, my husband and our 3 boys. We had a quick lesson on the beach and then headed out into the water. For some reason I thought we were going to be much closer to shore than we actually ended up. It was a lot of work paddling out past the breakers but we all made it. Our oldest stood on his first wave and my other two boys and husband quickly followed suit. On my first wave I didn't hear anyone yell "stand up" so I rode almost all the way back into shore lying flat on my board (i didn't make that mistake twice!). I never got up but I still had a lot of fun and I'm glad I tried surfing.

When I booked the lessons I thought 80 minutes was very short for a first lesson, but I was exhausted after about 45 minutes. My husband was the only one of the 5 of us who stayed out the entire time.

If you're looking for a fun family activity, I would highly recommend Rivers to the Sea!
Written February 19, 2020
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root300
Pleasanton, CA2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
From booking to actual surf lessons, Rivers to the Sea, was so pleasant and easy to work with. Booking with them was seamless and Tide answered all my questions very promptly. I was particularly concerned about the group lesson I booked including other people but he replied promptly that it would just be the 3 I booked for. The day of, Kain called to ensure we found the location ok since it was off Route 30 and parking was on the side of the road. He spent time teaching my 2 teenage girls and my friend how to get up on the board while on the beach, how to assess the water before going out and then took them out in the water. Both my girls and my friend were able to stand up on their first try and did so many more times after that! Rivers to the Sea also provided rash guards, booties and option to buy photos afterwards, which were close up and great quality. Overall, they loved their experience and lesson with Kain. Thanks Kain and Rivers to the Sea!
Written August 13, 2021
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Thank you! We appreciate your kind review of Rivers To The Sea, Maui Surf Lessons and hope you will visit again soon. As a valued customer/guest, we look forward to taking care of your needs in the future.
Written August 15, 2021
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Lori W
Stanwood, WA3 contributions
May 2021
We have taken some surfing lessons in the past but always in groups. This year we decided to try a private couples surf lesson. The price was not that much more and we found that the number of times we were able to surf (or at least attempt it) was more than what you would experience in a group. Our instructor was super fun, knowledgeable and encouraging despite our numerous falls (we are old and out of shape).
Written May 31, 2021
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Courtney A
5 contributions
Jul 2022
Our family of 5 had a blast learning to surf. I really appreciate the attention to safety our guide provided. Originally, we were supposed to meet at mile marker 16. The day of our surf time, I received a text asking us to meet at a different mile marker because she felt the waves weren't safe at the previous location. Our instructor tailored her instruction to meet everyone's needs. My family has previously surfed but I had not. She taught us what to look for in the ocean and how to safely surf. After our instruction, she took us all out in the ocean and helped us catch waves. She saw my son and daughter were doing well and encouraged them to catch waves on their own. She was able to read the ocean and have us paddle to where more waves were breaking. She also made sure we weren't drifting too far away. The waves were perfect for a beginner. They were big enough to carry you about halfway to shore but not so big you couldn't master standing up. The water is also shallow so when you fall, it doesn't hurt and it's not hard to get back out. The booties provided were comfortable and helped protect our feet. They also had a photographer who took pictures of all 5 of us surfing. We were able to purchase photos and download them to our phones right there. One last note to mention, the surfing isn't near the other surf schools. Although there are others surfing at the public beach, it was less crowded and much more enjoyable. We really enjoyed our experience and would surf again.
Written July 15, 2022
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Thank you for your five star review. The Rivers To The Sea, Maui Surf Lessons team is delighted we could serve you so well.
Written July 31, 2022
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Katrin v
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Family
Our instructor was awesome
He taught us what to do before hand so we didn’t have to learn while treading water. He also helped us by giving us a push right before the wave to ensure that we would get a ride. Cody(the instructor) was very patient with all little my little brothers fussing around and was always supportive. For me personally I’ve tried surfing before and had a hard time getting up on the board but with great help I was also able to 180 which was amazing
Highly recommend to anyone at any level at and age, it was a great time and a highlight of our trip to Maui
Written February 6, 2020
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peterthedoor
1 contribution
Jan 2020
My first surfing lesson (and first time surfing) was with Kiva Rivers 4 years ago. I was 53 years old. I could barely stand on the board in with water but after a couple of days in the water with Kiva, I was surfing in green water waves. Still struggling but was able to catch waves (white and green). I really appreciated is approach to teaching, simple and practical. During the session, we had numerous discussions on the spirit of surfing and on the basics principles to become a great surfer. Aside the technique, Kiva spoke of the 3 P’s. Practice, Patients and Persistence. 4 years later (last week), after surfing my first double-overhead wave this summer in Costa Rica, I went back to Hawaii and spent time with Kiva. I had a ton of questions and had very specific goals in mind. To be quite honest, I was able to take waves but did not really understand what I was doing. Again, I was impressed with the effectiveness of his surfing approach. After a couple of sessions, he had me surfing in Maui’s north shores waves improving greatly my bottom turns, my cutbacks and surfing the curl of the wave.
Aside getting me to become a better surfing, he made me a more conscious surfer and transferred to me his passion for the sport. Thank you Kiva and see you soon.

I highly recommend Kiva as a surfing coach!
Written February 11, 2020
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323Colorado
Colorado Springs, CO1 contribution
Mar 2021 • Family
We signed our two teens and one 12 year old up for surf lessons in Maui we did not know what to expect. The location beautiful, but quiet and away from the crowds. Waves were perfect and Eric their instructor was an expert surfer and exceptional teacher. All three were up and surfing with confidence. We would highly recommend Rivers to Sea for anyone looking for surf lessons on Maui. -Nicole from Colorado
Written March 24, 2021
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AudreyY888
San Francisco, CA1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Conner was a fantastic and enthusiastic surf instructor. Our group of 3 boys (16, 14 and 12) all were able to ride several waves, including some completely on their own. Guardrails beach was also the perfect spot - especially compared to the crowded surf area for beginners near Front Street.
Written July 31, 2021
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We appreciate your kind review of Rivers To The Sea, Maui Surf Lessons and hope you will visit again soon. As a valued customer/guest, we look forward to taking care of your needs in the future.
Written August 8, 2021
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Pioneer21620966204
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
We booked a 4 person lesson. The evening prior to the lessson our instructor, Kain, texted to change the location based on his judgement of the waves, crowds, and wind conditions. These new directions were clear and accurate. His judgment was spot on. The lesson was fantastic and all 4 of our beginning surfers caught some waves. Great experience.
Written August 15, 2021
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Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with our team at Rivers To The Sea, Maui Surf Lessons
Written August 22, 2021
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Cindi E
Aurora12 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Erik and Sharkey did a phenomenal job teaching our family of five to surf. We were nervous about safety as our kids don't have a lot of experience in the ocean. Within an hour, all three kids (ages 16, 14, 11) not only stood on their boards but rode all the way to the beach multiple times. Highly recommend!!
Written April 4, 2021
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