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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School

Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-1075
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Best five days of instruction imaginable for SUP

I cannot recommend Maria Souza enough as a human being and instructor. I took her Maui Zen 5-Day... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
1KMH1
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Portland, Oregon
Breaking Bad SUP Habits

I have a lot of experience with SUP on flat water, so I have been getting away with a lot of bad... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Susan H
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West Chester, Pennsylvania
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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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Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-1075
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I cannot recommend Maria Souza enough as a human being and instructor. I took her Maui Zen 5-Day course and came away transformed as a paddler. Day 1--SUP paddling technique, first on the beach, then in the water. Day 2--Practice and refine in small waves...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have a lot of experience with SUP on flat water, so I have been getting away with a lot of bad habits in need of breaking. It would take more than one session with Maria to break my years of inefficient technique, but she...More

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Reviewed April 14, 2018

I booked the lesson based on reviews I had read, and I had a lot of anxiety around the activity itself because I have some fear of the ocean. Maria communicated with me via text prior to the lesson, and even kept an eye on...More

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Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

We spent our first morning in Maui with Maria. We were blessed with rainbows, sunshine and an amazing morning SUPing in Kihei. Maria is a special individual who brings all her care and attention to each participant. We had previous SUP experience and Maria broke...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2017

Maria is a true pro. As an experienced paddle boarder, she dialed me in and broke several bad techniques. Highly recommend her for anyone on any level. I liked the dry session in the beginning -- set a good foundation for the water. I will...More

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Reviewed April 6, 2017 via mobile

I had wanted to SUP in Hawaii after trying it at home and buying my own board. However, I felt I really needed some coaching on technique so researched places and chose Maria. I am so thankful I chose her. She is incredibly knowledgeable and...More

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Reviewed November 7, 2016

Maria is an excellent thoughtful instructor that takes into account the many differences in people and their abilities.

Thank Divyesh G
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Reviewed October 15, 2016

I’m not really sure how it is with other SUP schools or instructors because this is the first time I’ve ever taken a SUP lesson. What struck me was the personal care that Maria took with my wife and me during the whole experience. Maria’s...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

María is an amazing teacher and coach. She starts with the basics, focusing on helping you stand and paddle properly and effortlessly and putting you in the right mindset. Regardless of your experience or skill level, you are guaranteed to learn from María—and have tons...More

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Reviewed October 4, 2016

We had a great time! Thank you so much Maria!! Maria is very personal and knows about SUP as well as how to do it as a physical therapy, AMAZING! I got rid of a kink in my neck just with her basic tips. We...More

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lvemaui08
October 17, 2017|
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Response from mariabelabela | Property representative |
Sorry we only do lessons, much aloha, Maria
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