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Best Maui Surf Lessons for Beginners

Updated: November 14, 2019

Learning to surf is a popular activity for visitors to Hawaii, and it’s easy to see why, given the amazing conditions and friendly local instructors. From Kaanapali Beach to Kihei, there are great group, semi-private, and private surf lessons available. Find the perfect surf lesson on Hawaii’s most beautiful island. Check out the top beginner surf lessons on Maui!


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#1 – Maui Surfer Girls
Ukumehame Beach Park

This female-owned surfing school offers surfing classes at the secluded Ukumehame Beach Park. This beach doesn’t get crowded like other Maui surf spots, and its multiple surf breaks means there are waves enough for everyone. Not to mention, Maui Surfer Girls is one of the only schools permitted to teach here. There’s not much by way of amenities at this beach, so you’ll have to pack your own food and drinks, but the views of the mountains and beach are incredible.

Beach: Ukumehame Beach Park

Choose this for: beginner surfing away from the crowds

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#2 – Surf Club Maui
Kalama Beach Park, Kihei

Surf Club Maui boasts individualized beginner surf lessons that allow people of all athletic abilities to start surfing. Led in small groups, the lessons will allow you to get plenty of attention and adequate support from their friendly surf instructors. Plus, they guarantee that you’ll successfully learn to surf during your first lesson—if you don’t, you’ll get a second lesson for free! Also check out their Kids Surf Camp, a 3-day summer surfing camp for children ages 5 to 14 where they’ll learn about the ocean and safe surfing techniques while having a great time with other kids.

Beach: Kalama Beach Park

Choose this for: small and personal group lessons

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island style adventures maui surf lesson#3 – Island Style Adventures
Kaanapali Beach

Learning how to surf can be challenging since you’re trying to master the basics while also keeping your balance on the board. At Island Style Adventures they expertly help you manage both. Operating out of Kaanapali Beach Park—known as one of the most beautiful beaches on the island—Island Style is a great option for beginners who are new to the island. There are several big resorts here as well as dozens of restaurants so you can get food and do some shopping after your lesson.

Beach: Kaanapali Beach Park

Choose this for: beginner surfing close to Maui’s most popular beach

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#4 – Maui Sports Unlimited
Kalama Beach Park, Kihei

With regular surf breaks and long sandy beaches, Maui’s south shore is popular among surfers year round. Based in Kihei, Maui Sports Unlimited offers classes for every level, from beginner to advanced. Beginner lessons are held on Kalama Beach Park, also known as the Cove, and considered the best beginner beach on the island. Lessons run from Mondays to Saturdays in the morning. All equipment is provided, so just arrive ready to surf!

Beach: Kalama Beach Park

Choose this for: small group sizes

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#5 – Hang Loose Surf Club

The waves at West Maui’s Lahaina beach are perfect for a beginner surfer. Hang Loose Surf Club is owned by a native Hawaiian, and with them you can experience an authentic Hawaiian surfing lesson with CPR and first aid certified instructors. With a non-competitive and friendly vibe, you’ll be able to enjoy riding the waves among other beginners and away from obstacles. Aside from group surf lessons, you can also opt for semi-private or private lessons.

Beach: Lahaina

Choose this for: beginner surfing in Lahaina

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