Surfing on Maui

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Couple paddling out to the break. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson .

Learning how to surf is a rewarding adventure. There are lessons, camps, and clinics available for those who want to try. Students generally begin their training riding soft long boards and are introduced to the necessary surfing fundamentals, safety, and ocean-awareness in a land lesson before entering the small surf to give it a try.

Stand Up Paddle Surfing or SUP


Stand up paddle boarding in Kihei. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson .

Surf lesson cancelled due to flat conditions? No worries. Try the no-waves alternative. It’s called stand up paddle surfing or SUP, and it’s fast becoming the hottest thing in surfing. And then, when you get good at SUP, you can even surf small waves.


Bodysurfing is wonderful exercise and the least expensive of all the wave-riding sports. Gliding down the face of a wave and gracefully (or even not so gracefully) floating over the whitewash towards the beach is a great way to enjoy the ocean.

If you’re an experienced surfer, head over to the local surf shop, rent a board and we’ll see you at the beach.

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