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Maria Souza's Stand Up Paddle School
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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...more
Po box 791075, Paia, Maui, HI 96779-1075
+1 808-579-9231
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have had a wonderful experience with the "2 Day-Nalu Fit" at Maria Souza's Maui SUP School. As a complete SUP beginner, I felt like I was in the best hands with Maria to learn the right habits from the start. Maria truly stands out...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KerstinS23
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Maria Souza was an amazing coach with a strong passion for the sport. I originally booked her 3 day downwind training to explore an area beyond flatwater and receive guidance on my paddle stroke. I had been paddling for 2 years on flatwater only, going...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Christina M
Reviewed 1 June 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank 1KMH1
Reviewed 28 May 2018

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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank FatesWarn42
Reviewed 15 April 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

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank Duane D
Reviewed 12 March 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

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Shannon O
Reviewed 3 August 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

Date of experience: September 2016
Thank mferraro0
Reviewed 7 April 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

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Eustis525
Reviewed 8 November 2016

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

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Divyesh G
Reviewed 16 October 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

Date of experience: October 2016
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18 October 2017|
Response from mariabelabela | Property representative |
Sorry we only do lessons, much aloha, Maria