Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Maui Surf School Surfing Lessons. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
This was one of the best things we did our whole trip. Our instructor was amazing. Everyone at the place was so nice. Great experience! Would definitely recommend.
Wonderful! Sweet, helpful instructor/ owner. He was very patient and encouraging! Got us 3 ladies up on the board the 1st wave!!!!
Wow!! I loved this adventure. The guides/instructors were so friendly and never gave up on me, even though it took me more than a few tries to get up on the board, I did it and it was amazing! Thanks guys!
The class was given by the Outrageous Surfing School.
I am a 69 year old woman with Parkinson's.
Wei was our instructor. He was kind and patient and helpful, not to mention, knowledgeable.
After a beach drill, we paddled out to try the waves. My board was long and stable and suitable for a beginner and I was soon catching waves and standing.
I had a great time and would recommend The Outrageous Surfing School in Lahaina.
An awesome experience! Small class, great instructor, perfect conditions. Bonus, while we were surfing an employee of the Outrageous Surfing School took photos. When we returned to the office we were able to purchase a CD of our photos. Highly recommended as a great experience.
I cannot rave enough about these instructors. Awesome patient young men. This was the high point of our trip. You have got to try this just to say you have surfed in Hawaii. And if you are going to surf in Hawaii then you want these guys helping you
The tour guides were great, they kept us entertained and informed. The zips were kinda short except for the last one but other than that I had a good time.
Our instructor Benson was awesome. He was very patient and gave great feedback. I was very shaky at first but after some feedback, I felt like it was smooth sailing. I injured my hand while surfing and it was my own fault, but he kept apologizing and was very caring. He even paddled me out to the waves numerous times in which I was very thankful for. Definitely and fun and must try activity in Maui!
Was met by staff very friendly. All that learned had a great time.
Had fun learning to surf in Maui. Staff was very patient and I am pretty sure everyone in the class got up on the boards. Only draw back is this is the spot where everyone learns to surf. All classes teach in the same area. It started clearing out later in afternoon. Fun experience and well worth the money.
Pulled a leg muscle and my husband bruised a rib but very fun regardless. Requires a lot of arm muscle.
Instructor (Kihe) was very attentive and supportive to the group of first time surfers. And, everybody got up and got the feel of the ride.
It's overpriced and lesson was at very crowded area that makes it difficult. Lesson wasn't 2 hours as it was claimed to be. Only 1.5 hours the most.
I was very disappointed in how Viator interacted with both companies involved and me. This particular tour takes you to a surf school, where you get a few minutes of video instruction followed by dry land board instruction. They issue you crocs (yes, you'll be wearing CROCS on a surfboard...), a board, and a wet suit top for the duration of the lesson. Then the whole lot of us (it was 10-20 people, I don't know exactly how many) walked down the street to pick up our boards and then take them out to the surf spot. This is a spot that all of the local schools use so it is CROWDED! And whatever order or process they tell you about in the instruction period is completely forgotten as soon as everybody gets to the water (not actually how to surf but the flow of people and the waiting area). There were three instructors out there with us on the water, but with such a large group, individual instruction and practice was difficult. From observing the way they were operating vs other companies, I would recommend booking a lesson with a different school instead, where you will get more one-on-one attention and what appeared to be better service and experience overall. I struggled with a star rating on this one. I wouldn't say it *isn't* worth doing, but it certainly could be better and I wouldn't go so far as to recommend against it.
Note from Viator: Thank you for your feedback!
We've heard back from the supplier to address some of your concerns, and we wanted to post some of their response here:
We've been in business for almost 16 years and have tried MANY water shoes and have found CROCS to be the best shoe for our company.
We take pride in teaching people how to surf and it brings smiles on our faces when we see the people standing up on the board enjoying themselves. After watching the instructional video in our shop, the instructors go over the video with the students making sure they understand how to paddle, correct foot placement on the board, how to stand, correct way to get back down on the board, where to be in the water, etc. They repeat the 4 steps to surfing couple of times and if they still don't catch on then they can keep doing it till they feel comfortable.
I'm not exactly sure when this person went surfing with us--if it was during summer, then yes it was really busy at the surf break (which i have no control over since there are 4 other schools in the area) and we do take 12 max per time frame (sometimes I go up to 15 because families like to add on other siblings or family members). The instructor will call only 1 person at a time for safety reasons (all the other schools follow this same rule) and is able to "tail ride" them so they can tell them what foot goes where and when to stand while riding the wave.
Again, I'm sorry for not being able to make this persons surfing experience a memorable one.