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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 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

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

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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

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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

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

Thank Shannon O
Reviewed 4 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

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

Thank Eustis525
Reviewed 8 November 2016

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

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

Thank Ben10madrid
Reviewed 11 October 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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18 October 2017|
Response from mariabelabela | Property representative |
Sorry we only do lessons, much aloha, Maria