‘Mooning in Maui {Maui Surfer Girls}

I have wanted to learn to surf ever since I saw Blue Crush back in University. Yes, I know that must sound super cliché, but as a Canadian girl growing up with more snow than surf (well, zero surf) that movie was my first experience with the sun-soaked sexy and athletic world of surfing.   Ever since my husband and I started dating, I have been throwing out suggestions of vacation spots that could incorporate surfing.  He has slightly more experience than I having lived in Australia for a year, but was totally game to give it another go.  When we booked our honeymoon on Maui, I knew that surfing was an absolute must, and the first thing we booked.

There are so many places that offer surfing rentals and lessons, and it could have overwhelmed us to do research on what company would be best, but friends referred us to the Maui Surfer Girls with the words, “Just book them now. Do it.”  So we did,  and man are we sooo happy with the choice. 

We drove about 25 minutes North from our condo in Kihei to Ukumehame Beach Park where we were met by the owner, Dustin Tester.  She is an absolute spark plug; so much energy and natural enthusiasm, and such a nice person. She surprised us by bringing along a professional photographer to capture our lesson as part of the Honeymoon Package.  That was very cool, especially since our Go-Pro battery died in the car on the way there 🙁

We started with 20-minutes of land instruction for technique, safety and a bit of oceanography – making sure we were comfortable with certain aspects of the ocean before we jumped in.

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After the land-lesson, we immediately grabbed our boards and paddled out to catch a wave. Paddling is no joke.  I made it through the first 2-3 paddles due to sheer excitement and adrenaline.  After that, my upper body was really not happy with me. However, I paddled on because there was no way I was going to miss out on a wave during this experience.

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I’m thrilled to say we both stood up on our first wave!! Though I’m sure she has taught hundreds of lessons, Dustin really made us feel like we were special in some way and was genuinely excited when we stood up. See evidence below, lol.

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Even though we were on 12 ft learners boards (school bus boards, my dad called them) and the “wave” we were catching were teeny tiny compared to anything we saw along the other shorelines, it was such a rush to get up on my first try, and on a few after that.  I also bailed super hard on two of the waves which I thought was amazing. Seriously. You need to learn how to fall properly and get up again.  I really felt like we got the full experience 😉  Unfortunately, the photographer deleted the pictures of me getting my ass kicked by the wave – something I would have loved to see.

Our lesson lasted about 2 hours and we celebrated afterwards with a bottle of prosecco and guava juice; Hawaiian Mimosa.  We drank it very classily – from the bottle, lol. I could have sat out on the beach all day watching the water and having a cocktail. But, it was the one day of our honeymoon that we had places to be.  So, we sat and let ourselves recover for 30 minutes, relived the best parts of our lesson, and went for lunch at a nearby cult fave, Leoda’s.

maui surfer girls

 

We had an absolute blast hanging with Dustin for the morning. My only regret is that we didn’t have enough time to squeeze in another lesson before departing for Kauai.  A cool thing to note is that MSG is the only surfing company with a permit for lessons on that stretch of beach. So if you see other companies teaching along the same shore, know that they are not doing it legally. Stay above-board with Maui Surfer Girls, pun intended.

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A semi private lesson with Maui Surfer Girls costs around $125 USD per person, and group lessons are $85 per person.  They even run surf camps for girls and women during the summer – the women’s camp has officially been added to my lifetime must-do list. Surfing made me feel strong and empowered, I’m not sure if it’s like that for everyone, but I felt like I had superpowers for the few seconds I was up on the board. So I’m not sure when, but I will for sure be back.

Have you ever tried surfing? Is it something that interests you? Let me know in the comments!

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18 Comments

  • Reply Sumti Bhadani June 8, 2016 at 10:51 am

    I always want to do surfing but somehow not able to do…Your post has again inspired me to do to it !!

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland June 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm

      Amazing! If you get the chance, go for it 😉 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Swati Saxena June 7, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    I am more inspired to try surfing now. Beautiful pics 🙂

  • Reply Rosemary June 6, 2016 at 11:27 pm

    Sounds like so much fun. Good for you for finally learning how to surf. It’s something I’d love to try as well. Right now reading about your experience is fun enough 🙂

  • Reply Marteen June 6, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I would so love to learn how to surf but I need to conquer my fear of water and learn how to swim first. I’m moving to Canada in August and looking forward to learning how to snowboard.

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland June 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm

      If you learn how to snowboard that would be awesome, too! Good luck with the move, and thank you for reading!

  • Reply Evonne June 6, 2016 at 2:04 pm

    I’m from Canada too! The places I’ve travelled such as Peru (the latest one) have tried to recruit students for their surfing school. I really want to surf! It looks like fun. I just have to learn how to swim first

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland June 20, 2016 at 10:32 pm

      I had no idea Peru was a spot for surfing! I’d love to try there. There are some amazing land courses that teach you the basics, no need for water. Maybe that’s a great way to start 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Dawn Monroe May 18, 2016 at 12:04 am

    I think the pictures look great. I love the ocean.

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland May 18, 2016 at 11:21 am

      Thank you for reading and for your comment!

  • Reply ‘Mooning in Maui {5 Must-Do Activities} – Kelsinwonderland May 17, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    […] This was an absolute must for me. I talked about it every day before our trip, and every day after our lesson.   Friends referred us to the Maui Surfer Girls with the words, “Just book them now. Do it.”  So we did and man are we sooo happy with the choice.  The owner, Dustin Tester, surprised us by bringing along a professional photographer to capture our lesson as part of the Honeymoon Package.  Our whole lesson lasted about 2 hours including some land training beforehand we celebrated afterwards with a Hawaiian mimosas (guava juice and prosecco).  Check out my full post here. […]

  • Reply LaTanya May 17, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Beautiful pictures

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland May 17, 2016 at 4:50 pm

      Thank you, and thanks for reading!

  • Reply Christine Holliday May 17, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Ya – I got my head drilled into the sand once, that was it for me.

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland May 17, 2016 at 4:51 pm

      Oh no! That must have been scary. Very lucky I didn’t have that happen during this round. Maybe one day you will want to get back out there 😉

  • Reply CL Chin May 16, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    No I’ve never tried surfing. Looks like fun but I don’t swim.

  • Reply Sage Faew May 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Sounds like an exciting time

    • Reply Kelsinwonderland May 16, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      It really was! Have you ever surfed before?

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