The world is composed of approximately seventy percent water, which means that every sea of the earth has a surfing spot. Think: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Sri Lanka… Your options of tropical sun, sand and surf are endless. However, SwellWomen was founded in Maui, Hawaii and that island will always hold a special place in our hearts. Why, you ask?
Why is Maui so special?
Why would a beginner want to learn on our little island of paradise? The most obvious reason is that surfing originated in Hawaii. But there are many other reasons why you should consider learning how to surf during your vacation on Maui. Some of the best beginner waves and best surf schools in Hawaii can be found on Maui’s west side and south sides of the island. If you decide to learn to surf on Maui’s west side, you will not only be elated by catching your first wave but you will be in ‘awe’ by the picturesque west Maui mountains backdrop. If you are lucky, you may see a rainbow stretching over these mountain tops.
If taking a lesson on the south side, you are walking distance to some of the best grinds in Maui which is priority after a surf lesson. In addition to the best beginner waves anywhere and possible turtle sightings while on your surfboard, your surf lesson in Maui will also be given in crystal, clear turquoise water with a water temperature that doesn’t require a wetsuit. That’s correct, no wetsuit, warm water, best waves, turtles,…how can you resist?
What to expect in a surf lesson?
By now you are convinced and ready to take the first plane out to the Kahului Airport in Maui for your very first beginner surf lesson and with great anticipation you are wondering what to expect? First of all, surf lessons should be fun and be prepared to be humbled in a good way. If you are able to laugh at yourself (you may have a couple of wipe-outs), you are right on track. Surf lessons are typically 2 hours and should be at a ratio of 5:1 (5 students to 1 instructor) maximum. At the beginning of your surf lesson, your surf instructor will do a brief check in and introduction. After the intros are through you will be go through a land lesson. It’s class time on the beach! Your land lesson will include things like; safety, ocean awareness, anatomy of a surfboard and last but not least surf etiquette. Your land lesson will also include instructions on how to pop up on a surfboard, how to ride a surfboard and how to safely end your ride.
After your land lesson, it’s time to hit the ocean! This is where the true test lies so make sure you have listened to your surf instructor during your land lesson. In the water the surf instructor will corral you in a group and call you over one at a time. During your turn, your surf instructor will be your eyes and watch for the perfect wave. Once a wave is coming, he/she will give you a slight push (I call it a love pat) into the wave. This is when the fun begins. Once you feel the push, it’s time to pop-up and enjoy the ride. Nothing beats your first wave!
The Surfing Bug
You have taken your surf lesson, caught some awesome waves and now are thinking and talking about surfing day and night. No need to worry, you just have what’s called the ‘surfing bug’. Not to be alarmed though, as there are ways that you can take care of this ‘problem.’ If surfing everyday is a dream of yours, then you may be interested in attending one of our Luxury Surf & Yoga Retreats on Maui. Think about it, surfing everyday in crystal clear water, daily yoga, delicious food, massages, snorkeling…what more can you ask for.
SwellWomen, organizing retreats started in 2003, could be the remedy to your surf bug condition. Imagine – global, all inclusive wellness-focused surf, yoga, detox and adventure retreats. We exist to foster connections and life transforming experiences in a secure and welcoming environment. If you’ve made it this far into our blog post, you understand the deep value of travel to take a step back, focus on oneself and learn how to keep yourself a top priority. Convinced? Let us help you follow your bliss – and maybe find that perfect surf lesson.
Oh no, you are of the male species? No problem. SwellWomen also has special SwellCo-ed retreats throughout the year as well.
You’ve dreamt of surfing perfect waves and Maui no doubt is the answer. So, what are you waiting for? I hope to see you in the water soon. Enjoy your first ride!