Surfing 101

Instructors are awesome with kids and guarantee to have them surfing in no time.

You are guaranteed to be up and surfing! See you in the Kihei waves!

We provide everything you need to surf in one easy lesson! Each lesson includes an approximate 10-15 minute land lesson on the basics of surfing and ocean safety. The rest of the lesson is spent in the water with your instructor!

  • We specialize in beginners, all ages, shapes, and sizes.
  • Non-swimmers welcome
  • Guaranteed to surf
  • All-day board use with lesson
  • Diploma and stickers
  • Small classes with individual attention
  • Hawaiian Pro Surf instructors
  • CPR and first aid certified

We are a family owned and operated business dedicated to providing fun, safe and unforgettable surfing lessons. We adapt our style of teaching to the ability of each student. We will go that extra mile to make your surf experience the most memorable highlight of your vacation!

This lesson joins you with other surfers. There is a maximum of 6 students per instructor. *If you have children that will be surfing that are under the age of 8, we respectfully do not offer a Group Lessons for safety reasons. We recommend a Private or Semi-Private Lesson. Remember, you will be sharing your instructor with other beginner surfers! If you are looking for more attention we recommend our Semi-Private or Private Lesson. If you look forward to surfing with other beginners and love to meet new people, this is the lesson for you!

Our Semi-Private lesson is great for couples or for kids! It may range from 2 to 12 students from your party with a private instructor! This lesson will be more individualized than our Group Lesson. It allows for more attention with your instructor and you do not share your instructor with anyone outside of your party! Remember you must have a least 2 people in your party to book a Semi-Private Lesson. Ask us about special deals for families of 10 or more!

Private Lessons
We suggest a private for those who want a more advanced lesson or complete individualized attention. We also recommend a private lesson for surfers who want to work on their skills or for those who are hesitant beginners! We definitely recommend our Private Lesson for young children!
Duration 2 hours
Location Kihei

Please view the cancellation policy and restrictions.

Cancellation Policy

Please notify us immediately of any changes or cancellations to your reservation. Reservations not cancelled within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson time will be subject to payment. The credit card used to guarantee your reservation will be charged 50% of the total price.

Should you be delayed due to travel you must inform us before 5pm local time the date before your lesson so your reservation is not considered a no-show. The lesson will be rescheduled for another time or date, without fees. Should you cancel the lesson without rescheduling, a 50% charge of the total will occur.

Last Minute Bookings

Please be aware that these bookings are subject to confirmation. If this is a same-day or next-day booking, there is a reasonable chance this will not be confirmed. For bookings that are confirmed, there will be no cancellations or refunds.


You must be comfortable in water and able to swim.

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- Jul 2016 -

Dennis F

My wife and I took a beginning surfing class at Surfing 101 in Kihei, Kekoa was our instructor, what a fun, competent and great instructor he was. We also spent some time with Ben one of their other instructors, also a real pro. Kekoa and Ben are also great surfers.

- Jul 2016 -


I attempted to surf at the North Shore on Oahu, at a fancy resort. The surf was so rough, I was never able to fully stand. MWR is right across the street from where you surf. The waves were a bit smaller than the North Shore but Andrew had me up on the very first wave. Amazing time- thank you!

- Jun 2016 -


Our family had an excellent time with Surfing 101!! They were all very organized and courteous. It was a great place to learn how to surf. The day starts with 15 minutes of intro into the very basics of surfing and then you head to the water. Keoki our instructor had everyone in our group surfing after 1-2 attempts. The water is only about 4 feet deep, and the waves are easy to ride. This is a must do while in Maui. Keoki will have you surfing in no time!!

- Feb 2018 -

Calvin Milbach

I had a short morning before catching a plane back to WA to try to catch a wave for the first time in my life. I decided to book a lesson with The Surfing 101 at 7:30 in the morning for a semi private lesson that turned into a private lesson. Al, a formally sponsored surfer, was my instructor, a great guy, Easy going and patient. It was completely worth taking a lesson, plus if I didn’t have to catch a plane, I could had used the equipment to practice the rest of the day. Personally, I rank the experience as high as watching the sunrise from Haleakalā volcano.

- Jan 2018 -

Ruben Stemple

Our instructor was amazing. She worked patiently with our five year old and rode the board with her so that she got comfortable. Very helpful and patient even the older less athletic member of our party. Spoke to the owner after the lesson. He is knowledgeable and cares about his customers and the island. We got great value for our money and some gret pictures to share with family.

- Mar 2018 -

J E Rainville

Thank you Maui Waveriders! Especially our instructor Kazuma! He was extremely patient with my young daughter, my niece and this older overweight man. His instruction before we got out on the water was easy to understand and right to the point. My daughter and niece were up on their first wave and I was standing up on the second one. After my daughter and niece got the hang of it, Kazuma made my it even more fun for them and taught them to ride tandem! They absolutely loved it. The rest of the staff was very helpful and made the entire morning very fun for us. If you listen to them and follow their recommendations you will have a great experience just as we did

- Jan 2018 -

Danny Cole

Great place for lessons and board rentals. The prices for rentals are completely fair and they have nice equipment. The lessons are great. They will definitely get a beginner surfing. And the staff is warm and professional

- Feb 2018 -

Stephen Bailey

The staff is amazing plus they offer you the rashguards and surf shoes for free with the rental. After our instructor time we were able to keep the paddle boards and surf boards for the rest of the day. Unfortunately the wind picked up and we couldn't get back on the water. The staff was so nice about it and let us come back the next day to use our time.


Marshall G.

So, from what I gained in skill and experience that first day I have gone on to Surfing my 10'4" paddle board. I needed my balance back and Bg Al set me on...


Kim H.

Everyone was really great. Ola my stand up paddle board instructor was so helpful, friendly and patient. He shared history and his love of Maui. I highly...


Alex H.

Great place. I took my monkeys to Maui on vacation. They wanted to learn how to surf and this place was across the street from the home I was renting. The...