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Local Experts: Maui, Kyle Ellison

By Local Expert Kyle Ellison

Where To Learn How To Surf On Maui

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Ka‘anapali Point

Ka‘anapali Point

The northern end of Ka‘anapali Beach is all about cliff jumping and snorkeling, whereas the southern end is where surfers flock when waves are breaking on the reef. This is the easiest option for Maui visitors who are staying in Ka‘anapali, and 8am or 9am lessons are best for beating the wind.  

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Lahaina Breakwall

Lahaina Breakwall

Yes it’s shallow and yes it’s crowded, but the Lahaina Breakwall offers the most consistent surf of anywhere on Maui’s south shore. This section of Lahaina is protected from the wind and is guaranteed to have waves, but expect to be sharing the shallow waters with a flotilla of big foam longboards.  

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Guardrails

Guardrails

Named for the guardrail along the highway, this gentle break just south of Lahaina is the darling of private surf schools. Nearly every day has gentle surf—and without the Lahaina Breakwall crowds. It isn’t walking distance from a rental shop, however, so boards need to be strapped to a car if renting boards on your own. 

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Ukumehame Beach Park

Ukumehame Beach Park

Much like Guardrails, Ukumehame Beach Park is popular for private surf lessons. The long wave requires a long paddle to reach the edge of the reef, but the wide beach and expansive surf zone helps to thin the board riding crowds. SUP paddlers mingle with surfers, and since afternoons can be very windy, be sure to paddle out early. 

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Kihei Cove

Kihei Cove

Set smack in the middle of central Kihei, “The Cove” is the only surf spot for beginners along the Kihei/Wailea coastline. Waves are usually a bit smaller than at surf breaks near Lahaina, although the half dozen surf schools and board rental trucks make for easy beachfront access. Mornings are best to beat the wind, the waves are often biggest in summer—and expect crowds during all times of year. 


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Kihei Cove
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529-531 Front St, Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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2525 Kaanapali Pkwy (Beach Kiosk oceanside of the Kaanapali Beach Hotel), Lahaina, HI 96761, United States
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