Surf Lessons FAQ's | Surf Camps FAQ's - Maui Surfer Girls

Please bring a sturdy swimsuit or board shorts, sunscreen, towel and water. (Reef-Safe NOTE: ONLY zinc/titanium dioxide sunscreens are legal in Maui County) If you have (non-cotton) leggings bring them to the class. Leggings are helpful to prevent the rash from the softop & sunburns on the back of the legs.

Surfboard, long-sleeve rash guard, and booties.

Our Maui surf school is based at a beautiful stretch of coastline called “1000 Peaks” or Ukumehame Beach Park.

If you sign up for a 1 person group lesson, and you end up being the only person in the class, you will be notified by 5pm the day before your lesson, with the option to switch to a group lesson at a different time, or upgrade to a private lesson (for an additional fee).

Yes! We can work with larger groups. Depending on the size and age ranges of your group, you may be split into smaller groups for the lesson. Please email [email protected] to check for availability and group rate pricing.
A minimum of two weeks is preferred for groups of that size, or longer during peak travel times of summer, winter or spring break.

5 years old is our youngest. Please note that 11 and under are required to book a private lesson, and children must be 13 or older to join a group lesson. Our oldest has been 75 (It’s never too late to learn!)

Yes, we do have a swim requirement. You must know how to tread water. Our surf break is fairly far out in the water, so being a strong swimmer and being comfortable in the ocean is extremely helpful.

Smaller children (under 70 pounds) will likely tandem surf with their instructor (riding on the front of their instructors' board) and they are welcome to wear floaties or a lifejacket for extra buoyancy and warmth.

Yes of course! We suggest a private surf lesson for intermediate surfers so we can spend 1 on 1 time progressing your skills. A majority of our students are 1st timers. Our coaches are still great at coaching to everyone’s individual abilities in a group class. Just note when you register that you have surf experience and prefer a hard top surfboard.

So we can outfit you with the right sized surfboard.

We recommend taking non-drowsy Dramamine or anti-seasick medication. People have gotten seasick on a surfboard, but it’s preventable.

Everyone has their own learning progression with the sport. We do our very best to set you up for success with the right sized gear and personalized coaching. For some students they get up on their first try and others may take a second lesson to get up. We have a great success rate with our students!

Yes, we offer 10% off multiple surf lesson bookings. We can certainly tailor a private surf lesson package for intermediate surfers. Please email [email protected] to set something up.

Please contact us directly for more information.
Max weight limit 200 lbs.
We require that the students are comfortable treading water, but they are welcome to wear a life jacket.
All students with special needs are required to book a private lesson.
For students with physical disabilities, we require two instructors for the rate of $330 plus tax.

NEW: Cancellations and Reschedules can now be completed online, with a link provided in your confirmation email.

No refund if cancelled within 48 hours of surf lesson. 15% cancellation fee on all bookings.
Complimentary reschedules with at least 48 hours notice.
In the event of cancellation due to weather-related issues, including but not limited to high winds, thunderstorms, or no waves, we will reschedule your lesson. In the event that no reschedule is possible, we do refund 100% of the cost.

Our max weight is 300 lbs.

At this time, NO independent rentals are available. For adults with surfing experience that are with someone in a lesson, please contact us for more information.

Yes! We specialize in first timers and beginners. Maui Surfer Girls overnight camps is the perfect place to learn and build your basic surf skills. If you already have surf skills, we will place you in an intermediate-advanced surf group so you can improve your skills with a professional surf coach.

Absolutely! Just know that your personal board is your personal responsibility. We also have a quiver of boards to choose from so you’re welcome to surf our equipment as well.

Yes, we will have an airport transfer to our camp free of charge. A representative from Maui Surfer Girls will greet you at the baggage claim area of Kahului (OGG) airport. FOR TEEN CAMPERS: Please notify us on the paperwork if you are an unaccompanied minor. We will make sure our camp representative is present at the arrival gate.

Yes, we do have a camp nurse present for our Teen Camp. The medical information section on the registration is vital to fill out thoroughly so we can address any medical needs of our teen campers.

For Women's Camp: Staff members can tend to basic first aid needs.

Yes, our camp cooks are excellent and aware of food allergies and needs. Please specify when filling out your registration form what your food allergies and dietary needs are and we are happy to accommodate your needs. *In 2025, Dairy and/or Gluten Free options will be a $50 upgrade due to the rising costs of specialty food products.

We have a great oceanfront facility! Check out Camp Olowalu online!

2025 Payment and Cancellation Policies –
• The $950 tuition deposit + taxes & registration fee will reserve your enrollment at camp.
• We accept VISA, MC, AMEX, Discover. If you need to pay with another method, please email us before registering at [email protected]
• We charge a $200 processing fee on all cancellations (except in the instance that we, Maui Surfer Girls, have to cancel due to situations beyond our control).
• ALL CAMP SESSIONS WILL NEED TO BE PAID IN FULL 90 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR CAMP START DATE. The final payment is automatically charged to the same card that the deposit was paid with, 90 days prior to camp.
• Tuition will NOT be pro-rated if the camper must arrive after our opening day or leave before our closing day.
• The registration deposit is PARTIALLY REFUNDABLE (deposit minus the $200 processing fee) up to 90 days prior to your camp start date. Within 90 days of the camp start, your deposit becomes non-refundable except for instances listed in the medical/non-medical emergencies listed below.
• The final payment is NON-REFUNDABLE except for instances listed in the medical/non-medical emergencies listed below.
• In the unfortunate event of a medical emergency causing the camper to cancel attendance within 90 days of camp start, we will need a doctor’s note to honor any refunds. This refund will be determined on a case by case basis depending on how many staff hours were put in to fill your spot from waitlist or marketing efforts. If we are able to fill the spot, you will receive a partial refund (minus $200 processing fee, service fees + marketing costs). If we are unable to fill your spot, you will receive a 50% refund IF a doctor’s note has been received. If no doctor’s note has been received, no refund will be issued.
• For non-medical emergencies within 90 days of camp start date, partial refunds will only be issued if we are able to fill your spot. This refund will be determined on a case by case basis depending on how many staff hours were put in to fill your spot from waitlist or marketing efforts. If we are able to fill the spot, you will receive a partial refund (minus $200 processing fee, service fees + marketing costs). If we are unable to fill your spot, no refund will be issued.
• Any non-refundable amount due to cancellation can be issued as a non-refundable credit towards a future camp in the form of a promo code.

At our teen girl camps, we have a Technology Disconnect Policy. We collect all phones, etc that connect to the internet on opening day. They will be returned on designated Phone Days and again on Closing Day. Please bring a digital camera/GoPro for photo documentation. iPods that don’t connect to the internet are recommended if the campers want to listen to music, podcasts, etc. Women are encouraged to ‘disconnect’ for a bit of the camp, but you are all adults and will be treated as such!

Please view Teen or Women's camp pages and click on the 'Flight/Travel Information' tab - the row of green tabs towards the bottom.

Due to the length of camp and possibility of delayed delivery, care packages are no longer allowed. If you need to mail medical supplies, etc, please contact [email protected]

Driving from Kahului/OGG ~ Follow the highway signs towards Lahaina. After the “Pali” (cliff) section of the highway start watching the mile markers. A “Camp Olowalu” sign is past mile 14, near milemarker 15 and directly across from “Olowalu General Store” and Leoda’s Pie Shop (Mountainside of Hwy). Turn left or oceanside off of highway at the “Camp Olowalu” sign. Make an immediate left and follow signs on road to “Camp Olowalu”. Parking lot is across from our A-frame cabins.

Due to changes in our camp programming, our minimum age is now 13.

Please bring extra cash for tips for your Massage Therapist ($20-30), Camp staff (including Surf Coaches & Caterers – $120+) and for various guided activities.

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