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{USA} Surfing with Goofy Foot Surf School in Maui

Here we go!” says Kevin. I felt a push and then “Paddle! Paddle! Now get up when you’re ready!” yells Kevin as I paddle with all my might! I got on both knees and turned my face to look at the wave as it came towards me at full force. Facing forward again, I quickly but steadily put my right foot forward in a lunge position as though I was ready to sprint. I exhaled all the air from my lungs then popped up on both feet as I felt the wave picking up the back of my board.

Claps and shouts of “Woo hoo! You did it!” floated through the air as I suddenly realize I was riding the wave to shore! Kevin (our surf instructor), Jeremy and Stanley (another student in our surfing lesson group) were cheering. Needless to say, I too was rather ecstatic and proud of myself! This was my first try on our first day learning to surf with Goofy Foot Surf School in Lahaina, Maui!

Learning to surf with Goofy Foot Surf School

Ready to hop up on my feet as the waves caught my board. (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)

Riding the wave!

In disbelief that I was actually surfing! (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)


That’s me, celebrating that I was able to stand and surf on my first try! (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)

In 2004, I took a 2-hour surfing lesson in North Shore, Oahu. After the 2-hour lesson, I was not able to stand on my board and surf. Not even once! I was disappointed of course and wondered if I’ll ever be able to surf.

On our recent trip to Maui, Jeremy encouraged me to give it another go. I was skeptical that I’d be able to surf but decided to give it one last shot!

Goofy Foot has a “You will stand and ride a wave in one 2-hour lesson or it’s free!” guarantee. “Hah! They haven’t met me yet!”, I laughed as I joked to Jeremy about how this lesson will be free!

We signed up for the mid-morning group surfing class and was rather delighted to find out that the class consisted of only 3 students to 1 instructor. We were equipped with a rash guard (long-sleeved shirt with SPF protection), shoes and a surfboard. The water shoes are great because as we get closer to shore, the water is rather shallow. The shoes protected us from the rocky sea bottom. The school also provided the services of a professional photographer to capture your experience at $20 per person. We think it is worth the money!

We had Kevin as our instructor. He’s been surfing since he was a kid, is a competitive surfer and now judges at surfing championships. In short, he knows his stuff!  After a quick 20 minute practice on shore, we were ready to hit the waves!

We’re told to wait by the buoys where it was safe from surfer traffic and only paddle over to the instructor when he signals for you. We took turns paddling to the instructor and then surfing. This way we each had 1:1 attention from the instructor. I welcomed the wait because as easy as it looks, it is quite tiring! It is also great to be able to cheer for your classmates! All in all, we probably had about 8 rounds each!

Jeremy, who’s a snowboarder, was of course a natural at this. I’ve not yet seen him be “bad” at any new sport we learn! Is he really that good at everything or just lucky? He thinks it’s the former!

Jeremy, riding the wave

Jeremy’s a natural at surfing! (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)

Jeremy, riding the wave

Snowboarding skills definitely helped here! (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)


“You are guaranteed to stand up in the 2-hour lesson or your lesson is free!” guarantee makes it worth a go! (Photo Credit: Derek B. Photography)


Jeremy, riding the wave all the way till the end. I’m impressed at how he’s still able to stand on his board even though the waves have died down!

We had an absolute blast learning how to surf with Kevin. He was patient, encouraging, provided good feedback and was always looking out for our safety. I was surprised at how “easy” it was to surf (I was able to stand EVERY time I went out on the waves during the lesson) compared to my experience in 2004! I built up so much confidence that I even had Kevin teach me how to turn as I was riding the wave.

Nature: 1. Shirlene: 1. Now, we’re even!

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Learn to surf with Goofy Foot Surf School!

If you’re looking to learn how to surf in Maui, we highly recommend Goofy Foot Surf School. Check them out and take on their “you’ll surf or it’s free” challenge!


Disclosure: We were provided with a discounted group lesson rate. As always, all opinions are entirely our own.

For more articles related to water, check out Magnificient Monday!



  1. Goofy Foot Surf School is great for learning how to surf while you’re in Maui.
  2. They guarantee that you’ll be able to stand and surf in their 2 hour lesson or your lesson is free.
  3. I was able to stand on my board and surf on my first try!
  4. I was also able to stand and surf every time I went out on the water during the lesson!
  5. Jeremy had the chance to surf larger waves as he was a natural at it!
  6. They’ll provide you with a rash guard, pair of water shoes and a surfboard.
  7. They’ll remind you to bring a towel, sunscreen and wear your bathing suit. For women, I recommend wearing bike shorts or some form of shorts that can protect your inner thighs from the surfboard. You’ll need to straddle the board as you wait for your turn on the waves.
  8. Goofy Foot is on 505 Front Street, #123, Lahaina 96761-1188.
  9. We had a group lesson where there were only 3 students to 1 instructor.
  10. Our instructor, Kevin, was patient, encouraging and professional. He’s a competitive surfer and judges at surfing championships. In short, he knows his stuff!
  11. You have the option of paying $20/person for the services of a professional photographer who will capture about 15 – 20 pictures of your surfing experience.
  12. After surfing, you can drive/walk down the street where there are a lot of stores for buying souvenirs, art galleries and places to eat.
  13. Remember to put on a LOT of sunscreen. Don’t forget to cover your ears, back of your neck, back of your legs and behind your knees!

Did you try surfing before? Were you able to stand and surf during your first lesson?

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