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Most avid Maui longboarders know that “Guardrails” on the west side of Maui is the place to be for uncrowded, long rides. Access to the water from parking along the street is quick and easy, making this long coastline perfect for entry and catching the most waves for the time you’ve got. It’s also a convenient spot for those staying minutes away in Lahaina or Kaanapali, and it’s no more than 20-25 minutes from those staying on the south side. We particularly like this area for learning to surf because the waves are small, consistent, and long-lasting.
We’ve known the Rivers ohana for a long time, and we love both Kiva and Tide. Not only are these guys some of the most positive, happy, and kind people we know, but they’re also some of the most accomplished and versatile surfers in existence. Born and raised on Maui, these guys can ride 1/2 a foot longboard slop all the way up to pumping 60+ foot faces at Jaws. Their experience and aloha have helped them build a team of instructors that surpass expectations and bring a smile and fun rides to every new surfer. All instructors are local Maui surfers, are CPR and first-aid certified, and brimming with energy, patience, and ALOHA!
Rivers to the Sea provide almost everything you need, but you should of course bring your own boardshorts or swimsuit and towels. You should also bring reef-safe sunscreen. You’ll arrive to soft-top surfboards, long-sleeved rash guards, and roof booties awaiting you on the beach. As of this posting, all of their gear has recently been upgraded, so you get the best of the best.