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         …. RIDE with MASTERS

INCREDIBLE SURFERS ….

…. AMAZING COACHES

FROM the SAND to the SEA ….

 

 

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Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy invites you to join us as we take you from the sand to the sea. Kimo Kinimaka, is our “Chairman Of The Board.” He has dedicated the past 21 years teaching the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing.

Eleven years ago Kimo started assembling a group of expert coaches; men and women that shared the same passion for surfing and love for the islands that he has. A passion that he has carried and passed down from his own Royal Hawaiian ancestry.

That enthusiastic group of surfers became the core of an organization that has taught thousands to safely read and navigate the power of the Pacific Ocean…. on a 60 ounce board! :-0

Please take a few minutes to get to know us. Each of our coaches has written a little bit about themselves so you can see what they’re all about. They would be honored to meet you in person.

This crew is super confident but not at all into “blowing their own horn,” so please take a look at what others are saying about Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy on Trip Advisor, Google + and Yelp (Links are below) Thank you for checking in with us. Please book a session right here or call us 808-276-SURF (7873) We’re here to help and teach.

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“One of the best days I had in Maui”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
July 29, 2014

Had a great time. Our instructor was great! Did a great job of helping us catch waves and babysitting us :) I felt like the lessons and rentals were a great deal. Would definitely come back.
K Cooper

Meet our Coaches

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Josh Riccio Date of Birth: 5/24/89 Hometown: Anna Maria Island, Florida Living in Maui: since 2009 Favorite places to paddle: The maliko run, or anywhere else on Maui. Favorite places to surf: North Shore, Indonesia & Nicaragua Best Results: 1st place 2014 Maui 2 Molokai Race (14’ class) 2nd place 2014 Olukai Race (14’ class) 1st place 2013 Ho’okipa SUP-Surf classic 2nd place 2013 Maui Paddle Championships (14’ class) Ranked 17th overall in 2013 Stand Up World Tour Race Series. Florida is where I started surfing and fell in love with the ocean, it is why I moved to Maui. I started Stand Up Paddle-boarding (SUP) shortly after I moved to Maui as another fun way to enjoy the ocean, I’m so grateful now to be doing what I love professionally, it has broaden my knowledge and understanding of the ocean and given me experiences I hope to share with everyone. To reserve a private surf or SUP lesson with me you can contact me by… Cellphone (808) 264-7172 Email: jfla12@gmail.com Or visit us at www.royalhawaiiansurfacademy.com

Josh Riccio

Coach / Instructor

Professional Surfer

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Kea Espiritu

Coach / Instructor

Professional Surfer

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Name: Kea Espiritu Dob:2/04/81 Results:1st Lahaina Harbor 2008 Lahaina Surf bash open men 2nd Honolua Bay legends of the bay 2009 Place to surf: Lahaina breakwall Hometown: Napili, born and raised on the west side of Maui, Napili. Hobbies are fishing, running, basketball staying healty so I can surf everyday   Been teaching surf lessons professionally for about 10 years.  Been with royal Hawaiian for 6 years Love traveling to exotic surf locations,  Bali,  Indonesia

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“Best surf instructors for kids!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
August 6, 2014 via mobile
Josh and Kea were the instructors for our group of 8 surfers–1 adult, 7 kids (ages 6 to 17)! Not only did everyone stand up and ride several waves, they were cautious, fun, exciting and made the afternoon a memorable experience. Most of our kids were 6 and 7 years of age–and they loved it! They were nervous at first, and both instructors took special time out to make the kids feel safe and confident. You can’t put a price tag on the wonderful memories that we will hold close to our hearts forever! I highly recommend this surf school! Top notch!

“Amazing Experiance with Kea”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
July 26, 2014
You cannot beat this surf school! I took multiple lessons here, as I had never surfed before, and Kea Espiritu was just the most fantastic surf instructor I could have asked for. One of the nicest guys I have ever met and he really knows his stuff. He is a very helpful, motivating, and inspiring instructor. I highly recommend the Royal Hawaiian Surf academy for any of you new surfers and absolutely anyone for that matter. Be sure to ask for Kea, you won’t be disappointed!

HaydenB82

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Granger Larsen

Coach / Instructor

Professional Surfer

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Benny Martin

Coach / Instructor

Professional Surfer

 

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Date of birth: 12-02-87 Home town: Lahaina, Maui Best results: 2nd Honolua legends of the bay 06′ Favorite surf: Windmills Biography: I grew up on the island of Maui where my love for the ocean began at a very young age, I started surfing at the age of ten. As a kid growing up in a small town I had the privilege to have a core group of best friends that all pushed each other to the next level of surfing and to this day I consider all of them my favorite surfers. My competitive side for surfing faded as I became older but I never stopped loving the sport and it’s progression. I started to teach surfing with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy at the age of sixteen, which was a dream come true. Sharing my passion and seeing the stoke through my students eyes is a feeling I can never replace and it validates my want to teach anyone willing to learn the art of surfing. I am very blessed to call this a “job”. Over the years, surfing has taken me to beautiful and humbling destinations around the world which I am very thankful for.

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“Everybody got up on their first time”

5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 17, 2014
This is a great place to get lessons if you are a new beginner. Our family, Mom, Dad and 13 yr old twins all stood up and surfed on our first lesson thanks to the mild surf at the break and Benny, our instructor. Benny was an excellent teacher boiling the basics down to easy to master steps. He’s a character and a real Maui surf dude which just added to the color. Thanks Benny!
They also took and sold pix which we normally ignore but they were too hard to pass up.

“Best Instructors”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
July 30, 2014
Our family recently took surf lessons from Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. It was fabulous. Johnny & Benny are the perfect instructors-fun, full of personality, knowledgeable, helpful & they really want to see each surfer succeed & have fun. They’re fantastic with kids as well as adults. The photographer was an added bonus-his photos were amazing. Better than any I was able to take from the beach-I certainly don’t have a zoom lens that big. His shots were perfect & up-close and buying the CD was well worth it for us. If I had known how much we’d like the photos, I’d have saved a bunch of time & energy by not taking any pictures at all. The shop itself is nice & new and they offer a lot of cool clothes. I can’t say enough about this place. I was a little nervous to let our kids surf but it was so worth it. After a 2 week vacation, they tell everyone was their favorite part of the whole trip was surf lessons with Johnny & Benny! Thank you for a great experience!

Cookies Mom

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Mau Ahhee

Coach / Instructor
Professional Surfer

Johnny Pitzer

Coach / Instructor

Professional Surfer

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Johnny Pitzer   Hobbies: As well as surfing I grew up dirt biking, bmx biking, skateboarding, canoe paddling, fishing, hiking,  spear diving, cliff jumping and all kinds of other outside activities with a great group of neighborhood kids who’s each and every main passion was surfing.  Mostly all of us have made it into the surf industry in one way or another,  a few turned out to be top pros and are now competing around the world for the title each year… I started teaching surf lessons off and on for Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy when i was 16, now I’m 25 and have been teaching full time for them for the past five years and I love everyday of it. I live in Honolua Valley where I am currently working on restoring native growth and rock walls around an ancient Hawaiian Heiau (temple).. it has become my second passion and the surf lessons have been a great job to live both lifestyles. I get to have fun surfing and I get to fund my restoration project while teaching both passions to all that come eager to learn. I am now doing private surf safaris and tours for those of you who want to learn as much as you can about surfing during your stay in Maui. I’m always here for local kids and adults who need a surf coach and some positive motivation. Aloha, hope to see you soon…

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“Best Instructors”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
July 30, 2014
Our family recently took surf lessons from Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. It was fabulous. Johnny & Benny are the perfect instructors-fun, full of personality, knowledgeable, helpful & they really want to see each surfer succeed & have fun. They’re fantastic with kids as well as adults. The photographer was an added bonus-his photos were amazing. Better than any I was able to take from the beach-I certainly don’t have a zoom lens that big. His shots were perfect & up-close and buying the CD was well worth it for us. If I had known how much we’d like the photos, I’d have saved a bunch of time & energy by not taking any pictures at all. The shop itself is nice & new and they offer a lot of cool clothes. I can’t say enough about this place. I was a little nervous to let our kids surf but it was so worth it. After a 2 week vacation, they tell everyone was their favorite part of the whole trip was surf lessons with Johnny & Benny! Thank you for a great experience!

CookiesMomPa

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From Lahaina and Kahului

Best results

4th Place Men’s NSSA Nationals 2013
2nd Place Hawaii States 2011
1st Place NSSA Men’s Harbor

Favorite spots; Kahului Harbor, Honolua Bay

Aloha,

My name is Kaimana Kinimaka, I’ve been surfing competitively for 7 years now. Growing up on the island of Maui and coming from a family of watermen; I was born in the sport. I’ve been surfing for 17 years and my love for the spot continued to grow. If you want to learn a few tricks and have an awesome experience, please join me.

Kaimana Kinimaka

Coach/ Instructor

Professional Surfer

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Josh Boyer

Coach / Instructor

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“Best surf instructors for kids!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
August 6, 2014 via mobile
Josh and Kea were the instructors for our group of 8 surfers–1 adult, 7 kids (ages 6 to 17)! Not only did everyone stand up and ride several waves, they were cautious, fun, exciting and made the afternoon a memorable experience. Most of our kids were 6 and 7 years of age–and they loved it! They were nervous at first, and both instructors took special time out to make the kids feel safe and confident. You can’t put a price tag on the wonderful memories that we will hold close to our hearts forever! I highly recommend this surf school! Top notch!

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Lucas Teixeira

Coach / Manager

Luana Teixeira

Coach / Manager

 

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“Awesome Experience – Perfect for Children + Dan’s Tips”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 24, 2014
We booked our children (10 and 8) with Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy; the instructor, Luanna, was very professional, patient, and always encouraging – which we very much appreciated. Our kids both had a great experience and were riding waves within the first few tries. The setting was awesome, on Lahaina Beach, just south of the Big Banyon Tree. Any trip to Maui is not complete without hitting the waves. Highly Recommended for families of all ages!

Dan’s Tips:

1. Ask for Luanna, she is awesome (and see if she will take her surfing dog Koa with her as well).

2. Make sure you ask for the school to line up a professional photographer. Although you can take pictures from the jetty; where you actually surf is still a little ways from shore and the professional photographer with the telescopic lens was much better than my digital camera…

3. Drink lots of water beforehand and make sure to lather strong sunscreen on the back of your legs (hamstring area) – as that is the main part that will be exposed when you are waiting for the perfect wave…

Aloha!

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Tanner Hendrickson

Coach / Instructor

 

Taylor Vicar

Coach / Instructor

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“wonderful!!!!”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed July 17, 2014
My family came to Maui last week and booked a paddleboarding lesson with Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. Our instructor was Taylor and we had the best expirence of the trip! Taylor was very friendly and helpful in showing us all how to paddleboard. We ALL got up on the board the first time and with very little problems during the whole time. We would HIGHLY recommend Taylor and all the staff here for the best time ever!

Carol and family from TN

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Ikaika Neizman

Coach / Instructor

Kalani Ross

Coach / Instructor

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Aloha I’m Kalani Ross 25 years old born in Lahaina Maui ,first time surfing I was 5. I LOVE surfing and sharing the art of the sport with others. I enjoy gardening and riding waves on different boards on my free time. I also love making new friends and learning about different cultures. I learn something new every time I do a surf lesson. I’ve been coaching at RHSA for one and a half years. I’m  extremely proud to work for Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy, we are the best in every aspect of learning to surf with enjoyment.  

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“Surf like a champ”
5 of 5 starsReviewed
August 6, 2014 via mobile
This experience was phenomenal, I’ve never surfed before and now I can catch a wave and ride it to shore. Thanks to our main man Kalani for teaching us the ropes. He’s a fantastic instructor and I highly recommend him

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“Fun surf lessons in Maui, Lahaina with Tavner”

5 of 5 stars

Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our group (5 people all together) was led by Tavner who made our lesson fun with lots of time to surf and great instructions. We all got up on our surf boards and rode the waves! Tavner is very cool and a superb instructor who gave individual instruction to address each person’s need/questions/etc. Since my son took to surfing so quickly, Tavner let my son trade boards with Tavner so he could try another style board. Highly recommend Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy!

 

“Come here immediately after arriving in Maui!”
5 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2014

After searching for last minute activities, during a busy holiday weekend, I was able to join a group lesson the day I called. Our instructor, Tavner, was was very professional yet tons of fun while informing us about safety hazzards, and techniques. We each had several turns, which served as miniature private lessons. Everyone was at the very least standing shortly after their first attempt. It was a great time for an even better price!
To top it off, the pictures turned out great!
I’d absolutely recommend this place!

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Tavner Dyckman

Coach / Instructor

 

Justin Taguiped

Coach / Instructor

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I’m Justin Taguiped and I’ve been working on and off for Royal Hawaiian surf academy since I was 18. I was born in Southern California and have lived in back and forth ever since I can remember. I Love to surf and really enjoy teaching. Outside of surfing I love to play ukulele and paint surfboards. I’m CPR certified and when you’re ready for the highlight of your trip feel free to request me.

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Tory Washford

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Dan Nevils (Tan Dan)

Coach / Instructor

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“Great Surf Lesson”
5 of 5 stars
Reviewed August 12, 2014
My two teenage children and I took a surf lesson from Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy. None of us had ever surfed before, so we were a bit apprehensive and a little nervous about the whole experience. Our surf instructor, Dan, was just awesome. He was super nice and very encouraging. All of us got up and rode a wave on our first time. We had several nice rides that day. The waves were really good. We went early in the morning to the first session that day. I would highly recommend these guys if you’re interested in trying to surf. Our group was small (four surfers to one instructor). Great experience.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 4, 2014

Our family had a great time in Maui, but the two mornings that we spent with the Royal Hawaiian Surf Academy were most memorable. The location is perfect in central old town Lahaina, free parking is right across the street, and just a short walk to the beach. The staff is super friendly, positive and encouraging. The equipment was good quality and safe, and the instruction was simple and encouraging. In the first session, my melanin challenged family of four was instructed in the art of stand-up paddle boarding by instructor Tan Dan. He was great company, and made sure that everyone had good time. In our repeat visit, our instructor was Ikaika who took us surfing. My teens were skeptical that they would enjoy surfing, but catching a wave and standing up on a surf board for the first time was a thrill that had them grinning ear to ear. We did the 7AM surfing session, and I recommend that.

Most recommended and would return on our next trip.

Carl W.

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Marcelo Silva – aka (Marshmallow)

Coach / Instructor

Kaena Felicilda

Coach / Instructor

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Wesley Larson

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Steve Baker

Coach / Instructor

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5 of 5 starsReviewed July 31, 2014

We checked in at the school. Parking is easy, there’s a huge lot right next door. We were greeted by friendly staff and as a bunch of people started filing in, we were broken into small groups, which I really appreciated. Each group gets their own instructor. There were only 4 students in our group and I saw some groups even smaller!

We put on their shirts and water shoes and cruised over to the beach. 10 minutes of on shore instruction and we were out in the water! It started out slowly, just kind of waiting for your turn but you’re out on the ocean with views of towering mountains, so hey, no complaints. Our instructor took us each one at a time to really give us undivided attention and keep everyone safe. But as we started to get the process down, there was a lot less waiting a lot more surfing. We even eventually started going two at a time and then, there really was no waiting.

Now, as good of a process as the surf school has, what really made our day was the instructor. He was fantastic! Steve. From the moment he introduced himself to us, he was hilarious! Great sense of humor, great personality. TONS of one-liners! He had us cracking up!! And he worked really hard to make sure we were all able to get up on that board and have fun doing it!

The photographers stay on the beach and take shots so after the lesson, you can buy a cd of professional photos of your surfing. Very cool. We had 80 photos of the two of us!!

This was a really great first time surfing experience. Thank you Royal Lahaina Surf Academy and thank you Steve for a great day on the water!

 

V.M.

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Ipe Sahagun

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