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Address: Lahaina, Maui, HI 96761
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+1 808-250-7873

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Quality instruction with a laid back attitude.

Donny is incredible. He was able to get us in with a two day notice for a private midweek lesson. He's easy to get along with and the quality of the instruction is phenomenal. He... read more

Reviewed 23 November 2016
Kevin L
Sacramento, California
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Sacramento, California
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Reviewed 23 November 2016

Donny is incredible. He was able to get us in with a two day notice for a private midweek lesson. He's easy to get along with and the quality of the instruction is phenomenal. He had my wife up and surfing on the first try. He's able to articulate what you might be doing wrong and makes it easy to... More 

Thank Kevin L
Verona, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Donny was amazing! We just got back from lessons for my family (4).We couldn't imagine a better surf instructor. He started us out on the beach going over safety and proper technique on the board. He made sure we were all comfortable on the boards and then it was off to the waves. There are numerous places to take surf... More 

Thank bablessi
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Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

What a great experience and learning how to surf I've been other services but this is by far the best. The personal one-on-one interaction was incredible, insight into the surfing life to be able to be kind to others and what to look for in form of waves for future use was extremely helpful. I felt I was more prepared... More 

Thank Snmoblr
Seattle, Washington
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Reviewed 12 May 2015

Donny (Surf Dog) was awesome once again! Our daughters (ages 16 & 19) first took lessons from Donny eight years ago. We looked him up when we were on Maui last month. Easy going, kind, helpful and at our own pace- he has the right way to connect with people to make the sport not so daunting. He taught the... More 

Thank Shawnimor
Central Oregon, Oregon
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Reviewed 4 April 2015

On our recent trip to Maui, I decided to purchase surfing lessons for my 10 year old son. I asked a friend of mine who had been to Maui several times who I should use. In a heart beat he said Surf Dog! And he was right! Surf Dog is where it is at! Our instructor Donny gave us a... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 2 September 2014 via mobile

Mahalo Donnie! It was a really pleasure share our yesterday class with you and Monica. The sensations incredible! I'll never forget your guidance. Next time we'll surf the four of us, you/Louis (sorry not sure about the spelling), Fernando and me. Aloha!

Thank SONRISA_10
Costa Mesa, California
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Donny was a great teacher and was very patient with me (never surfed before and not a very strong swimmer). He has small classes so you get as lot of one on one instruction. For my lesson, it was just me and one other woman. My boyfriend was also able to rent a board from him to go out with... More 

Thank Monica P
Houston, Texas
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

During the planning phase of our latest trip to Hawaii, our 7 year old granddaughter had learning to surf as number 1 on her list of things to do. We did quite a bit of research, and especially after speaking with Donny on the phone, we booked a private lesson. We met as arranged at a beach park just outside... More 

Thank awaywego123
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Reviewed 20 June 2014

Friend of a friend introduced us to Donny. We were loving the though of surfing in Maui but a little nervous. We have a family of 4(12 year old daughter, 9 year old boy, and my wife and I) Met Donny just North or Lahaina. Beach was amazing and secluded. This is truly a one on one experience. Donny spent... More 

Thank Sportsbracer
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 18 June 2014 via mobile

Our family had lessons with Donny and he was so thorough , and made it so easy. 2 out of 3 of us got up on our first try and I got up on my second try. I highly recommend you call and book a lesson. It made our trip to maui complete.

Thank Suzanne K

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