Maui's original surf school to offer exclusively private surf lessons, seven days a week!
Maui-based Rivers to the Sea provides private surf lessons to parties of one or more, away from the crowds. We guarantee that you will stand up, and depart the beach with a new designation -- surfer.
One of the best surfing schools on Maui.
Maui’s best surf instructors
Spiderman can now surf anything!
I would give them 10 stars if I could!
This was our top outing over our two week vacation to Hawaii.
Beginners and visitors alike rave about feeling safe with lessons from…Rivers to the Sea.
We've booked with Rivers to the Sea the last 5 years and have never been disappointed.
The instructors are all local, great surfers themselves, but also know how to be effective.
Catch a Wave! Adrien Brody, Kelly Hu and Zach Braff have all taken private surfing lessons with Rivers to the Sea.
Who We Are
Rivers to the Sea was founded by identical twin brothers, Tide and Kiva Rivers, hence the name. Our logo is a screen print of an actual photograph of the brothers sharing a tube at Maui’s Honolula bay, a favorite surf spot of theirs.
Growing up on Maui in the small North Shore enclave of Kuau in Paia Town, the Rivers brothers have had their toes in the water since they learned to surf in 1979. Kuau was the kind of place where kids ran around barefoot in the grass, trading papaya or starfruit from their yard. A huge source of entertainment was climbing the coconut trees and, ultimately, slamming the coconuts on the ground, to get to the creamy white flesh and refreshing milk inside. With sticky coconut milk often running down their arms, it was imperative that they rinse off down at the beach. So of course, there was a little-known Kuau pathway that lead directly there, which literally became the pathway that the Rivers’ brothers lives would follow. Rivers to the Sea.
Tide and Kiva transformed from toddlers to guppies to fish at a very young age, and began surfing for recreation with a Kuau neighborhood mentor, “Uncle” Jeff, who used to take them out on his longboard at a secret Paia surf spot. That experience, combined with their dad’s obsession with getting in the water, and their mom’s love for the beach, sealed their fate as life-long surfers.
Displeased with the notion of big-box, store-style surf schools and generic surf lessons — and stricken with the realization that they could actually make a living sharing their craft — the brothers set out to build their business. For the company to run as they envisioned it, it was crucial that surf lessons were truly tailored to students’ needs. The brothers wanted to ensure that all aspiring surfers had individualized lessons and a fabulous, VIP-level experience.
Having each won several surf contests and garnering professional sponsorships over the years by such companies as Da Kine and Honolua Surf Company, Tide grew up to be a true soul-surfer, in it simply for the love and the thrill. Kiva remains a staunch competitor who maintains professional sponsorship by Honolua Surf Company, but remains humble and true to his roots as a soul-surfer as well. Combined, the brothers boast the perfect synergy to foster a love for surfing in anyone.
Today, Rivers to the Sea provides one-on-one, semi-private and group surf lessons, all private, in a location away from the crowds. The Rivers to the Sea team has taught thousands of people how to surf, and the founders express daily gratitude for waking up to do what they love each day.
It has been said that Tide has a PhD in “Maui.” If not frolicking in the hidden waterfalls of Hana, or checking out a tantalizing plate of “local kine grinds” (cuisine), Tide is in the ocean. A true soul-surfer, Tide is motivated daily by one of his biggest influences, his late best friend and wave shredder Eric Diaz, whose memory is a reminder to seize each day. Some of Tide’s favorite Maui surf spots include Ho’okipa, where he grew up honing his skills; Honolua Bay, where the waves are raw, less crowded, harder to tame, and break in an astonishing tubular motion around the reef; and of course, the almighty monstrous Jaws, which demands the ultimate skill in wave-riding. Waves at Jaws can top 100 foot faces, and Tide is one of the world’s few surfers who has paddled out at this break, which was previously only attempted as a tow-in. His abundant knowledge of the ocean, and experience in many heavy wave-riding situations, allows him to find a very calm place in his teaching style. Humans are 70 percent water, but this is likely exceeded by Tide, who “comes home” when he morphs into the elements of ocean with unsurpassed love, awe and appreciation.
Kiva is considered the next generation of ocean pioneers. He is definitely carving his mark in the water as a champion longboarder, amazing shortboarder, and powerful paddleboarder. His competitive achievements include: second place at the Molokai race (a grueling 32-mile race and true test for the serious waterman), multiple 1st place finishes in the Honolua Surf Co. Legends of the Bay, 1st at the Kimo’s Long Board Classic at Mala Wharf, winner of the first SUP contest held in California at San Onofre, competed numerous times in the Molokai to Oahu Paddle Board Race in both solo and team crossings, while placing in the top three spots each time. Kiva has also competed in numerous paddle board events in California like the Malibu Down Winder and the Catalina Classic. Still to this day, one of Kiva’s biggest accomplishments was winning the Jeep Ultimate Waterman Award. But no matter where he goes or what he does, Kiva’s heart stays close to home with his beautiful family.