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HIGHLY TALENTED & SKILLED SURFING INSTRUCTORS IN LAHAINA, HAWAII

KEVIN SULLIVAN

Instructor + Owner

A native of the Aloha State, Kevin grew up on the west side of Maui in the old whaling village of Lahaina. Much of what he learned about surfing took place at Honolua Bay, where his cousin not only taught him the basics of surfing, but how to prepare for professional competitions as well.

Starting with the World Qualifying Series in 2008, his professional career has taken him on adventures that circle the globe. Kevin has been on the WSL World Tour since 2009. When he’s not on the World Tour, he pursuers what he loves – teaching others the thrill of surfing on the beautiful island of Maui.

Kevin along with all the Instructors are from Maui, which has given them the knowledge and understanding of the swells, currents, winds, tides, aloha, friendships and the Hawaiian value of the ocean. The perfect combination that will guarantee you have a great time learning how to Surf! Hope to see you in the water.

“If you spend a few days riding the surf with me, you will immeasurably improve your skills. You will also begin to understand why it can be hard to be away from Maui for too long!” – Kevin Sullivan

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FAVORITE SURFER:
PONCHO SULLIVAN
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FAVORITE SURFER:
ANDY IRONS

MARIO MENZE

Instructor

Born and raised in Napili, Mario learned to surf from his father Tony Menze who competed professionally for years. He’s a graduate of Lahainaluna Highschool and still resides on the west side!

These days, you can find him surfing, hiking, riding tandem with keiki, teaching all ages to surf on their own and giving back to the community in any way possible.

“Surfing changed my life and I feel extremely blessed to share that love and respect for the surf with visitors every day!” – Mario Menze

D.J.

Instructor

D.J. is an essential part of our team and is sure to bring a smile to the beach with him! He was born on the Valley Isle of Maui and was lucky enough to grow up surfing. Maui’s world-class waves helped to fine-tune his skills in the ocean.

In the last number of years, D.J. has traveled to several different continents in search of perfect waves. Surfing not only has taught him lifelong lessons, but has also introduced him to lifelong friends too.

“I look forward to sharing my passion with our guests!” – D.J.

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FAVORITE SURFER:
KEVIN SULLIVAN
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TAYLOR VICAR

Instructor

Born on the Big Island of Hawaii in Hilo, then moving to Maui at age 4, Taylor is a key component to our team of instructors. Taylor caught his first wave when he was 8 years old, alongside his brother, at Gaurdrails – the wave break we give our lessons at. That first wave love shines through in all his lessons as he teaches his students proper techniques and which waves to catch.

“Every time I teach a lesson I’m stoked to share my love and passion for the sport with others. See you all in the water, AAAAAloha!!!”

– Taylor Vicar

NICK HERADIA

Instructor

Nick has been on island since 2001 and started giving surf lessons in 2003! Aside from teaching surf, Nick is a talented musician and loving father. His passion for surfing shines through in his lessons. If he’s not in the water surfing himself, you can find him hiking or playing his guitar.

“My favorite part about teaching surf lessons is the initial push, when the student looks back at you with the biggest smile on their face. Allowing others to feel the power of surfing is the best job in my book!”
– Nick Heradia

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FAVORITE SURFER:
ROB MACHADO
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FAVORITE SURFER:
TORREN MARTYN

COLE MILLINGTON

Instructor

Cole is 24 years old and lives in Lahaina. Riding his first waves at Breakwall around age 8, he’s been hooked ever since. His love for surfing pours into all aspects of his life – he even has a hot sauce company named after his favorite spot to surf on island! Cole has the aloha spirit and is always ready to share what he knows with you for a great experience in the water.

“Surfing is one of my favorite things to do in the entire world and I love sharing that with others, we are gonna have a blast!”

– Cole Millington

HANNAH ERICKSON

Photographer

Hannah captures your entire experience with Local Pros Maui! Her team of talented photographers supplies our guests with high-quality, top-notch photo galleries. From getting ready on the beach with your surf instructor, to the moment you enter the water, and of course your very first wave, she’s ready to capture it all.

​Residing in Lahaina, Hannah first learned to surf at the very spot we give our lessons. Capturing everyday moments of joy is one of her many passions!

Hannah Erickson
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