MAUI-SurferGirlsFor more than eight years, Maui Surfer Girls, a summer camp for girls ages 12 to 17, has been offering adventurous young women the chance to learn how to surf in the islands where the sport was invented.

"The girls come in from everywhere," said camp founder Dustin Tester. "Most are from the West Coast; however, we have had an international attendance. We had a girl from Montreal, Canada, last year, and we had a couple of girls from Korea. Generally, though, the girls are coming from all over the mainland U.S."

Over the years, in fact, Maui Surfer Girls has also hosted campers from Japan, New Zealand and Scotland. Designed for girls seeking a personalized and supportive environment -- the camp's student-to-teacher ratio usually runs around 3 to 1 -- Maui Surfer Girls gives participants a chance to spend one or two weeks on the west coast of Maui, chasing waves every morning while choosing from all sorts of afternoon pursuits, including watersports like paddle boarding, windsurfing or snorkeling; a variety of waterfall hikes; Hawaiian cultural activities and more.

All of the campers sleep in oceanfront, A-frame cabins, and private chefs prepare a camp cuisine of healthy meals with an organic focus.

"We have a really unique surf camp," said Tester. "It's small. It's kind of like a family, or an ohana, and the girls really get to know one another. And our surf instruction is very personalized, so they get a lot of attention."

That attention is focused on Tester's goal of "helping to empower girls," she said. "I've lived on Maui my entire life, so I've always had the ocean as a way for me to express myself. I think it's just my drive to help girls gain self-confidence and share the ocean environment that I was so blessed to experience growing up."

Seven-day sessions are $1,850, and participants may choose between the week of July 17 to 24 or July 25 to Aug. 1. The rate for the 15-day session, offered July 17 through Aug. 1, is $3,150. All rates include accommodations, all meals, surf equipment, personalized surf instruction and all camp activities. All bookings are commissionable to agents at 8%.

Visit or call (808) 280-8165.

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