PAIA, Hawaii --
Part of the allure of surfing in Hawaii is all the things that come
with the sport: the sun-bleached hair; the beautiful people who
gravitate toward the activity; even the shiny, tight shirts that
Now, visitors to
Maui can experience all these things and learn to stand on a
surfboard, as well.
Twin brothers Kiva
and Tide Rivers own Rivers 2 the Sea, a start-to-finish surf
operation that picks up guests at their resort, brings them to a
local, uncrowded beach, walks them through a land lesson, then
takes them out to the breaking crests.
Well take most
people out to spots that have gentle rollers, said Tide. You can
even stand up in most of the spots, which puts peoples minds at
Were all here to
have a good time outdoors, not push people into waves that are too
big for them. Its about having a good time and challenging yourself
just a little bit.
The outfit is based
in Paia, a lesser-known artists and windsurfers town at the base of
Mauis Haleakala volcano.
The brothers have
earned a reputation around the island for offering private lessons
to individuals or small groups. And, according to their Web site,
CNN has called the Rivers brothers surf instructors to the
This summer, Scrubs
and Garden State star Zach Braff spent an afternoon surfing with
the Rivers brothers. Adrien Brody (Academy Award winner for The
Pianist) and Kelly Hu, costar of X-Men 2, also have taken lessons
from Rivers 2 the Sea.
The Rivers brothers
have been surfing for almost their entire lives. Their father,
Barry Rivers, founder with his wife, Stella, of the Maui Film
Festival, said the boys were surfing before they could speak in
Kiva and Tide
Rivers serve as the festivals private VIP surf instructors for
entertainment A-listers and captains of industry, according to
their Web site.
At press time, Kiva
Rivers was participating in a longboard contest in Waikiki in which
he took second place, overall. Tide is completing a business
Both see these
tasks as ways to grow their business. While Tide is learning the
business end of the trade, Kiva is amassing publicity through the
The brothers charge
$150 for two hours of private lessons. Groups (no more than four
people) pay $75 per person for two hours. For more information
about the surf school, call (808) 280-8795 or visit www.riverstothesea.com.
reporter Brian Berusch, send e-mail to [email protected].