In celebration of 13 years of business, Maui Surfer Girls is partnering with the Will Smith Foundation to provide local Maui girls with scholarships to attend their July surf camp. In addition to offering surfing and stand-up paddling lessons for individuals and groups in Lahaina, Maui Surfer Girls has put on these summer surf camps for over a decade, hosting hundreds of teen girls from all over the country.
Dustin Tester started Maui Surfer Girls as a way to pass on the skills she learned from her dad growing up in Maui to other young girls. The Maui Surfer Girls staff is made of seasoned surfing instructors with various educational and professional backgrounds. Targeting girls 12-17, their summer surf camps provide a holistic surfing experience that includes surf lessons, oceanography and surf etiquette talks, as well as other ocean adventures and fun activities. Regardless of past experience or ability, Maui Surfer Girls seeks to “empower girls through the sport of surfing.”
The passion Tester uses in her surf lessons translates to other areas of her life as well. She recently participated in her first Paradise Speedway dirt track race and loved it. Though her time trial wasn’t the most impressive (“[Someone] asked me if I was driving to Foodland,” she told me), Tester’s second time behind the wheel proved more successful–and addicting. So much so that she hopes to invest in her own Maui Surfer Girls car soon. Ultimately though, Tetster’s true love remains surfing.
“I feel so lucky to share my passion for the surf lifestyle with our students,” she said in a June 13 press release. “We are truly more than your average surf school. Our students gain not only surfing skills, but they also learn an appreciation for Hawaiian culture and respect for the ocean, all the while building self confidence in themselves. This year we want to give back to our Maui community by offering scholarships for our kama’aina girls.”
For more information about Maui Surfer Girls and the summer surf camps they offer, visit MauiSurferGirls.com. To receive a scholarship application, email Dustin Tester at [email protected] and have it turned in by the June 30 deadline.
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