Ladies and gentlemen, there is cause to celebrate: The Maui Dream Retreat is back!
In case you’re new to the sport or perhaps haven’t yet heard about SUP Magazine’s Maui Dream Retreat, let us fill you in on what you’ve been missing. Each spring as the trade-winds on Maui's famous North Shore start whipping, SUP Magazine takes eight lucky paddlers on a downwind SUP escape of a lifetime.
Featuring top-notch accommodations at the Lumeria Maui and instruction from some of the world's best ocean paddlers--including Connor Baxter, Zane Schweitzer, Suzie Cooney and Jeremy Riggs--you’ll spend six days and five nights experiencing the Holy Grail of downwind paddling: the Maliko Run. After two consecutive sold-out years, spots are already going fast. Still debating it? Here’s five reasons why skipping the MDR will result in some major FOMO.
Let’s cut right to the chase here: the Maliko Run is the ultimate playground for downwind paddling. Both pros and amateurs alike hail this stretch of water on Maui’s North Shore for its consistent winds, surprising challenges and stunning natural beauty. Between the lush green mountains, rocky coastline, cobalt blue water and of course, the wind, it’s a view unlike anywhere else on earth. There are plenty of other places to catch bumps, but the Maliko tops them all.
Ever wonder what it would be like to get a private basketball lesson from LeBron James? Or a few tips on your golf swing from Tiger Woods? Well, the Maui Dream Retreat offers the standup paddling equivalent of those scenarios. We didn’t just choose good paddlers to provide instruction for our MDR participants, we chose the world’s best paddlers to do the job.
Alongside five-time Olukai Ho'olaule'a champion and three-time PPG champion Connor Baxter, we’ve enlisted the knowledge and aloha vibes of pro paddler and two-time Ultimate Waterman Zane Schweitzer. Rounding out this world-class lineup are local downwind experts Suzie Cooney and Jeremy Riggs, both of whom have spent years teaching both pros and amateurs about the nuances of the Maliko Run.
Five Nights at the Lumeria Maui
Paddle hard during the day, get pampered by night. The Lumeria Maui isn’t just a spot to crash after a long day catching endless glides, this four-star resort is dedicated to helping guests regenerate and renew. Built in 1910 and currently the oldest wooden structure on Maui, its grounds have been transformed into a peaceful upcountry retreat featuring a yoga studio, spa, meditation grounds and hammocks suspended in a grove of pines. Need we say more?
Get yourself to the Lumeria and we take care of the rest. Meals, transportation, boards, instructors, the whole gamut. You name it, we’ve got it all handled for you. Because you won’t have time to be worrying about logistics when you’re busy doing daily Maliko runs, getting paddling tips from Connor Baxter, sweating it out in challenging fitness and yoga classes, and of course, relaxing with a cold cocktail at the end of the day. Not to mention, you’ll get professional photos of you riding world-class glides to show off to all your friends back home. Trust us, they’ll get very jealous.
Just as in previous years, the MDR will lead up to the famed Olukai Ho'olaule'a, the first major downwind race of the year. Running along the same infamous stretch of coastline that we’ll be practicing on all week, this race attracts hundreds of paddlers from around the globe. And after getting instruction from pros and paddling the Maliko Run each day, MDR attendees have the opportunity to test their skills and compete in this legendary event.