A world-class professional surfer with more than 25 years of surfing experience, Zack Howard grew up in Malibu, California, and began surfing at the age of 5. He started competing in amateur contests at the age of 9 and turned pro at just 15 years old when he was discovered during the World Longboard Championships in Malibu. With French sportswear company Oxbow as his sponsor, he began traveling and competing all over the world in places such as South Africa, Costa Rica, Brazil, Tahiti and Indonesia.
During his career, he’s garnered an impressive list of accolades, including third place at the World Championships in Australia in 1999 and second place in the U.S. Open of Surfing in 2003. He was ranked in the top 10 on the Association of Surfing Professionals World Longboard Tour for 10 years and graced the cover of Longboard Magazine twice.
Zack moved to Maui in 2005 and began teaching surf lessons full-time a year later. A Malibu lifeguard for 10 years, he is Red Cross CPR- and first-aid certified, which means his clients’ safety always comes first.
With more than 15 years of teaching experience behind him, Zack brings in-depth knowledge of the ocean and incredible enthusiasm for the sport to each and every lesson. No matter what your level, Zack Howard Surf ensures unforgettable surfing adventures on the beautiful beaches of Maui. Zack is a soul surfer at heart and loves to share his passion with others. We hope you get out there and try it!
Private Surf Lessons
Maui is one of the most beautiful diverse islands in the world. It has so many different varieties of surf. If you are looking for small fun surf on the west side, or big barreling outer reefs Maui has it all. Many of the surf spots on Maui are off the beaten path. So knowing the right guide is key.
Malibu is an iconic town in the surfing world. There is so much rich surfing history there a whole book could be written on the place. Learning to surf there would be a dream for anyone. It is important to surf with someone who is from there and knows the area. There are many different breaks that suit all levels of surfers. The coastline is 27 miles long and there is fun surf all over!
San Francisco is home to one of the best beach breaks on the entire west coast. Ocean beach can be surfed from 1ft to 20 foot and remains world class depending on the wind and swell. From beginners to advanced surfers this wave has something for everyone.