Q. Where do you teach surfing lessons?
A. We teach surfing lessons at Puaena Point and Chun’s Reef Beaches. Both locations are on the North Shore of Oahu and about 3 miles apart. When you book your class, we will send you an e-mail with maps and directions. You can also enter either name in Google Maps, and it will show up.
Q. Is it safe to learn to surf on the North Shore of Oahu year-round?
A. Yes. On bigger days, we teach you to surf in a cove protected from the larger open ocean swells. We evaluate the surf each day and take you to the safest & most fun location for your surfing lesson.
Q. Do you have a photographer taking pictures of my surf lesson?
A. Yes, we usually have a photographer taking pictures of our lessons. The price is $40 per person but there is no obligation to purchase. You get all the pictures taken during your lesson digitally delivered in high resolution. Please add a note when booking to ensure the photographer is there.
Q. Do you only teach surf lessons?
A. We offer private surfing and stand-up paddleboard lessons (one student to one instructor), semi-private lessons (two students to one instructor), private family surf or paddleboard lessons (three students to one instructor), and public group lessons (four students to one instructor).
Q. What age range are your surf students?
A. We teach students as young as four years of age and up to any age. We do require anyone under eight years old to book one of our private or tandem lessons; pis OK too.
Q. Why is the North Shore of Oahu an excellent place to learn how to surf?
A. There are many reasons. We teach you to surf in a cove protected from the larger waves that the North Shore of Oahu is famous for. The water is cleaner than in Waikiki, and the beaches are real. The crowds are also substantially lighter and friendlier than in Waikiki. The North Shore is the SURFING CAPITAL of the WORLD; learning to surf out here is about as authentic as it gets.
Q. How long will it take to learn surfing?
A. Most people will be able to stand up in their first surfing lesson, and some people will be able to catch waves by themselves in their first lesson with coaching. However, learning how to read waves, when, and where to paddle into them takes time. Depending on your goals, a minimum of 3 surfing lessons is a good start if you plan on taking up the sport.
Q. Should I take a one or two-hour surf lesson?
A. For first-time surfers we recommend the two-hour surf lesson to get the most out of your surfing experience.
Q. Do you teach guys too?
A. Yes, about half of our students are male.
Q. How many people are there in a group surfing lesson?
A. Our group lessons start at three people and never exceed a 4:1 (four students to instructor) ratio.
Q. What do I need to bring?
A. Make sure to bring your swimsuit, towel, sunblock, and water to drink.
Q. Can I use my own surfboard?
A. Yes, but if this is your first time taking a surfing lesson, we suggest you use our boards, they have soft tops and are specially made for learning how to surf.
Q. What if there are no waves for our surfing lesson?
A. The North Shore is blessed because there are safe ridable waves virtually every day. In the Summer, when it’s smaller, there is a trade wind-generated swell that wraps around the coast bringing safe and fun 1-2 foot waves. And of course, in the Winter, when the surf is larger, we teach in a protected cove with small 1-2 foot waves. In the rare case of ocean conditions being un-rideable, we can reschedule your surfing lesson or refund your lesson money.
Q. What’s the water temperature like in Hawaii?
A. Hawaii’s near-shore water temperatures remain comfortable throughout the year. The average water temperature is 74º F. (23.3 C), with a summer high of 80º F. (26.7º C).
Q. What’s the air temperature like in Hawaii?
A. The average daytime summer temperature at sea level is 85º F. (29.4 C), while the average daytime winter temperature is 78º (25.6º C). Temperatures at night are approximately 10º F. lower.
Q. Can I learn to surf when it’s raining?
A. Yes, we teach in the rain since we will be getting wet anyway. We do offer you the option of rescheduling or will refund the surf lesson fee if it’s raining at our lesson location and you don’t want to surf in the rain.
Q. What should I do if I wear contacts?
A. Seeing is, of course, helpful when learning to surf, although perfect vision is not required. We recommend that you bring an extra set of glasses in case you lose one or both and need to drive after. However, people who use contacts don’t lose them if they kept their eyes closed underwater.
Q. What should I do if I get seasick?
A. Taking Dramamine has worked well for some of our past students who are prone to seasickness. It is available over the counter (Note: please consult a doctor before taking any medications.)
Q. What kind of swimsuit should I wear for my surfing lesson?
A. Something comfortable. We provide surf jerseys/rashguards.
Q. Do you provide transportation from Waikiki and Honolulu?
A. Unfortunately, we do not provide transportation. However, we strongly suggest you rent a car, it’s the best way to see the island. Oahu also allows rideshares including Uber and Lyft, with prices between $100 and $50. We also have a public transportation system known as The Bus. It only costs $2.75 each way but is a bit slow. Ask your hotel concierge for scheduling information.
Q. Can you recommend a place for me to stay while on Oahu?
A. Yes, we can refer you to a variety of well-priced vacation rentals – most of our surfing lesson students wish they had stayed on the North Shore of Oahu instead of Waikiki.
Q. Are your surf instructors allowed to accept tips?
A. Yes, tips are much appreciated by our surf instructors.
Q. What forms of payment do you accept?
A. We accept all major credit cards and cash. The easiest way to book is by going to our Booking Page, or by calling us anytime at 808-637-2977. If we don’t pick up we will return the call ASAP.