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Address: 75-5909 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI
Phone Number: 808-324-0442
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Description: Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who...
Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors are born and raised in the islands. Who better to visit when in Kona but the Natives! Surf with actual Hawaiian Lifeguards, take a Kayak Tour or learn how to Stand Up Paddle. HLSI is a family owned and operated Big Island Surf School. Come surf with our OHANA! Located in the Heart of Kailua-Kona On Ali'i Drive. South of mile marker 1. Situated between the Kona Reef Resort and Ali'i Cove. Across the street from Honls Beach Park (Wai'aha Bay).
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They'll get you up!

I can't stop telling everyone that I spent my last day in Hawaii surfing! I am a first timer with a healthy respect for (read: fear of) the ocean and mediocre swimming skills... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 27, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

I can't stop telling everyone that I spent my last day in Hawaii surfing! I am a first timer with a healthy respect for (read: fear of) the ocean and mediocre swimming skills. Jacob (my surf coach) insured that I was successful from the beginning, and his advice as well as Tiffany's meant that I was surfing with relative ease... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

There are several places offering surf instructions but after some research we chose them. It is a family run busienss with all of their instructors certified life guards which was comforting. I liked that they did dry land instruction first and then put you into the water it made the whole experience much better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014 via mobile

Our family of four had a great experience with the 2 hour group lesson through HLSI in Kona. We had three instructors for the four of us and as promised we all got up on the boards and rode waves in the one hour lesson (one hour in the water after a briefing in their office). Aside from the instructors... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

My wife and I received surfing lessons for a wedding gift. As Canadians more used to snowboarding or skiing we had very limited expectations. The family feel of this business is evident throughout the experience from check in, in class lesson and surfing itself. Our instructor Jay was very patient and made every portion feel fun no matter how we... More 

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I have taken a few surf lessons in the past (in California and Hawaii). I am by no means experienced or skilled (I am definitely a beginner). The lessons I have taken in the past were at other schools and in other places (not in Kona). I thought I would try surfing in Kona and this school came highly recommended.... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

My wife and I are in our 40's and are quite active but have never surfed. Our friends convinced us to give it a try. We went out with Jacob, and with some coaching and help, we both caught and surfed the first wave we tried. The bay that they teach in has a very predictable break, and the guys... More 

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Sitka, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

After arriving on the island, I decided to book a 2-hour group surfing lesson with HLSI. I had only one prior surfing lesson years before with a different company on a previous vacation. The professionalism & friendliness from HLSI was outstanding and I had a complete blast. When I arrived at the shop for the training video & paddling instruction... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

My sister and I took our first lesson from HLSI. It was an awesome experience! The opening ground school set the tone for fun and safety which was echoed by the instructors on the water. Each instructor works hard to make sure you have opportunities to stand up and are super encouraging!!

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HLSI, Manager at Hawaii Lifeguard Surf Instructors, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. On behalf of our entire HLSI team and ohana- mahalo for joining us and taking the time to share your experience with the world. We look forward to surfing with you again in the future! Aloha from Kona and team HLSI More 

Camino, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

This was my grandson's first surfing experience. He loved it so much that he asked us to sign him up for another lesson.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I chose this company because of their training/certifications and good reviews. My son (13) and I (45), took lessons from Jacob. It was a nice family owned surf school. We had a great time and Jacob made it very easy for us to learn. He was very encouraging and fun! Definitely recommend this company!

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