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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-936-3654
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Surfer Bear (short for Barry) was actually c

Surfer Bear ( short for Barry ) was actually closed for the week I was in the area and was STILL kind enough to return my email, meet with us and arrange for a great instructor... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Surfer Bear ( short for Barry ) was actually closed for the week I was in the area and was STILL kind enough to return my email, meet with us and arrange for a great instructor named Sam to teach my boyfriend and me how to surf for the first time. Sam was super down to earth, make it relaxing... More 

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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36 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Me and my two teenage kids took lessons with Surfer Bear. He is very positive and enthusiastic and along with his two other teachers, had the kids up in a matter of minutes, while it took a bit longer for me to get the hang of it. I felt like giving up a couple of times and was growing frustrated,... More 

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Saint John, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My two 16 year old daughters and I had an excellent experience with Barry and Jeff. You can tell they love surfing to the core and their enthusiasm is contagious. They were great teachers and made it fun and they had a terrific Hawaiian vibe. Hanging out with them was fun and most importantly they got us up to speed... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

My 8 and 10 year old absolutely loved Surfer Bear and the other teacher (sorry I can't remember his name, because he was really great too). My 10-year old is very adventurous and she was up and catching waves within 30 minutes. My 8-year old is more timid and after falling face first in the waves, she started crying and... More 

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San Jose, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Bear seems to enjoy passing on his knowledge and skill simply for his passion of surfing. I can't say enough of how kind and helpful Bear was. He didn't pressure my son, instead it was just about having fun. My son really liked Bear and felt comfortable with him. If I ever make it back to the Big Island again,... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Surfer Bear and his team are the best surfing guides you can find. I have spent two summers on the Big Island - and my time with Surfer Bear is always the best experience of the summer. He is encouraging, fun and very experienced. Last summer I was a beginner - and a little nervous about getting in the water.... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

Surfer Bear Surf Lessons is very friendly, positive and he is a great teacher! My nephew and I decided to get a surf in before he left to go back to texas. Surfer bear was very professional but still had the Hawaiian vibe the whole time we were in the water. We both were able to catch at least 10... More 

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Bozeman, Montana
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I was a guide with a group of teenage girls who were very nervous before we started. By the end of the first lesson, they all wanted to be professional surfers! Surfer Bear was so encouraging and kind. I am sending my best friend and her husband to him this fall, that's how much I trust him!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

My wife was a complete beginner and I was relatively inexperienced and Berry and his crew were incredible. Everyone was so positive and encouraging that we both felt awesome when we left. Booking with them was a bit of a struggle because of the hurricane (not their fault) so I'm really excited berry made it happen. Very relaxed lesson, lots... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Me and my boyfriend decided to take surfing lessons and found the Surfer Bear web site. We had a lesson with Barry. He sounded very excited on the phone and gave all the details about the place we were supposed to meet. We had an amazing time! Barry was very helpful, friendly, encouraging and professional. First he went over some... More 

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