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Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-936-3654
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Trip of a lifetime

My teens and I just returned from a week on the big island that included surfing lessons from Surfer Bear. By far, my kids said this was their favorite experience. My 18 year old... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Park City, Utah
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Park City, Utah
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

My teens and I just returned from a week on the big island that included surfing lessons from Surfer Bear. By far, my kids said this was their favorite experience. My 18 year old daughter was nervous and I shared with with Bear. He assured her that they would go slow and all would be well. She was up and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Our family recently had our third trip to the Big Island and it wouldn't have been complete without our third lesson with Surfer Bear! The first time, my son was only five years old and Barry and his staff took such good care of him, with safety being the obvious priority. Max still talks about having the 'dry hair record'!... More 

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Redmond, Washington
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

I'm watching my 16 year old son surf while I write this and loving it! Bear loves to get people up on boards in good conditions, so you might have to wait a few days for good swells. He called my son at 8am every morning telling him what the conditions were and after three days the conditions were good.... More 

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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Barry (Bear) and his team of surf instructors (especially Jeff) are amazing with kids. My 9 (almost 10) year old daughter spent 3 days with them this March. The venue is great (mix of smaller and larger waves) with lots of sea turtles and fish to watch while they are waiting for the perfect wave. They clearly love helping kids... More 

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38 reviews 38 reviews
6 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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28 helpful votes 28 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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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
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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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