We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
808-936-3654
Improve this listing
Ranked #18 of 180 activities in Kailua-Kona
Type: Classes/Workshops
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
33 visitor photos
Write a Review

96 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    94
    1
    0
    0
    1
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Mendocino, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I recently took my first surfing lesson from Barry and his crew, along with my son-in-law and grandchildren ages 22 &12.  Not only are the reviews from other students accurate,"Safe,knowledgeable,patient,and fun". I was provided with one of my most memorable experiences ever!   In fact, I couldn't wait to take another lesson.  A week later my husband accompanied me, taking pictures while I... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

My trip to the Big Island took me Kahalu'u and Surfer Bear Surf Lessons. Barry and Jeff were total pros with much experience and I enjoyed our time in the waves tremendously. Connecting with the ocean at that level had me buzzing and wanting for more. You two rule! Thanks so much.

Was this review helpful? Yes
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was my 1st time surfing and it was a wonderful experience! Jeff was my instructor and he was fun, detailed, encouraging and patient! He lent me the shoes along with the board (included in cost) and even provided me with a better style rash guard top for the lesson b/c mine wasn't the correct fabric weight. I actually ended... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Out of nowhere my 9-year old decided to Google surf lessons on our vacation in Kona and gave me Surfer Bear's number. At first I was a bit nervous but after talking to Barry on the phone my nerves were calmed and I was willing to spend the money on a 1-on-1 lesson. It was Pure Magic. I watched from... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Alabaster, Alabama
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Today my daughter and I had a two hour long session with Barry and Jeff. It was a fabulous experience. Both guys are very positive and encouraging, and very patient. This was our second year with the guys, and we both learned a lot! We feel like we now have a good grasp of the basics and are ready to... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Carlsbad, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I had surfed before and taken lessons but wanted/needed to learn the basics and practice techniques for paddling out, paddling to catch waves, catching waves, etc. - plus have fun! I had an awesome time surfing and learned so much from Barry that will help me as I continue to learn how to surf where I live in California. Surfing... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Slidell, Louisiana
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

My 15 yo son had a morning session with Bear. He not only enjoyed the site where the lesson was given but his instructor as well. According to my son he kept it simple and motivating. After a few 'crash and dive" he started to ride the waves. My son highly recommends SBH. I just enjoyed watching him from a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Canada
Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
29 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Yes, anyone can really surf! From the time I booked with Barry on the phone, to the fresh fruit he provided after the lesson, everything was absolutely awesome! I was hesitant to try surfing at first, I thought there was no way I would be able to stand up on the board. Barry brought along 2 other instructors for a... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Menlo Park, CA
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Jeff is great, professional with a positive attitude. My daughter loved the lesson, so did I. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toronto, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

Barry was extremely kind, courteous and, most importantly, patient. Overall an excellent experience! My son and I really felt like we learned some important fundamentals. Highly recommended -- we'll be back the next time we are here!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons also viewed

Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii
 

Been to Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing