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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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Bear did everything in his power to make sure I got to ride some waves. From calling me every morning with a wave report, to helping me spot and catch the biggest waves possible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Kate B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Bear did everything in his power to make sure I got to ride some waves. From calling me every morning with a wave report, to helping me spot and catch the biggest waves possible. On top of that, fed me fresh produce from his backyard and charged me a reasonable price! A real authentic Hawaiian experience:)

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Thank Kate B
New Jersey
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Kids (8&10) had a lesson today. They loved it!! It was my 8 year old daughter's idea and, so far, is the highlight of her trip. She wants to go again! My son, who has anxiety issues, had a great time as well! I couldn't believe it when he said he'd like to go again. The guys were great with... More 

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Thank zaks1006
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Booked a lesson in advance with Barry, and he called the night before to say the surf conditions were not good. No waves! He suggested another day after looking at the forecast and we set the date. It was a perfect day for my beginner teenagers. They successfully rode waves for 2 hours and had a blast! In fact, it... More 

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Thank drathbun
Philadelphia, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015 via mobile

Jeff and Barry are awesome. They gave us private lessons for the price of a group lesson. Really great instruction and very friendly. Good for surfers of all levels. They even provided a snack for after our lesson!

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Thank Skatie98
Seattle
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Outstanding lesson! I wanted to improve my skills (I could get up consistently but could not do much else). Jeff is very enthusiastic and articulate. He was able to explain things exceptionally well and had me surfing at a higher level within a very short time. I was really impressed and came away feeling much more confident and capable of... More 

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Thank ancientskierSeattle
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Excellent experience of a life time! Jeff, Barry and Sam were patient and encouraging to our family. We all surfed - even my 7 year old! Highly recommend this experience!

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Thank Peg088
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

We took a lesson with Barry last week and we absolutely loved it! There were 3 instructors for the 5 of us (me, my wife, and our 3 kids). Barry arranged an early lesson for us (around 7:30), so we were almost alone in the Kahaluu bay. After a short demonstration on the beach, we went in the water and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 via mobile

My experience with Surfer Bear was amazing! Surfer Bear is honestly the place to go to when looking for a surfing lesson. Scheduling a lesson was a bit hard only because I didn't have any phone service. Finding the location was a bit tricky too, but they park right outside of Saint Peter's Catholic Church. My dad called them and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015 via mobile

Surfer Bear took my 9-year old boy and 7-year old girl out for their first surfing lesson. They had a great time riding the waves and really loved Surfer Bear. He did a great job with them. Very patient and made it a ton of fun. Kids didn't want to leave and wanted to go back the next day for... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

We called a few days ahead and booked a lesson for my 15 year old son and me. Surfer Bear (Barry) was fantastic. It was our first time so he gave us a short lesson about where to position ourselves on the board and surfer etiquette. Then he got us right out on the water. He really made sure we... More 

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