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Surf HNL

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Address: 1020 Auahi St., Building 4, Suite 4, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814 (Formerly Girls Who Surf)
Phone Number: +1 808-371-8917
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10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Have ever dreamed of you and your family surfing while on vacation in...

Have ever dreamed of you and your family surfing while on vacation in Hawaii? Get surfing today with our lessons at Surf HNL! We specialize in serving families and guests of Waikiki, and those staying around Oahu. Each of our programs helps you access real open ocean surf. Surf HNL focuses on teaching: at uncrowded beaches, beginner surfers, intermediate surfers, athletes, children, families, and multi-lesson programs. Improve your performance and decrease the risk of injury with our fun and knowledgeable instructors. Advanced reservations are required.

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Our surf lesson was the highlight of our trip! There was only the two of us & it really felt like a one-on-one session. Our instructor was awesome! We had a blast. We only did an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our surf lesson was the highlight of our trip! There was only the two of us & it really felt like a one-on-one session. Our instructor was awesome! We had a blast. We only did an hour but I would recommend two- it goes by really fast! We got some great GoPro footage as well :) Definitely recommend Surf HNL!

Thank Stcg17
Brisbane, Australia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time learning and re-learning how to surf. The instructors were very friendly and encouraging. Everyone managed to stand on their boards and the catered to all levels of experience.

Thank Marilla2016
Regina, Canada
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

If you are visiting Hawaii, a surf lesson is a must do. My fiancee and I chose the two hour-exclusive package at Ala Moana Beach Park in Waikiki, and we each had our own instructor. There was also another staff member taking pictures on a go pro camera throughout our time in the water. The instructors explained everything well on... More 

Thank Alex B
Marietta, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

Spent a few days on business in Honolulu over the past week and set aside some time over the weekend to goof off. Chose a surf lesson over a couple other possible activities and was not disappointed. Surf HNL treated me great, from the moment I called to make a late reservation, to their offer to come pick me up... More 

Thank Tony M
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I celebrated my birthday in Hawaii this year. And, of course, I had to take a surf lesson while there! Did a 2-hour lesson with Surf HNL (aka Girls Who Surf) on morning of my birthday. Got picked up from my hotel and taken to Ala Moana beach. It's only 10mins from Waikiki but was not at all crowded and... More 

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SurfHNL, Guest Relations Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, We're so glad to have had the opportunity to take you on a birthday surf lesson! Nue is a great instructor - it's no wonder you had no problems standing up on your first lesson! GoPro photos can be very tricky, as the surf and weather conditions have an effect on how easy it is to photograph your session... More 

Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Our family visited Hawaii for the first time last week, and at the top of our list of things to do was to take a surfing lesson. Upon the recommendation of the concierge at the Aulani Resort where we stayed, we contacted Surf HNL (also called Girls Who Surf, if you are doing a google search) before our visit to... More 

Thank TetonGirl
SurfHNL, Guest Relations Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you so much for surfing with us! We are all stoked that your family had a great time. We do our best to provide safe service to all customers. Jonny, Mike, Teddi, and Elijah are great instructors! We are sorry about the reef shoes ordeal - we are in the process of restocking all of them for the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015 via mobile

This was a two hour lesson. We got picked up at our hotel and taken to the beach about 10 minutes away. The first 15 minutes, Ian (one of our instructors) went through the fundamentals and was very thorough. The rest of the time we were out on the ocean. He made it very easy for us to learn and... More 

Thank Vince S
SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, We are so happy to hear that you had such an awesome Surfing Experience with our great instructors! We appreciate you writing a great review about our services and your great instructors Ian and Chelsea. We hope to see you back in the water soon :) Mahalo, Iniki Leialoha More 

Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

Awesome experience and great staff, will totally do this again on next visit! I booked the 2hr surf lesson for myself and son (10). My son absolutely loved it and could not stop talking about Ikaika that "cool surf instructor guy". The staff was super helpful, patient and made the experience amazing. If you visiting the island and don't try... More 

Thank mochicrazy016
SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, Thank you for writing such an awesome review about us! Ikaika is one of our best instructors and we are so happy to hear that your son had a great time with him! You both did an awesome job surfing! Complete naturals! We hope to see you in the water again :) Mahalo, Iniki Leialoha More 

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Iniki and Ranesh were fantastic teaching and filming my 20yr dream of learning to surf in Hawaii. Up first go and many times after, they were so patient, helpful and fun. Just wish I had brought my 3,6 and 24yrold along as I found out later they could have joined in and learnt as well as the location was perfect... More 

Thank Lovetravelling1327
SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, Renesh & I had such a blast with you during your surf lesson! I am so happy that the photos turned out great for you! You were up and riding in no time! We were so sad that you had to leave with out your kids surfing with us, but that means they can go surfing with us the... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

All my 11-year old daughter wanted to do in Hawaii was try surfing. We booked a 2-hour lesson for her along with myself and my wife. She never stopped smiling and after she said she wanted to do it again. This time we got my son to try it and they let me rent a board for the hour. If... More 

Thank welovevacation23
SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, We wanted to thank you for writing such a wonderful review about our services! We absoultey loved having your family surfing with us and we know you enjoyed it since you came twice! Which is so awesome!! You and your family did so awesome, complete naturals in the water. Thanks for uploading awesome pictures too! Can't leave the beach... More 

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