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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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Description: 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 Ko Olina, 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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Strongly Recommend For All!

I recently did the 2 hour lesson at the Ko Olina location and had a blast. Living in Hawaii for the past few months I figured it was time to learn how to surf. Everyone I talked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Brooke S
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Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii
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Oahu's North Shore, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I recently did the 2 hour lesson at the Ko Olina location and had a blast. Living in Hawaii for the past few months I figured it was time to learn how to surf. Everyone I talked to was very friendly and helpful in making a reservation and making sure I was prepared. My instructor, Brian, was an excellent teacher... More 

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SurfHNL, Surf Instructor at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha Brooke! We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your time surfing with us! It takes a lot of skill to stand up and ride Hawaiian waves, so you are well on your way! Thank you so much for your wonderful review, and even more so for coming surfing with us! Keep the stoke going and keep surfing! Aloha and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

This was the first time my sister and I went surfing. We were recommended to go to Girls Who Surf (Surf HNL) by a friend who is based in Hawai'i. It was an amazing experience! The instructors were very friendly and down-to-earth. My sister is really young and she had a private instructor -- the two of them had a... More 

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SurfHNL, Surf Instructor at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha Nadi! We are so stoked that you had a great time with us! Young children are always a blast because they learn so quick! (As proven by your sister :) ) Thank you so much for your wonderful review, and even more so for coming surfing with us! Keep the stoke going! Aloha and hope to see you again!... More 

New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This is truly exceptional surf instruction. You can't go wrong here. My daughter and I went to Hawaii and found Girls WHo Surf (Surf HNL) through the hotel. We ended up surfing every day we were there and returned for another surf vacation 6 months later because they were so good. The instructors are fun, safe, warm and a joy... More 

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SurfHNL, Surf Instructor at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha! We are so thrilled that you and your daughter enjoyed your time surfing with us! I admire your consistancy with learning to surf over your vacation, it takes a lot of courage and will! Thank you so much for your wonderful review, and even more so for coming surfing with us! Keep the stoke going and keep surfing! Aloha... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

We had a fantastic few hours with Mike and Chelsea today. They did a fantastic job of teaching and providing a safe enviroment for our 7 and 9 year. They are both wanting to go back tomorrow! Highly recommend this group for anyone looking to learn how to surf for the first time!

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SurfHNL, Photographer at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha Ross, We are glad your kids had a blast with our instructors. Children are so fun to take out surfing! I hope you guys had a chance to catch some waves also! We are heading to the beach as we speak so call us and come on down to join us again! :) Plenty mahalos for the great review... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

While in Honolulu, a must-do activity is surfing lessons. I would highly recommend Surf HNL. My family of 5 were all first time surfers. We signed up for the 2 hour lesson. They supplied all the equipment, including beach shoes and rash guard shirts and pants. After a short lesson on land it was time to hit the water. The... More 

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SurfHNL, Photographer at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha Kim! We are so thrilled that you and your family enjoyed your time surfing with us! We love that you guys got some photographic evidence of your surfing prowess! It takes a lot of skill to stand up and ride Hawaiian waves, so you and your family are well on your way! Thank you so much for your wonderful... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

My family booked with GWS for my daughter & husband to surf. Pick up was in time from our hotel although we were delayed when looking for the other group to pick up @ a different hotel. We booked a 2 hour lesson, after a dry run lesson on the beach, they were in the water on time. There was... More 

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SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Mahalo for your review of our services! We are so happy your family enjoyed the surf lesson and were able to stand up and ride some waves!! We totally understand that rocky beach access can seem a little scary. Rocky beach conditions are due to the bigger winter swells that hit Hawaii annually. The beach becomes more rocky when the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My husband and I had the best time learning to surf with Surf HNL. Brian was our instructor. Casey took photos during our second lesson and got some amazing shots. I had never surfed before, but I got up during my first lesson. By my second lesson I was up every time. I recommend Surf HNL if you want to... More 

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SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha Lori F, We are so glad you had so much fun with Brian and Casey! They enjoyed surfing with you! We hope you come back again for your third time surfing! Brian and Casey had so much fun with you and your husband. Surfing is fun at any age! At 56 years old, you were standing up on every... More 

Washington DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Our family goal was to learn to surf on our last visit to Hawaii. Thanks to Surf HNL, we did! Great team of instructors. As a beginner, I would highly recommend the personal instruction. We really appreciated their manner given the family - 2 adults and one 9 year old. Thanks to the one on one, and the great insight... More 

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SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, We can't thank you enough for writing such an awesome review about us! The personal instruction was a really good idea for your family and we are so happy you had so much fun with us. Kids younger than 12 years old must be in a private lesson so they can get more attention from there instructor and we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Do not be afraid - this was a first rate experience. The waves were perfect for first timers, gentle swells and plenty of attention from the instructor. I was booked in a group 2 hour lesson with two others. The other two stopped after a couple of rides so I got personal attention for the last hour. Got some great... More 

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SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, We appreciate you writing a great five star review about us. We can't thank you enough for surfing with us and having a wonderful time. Being in a group lesson is fun! You meet new people, catch waves and have fun doing it. We are so happy that you enjoyed surfing with us and we hope you can come... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

The instructors at HNL were great. We had a large group of first timers and HNL brought plenty of great instructors and equipment. The instructors were awesome with the kids (ages 6 - 11). All the kids and adults got up and rode waves. The older kids rode their own boards with the younger kids riding with an instructor. The... More 

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SurfHNL, Manager at Surf HNL, responded to this review

Aloha, Thanks for writing such an awesome review about us! We had so much fun with you and your family. You guys took the instruction well and caught so many waves! Both the adults and the kids were having such a great time and we loved surfing with your family! Tandem lessons with the little kids is such a blast,... More 

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