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Ty Gurney Surf School

The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
808-271-9557
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Ranked #6 of 299 Activities in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Owner description: The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on the island of Oahu. We customize our surf lessons to each individual,... more » Owner description: The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on the island of Oahu. We customize our surf lessons to each individual, ensuring that students of all levels maximize their surfing experience on the best waves in the world. Our expert instruction guarantees all students will be surfing on their very first lesson! « less
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014 NEW

Complete novices, over 50 and from Scotland-what a challenge! Not to these guys-made good on their statement to have you standing first lesson - not for long but that's not the point. Nick,James,Brian and Troy were great - very patient and encouraging would urge anyone to give it a go!

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Right on!!! Thanks so much for the review guys! Glad we could stoke ya out :) More

Boston, Massachusetts
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67 reviews 67 reviews
7 attraction reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This was my second trip surfing with TGSS; I had last used them a couple of years ago and enjoyed it so much I came back on my most recent trip to Oahu. I booked a series of private lessons online via email, communicating with CJ, the store manager. This was a simple process and they will either send you... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the descriptive review!!! We are glad you've enjoyed your experiences here with us at TGSS :) and look forward to surfing with you in your future trips! See you soon, Mahalo! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We loved the first lesson so much, we decided to book another. CJ - booked our appointment. She is super friendly, genuine and low pressure. We liked her a lot. She answered all our questions with a smile and seemed very well organized. Brian and Nick - our surf instructors - were on time, super friendly and professional. We trusted... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thanks Eric for such the fantastic review! Was great to meet you guys and glad you had a blast in the water. We hope to be able to surf with you guys again!! More

Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Had an really fun experience surfing with Ethan this morning. I had a private lesson for an hour and I would highly recommend it for your first time out. I was able to get up on almost every wave we tried. They're located right at the end of Lewers if you take a left right before you hit the public... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thanks for the review, Natalie! Glad you had a great time surfing with us and we hope to see you again sometime! -TGSS crew More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

I booked a 1hr private lesson with Joey on the morning of the day I was due to fly home. Joey was such a great teacher and it was an awesome experience. Having never surfed before and being not particularly "sporty" I was dubious of my ability to find skill in this and was pleasantly surprised how far you can... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. We are so stoked that you had a great time surfing and could help build your confidence in the water! I know Joey really enjoyed his lesson as well :) As for the video situation there seemed to be a miscommunication on the videographers end. He was super disappointed to hear he had... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

The instructors and staff at Ty Gurney's Surf School were fantastic. They were polite and friendly and very encouraging. Having your instructor tow you out and successfully set you up top catch waves is so important when you are first learning. I took a 2 hour lesson each day during my week stay on Oahu and the instructor upgraded my... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

We are so stoked you had a great time surfing with us at TGSS!! We do have a fantastic team of instructors that genuinely have a passion for teaching. Thank you for your feedback and we hope we can surf with you in the near future again! More

Mount Isa, Australia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014 via mobile

After much researching for a surf school to teach my husband and I to surf, I came across these guys. From the moment we arrived everything was organised. Our instructors name was Paul and he was amazing and encouraging. I must admit I am do unfit when it comes to paddling out to the waves and Paul literally towed me... More

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TGSS808, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your feedback! Paul had a great time teaching you and your hubbie :) and we are so glad to share the surf stoke with you! Hope we get to surf with you two again in the future! More

Morristown, New Jersey
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Me and my 2 boys ages 13 and 10 took private lessons. We had Paul, Paul and Courney. After a very bried introduction on the beach, the instructors 'towed' (literally by holding on to our boards with their toes) us out in the surf. We had to be far out for the surf break. They made it pretty easy but... More

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Austin, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

My husband, 11 year old, and myself all had private lessons. Our instructors gave us a brief overview and practice on the beach on what to do, then paddled us out. They told us what to do and when, and answered my many questions. My husband and son were up in no time, and even my non-athletic self managed to... More

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Westlake Village, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We had a half day SUP tour with Ethan that was fabulous. He took us on a great river tour that was just right for our teenagers. The tour was a great value and we went a little longer than a half day.

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