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Ty Gurney Surf School

Address: The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
Phone Number: 808-271-9557
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Ranked #33 of 350 Activities in Honolulu
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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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!

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Houston, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Instructor Ethan was great! Very professional in every category. Knew all the surf spots and was amazing at assisting new surfers at paddling out and keeping them safe. Everybody at the shop was honest and friendly. Just really supportive and respectful of the tourist. My wife and I went on the half day surf safari to the North shore and... More

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

Hey thanks for surfing with us! We'll catch you when you return. More

Irvine, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After 11 days of nonstop, Oahu adventures, this was my favorite experience. Brad, my private instructor, was calming, supportive, & beyond knowledgeable. I never felt so confident on the water and it was the first time I was successful surfing. The entire process, from check-in to the photographer, was the best experience possible. If you want to truly learn to... More

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

Hey thanks! We don't have a Brad, maybe you're speaking about Brian. And if so, I'm Brian, and thanks for the shout out! Either way, we're glad you had a pleasurable experience! Hopefully we'll surf with you again. More

Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Booked two private lessons with Nick and Ty. Everything was setup, on time, and ready to go when we got there. The experience was perfect - exceeded our expectations. Will be back!

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

Hey guys it was a lot of fun surfing with you guys. How's the head? You guys are rad, come see us again soon. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We had an awesome fun filled private lesson with instructors Joey and Chris. Their lesson styles were very accommodating given I was a newbie to surfing and my boyfriend was more experienced. The lesson was lots of fun and they are also very flexible since our original booking day was a low tide day. Definitely would come back for more... More

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

Hey thanks for the great review! Joey and Chris as well as the rest of us at T.G.S.S. appreciate the positive review. You know where to find us now! Until we meet again! More

Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Had a private lesson with my son and myself , the guys were great very supportive and helpful, my son had a blast he enjoyed it greatly the support and encourgaement was great not to forget the feeling of surfing even it was a short the feeling is everlasting the waves were a bit flat but the instructors were still... More

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

I'm so glad you and your son had a great time surfing with us! If you ever make it back to Hawaii come see us again! Mahalo! More

Nottingham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

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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68 reviews 68 reviews
7 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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
11 helpful votes 11 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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