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Address: Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: (808) 371-9504
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BEST INSTRUCTOR ON THE ISLAND!!!

I have known Ivan for 11 years now, and I can't say enough wonderful things about him! He is a really great guy and an awesome instructor! I first met him on a family vacation... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I have known Ivan for 11 years now, and I can't say enough wonderful things about him! He is a really great guy and an awesome instructor! I first met him on a family vacation when I was 14 years old. Over the years he taught me to shortboard, took me out to catch my first overhead waves, and helped... More 

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Davis, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

My boyfriend and I started surfing with Ivan at Hook-up surfing three years ago. It was our first trip to Hawaii and on our third day of our 10 day stay we still hadn't tried surfing so we stepped into Quality Surfboards near our hotel and asked for a lesson. We were quickly hooked-up with a lesson with Ivan. On... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

I've never been surfing before and Ivan was very kind and an amazing instructor. Very informative and went through skills on land until we were comfortable to go out on water. He really assisted and reassured we could do it! Helped on the water and did it with great kindness and had the patience to do so. Not ever surfing... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Is 6 too young to learn to surf? Not if Ivan, Jen, and Katie are around! Ivan us up in his mini van and after just enough land instructions it was time to paddle out... We have three boys 11,9,6. They are very strong swimmers but had never surfed. Jen worked with the my 6yr old, Ivan helped my older... More 

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Belpre, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

Thanks Hook Up Surfing (Jen)!!!!!! Thrill of a lifetime!!! I am nearly 50 years old and never surfed. All I wanted to do was ride 1 wave. Well that was a goal achieved at least 10-15 times!!!!! I rode every wave I tried to surf. This was a private lesson with Jennifer. Highly recommend a private lesson as their entire... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Ivan picked us up at our hotel in Waikiki. We drove 5 minutes and the lesson started. After a 15 minute safety lesson my two girls 11 and 14 were up and surfing in minutes. He was very thorough in his explanations which included the "Why" you do something a certain way. I would recommend his company to anyone looking... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Let me start by telling you that I have been dabbling in trying to surf for the better part of 20 years. I am not quite committed enough to surf in my home state (Washington) but whenever we vacation somewhere warm with waves, I try to take a crack at catching a wave or two. Over the years I have... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

What a great time! Ivan and Katie had our crew of 10 up and mostly up and surfing. We went out in 2 groups and that enabled them to watch and help us out a lot. I really loved it, probably because I was up on my first try :). They took care of the little ones, especially my youngest,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Yesterday i went surfing for the first time. I called Hook Up Surfing the day before and I was lucky; they still had free time. So Ivan, my surf instructur came to pick me up the next morning and we went to the shore. At first he explained some basics in the car and I practised standing up and other... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

First trip to Oahu and had one big disappointed lesson learning to surf in one of the big school on waikiki beach. As I trudged along, feeling disappointed, I decided to drop into Quality Surfboard and that's where I met Bill and he introduced me to Ivan. Decided to sign up for 10 lessons on the spot. Ivan guaranteed that... More 

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