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Hook up Surfing

Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI (Waikiki)
(808) 371-9504
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Ranked #31 of 289 activities in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
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Richmond, Virginia, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Ivan and Jenn took great care of my three sons (ages 15, 18 and 20) and their mom (me) on our first ever surfing experience. They were positive, helpful in their directions and encouraging of our blunders (mostly mine). They took us to an area that had great waves but was not crowded near Waikiki. All three boys were up... More

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Sydney, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

As a 30 yr old Australian, not being able to surf has made me the butt of many jokes. Which is why when deciding to come to Hawaii on a family vacation, I figured it was about time to put that deficiency behind me. I found Ivan and co. off the back of the other great reviews on TripAdvisor and... More

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Vancouver, Canada
5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

It was my last day in Hawaii and my wife and I decided to try out a surf lesson. Opted for a semi-private (2 person lesson). A little pricey but according to the reviews on TripAdvisor it was well worth it. Wife spoken to Ivan (lead instructor) on the phone to set up an appointment. Upon meeting our instructor on... More

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HookUpSurfing, Owner at Hook up Surfing, responded to this review

I'm very sorry you felt your experience was not equally portioned out between you and your wife. Firstly, there was no specific request for Ivan he along with the other owner (Jennifer - myself) were renewing their lifeguard certifications as we take safety and credentials very seriously. Matt was not a replacement, Matt is a very qualified instructor whom we... More

Oakville, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We highly recommend Hook up surfing. We are both beginner surfers and didn't think we had a hope of actually getting up on our boards. Ivan was awesome! He did a dry land training session with us and then provided excellent tips in the water to help us get up and actually surf! Considering he was working with two 40-somethings... More

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Bellingham, Washington
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

For my son's 13th birthday he took a friend to Oahu to go surfing. That's all he wanted. He's been to several other lessons before, so I wanted to find an instructor that was a little more personal and could help his technique while helping his friend who had never surfed before. Ivan fit the bill to a "T." He... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
38 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

First of all I am afraid of all sports that are fed by natural forces, wind, waves, gravity, etc. That said, I caught a minimum of 15 waves on an actual surf board while enjoying the iconic scenery of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Spectacular. Ivan was fantastic. I annoyed him to no end since I have zero coordination and... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

I Highly recommend taking surf lessons with Ivan! I had never surfed before but I used to skateboard when I was kid, snowboard, waterski, and I was a Search and Rescue Swimmer in the Navy. Jenn and Ivan took all of my previous experience into consideration before we went out to give me the most personalized surf lesson I could... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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77 reviews 77 reviews
6 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We had Ivan and Matt as our instructors My two children ages 13 and 12 have taken lessons in other locations. This was heads and tails above the rest. Friendly, knowledgeable and highly professional. At Waikiki the surfers have to paddle out a bit. My children said they felt confident and safe the entire time. Both got up a few... More

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Kitchener, Canada
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

We had three days of lessons as absolute beginners, the "we" being a 65-year-old and a 10-year-old doing semi-private lessons each day. Both Ivan and Jenn were wonderful -- clear instructions mixed with enthusiasm and motivation. We were always made to feel like we could and would succeed, plus there was a friendly supportive atmosphere at all times. They were... More

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Vancouver, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

Ivan is a fantastic surf instructor! He was recommended to me by a friend who regularly visits HonoIulu. I did 4 mornings with Ivan, improved my skills and caught lots of waves. It is definitely worth it to have a good instructor, I had so much more fun than the people who looked really frustrated while trying to learn on... More

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