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Hanalei Surf School

Hanalei, HI, USA
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JoeKupe wrote a review Aug 2021
Victor, New York406 contributions172 helpful votes
Lance, or as one of our guys knew him, Lant, was a fantastic instructor for our three surfers, two who had never surfed before. Originally from San Diego and living in Hawaii since he was 16 Lance has been at HSS for two years. Lance is very personable and attentive. The surf lesson was in the calmer waters of Hanalei Bay and we followed Lance there from HSS as we had the first lessons of the day. It is always better to schedule them earlier is what we heard and recommend. Lance stayed with our group the entire time, never leaving his post. The three surfers felt they had an excellent lesson and were comfortable enough to go out on their own two days later on the rougher waters of Poipu Beach. From listening to Lance we know all the instructors from the different schools are friendly with each and my guess is each does a good job as they are well aware of their ratings on the various review sites!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Amanda H wrote a review Mar 2020
Watertown, New York2 contributions
My husband and I did lessons with Jimmy a couple of days ago. It was our first day in Hawaii and we were nervous but WOW! First, Jimmy was funny and knowledgeable. He made us feel comfortable right off the bat. Next, the spot in the water was perfect and the temps were great. It even started raining on us for a few minutes of course but didn’t make it uncomfortable. Such a great experience! Probably the most memorable one of our trip. Thanks for such a wonderful time! They also had a photographer out there snapping photos of our skills! What a bonus
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Ted m wrote a review Feb 2020
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So much fun! Clay was a great instructor! First time surf lesson for 4 kids ages 9-14. Every kid got up multiple times! They all raved about how nice and helpful Clay was. Thank you!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Alicia Chapman wrote a review Dec 2019
Portland, Oregon11 contributions2 helpful votes
Clay was a great instructor. We have both surfed a time or two and would consider ourselves novices, but Clay helped us both catch lots of waves and have a great morning in one of the most beautiful places I can imagine a beginner surfer going out. We felt totally safe and confident enough after a few hours to go out again on our own with some tips about the local conditions and etiquette. Highly recommend Hanalei Surf School to beginners and first-time Kauai visitors, or anyone who doesn't want to lug their boards from the mainland!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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lamberrs wrote a review Dec 2019
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We both had taken one surf lesson years ago but felt like Jimmy taught us so much more. We learned how to position ourselves on the board for more control and he taught us valuable lessons on surf etiquette and safety...and made us laugh while doing it. We definitely recommend the Hanalei Surf School to anyone who wants to try surfing. I was nervous going into it but felt safe the whole time and got so much practice.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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