Poipu Beach Surf School
Surfing & Windsurfing • Stand Up Paddleboarding
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Poipu Beach Surf School Kauai is owned and operated by professional waterman and former pro bodyboarder Doug Muraoka. Poipu Beach Surf School is committed to providing each of its guests with a safe, fun, friendly surfing experience. Experience and Credentials Doug and his expert staff are all lifeguard trained, CPR certified, local watermen who have been surfing and teaching for years. For your added ocean safety, an official county of Kauai lifeguard station is located right at Poipu Beach in Kauai. Connected to the Ocean Douglas Muraoka was born and raised on the island of Kauai. Doug was raised by his grandparents got introduced to the ocean at an early age because his grandparents were avid fisherman who went fishing five days a week Monday through Friday Doug having no other choice than to go fishing every day at 6 AM spent half of the day at the ocean five days a week. Doug Muraoka Professional Bodyboarder Doug seeing surfers and bodyboarders at the beach he started bodyboarding at 10 years old. Doug picked up on body boarding quick and got his first sponsor which was Poipu Surf and Sport. Doug did local bodyboard contests for years and always made the final's. Doug also qualified for the Hawaii state surfing tournament every year. In 1989 when Doug graduated high school he became a pro bodyboarder and travel mostly to California and Hawaii doing the PSAA bud professional surfing tour. In 1998 Doug won his first pro contest in the drop knee division. As years went on Doug decided to start surfing. Doug loves surfing so much that he surfs 99% of the time now. With his passion for surfing he decided he wants to teach the world to surf so everyone can see how fun the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing really is. Doug founded Poipu Beach surf school in 2005!
Poipu, Hawaii

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Travelers' Choice
2022

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TheWedels
4 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
Ok - First timers here. We booked a 3 person to 1 instructor surf lesson with Poipu Beach Surf School. Communication was good and we'd watched our videos and signed our waivers before we even arrived early AM for our lesson. Our instructor was knowledgable, patient, on time, and we had a blast! My wife and I are in our early 50s with a 16 year old daughter. We all were able to "catch a wave" and my daughter actually looked like she was a surfer! Not as much for her dad but hey, not the instructors issue at all. It was a total hoot and well worth the $ (and don't forget to tip your instructor if they rock!). You don't come to Kauai to watch TV right? Get out and have some fun! I'd highly recommend Poipu Beach Surf School for anyone staying on the south side of the island!
Written August 18, 2021
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mtnladysav
Denver, CO1 contribution
Mar 2022
We did surf school on Tuesday & had such a quick learning experience that we booked an additional lesson Friday. Chris was incredibly easy to work with and helped us build our skills in such a short time span. Spending the morning out on the water to start the day immediately became the best part of our honeymoon in Kauai. Worth every penny for the semi-private & we can’t wait to use poipu beach surf school for our return visits as well.
Written March 10, 2022
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StephanieJBO
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Family
Our family of 7 had a wonderful time learning to surf with Poipu Beach Surf School. Our 2 instructors were super informative and personal and charismatic (even at 8 in the morning!). I really enjoyed that our instructor informed our family the importance of watching the water, wind etc before even getting into the ocean. This is something that we continue to tell our boys the importance of understanding the ocean before just jumping in (but they don't seem to listen), so to have our instructor say this as well gave our kids the knowledge they needed to hear from someone other than their parents!
We got out into the water quickly and started learning by doing. I do appreciate getting as much water time as we did, however I think some of us would have liked to practice getting up on the board on land first. We watched the tutorial video before we came, but we assumed we would practice the footwork/body work together as a group on land first. We all made it up on our boards multiple times, but even if we didn't our instructors were always ready to share a helpful tip or reminder to make it better the next time. They definitely made us learn and we loved that - afterall that is what we signed up to do! Great overall experience and would highly recommend!
Written August 9, 2022
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bridgetpenberthy
Leesburg, VA1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
My 4 teens enjoyed their surf instructors but there was miscommunication about the rescheduling process. We got mixed information about availability and we told there would be a $20 per person charge to change times. We also were told they had room for our 4 kids then later told they only had room for 3. They suggested rotating the 4th person into the lesson which didn’t work out well because of the distance they needed to paddle to come in and out. I have communicated my disappointment and they have not agreed to compensate us in any way. I’m disappointed in their customer service when they clearly made some errors.
Written August 16, 2022
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Devin D
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Couples
We were greeted 10 minutes late by a very nice instructor, he showed us a video and we drove to a secondary location. When we arrived, the man introduced us to another instructor named Kamu, who made the class the worst experience of our Hawaiian vacation.

In front of six people Kamu asked my wife “how heavy are you”. Stunned, my wife didn’t answer. There was another gentlemen in our group who was a large guy, and Kamu said “I think you’re bigger than him, and we’ve only got one extra wide board, so you’ll be on it.” As my wife begins to tear up, I approach Kamu who pays her on the shoulder and says “cheer up, we’re going to have fun.”. We weren’t.

I told Kamu that while I was not looking for confrontation, he can’t talk to my wife that way. He responds by saying “it’s my job to ask people their weight. I get it if she’s embarrassed, when I was a kid I was overweight.” We picked up our stuff and left.

I was told to call the owner about a refund, his name is Doug. While Doug was quick to say they’d refund the money, he seemed uninterested in our story, how it could be improved, or anything. It seemed like we were annoying him with our complaint and paying us back would get us to shut up.

Overall, Kamu is the issue here. And an issue that has really hurt my wife and I, and hurt our trip to Hawaii.
Written September 10, 2021
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MelineJ
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Oct 2021 • Couples
Doug and his team are great - I felt safe, got great surf advice from our knowledgeable and super friendly instructor Adam and felt at ease the whole time!
My husband and I decided last minute to get semi- private lessons with our own boards as I’ve been struggling with confidence in my surfing for a while. Doug was super responsive by phone and answered my questions, even kept in touch by text. The next day, Adam took us out and he did a fantastic job at tailoring his advice to tweak our surfing. I caught a lot of waves and was able to progress during the lesson. Thanks to Adam I got my surfing mojo back and caught even more waves when I went back by myself the next day! I can’t thank him enough for getting me back out there - he’s one of the best surf instructors I’ve had! I would highly recommend this surf school.
Written October 3, 2021
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Anisha Tandon
1 contribution
May 2021 • Friends
I had a really awful time surfing here. We were told to show up 10 minutes prior to our scheduled time, which we did. The instructor was a bit late. After watching the instructional video and going through the sparse safety instructions, we waited for upwards of 30 minutes for the co-instructor to show up.

The co-instructor had to be called as a replacement for someone else who did not show up at all. He was a young boy but definitely a better teacher than Kamu.

These events were somewhat inconvenient for us but whatever, things like this happen sometimes.

I am a beginner surfer and this was my first time surfing. I learnt that i am an awful surfer, it is true! But the reaction to this was entirely unacceptable to me and is the main reason for my low review. The first 10 minutes of the experience was quite hard for me as I was not able to maintain balance on the board. The instructor, Kamu, said that I was taking too long for him and I should hurry it up otherwise he would simply ask me to go back on shore. He then said he wasn't a lifeguard and couldn't keep helping me around the water. He proceeded to question if this was my first time in the ocean at all (it is not, I am a proficient sailor). There was absolutely no helpful instruction, and if anything, he was being very discouraging.

My friends who DID stay for longer than 10 minutes reported back that Kamu gave them incorrect instruction and at times even accidentally pushed their boards into each other. It created some chaos.

When I started to get a feel for the water, my board caught a wave and I went crashing into some rocks off to the side. The instructor either did not notice or did not care. I managed to lug the board through a tiny trail back to the beach, but my feet were burnt and cut up. Not only were instructors late and underprepared, one was entirely unhelpful if not actively rude. I had a truly negative experience and would not recommend in the slightest if you are at all apprehensive about your skills.
Written May 30, 2021
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Laura C
2 contributions
Jul 2022
Austin and the rest of the surfing crew were incredible! We were nervous about surfing for the first time, but they eased our minds by reminding us to focus on the fun rather than trying to be perfect. My boyfriend and I bailed many times, but we successfully stood up on the boards, too!

The next day while at the beach, another surf 'school' was in session. Their instructor told them that if they didn't stand up on the board in the "sweet spot" then they weren't actually surfing. The looks of worry on the kids' faces after hearing that was a bummer. I'm so glad we went with Poipu Beach Surf School!
Written July 25, 2022
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bonnybleu
Loveland, CO1 contribution
Nov 2022
Our instructor Adam arrived 15 minutes late. We watched a short instructional video then drove a couple minutes to the beach. There was no parking so our instructor told us to park in the nearby hotel's visitor parking. We then carried our boards to the beach and waited another 10 minutes while he took care of some business. Adam gave us a short but clear safety talk and then we paddled out to start. He was clearly very knowledgeable and a great instructor.

Pros
Great instructor

Cons
Late start
Bad parking situation
Only actually got about a 1 hour lesson because of the delays
Pricey for what we got

P.S. might have been a 4 star if our instructor had added some additional time to the end of the lesson to make up for the late start.
Written November 5, 2022
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zenasin
Fresno, CA1 contribution
May 2022 • Family
I loved our experience with the Poipu Beach Surf School. This was our first trip to Hawaii and my 12 year olds first attempt at surfing, she absolutely loved it and it already begging to buy a surf board. I easily booked the surf lesson online. We showed up to the surf shop and my daughter watched a short video, then we followed the instructor to the beach. We lucked out and nobody else had booked at that time slot, so it turned into a one on one lesson. My daughter was standing up by her 2nd attempt. Loved it- would absolutely go back to them again!
Written May 28, 2022
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