Hawaii Waves Surf School
Surfing & Windsurfing • Gear Rentals • Stand Up Paddleboarding
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Aloha from the Hawaii Waves Surf School Surfing is a beautiful part the Hawaiian culture and we love sharing it with the world, one wave at a time, since 2007. Surfing is a safe, easy, and fun experience for all ages and abilities, beginner and advanced surfers are welcome. We are a licensed, certified and insured surf school. What separate us from the rest is our Excellent service, professional instructors, best equipment and we have fun. We are located at Haleiwa town, North Shore of Oahu. Make your reservations today for unforgettable surfing experience. We look forward to surfing with you, Aloha from The Hawaii Waves Surf School Team.
Haleiwa, Hawaii

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2022

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Glenn M
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Mar 2022 • Family
As a family from the Midwest that had never surfed, we were pretty apprehensive that this could possibly be a good use of our time and money. Boy was I wrong. Chris and Josh from Hawaii Waves Surf met us a little early, provided appropriate swim shirts/rash guards (we only had short sleeves), the right size boards and got us going right away. After about 10 minutes going over the basic concepts on the beach, we immediately paddled out to get started. Josh went out with us individually and helped select the waves and push us to get us going. Chris stayed back to make sure we all got out of the way after we completed each ride in and then cycled us back out to Josh at the correct times. Everyone in my family (ages 12-50) were able to stand up and get at least 5-6 solid waves in our 90 minute slot so we got a lot more waves than I expected.

Turns out surfing is a bit more tiring than I expected, however the effort was really worth it. Josh and Chris were extremely helpful and supportive of everyone and this was definitely one of the highlights of the entire trip.

Ash (owner) was very responsive to my emails with questions and also reassured me that even though the ocean looked rough, the area we would be surfing would be perfectly fine for beginners and he was correct. Overall, I don’t think we could have asked for a better first experience surfing on the north shore.
Written March 27, 2022
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Anthony R
1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Family
My Daughter and i traveled with her best friend Tori to Hawaii to celebrate her 18th birthday and they wanted to try a surf lesson. Ash and his mate were exceptional. My kids have been talking about them for 2 days since. They made them feel very comfortable and safe and even This ol dad got up on a few waves. These guys are born and raised here and really take the time to make sure everyone is comfortable and they bring outstanding energy to the experience. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Written August 26, 2021
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Matt S
San Diego, CA4 contributions
May 2021
Reached out to Ash for some beginning lessons for surfing and we had a great experience. Ash was very responsive, reasonably priced and easy to work with through the whole experience. He met us where he said he'd be at the exact time. He provided clean, safe equipment and a very experienced instructor (Josh) who was great.

We had a great day of beginning surfing and it was an overall great experience! I would highly recommend going with these guys. They were patient and safe.

We got up and surfed a handful of waves our first time being out in the water. Having now surfed back in San DIego since then, I'd say they must have done a great job since the surfing here has been much harder. I think they really picked ideal conditions for beginners, which is definitely what you want in a beginning experience.
Written June 3, 2021
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John M
Rotterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
We had a group surf lesson with Josh as the instructor of the day. He explained the process how to paddle and stand up the board very well. During the lesson he gave advice on the “run” you made and how to improve (like head up or wider stand) on the board. The location is also perfect and when you are waiting to catch a wave, you can enjoy the sea turtles who are living their lives at the bay. We had a great time and will recommend Hawaii Waves Surf School to all.
Written May 27, 2022
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Nick V
Lombard, IL1 contribution
Jun 2022 • Family
Unreal experience- Josh, ash, and chris could not have been more patient and all 7 of us novices got up and surfed (13-52 yo). Ten minute instruction on the beach and the rest was “salt time”. Truly amazing experience for all. Cannot recommend this crew enough.
Written June 2, 2022
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Marc P
2 contributions
Jan 2021
I've had a couple of surf lessons before I met Ash. Once I took a lesson from him, it changed my surfing. He has a great attitude and outlook. I periodically still take private lessons from him to improve my skills. He's helped me accelerate my surfing game and which have helped me to surf up to 5'-7' waves and boards as short as 6'6" after 6 months of surfing. I just returned from a surf trip to Portugal. I couldn't have done it without Ash. I refer all my guests (including my son) to take lessons from him.
Written August 9, 2021
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JLP
1 contribution
Jul 2021 • Family
Thank you Ash, Josh, Lawrence and Chris at Hawaii Waves School for an incredible 5 days of wave after wave after wave. Great times in the water hanging out talking surf, hearing your hilarious stories and just having fun surfing. Also thanks Ash for the coaching and amazing session at V-land!!! It meant so much to me and changed my entire approach to surfing.
You guys are AWESOME!
Written July 25, 2021
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Giovanni F
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
Watching my son fall in love with surfing! Josh was his instructor and he just clicked with him. Josh has a great attitude and he was practically born on a surf board. We initially signed up for the 3 session surf camp. We signed him up for the 5 session just after his 2nd session. He went for a total of 8 sessions with Josh. Ash was very accommodating when we were late because of traffic. Watching our son progress in surfing was the highlight of trip! He. Became a much stronger swimmer after his lessons.
Written August 9, 2022
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Mystr C
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Oct 2020 • Family
Ash was my instructor I had a amazing time and learned so much in the water. He is also great with kids and knowledgeable about the water and the local area. It felt like he was a family friend welcoming us to his home. Such a fun time for the whole family. Cant wait to see him next year.
Written November 30, 2020
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Nichole K
2 contributions
Jul 2022 • Friends
This was top travel experience across any trip!!! Ash communicated with us beforehand to make sure we were where we needed to be and answered any questions we had. At the start of the lesson, Ash and Josh taught us how to pop up and the safety rules. When we went into the water, they made sure we all had the help we needed and gave on-the-spot tips. They helped us catch several great waves! It was a blast!!! I would recommend and go again!!!
Written July 21, 2022
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