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Surfer Bear Hawaii Surf Lessons

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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
Phone Number: 808-936-3654

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Perfect beginner lesson. Great with kids.

My 16 yo and 11 yo wanted to try surfing for first time. The appointment was super easy to make by calling. Surfer Bear Barry was most flexible and accomodating. It put me... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My 16 yo and 11 yo wanted to try surfing for first time. The appointment was super easy to make by calling. Surfer Bear Barry was most flexible and accomodating. It put me at ease as we were not only uncertain of the surfing condition (i.e. seeming lack of waves) but also whether the kids will have the staying power... More 

Thank runfeelbetter
Lecco, Italy
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time on board and taken the wave at first try ! Surfer Bear and his crew were amazing. They make my and my friends very comfortable in the water, give us the right tips to improve our surf. We spent two great hours riding waves with the friendly Jeff, Trey, Makai and Jay. So the next day I did... More 

Thank emanuelebelgeri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I don't know who was more excited about us surfing...my group or the instructors! I've taken surfing lessons before, but the enthusiasm from Bear, Trei, Jeff, Makai, and Jay is unmatched! We had a large group (12 people) and we all rotated in with different instructors as needed. From start to finish, each instructor was helpful, attentive, and very personable.... More 

Thank Jeremy G
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Surfer Bear and Jeff and the rest of their crew are extraordinary! Amazing surf instructors who do what they do from the bottom of their hearts, with utmost patience, care, joy, and awareness. I have surfed with them over the years and watched them take people out time and again (youth and adults). They give me confidence and ease and... More 

Thank K R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016 via mobile

I am a very inexperienced surfer and these guys got me feeling more comfortable in the water than ever before. It was a very laid back and informative lesson custom fit to each person. Great lessons for any experience level. I would highly recommend Surfer Bear to any aspiring surfer or tourist who wants to give it a shot!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Great prices for quality: included shoe hire (must haves for those coral reefs), rash vests available and hour-two hours stand up/surfboard hire. Kona is a great little surf spot for those reef breaks. On the main road; only a few minutes taxi drive from the harbour, only across the road to the best waves on Oahu. Beautiful black sandy beaches.... More 

Thank amyharris0707
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2016 via mobile

Our three tween kids wanted to learn how to surf while we were in Hawaii and we found Bear on Trip Advisor. I have to say that Jeff was amazing with our kids, even the stubborn and reluctant one. They had them in the surf learning and riding waves in no time and surfing again was all they could talk... More 

Thank Burk J
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

Bear did everything in his power to make sure I got to ride some waves. From calling me every morning with a wave report, to helping me spot and catch the biggest waves possible. On top of that, fed me fresh produce from his backyard and charged me a reasonable price! A real authentic Hawaiian experience:)

Thank Kate B
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Kids (8&10) had a lesson today. They loved it!! It was my 8 year old daughter's idea and, so far, is the highlight of her trip. She wants to go again! My son, who has anxiety issues, had a great time as well! I couldn't believe it when he said he'd like to go again. The guys were great with... More 

Thank zaks1006
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Booked a lesson in advance with Barry, and he called the night before to say the surf conditions were not good. No waves! He suggested another day after looking at the forecast and we set the date. It was a perfect day for my beginner teenagers. They successfully rode waves for 2 hours and had a blast! In fact, it... More 

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