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Ty Gurney Surf School

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Address: The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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+1 808-271-9557
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on...

The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on the island of Oahu. We customize our surf lessons to each individual, ensuring that students of all levels maximize their surfing experience on the best waves in the world. Our expert instruction guarantees all students will be surfing on their very first lesson!

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Great prices, military discount, amazing instructors who actually tow you so you can save energy for the waves. Extremely professional from start to finish. Location is easy to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed April 9, 2014

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2014

Great prices, military discount, amazing instructors who actually tow you so you can save energy for the waves. Extremely professional from start to finish. Location is easy to find and a perfect spot. Thank you for a great day!

Thank Navy89
Phoenix, Arizona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 2014

I was nervous about getting surf lessons for my whole family because we have 4 kids ages 6-13 with very different levels of athleticism. It turned out to be the best thing we did in two weeks in Hawaii by a long shot! All of the instructors were terrific. They were patient, attentive, safe and encouraging. Even if you aren't... More 

Thank Charles E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

My husband had a one-hour private lesson with the Ty Gurney surf school. There are tons of options on Oahu, but we selected this one based on the recommendation of a friend. The location was great (in the heart of Waikiki), the prices were reasonable, and the staff was so welcoming and friendly. We scheduled the lesson via email in... More 

Thank Sara L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2014 via mobile

My girl friend and I, who were both beginners took a private lesson (one instructor each) with Ty Gurney and had a great experience. A few days earlier, we took a group lesson at HH Surf School and found it was difficult to learn in a group setting and one of our instructors was actually quite rude. I told Duncan... More 

Thank Howard519
New York City, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

My 16-year-old daughter surfed for the first time-- with Ty himself and then with Joey. She raved about the instruction she got (and rated it much better than a group surf lesson she took on the North Shore). Very friendly outfit. Thank you!

Thank Nancy W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014 via mobile

We went to this class on our first day to Honolulu!!! Wow! Just amazing! We both had our own instructor- had excellent teaching plus they help you to go back over the waves (towing) so you can practice more!!! It was a super cool expérience and so much laugh And fun!!! I strongly recommend it to everyone!! Make sure you... More 

Thank Caromeagher
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

Our family of 4 did a 1 hour surfing lesson on Christmas Day. Our instructors were Ryan, Katie and Joey. After a quick run through on how to get up on the surf boards we were being towed out to catch our first wave. Our kids (age 7 and 9) were up and surfing within minutes. Joey was particularly patient... More 

Thank dore2dore
Surrey, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 1, 2014

Just got back from Waikiki and surfed with TG for the first time. I had perviously surfed with another school but they stopped doing board rentals. I went to TG to get a lesson to try and improve my surfing and was lucky enough to get Joey. He was so friendly, encouraging and taught me a lot. For the rest... More 

Thank Marla C
Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013 via mobile

Had a blast learning to surf with Brian- a very knowledgable, professional and courteous instructor. The whole staff, including Ty, were helpful and hilarious. I watched Ty give a boost to a struggling surfer that wasn't even a customer- good stuff!

Thank Redsblues
TGSS808, Surf Instructor at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Oh thanks so much! This is Brian, it was my pleasure surfing with you! See you next time. More 

Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

Thank you Ty for a fantastic lesson. You were an excellent teacher and literally towed me (6'6" 240+ lbs) around in the surf for 2 hours when I quickly became tired from paddling. I have no surf experience and managed to stand up on my very first wave with Ty's guidance. Your experience and rapport could not have been better.... More 

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