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Address: Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
Phone Number: (808) 371-9504

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This was my son's second summer taking a lesson with Ivan (Hook Up Surfing). He is very perceptive at assessing a person's abilities and maximizing their potential. And, he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2016
Steve R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

This was my son's second summer taking a lesson with Ivan (Hook Up Surfing). He is very perceptive at assessing a person's abilities and maximizing their potential. And, he places a great emphasis on safety. We have a timeshare at the Hilton and I look forward to booking another lesson for my son with Ivan so that he can further... More 

Thank Steve R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

My family of four (including two teenagers) booked a semi-private lesson with Ivan and Jen. This was our first attempt at surfing and we couldn't have asked for more encouraging, patient, friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable instructors. My two teenagers caught on immediately and even mom was able to (finally) stand up on the board. Our family had a great time... More 

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Chandler, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

I travel to Honolulu on average about twice a month. I always go out surfing with Ivan and Jenn from Hook up Surfing. They are both excellent instructors--positive and encouraging. I am a firm believer, "In you get what you pay for". If you want to have a fun and positive experience they are definitely worth it. I would not... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Ivan was a great teacher and very motivating, helpful and patient! My friend and I booked a group lesson but at the end it was just us two so it was kind of private too, which was absolutely great. It's not a lot of theory after maybe 10 minutes we were already in the water (we never surfed before) It... More 

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Bendigo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I booked a private lesson with Ivan and after thorough safety instructions and a land based session we were in the water and I was surfing for the first time! With Ivan's help I was surfing wave after wave after wave. I would paddle back to him, he would pick the wave, angle my board, tell me to paddle and... More 

Thank KrisTen81
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2016 via mobile

I have lived in Honolulu for over a year but set myself a New Year's resolution of learning to surf. I did a lot of on line research and took my kids for a group lesson elsewhere to see the quality of instruction for myself. I even took myself off to watch some of the group lessons along Waikiki. At... More 

2 Thank Gleason5
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016 via mobile

Myself, my partner and 1 other person had a group surf lesson with Ivan. He did a great job helping everyone equally and couching us all so we were able to stand up on our boards. Ivan and Jenn were easy to get along with and friendly people. We had a great time, highly recommended!

1 Thank Shelbykostroa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

First of all, we had a really great time. We decided last minute that we wanted to try out surfing while in Hawaii. Ivan was nice enough to work with our schedule even at the last minute. Jenn went over safety and other things on land which was helpful and then took us out into the water. We felt really... More 

1 Thank Marlana G
San Diego, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016 via mobile

Ivan was fantastic teaching my 8 year old son how to surf! My son completely enjoyed the surfing experience at a nice local spot! When we return we will sign up for more lessons. Ivan is an excellent instructor! I highly recommend surf lessons from Ivan!!

Thank Alissa T
Spokane, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

I took a lesson with Ivan a year ago. When I planned my trip this year, one of the first things I did was schedule more lessons with Ivan. I book-ended my Hawaii trip by surfing the first and last day with Ivan. These two lessons really helped me improve my surfing. After each wave he pointed out what worked... More 

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