My husband and 17 yr old son took lessons from Brooks. He was very personable and a great instructor. Both my boys were up on the waves in no time. Kehei was a perfect beginner beach. There are some rocks so maybe some light surfing gloves. (If there is such a thing.) The photo CD we purchased from John was amazing. I can still hear the Beach Boys singing! We went back the next day and rented surf boards from Waves. Great time!