We recently spent several weeks on Oahu, and had the luxury of finding out from locals and tourists who they believe is the ideal Surfing School... and we found it! It's "Hook Up Surfing" led by reknowned instructor Ivan... a longtime former pro and instructor. Ivan (and Jules, or Julia as we called her) are outstanding instructors... but what makes them extra special is their undying attention to safety AND unlimited encouragement and self-esteem building they give endlessly to each and every child and adult in their lessons. They are the nicest people who really care about your surfing experience... and they have great stories and insight on many things. I learned a lot about life in general from Ivan while waiting for the next wave...! They have the true Aloha spirit. And they can TEACH surfing so well. Ivan was spot on when it came to detailed, clear instruction; he was firm but fun.. and that's why he gets results.
They're also why celebrities return to them - because they are down-to-earth, real surfers who don't want to take advantage of tourists (as many hotels might do)... they really want you to experience the thrill of surfing... it makes their day, and their job very fulfulling to see smiles on kids (and adults as well). And you WILL learn to surf. They are determined!
Ivan and Jules go out of their way to make sure you and your family get the best surfing experience possible; it's why we returned to them. We wouldn't consider anyone else. Not ever. So... check out their website (http://hookupsurfing.com) and enjoy! And Mahalo to all the locals who pointed us in their direction!