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Address: Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI
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Best surfing coaches! Got up our first few tries!

My husband and I had a semi-private lesson with Ivan for 2 days, and we had the best time! We got up within a few tries on our first day, the second day Ivan took us to bigger... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Calgary, Canada

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Calgary, Canada
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73 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I had a semi-private lesson with Ivan for 2 days, and we had the best time! We got up within a few tries on our first day, the second day Ivan took us to bigger waves that were closer to 6-7ft What is great about Hook-up Surfing is that they take you to a beach in Waikiki,... More 

Thank CanadianTravelGurl
Nirasaki, Japan
1 review
Reviewed 3 April 2017

At $90 per person, we expected more personalized instruction. Instead, we had a "semi-private" lesson involving one instructor and three students. Minimal water time--maybe 45 minutes total. Despite all the positive reviews here our experience was negative. For serious surfing instruction, look elsewhere.

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Management response:

Thank you so much Budda-Bro for your review. We handle all of our bookings personally so we know exactly who we took each day, how long we were in the water and who each of our people were and far more often than not, where they live. However we have no record of your lesson type/cost having ever taken a... More 

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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

On our trip to Waikiki we decided to take surfing lessons. After reading all the excellent reviews we booked with Hook Up Surfing. It was really easy to get ahold of Ivan and Jenn, we worked out a time for the lessons with the best conditions. For never having surfed before we both got up our second try. After the... More 

Thank snak76
San Diego, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

You'll be sure to have a great experience with Hook Up. I was a brand spankin' n00bie at both surfing & stand up paddle-boarding. Loved learning from, and hanging with, both Ivan and Jenn. They are very down to earth and kind. Bring your sense of humor and take their advice on popping some Dramamine beforehand if you're prone to... More 

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Frisco, Colorado, United States
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61 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2017

We signed up for a semi-private with Jen and Ivan for our first surf lesson ever. Two other young boys joined us and they were both great to add to the group, so the lesson melded into a group rather than semi-private, but Jen and Ivan managed the group so well that it did not matter. We met them at... More 

Thank Sara B
San Diego, United States
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6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

My son (9 years old) had a surf lesson with Ivan 10 months ago and had a great time! We were back in town for the holidays and booked a second lesson. Jen was great! She kept the lesson very relaxed and he had another great experience. He stood up several times and surfed with the sea turtles. We will... More 

Thank Alissa T
Toronto, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 21 December 2016

I just wanted to say thank you so much to Ivan and Jen! Me and my 2 friends (32-35 years old) decided to take some surfing lessons while in Honolulu. There are tons of surf lessons all over, both on the beach and online. Some are cheaper than others, but in the end through some good reviews we decided to... More 

Thank wiltam2016
Hong Kong, China
1 review
Reviewed 5 December 2016

My girlfriend and I decided to take 2 semi-private lessons with Ivan and Jen over the course of 2days during our vacation in Hawaii and they had us up 'shreddin' the waves in no time. With Jens' easy-going attitude and Ivans confident demeanor quickly we were quickly able to pop-up on our first few waves and found the advice and... More 

Thank awn85
Perth, Australia
Level Contributor
30 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

I'm a 60yo woman who has never surfed before. I had a 2 day stop over in Honolulu and decided to give it a go after reading the great reviews. Ivan was the best instructor I could ever have wished for! It was easy to book the lesson. He gave initial instructions on land before getting in the water. He... More 

Thank cargo999
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Yesterday I booked private, 2 hour lesson with these guys. I've never done any surfing before and they had me on the board catching waves within the first hour. Before getting into water I got briefed on how to stay safe, and during lesson Jen was focused on me getting most out of my time with them. I will definitely... More 

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