Reviews

What our students have to say about surfing with us on the North Shore!!

Based on 107 reviews.
Justin Atma
Justin Atma
2022-10-26
If you want a local, hard-working, detail-oriented coach, Zach is your man. I promise, you will absolutely love it! We sure did. Family of 4. Dad, Mom, 11 and 13 year old girls. Could not have been a better experience.
Will Elfstrum
Will Elfstrum
2022-09-05
Great personalized instruction from Kāne and Stone. We went from not knowing how to surf to being up on a wave in about 30 minutes. The instructors put in the effort to make sure we got the most waves in our 2 hour session. Highly recommend this outfit.
Jaclyn Hrnciar
Jaclyn Hrnciar
2022-08-30
We had a great time learning how to surf here and even caught a few waves! Our teacher was very helpful and patient. We had a great time!
Marc Hemstreet
Marc Hemstreet
2022-08-14
Kala and Eala were awesome instructors. They were very helpful and encouraging to us (all beginners). Everyone in our group got up many times with their instructions! They were constantly helping us when we got tired by towing us back to the waves. These guys are awesome and work hard to make sure their students have fun catching a ton of waves.
Kraig Johnson
Kraig Johnson
2022-06-17
Our family had the best experience with Kala and his team. My teenagers got up on the first time. Myself and my husband were also able to get up on the board fairly quickly. Kala and Stone were so kind, laid back and very knowledgeable. We’re going again before we leave the island!! HIGHLY recommend contacting them
Michael Landsem
Michael Landsem
2022-06-14
These guys are great. Highly recommend. Our family had an amazing time learning to surf.
shawn
shawn
2022-06-13
The surf was great for beginners. The instructor (Stone) was very knowledgeable, helpful and made the experience one to remember. Thanks!
Steven Powers
Steven Powers
2022-05-27
Had lessons with Mikey this afternoon and had a blast. I had tried surfing with friends in California before, where they just threw me a board and told me to figure it out. Never did. Mikey had me up on the second wave. Highly recommend these guys!
Hannah Taylor
Hannah Taylor
2022-05-09
A great place for lessons! Stood up a few times on our first outing. Love it!
  •   Three of us took a private lesson on Valentines Day and Kala was amazing. All three girls surfed the first wave we attempted and caught plenty more. He was super thorough and made us feel really comfortable in the water. We'll be back for sure. Mahalo

    thumb Erin M.
    2/15/2022

      I'm so sorry! I said I would leave this review when we were there in november!! I forgot it in my drafts!
    But anyways, it still applies! We had a great time!.
    The vibes were immaculate.
    Stone was a super cool dude and made surfing easy and fun!
    Highly recommend! The area they teach you in is beautiful and chill, we even saw sea turtles!

    thumb Maisie R.
    3/28/2022

      Best time ever, we were met by Kala and he handed us over to the best instructor ever "Stone" he had my 16 yr old and me surfing within 20 minutes of meeting up with him. He taught us the fundamentals and on we went. We had a great time. WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND these guys! Very professional!!!
    Thanks for a great experience guys!!!

    thumb Mario M.
    11/21/2021

      Stone was a great instructor! He gave us clear, simple instructions and helped us catch a bunch of waves! Would definitely recommend this experience for any beginner surfers

    thumb Claire K.
    12/16/2021

      The team at North Shore Surf School is amazing.   Stone taught my daughter to surf in a matter of 15 minutes.     And then he gently continued to guide her during the 2 hour lesson.   She rode her first wave!   I highly recommend this surf school.

    thumb Abbie S.
    3/21/2022

      Spectacular day learning to surf. We learned fast and caught many waves. The instructor kept us aware and in tune with the ocean. Can wait to take another class. Thanks K!

    thumb Mitchell F.
    7/31/2021
  •   My wife and I had never surfed before, but we had an absolute blast with north shore Oahu surf school! She caught her first wave! It took me a couple more, but our instructor was patient, kind, and professional. By the end of the two hour session I had caught at least 6-7 waves. Most importantly, we felt safe and had a ton of fun! I wish we had more time because I would love to take more lessons.

    thumb James M.
    10/01/2022

      Highly recommend North Shore Surf School! My husband and I took a surf lesson with Stone and he was great. He got us a bunch of waves and was really good at giving easy tips with each wave. Plus, you can drive down the road a little further after your lesson and see the bigger waves where they have the pipe competitions.

    thumb Lauren W.
    1/25/2022

      My partner and I got lost trying to find where they were located (we're not local, obviously), and were late. So, the other folks in our lesson (our family members) were waiting on us, but the folks at North Shore Oahu Surf School were so sweet and chill about it. They were so kind and patient with everyone. Though I did not partake, I watched and took lots of photographs. My partner and our family members had a blast and couldn't even finish the 2 hour session because of how exhausted they were! They caught some waves though. Mahalo, North Shore Oahu Surf School for the incredible experience from my partner, who was an actual student, and myself, as an observer

    thumb Sam T.
    12/02/2022

      Stone was a great instructor! He gave us clear, simple instructions and helped us catch a bunch of waves! Would definitely recommend this experience for any beginner surfers

    thumb Claire K.
    12/16/2021

      The team at North Shore Surf School is amazing.   Stone taught my daughter to surf in a matter of 15 minutes.     And then he gently continued to guide her during the 2 hour lesson.   She rode her first wave!   I highly recommend this surf school.

    thumb Abbie S.
    3/21/2022

      Spectacular day learning to surf. We learned fast and caught many waves. The instructor kept us aware and in tune with the ocean. Can wait to take another class. Thanks K!

    thumb Mitchell F.
    7/31/2021
  • star rating  We had a great experience!! We bought a 2 hour private lesson for my daughter and it was worth every penny! It felt local and not commercial. It... read more

    wingedwaitress
    July 18, 2019

    star rating  I took 2 lessons with Kala during my visit to Hawaii and he greatly improved my surfing abilities. I went from catching just 1 wave to 6-7 per session. ... read more

    Jackyoungblood
    September 6, 2019

    star rating  Great guys. Explanations on how to surf were clear and easy to understand. They were super patient with my boys and very encouraging. They were cognizant of my... read more

    dune352
    June 8, 2022

    star rating  When my 13yo suggested surf school for the family we were a bit unsure how it was going to play out. I got online and booked with North Shore... read more

    laprest01
    March 6, 2020

    star rating  coaches were great with us and we enjoyed it so much we scheduled them for another lesson. highly recommend them.

    paul m
    August 9, 2021

    star rating  OMG, they said they guarantee we would all ride a wave. Me at 50, showed my 14 year old son how it’s done, first wave!!! These guys are the nicest,... read more

    robmF5387UN
    December 31, 2018
  • star rating  Our instructor Kala was awesome! My family and I (age 13, 17 and 46) took lessons and we were able to surf very quickly with all of us having little... read more

    reneecW2110MN
    August 13, 2021

    star rating  Incredible experience with our instructor Lawrence. He was on time, professional, super patient with beginner surfers and encouraging the entire lesson. Knowledgeable with 25 years of surfing would highly recommend... read more

    avatar thumb brittanyp725
    October 29, 2022

    star rating  Fantastic experience with North Shore Oahu Surf School. Kane was great with the family. Very supportive when out in the water. He and the other instructors really tried to create... read more

    avatar thumb dundonian92
    November 22, 2022

    star rating  Brett & Fielding had all the gear set up for us at a calmer surf bay near Haleiwa (ha-lee-va). We got the basics on shore & we to to the... read more

    tpark44
    December 27, 2020

    star rating  We had a wonderful time. It was a family experience we had adults and little ones (6 years) and all of us loved it. Kala was amazing and made you... read more

    718dennissef
    June 23, 2021

    star rating  One of the best experiences I’ve had while on my trip to the island.

    My 17 and 12 year old sisters and I went out once with Kekai... read more

    lucydZ774WY
    April 26, 2022
  • star rating  From initial contact to riding that wave all the way in, our experience with Kala and his family/instructors was nothing but exceptional. Every one of our family of 6 non-surfers... read more

    tri-runner1088
    July 13, 2019

    star rating  What a morning learning to surf on the north shore with Kala! He was able to help all 3 of us get up and surf some waves during our trip... read more

    nourishedmeg
    October 16, 2019

    star rating  Excellent choice for us to choose this surf school while on vacation with our two teenagers. It was amazing! Great instruction and had us all up and surfing within the... read more

    Darcy B
    August 6, 2019

    star rating  We all had a blast!!! Kala made sure we each were having fun while learning. Brett also was very helpful. We loved it so much, we came... read more

    JessicaDmomof4
    April 8, 2021

    star rating  Kala was our instructor and the person I spoke with over the phone when booking the reservation for my wife, older teen daughter and myself. My wife is not... read more

    lattefueled
    November 23, 2021

    star rating  *Please note that Kala and Ke'kai are brothers with separate businesses, however, they work together, so this review is posted on both of their pages. I interacted with Ke'kai first... read more

    0bz
    November 29, 2018

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