We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Ty Gurney Surf School

Certificate of Excellence
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
Phone Number:
+1 808-271-9557
Website
Today
08:30 - 16:00
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:00
Description:

The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on...

The Ty Gurney Surf School specializes in luxury private surf instruction on the island of Oahu. We customize our surf lessons to each individual, ensuring that students of all levels maximize their surfing experience on the best waves in the world. Our expert instruction guarantees all students will be surfing on their very first lesson!

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 224 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 216
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Great place to learn how to surf, with great instruction!

Great location, with easy, ambling waves to get that first ride. Courtney was a great instructor, and was able to assist my teenage daughter to get into the right position in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
jaxon87
,
Santa Clara, California

Similar Things to Do in Honolulu

Add Photo Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50

224 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 223: English reviews
Santa Clara, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great location, with easy, ambling waves to get that first ride. Courtney was a great instructor, and was able to assist my teenage daughter to get into the right position in the set. With a quick push, she was in the swell and standing up on her own.

Helpful?
Thank jaxon87
Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Level Contributor
26 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a great swimmer, and haven't really been in the water in around 25 years. I really wanted to try SUP though and it was incredibly fun! I purchased a one-hour private lesson. Koa, my instructor was helpful and patient. He made me feel comfortable and was very close by for the entire session. It came to me really... More 

Helpful?
Thank CaddieKelly
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School! We are glad to hear you enjoyed your lesson with Koa, he is one of the best at Stand Up Paddling. We look forward to seeing you soon! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Toronto, Canada
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

Had a semi-private (2 people) Surf lesson with Brian (Balto) for 2 hours. The experience was absolutely incredible, our instructor knew exactly what he was doing, gave excellent tips as we went and helped us find / get to the best waves. With his expert advice both myself (experienced in water activities but not surfing) and my girlfriend (beginner swimmer)... More 

Helpful?
Thank josh f
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha Josh, Thank you very much for surfing with Ty Gurney Surf School! We are so happy to hear that you and your girlfriend got plenty of ride time. 83 EAST production team is always in the water right where the action is getting the best shots possible. We hope to have you guys again for more surfing! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Everyone was very friendly and the lesson went well. The only hiccup was the initial meet up experience from the office to the beach. There were 5-10 minutes of slight confusion where we wondered if we were at the right beach spot. We did the semi-private lesson with 2 people for 2 hours, which was about right, though may recommend... More 

Helpful?
Thank timmykins1991
Garden Grove
Level Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Best experience for both of my kids, 6 and 9 year olds. Instructors were fantastic and I'm so looking forward to the photos and video from the videographer!!!!!

Helpful?
Thank Carrie M
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha Carrie, Thank you for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School! Our instructors had an awesome time teaching your kids to surf along with our videographer who captured every moment in the water! We hope to see you soon for more lessons! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

Ty surf school is an awesome place but what makes it better are the people. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I had Brian as my instructor and I'd definitely recommend him! He made me feel comfortable and gave me confidence. His instructions were clear and he made the overall experience really fun! Go check out the crew at Ty for... More 

Helpful?
Thank anclemsen
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Thank you for surfing with us! Brian is a longtime surfer and is very knowledgable of the ocean making it easier for his surroundings to keep you comfortable and get you on as many waves possible. We hope to see you in the water soon! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Queens, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

My one on one lesson through Ty Gurney surf school was fantastic. I had taken some lessons here in NY and still wasn't quite getting a handle on surfing. My instructor was able to point out the mistakes I was making and tell me how to fix them. I was able to stand up and ride the wave. Felt great!... More 

Helpful?
Thank ali1342880
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you for surfing with us! By choosing a one on one lesson, it is easier for our instructors to focus on your mistake and help fix them. Come back soon and we will get up and riding again! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Incredible adventure - best 2 hours on Oahu! Austin and Brian were excellent instructors. We had a few minutes on shore learning the basics and safety but the majority of time was spent in the water learning to surf. Ty's team "toe'd" us out (literally they pulled us out after each ride with their toe on our boards - which... More 

Helpful?
Thank Durt-PA
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School! We are happy to hear you had a great experience surfing with us. By just taking a couple of minutes for our instructors to explain the land demonstration will have our students successfully prepared for catching waves out in the water! We hope to see you soon! Mahalo, TGSS More 

Washington, DC
Level Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed my lessons at Ty Gurney surf school. Austin and Joey were really patient with me and got me standing up on my board by the end of my lessons. Super welcoming folks with great stories about the history of surfing, Waikiki and surf culture. Highly recommended!

Helpful?
Thank Sakoro
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha! Thank you for surfing with us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your lesson and got up standing. Austin and Joey also had a great time surfing with you and we hope to see you soon! Mahalo TGSS More 

Washington DC, District of Columbia
Level Contributor
34 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

First, I had NEVER been on a surf board...ever. Their one-on-one teaching was great and they had me up on my very first wave! Listen to them and you'll be up and surfing too. I was a very unique and rewarding experience. To capture the experience, James with 83 East Productions followed me on every wave capturing the successes and... More 

Helpful?
Thank Ryan S
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this review

Aloha Ryan! Thank you for choosing to surf with Ty Gurney Surf School! By having a one on one surf lesson, it gives our instructors more opportunity to focus on the individual and send them on as many waves possible. The footage that 83 East Productions offers is helpful to keep with you as tips for surfing in the future,... More 

Travellers who viewed Ty Gurney Surf School also viewed

 

Been to Ty Gurney Surf School? Share your experiences!

Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / PAYBACK
50
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Ty Gurney Surf School and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Ty Gurney Surf School staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Will you pick up and drop off at my hotel?
  • I have a family of 7. Can your tour accommodate all of us together?
  • How should I dress for this tour?