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Ty Gurney Surf School

The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
+1 808-271-9557
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Had the best time learning to surf

We had booked semiprivate surf lessons (2 pers. 1 instructor). when we got there they ended up... read more

Reviewed 16 July 2017
Thea N
My daughters had the best time. Definite favorite of our whole trip.

My daughters had never been surfing, they are 15 and 18 years old. The instructors were excellent... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2017
Kerri P
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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!
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The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Reviewed 16 July 2017

We had booked semiprivate surf lessons (2 pers. 1 instructor). when we got there they ended up being 2 instructors instead - NO complaints form us ;) Both our instructors were amazing, they could read the ocean and gave great críticism. We both stood up...More

Thank Thea N
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you very much Thea for your response. You were both lucky enough to have your own instructor on this type of lesson, so we are glad you made the most of it. All of our watermen have great knowledge of the ocean and will...More

Reviewed 6 July 2017

My daughters had never been surfing, they are 15 and 18 years old. The instructors were excellent and had them both surfing and up on their boards within the first 15 minutes. They were both glad we picked the 2 hour lesson. They had an...More

Thank Kerri P
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

We thank you and your girls for surfing with us this summer! They are awesome students, so it made everything easy for us. The 2HR lesson can be too much for some beginners, but your girls picked it up very quick. We cannot wait to...More

Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Kids, 8 and 6 did the 1hr surf lessons with Sam and Dave. The kids had a blast doing a tandem surf lesson from the get go due to the size and age of the kids. Tandem surf lesson allowed the kids to spend more...More

Thank Rachael K
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

We really appreciate your feedback from your children's lesson. A tandem lesson allows the smaller students to have a safer ride with an instructor on board. This also allows the instructor to communicate with the student while actually riding the wave. Come back soon for...More

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Reviewed 27 June 2017 via mobile

Ty and his team are fabulous. My kids had an absolutely amazing time and now think they are professional surfers. His prices are a little higher than some of the competitors, but it was so worth every penny! Each one of the kids (18, 17,...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thank you for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School for your children's experience. We specialize in Private and Semi-Private lessons which allows each student to have the full attention from an instructor. Each surfer will be towed out to the break and pushed on every wave....More

Reviewed 26 June 2017

Ty and his team are excellent. Ty, Joey and Brian are always there to make each lesson a learning and fun experience. I think their knowledge and patience makes the lessons more than worth it. I highly recommend them to everyone.

Thank Elizabethandtravel
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Thanks again for surfing with us Elizabeth! Your were lucky enough to have some of the longest tenured instructors from the school, which makes them very knowledgeable and patient. We hope to see you back very soon for more lessons! Mahalo, TGSS

Reviewed 25 June 2017

I was a little hesitant having my 6 year-old, has only been swimming for 9 months son out in the middle of the ocean, but I trusted Ty with his safety. He was great and my son had an "awesome" (his word) time. His staff...More

Thank jeanyoung1
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

It was a blast surfing with your 6 year old son! Ty has been teaching for 20 years, so you had one of the best in the business. We are so happy to hear that your son had an awesome lesson. Until next time! Mahalo,...More

Reviewed 23 June 2017

My friends and I wanted to try SUP. The website said they can get everyone standing by the end of the lesson but thank goodness they don't MAKE you stand up. I admittedly have a fear of water (I know, I don't make any sense)...More

Thank cic4cia
Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 26 June 2017

Thank you very much for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School! It is always great to hear somebody face the fears. We make sure that the student is comfortable for each lesson. Hope to see you soon, so we can get you standing! Mahalo, TGSS

Reviewed 18 June 2017

Everything about this experience was fantastic. Ty and his team were incredible. We were all surfing by the end of the lesson.

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 20 June 2017

Thank you very much for learning to surf at Ty Gurney Surf School! Our team here is built to make the best possible surf experience from start to finish. We hope to see you guys again! Mahalo TGSS

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Awesome, one tick off the bucket list, great thing to do in Waikiki,after a short lesson on the beach Brian had me standing on the first wave, excellent way to start a 50th birthday holidayMore

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Ty G, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 21 May 2017

Thank you for choosing Ty Gurney Surf School for your experience here in Hawaii :). The little 2 minute land demonstration on the beach is vital to make sure you have the correct steps down to surf! We wish you a happy birthday again, and...More

Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

This is how you should do it. Highly recommended, lots of help getting out and, yes, we got up first timeMore

Thank Meljay
Ty G, Manager at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Aloha, Thank you for sharing your experience with our surf school! Brian, and all of our surf instructors do there best to prepare by helping you guys paddle out to the break so you are ready to ride waves! We hope to see you next...More

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V662014
18 May 2017|
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Response from Ty G | Property representative |
Aloha, Thank you for contacting Ty Gurney Surf School. We are located to the East from from the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Most customers will either have a short 10min walk or catch a quick car ride over. What other... More
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Joe F
20 March 2016|
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Response from Ty G | Property representative |
Aloha Joe, Thanks for contacting TGSS! Yes we provide a rashguard and surfboard for you to use during your lesson. To book, give us a call (808) 271 9557 anytime. Mahalo!
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