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Ty Gurney Surf School

The Imperial of Waikiki Resort, C-8, 205 Lewers Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Best surf school

If you want to surf and you're not a great surfer or maybe it's your first time, go with them. I... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
rossana b
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FANTASTIC Semi Private Surf Lesson - 10 out of 10!

My little brother and I had a semi private surf lesson with Sam on the morning of July 4th and it... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2017
Stephanie L
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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 September 12, 2017 via mobile

If you want to surf and you're not a great surfer or maybe it's your first time, go with them. I have been to Honolulu twice and did surf with them all the time. They're kind and good instructors. It's better doing a private lesson...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2017

We are glad to have you back for Surf Lessons! Many of our students get hooked right away and end up booking more lessons or coming back the following year. The private lessons do give you 110% focus on you, so it maximizes your time...More

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Reviewed September 3, 2017

My little brother and I had a semi private surf lesson with Sam on the morning of July 4th and it was AMAZING. We had the awesome experience of getting to meet Ty Gurney himself and having him show us techniques on the shore before...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2017

We really appreciate your feedback Stephanie! The summer and especially the holidays can be quite hectic, but you were lucky enough to have a wonderful day on July 4th. Sam is a very funny instructor and most people are laughing by the end of each...More

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Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

Really lovely team at Ty Gurney's surf school and they work hard to ensure you have a really cool experience. Super stoked with my instructor and the camera crew who were all very encouraging.

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded October 21, 2017

Thanks again for surfing with us! We make sure that every customer really enjoys their experience no matter what level. With the camera crew, we can catch every single moment of your lesson. See you out there soon! Mahalo, TGSS

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Reviewed August 16, 2017

We booked a 2 hour private lesson for our 13 year old daughter, this was her 1st time surfing...she had the best time of her life, her instructor Sam was very patient and caring, they caught 6 waves which we had James (83 East video)...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Sam is one of newest instructors to the surf school. It is great to hear that he is already getting such praise from his lessons. At Ty Gurney Surf School, we make sure that every instructor has outstanding ocean knowledge, as well as patience and...More

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Reviewed August 13, 2017

I heard about Ty Gurney Surf School through a friend since she knew one of the instructors, Joey Carroll. Since my daughter was 6 we booked her a tandem 1 hour surf lesson with Joey and she had a great time. She enjoyed her surfing...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded August 15, 2017

Thank you Jason for coming to Ty Gurney Surf School for your experience. We can teach students of all ages, as long as they know how to swim. Some students will prefer to be on the same board as the instructor. This is a possibility,...More

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Reviewed July 29, 2017

We gifted ur granddaughter for her birthday . Ty & his team are true professionals in every aspect of their tutoring. We are kiwis & we have excellent beaches & coaches but Ty & his team surpass NZ. Cost effective. Buy yr own rashie you...More

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2017

Thank you so much for your wonderful thoughts. Here at Ty Gurney Surf School we want every customer to have the absolute best experience from start to finish. It sounds like you will be able to bring back your skills and surf some breaks at...More

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Reviewed July 18, 2017

First time surfers - now hooked. The location is perfect, the instructors are awesome and the office staff are a pleasure to deal with. We had so much fun we booked an extra lesson before our morning flight home! Mahalo to Ty, Pua and all...More

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

We had a great time surfing with you guys! Thank you for your compliments on our staff in and out of the water. It is always great to see people sign up for multiple lessons. Hopefully by this time next year they will have their...More

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Reviewed July 16, 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
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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 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

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Reviewed July 5, 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

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

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Reviewed July 4, 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

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Ty G, Owner at Ty Gurney Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 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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February 23, 2018|
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Response from Lozoldfield | Reviewed this property |
We went in the morning and it was perfect - the wind was nice and light and it was mild but the water wasn’t cold.
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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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