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Address: 2100 Hoone Rd, Poipu, Kauai, HI 96756
Phone Number:
+1 808-652-9590
08:00 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Poipu Beach Surf School Kauai is owned and operated by professional...

Poipu Beach Surf School Kauai is owned and operated by professional waterman and former pro bodyboarder Doug Muraoka. Poipu Beach Surf School is committed to providing each of its guests with a safe, fun, friendly surfing experience.

Experience and Credentials

Doug and his expert staff are all lifeguard trained, CPR certified, local watermen who have been surfing and teaching for years. For your added ocean safety, an official county of Kauai lifeguard station is located right at Poipu Beach in Kauai.

Connected to the Ocean

Douglas Muraoka was born and raised on the island of Kauai. Doug was raised by his grandparents got introduced to the ocean at an early age because his grandparents were avid fisherman who went fishing five days a week Monday through Friday Doug having no other choice than to go fishing every day at 6 AM spent half of the day at the ocean five days a week.

Doug Muraoka Professional Bodyboarder

Doug seeing surfers and bodyboarders at the beach he started bodyboarding at 10 years old. Doug picked up on body boarding quick and got his first sponsor which was Poipu Surf and Sport. Doug did local bodyboard contests for years and always made the final's. Doug also qualified for the Hawaii state surfing tournament every year. In 1989 when Doug graduated high school he became a pro bodyboarder and travel mostly to California and Hawaii doing the PSAA bud professional surfing tour. In 1998 Doug won his first pro contest in the drop knee division. As years went on Doug decided to start surfing. Doug loves surfing so much that he surfs 99% of the time now. With his passion for surfing he decided he wants to teach the world to surf so everyone can see how fun the ancient Hawaiian sport of surfing really is. Doug founded Poipu Beach surf school in 2005!

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They did a great job. Staff was friendly and personable on all levels. Went out of there way to recommend other local activities and food. Instruction is incredible. Alex was fun... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sam W
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

They did a great job. Staff was friendly and personable on all levels. Went out of there way to recommend other local activities and food. Instruction is incredible. Alex was fun, laid back, patient and so knowledgeable. Spent the majority of the 90 minute class in the water. And yes, we all grabbed some waves!

Thank Sam W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First time ever surfing. Had a great experience. Would recommend this school to anyone. Friendly staff.

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Thank vegabjj
Eleele, Hawaii
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Overall customer service is amazing. From the start of reservations, check-in and lesson was seamless. The instructors were very informative and patient with me as I learned the technique of surfing. I recommend this as a must do on the island.

Thank Kuulei N Lumbo K
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

I had never tried surfing before and was determined to get up on a board while I was on Kauai. I was able to get a spot even though I booked late on Wednesday night for a Thursday, 10 AM lesson. I was nervous that I was going to be terrible at it. Alex started me off with a video... More 

Thank cluckey84
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Alex was a great instructor. At the end of two hours I was able to stand on the surf board and ride a wave. I recommend wearing watershoes as there are some rocks on he beach.

Thank Vishal P
Auburn, Washington
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an excellent surf class. My wife and I both ended feeling quite comfortable on a wave by the end of class. Alex was a great instructor, super friendly, knowledgeable and positive. I would 100% recommend this!

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Thank brianbeck7
Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Poipu Beach Surf School offered great lessons for a beginner surfer. My husband and I got the semi private lessons (just the two of us) and after a short video at the surf shop we followed our instructor to the beach which was a short drive away. We had to carry our own boards down to the beach, so that... More 

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Thank marissasg25
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Alex was fantastic; you're in for a great lesson if he's your instructor. The lesson started at the Nukumoi Surf Shop which is a very nice store to shop. Everyone that day was very friendly and I recommend this school if you're on the south shore.

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Thank 228andre
Denver, Colorado
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They were able to fit us in last minute. Instruction consisted of a video. Lesson started with carry your large heavy surf board 500 ft on your head in high winds down the beach. Now that you are tired, get in the water. Never mind practicing getting up on the surf board, just go for the water. The beach was... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the beginner course and were in no danger of death via wave or shark. On the contrary, we had a blast learning how to stand up on and maneuver a surfboard. We had a great teacher in Alex - he was patient and knowledgeable - and a cool dude.

Thank Jake A

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