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Address: Kailua-Kona, Island of Hawaii, HI 96745
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+1 808-936-3654

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We had a great time.

Absolutely the most fun thing our family did the week we were in the islands. Bear had all the equipment that you would need to surf. Bear's instructors as well as himself were... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absolutely the most fun thing our family did the week we were in the islands. Bear had all the equipment that you would need to surf. Bear's instructors as well as himself were very helpful for 1st time surfers. We immediately were catching waves and and having the best time. Not only was our experience on the surf great but... More 

Thank Shuber98
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Surfer Bear and I go way back now and I have surfed with him and his crew many times. They go above and beyond EVERY TIME to facilitate the best possible experience. There is no one in the world I feel safer and more comfortable with in the water than Bear. He is kind, compassionate, encouraging, challenging, empowering, attentive, knowledgable... More 

Thank K R
Boston, Massachusetts
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The surfing lesson with Barry and Jeff was excellent. They were very encouraging and went above and beyond to take care of our family of four with two young kids.

Thank sweartogod
Davis, California
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Thanks Barry and (the other guy sorry can't remember your name right now). You guys were great! The instruction was good, and you left me with the confidence I could try it on my own next time. You made it feel authentic, personal and like I was hanging out learning to surf from a local (which I was). Cheers!

Thank Javacado
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

My 16 yo and 11 yo wanted to try surfing for first time. The appointment was super easy to make by calling. Surfer Bear Barry was most flexible and accomodating. It put me at ease as we were not only uncertain of the surfing condition (i.e. seeming lack of waves) but also whether the kids will have the staying power... More 

Thank runfeelbetter
Lecco, Italy
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

First time on board and taken the wave at first try ! Surfer Bear and his crew were amazing. They make my and my friends very comfortable in the water, give us the right tips to improve our surf. We spent two great hours riding waves with the friendly Jeff, Trey, Makai and Jay. So the next day I did... More 

Thank emanuelebelgeri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

I don't know who was more excited about us surfing...my group or the instructors! I've taken surfing lessons before, but the enthusiasm from Bear, Trei, Jeff, Makai, and Jay is unmatched! We had a large group (12 people) and we all rotated in with different instructors as needed. From start to finish, each instructor was helpful, attentive, and very personable.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

Surfer Bear and Jeff and the rest of their crew are extraordinary! Amazing surf instructors who do what they do from the bottom of their hearts, with utmost patience, care, joy, and awareness. I have surfed with them over the years and watched them take people out time and again (youth and adults). They give me confidence and ease and... More 

Thank K R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

I am a very inexperienced surfer and these guys got me feeling more comfortable in the water than ever before. It was a very laid back and informative lesson custom fit to each person. Great lessons for any experience level. I would highly recommend Surfer Bear to any aspiring surfer or tourist who wants to give it a shot!

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Mooloolaba, Australia
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2016

Great prices for quality: included shoe hire (must haves for those coral reefs), rash vests available and hour-two hours stand up/surfboard hire. Kona is a great little surf spot for those reef breaks. On the main road; only a few minutes taxi drive from the harbour, only across the road to the best waves on Oahu. Beautiful black sandy beaches.... More 

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