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Surfing Lessons

Learning to surf in the warm waters of Kauai is ideal.


Surfing was a sport of the ancient Hawaiians and due in large part to the popularity of surf lessons on Kauai offered by a variety of Kauai surf schools it even more popular on Kauai today.


Kauai's abundant coastline offers big waves for surfing veterans and Kauai surfing spots suitable for beginners It is believed that the sport of surfing has been around for thousands of years as practiced by the Western Polynesians.


Perhaps the ancient fisherman of those times used the waves to carry them back to shore with their catch.


At some point however the art of surfing for the pure pleasure of it came about and the golden heyday of surfing was practiced on these very shores of Kauai in the years following the 4th century AD which was believed to be the timing of the first islanders to arrive from Polynesia.


From that point forward surfing became a highly specialized Hawaiian sport and indeed the best surf breaks on Kauai were reserved for the "Alii" class and Kauai surfing became the "sport of kings".


Today Kauai surfers can be found riding various surf breaks with various degrees of difficulty throughout Kauai.



  • Some of Kauai's surf breaks can be enormous as the winter swells break on the northern sides of the island.

  • There are also waves that are consistently suitable to learn to surf and the many Kauai surfing schools offer surfing lessons to the uninitiated.


Many Hawaii surfing schools will boast that anyone can be riding the surf in just one lesson and that indeed, was the case when my son Jake tried surfing the first time.


This, however, was not my experience on my first surfing adventure.


I had a great time, but I was still "wave surfing illiterate" after my first attempts.


Just recently on a visit to Kauai however, I gave surfing another try and indeed I was able to stand up three or four times during my two-hour surf lesson.


Kauai has many surfing schools and there is one that will suit your experience-level just perfectly.


Some of Kauai's surf instructors have been on the professional surfing tour circuit and are great surf instructors providing surfing lessons on Kauai for both beginners and advanced surfers.


Kauai Stand-up paddle-surfing is probably the fastest growing of all the "action sports" on Kauai.



  • Stand-up paddle surfing is fun and is easy to learn. It is also one of the very best ways to get into and stay in shape. It works the core of the body as well as the arms and legs and is a great way to exercise.


Norwegian Cruise Line - Pride of America Cruise Ship: Surfing Lessons on Kauai will not pick you up at the cruise ship pier. Your best bet is to either arrange for a taxi to take you to and from the departure location or to have Tom Barefoot's Tours arrange for a Rent-A-Car shuttle to pick you up at the cruise ship pier. The best timing for most of these Kauai Surfing Tours is going to be on the Thursday or Friday of your cruise schedule.

Look for this symbol in the tour descriptions below to indicate if it is Pride of America compatible.

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The calm waters of the Wailua River is an ideal place to start your SUP adventure. Paddle boarding is very easy to learn and within a short time you can become very comfortable in the water and on your…

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$67.90
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Learn to surf from professional surf instructors and enjoy 2 hours of surfing fun. The lesson includes 10 minutes of instruction on land, 1 hour in the water with the instructor and over 1 hour to practice…

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Learn to surf on a one on one private lesson with your own surf instructor and enjoy over 2 hours of surfing fun. The lesson includes 10 minutes of instruction on land, 1 hour in the water with the instructor…

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$269.90

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Enjoy a semi private lesson with your instructor and 1 or 3 of your friends for 2 hours of surfing fun. The lesson includes 10 minutes of instruction on land, 1 hour in the water with the instructor and…

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Choose this Group Surf Lesson on Kauai in Poipu for an hour and a half of fun in the sun learning to surf! Guests will be provided all necessary gear and be given an ocean safety briefing with their instruction.…

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A lesson for two, this Semi private Surf Lesson on Kauai is an hour and a half of fun in the sun learning to surf! Guests will be provided all necessary gear and be given an ocean safety briefing with…

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Sign up for a Private Surf Lesson on Kauai for one on one instruction and fun in Poipu. For an hour and a half have fun learning to surf! Guests will be provided all necessary gear and be given an ocean…

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$70.90 - $187.90
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Learn to surf in the warm waters off of Kaua'i. The first 30 minutes will be a class on shore. You will learn how to watch the ocean and the waves, talk about ocean safety, learn how to paddle, how you…

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$93.90 - $240.90

Recently, the ancient Hawaiian practice of stand up surfing has experienced a massive revival. It is similar to surfing, but instead of paddling with your arms while lying on your belly, you paddle with…

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$185.90 - $275.90

Enjoy the incredible surf breaks of Hanalei Bay with your own private guide! Learn the secrets of the different areas. This is a great way to experience different surf spots, learn to check out the conditions…

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$187.90

There is no better time for learning than when you are young! Get your child started off in the sport of surfing on the right foot in the warm waters of Kaua'i. This 3 to 4 hour surf lesson is geared for…

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$69.90

Classes are small and personalized. There is a half hour dry land lesson, half hour water lesson and 1 hour catching waves with an instructor. Children 4 to 9 years old are able to take this lesson with…

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$234.90 - $281.90

Private, personalized surf lessons will give you much more attention from the instructor than you would have with a group lesson. The first half hour is a dry land lesson, followed by a half hour water…

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One hour private surf lessons are offered for children 4 to 11 years old. A parent needs to be present to sign them in.

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$119.90

This brand new, first of its kind half day adventure will give you the opportunity to stand up paddle on a calm river, hike, swing and ride. After an informative and fun stand up paddle boarding lesson,…

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Hawaiian Surfing Adventures

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Hawaiian Surfing Adventures is a surfing school on the North Shore of Kauai. They offer classes for the beginning surfer as well as 'Stand-Up Paddle' lessons, special surfing lessons for children and a private surfing safari that takes surfers who already have some competency in the sport to the best surf breaks of the day dependent upon their surfing abilities.
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Aloha Surf Lesson

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If you are looking for a professional surf school with a proven track record you might consider Aloha Surf Lessons. Put together by professional surfer Chava Greenlee who was born and raised on Kauai, all of the surfing instructors are surfing professionals and use the principles developed by Chava to teach the art of surfing.
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Alii Kayaks

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Join Alii Kayaks on an unforgettable journey up the famous Wailua River. This is truly one of the most beautiful rivers in the world and Alii Kayaks offers both kayak tours and stand-up paddle tours up its serene tributaries. A hike is also included which takes you through the remarkable Kauai jungles to a beautiful waterfall and pond for a refreshing swim.
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Kauai Surf School

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One of the most professional surfing schools on the island is the Kauai Surf School. These instructions are usually held in the Poipu area in surf that is usually fairly small but easy to learn on. Lessons taught by the Kauai Surf School are generally small and personalized with a small instructor to student ratio.
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Outfitters Kauai

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Outfitters Kauai is an adventure company on Kauai that offers a combination of ocean and river kayaking experiences, hiking tours, bike tours and zipline adventures. Methodically developing one adventure at a time over the course of years, this popular company has produced some of the most notable Kauai adventures available on the island.
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Hawaiian Style Surfing

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Hawaiian Style Surfing offers surfing lessons in Poipu on Kauai. Guests can book the small group lesson a semi-private or private lesson.
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The island of Kauai is a very well-known island for surfing and for producing major Hawaiian surfers.

Let me just show you this right here. Kauai gets surf really kind of all around on all of its coastlines. The big surf happens from the north during the winter months, and then we get the south swells that happen during the summer months, but there's wrap-around all year long. It's not so big an island that a person who's a surfer can't go out and find surf pretty much every day of the year if they want. Certainly if you grow up on the island of Kauai, like I've known many people who have, they just learn to surf. It just comes naturally to them. It's something everybody does. It's kind of the sport there. People really become very good at surfing, and quite a number of world-class surfers have come from the island of Kauai.

You may not be interested in being necessarily a world-class surfer or surfing to that extent, but there is a lot of consistent surf that happens on Kauai. It's an ideal place on most days to learn how to surf. There's usually some protected areas and some places that just have consistently small swells that are perfect for surfing, kind of like this one here. That's a great swell to learn how to surf on. That's pretty much what's going to happen for you if you go out and learn how to surf on Kauai.

The way it works is that you'll go out with a surf school. They'll have a group of people. Well, actually you can choose. You can choose. You can go out with a group. Maybe there'd be six people or something like that with your surf instructors, and they'll sit you all down on the beach to begin with with a surfboard, and explain how you jump up on the board and explain safety things, explain how to get through the waves on your way out, explain how to paddle, all the rudimentary things that you need to know. This can happen as a group lesson with maybe six people, something like that, or it could be a semi-private with two people so you have a lot more interaction with your instructor. There's the instructor looking from behind on the wave and this guy. Or you could have a private lesson, so one instructor and one person. Now you're really learning quickly.

I'll interject at this point that for years and years, when I came to Hawaii, I was already grown up and already kind of not too good at balance and all that sort of thing. I didn't learn how to surf to begin with which happens. If you get the kids in the water to begin with, they just take to it and then they develop the skill. For me, it took me a really long time. I went out and tried to surf I don't know how many times, and really couldn't do it, sort of gave up for years. Then went to Kauai, and one day I signed up with a guy that was going to just help me privately. That was the ticket. He kept on telling me what I was doing wrong and making me do it again until I was exhausted, but I actually got up to surf in that session.

Maybe three times, I was up riding the wave into the shoreline, and that was a first for me. It's really helpful. These guys are really good. The private lessons are really the best, but if you've got kids, if you're really just kind of on that level where you're bringing kids out there, you're probably just fine with the group lesson because they're going to pick it up. It's shocking to me. My son Jake, the first time we ever went out on the waves, he rode the first wave in, like amazing, you know? Anyhow, if you've got kids, you want to bring them.

They get you out on the sand. They teach you all this stuff, and then they take you out into the waves. Then you go back and forth a few times until you're tired. Then you come back in, and that's it. That's your surf lesson. Sometimes they include a board that you can use afterwards if you want to continue to go out and do some more. Depends on the surf group that you go with. They're all just a little bit different. Kauai is a great place to do this, because it has some really nice consistent surf that is of a size that is perfect for learning how. If you have any questions about Tours or Activities in Hawaii, just give us a call or check out tombarefoot.com. We're here to help.


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Hawaii surf schools offer surf lessons in Hawaii, Maui, Oahu and Kauai. The popularity of these schools is becoming even greater with every passing year as new surf schools open up and older surf schools expand to include more products.

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Surfing fans and observers flock to Oahu's famous surfing beaches every year for the best waves in the world. Don't feel that you have to be a pro surfer to enjoy the fun.

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Hawaii and surfing are inseparable to many people. After all, it was the sport of the ancient Hawaiians and is even more popular today. Maui's abundant coastline offers big waves for veteran surfers and spots suitable for beginners.

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A surfing company may boast that anyone can be riding the surf in just one lesson and that, indeed, was the case when my son Jake tried it the first time.

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