Island Surf Academy


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Instructors certified in CPR, first aid, and lifeguarding teach novices the basics or hone more advanced surfers’ wave-riding techniques

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Promotional value expires Apr 4, 2013. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Must sign waiver. Subject to weather conditions. Classes must be used by the same person. Not valid for children 3 and under. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose from Three Options

  • $49 for a two-hour private surf lesson for one (a $100 value)
  • $79 for a two-hour private surf lesson for two (a $160 value)
  • $119 for a two-hour private surf lesson for four (a $240 value)

During surf lessons, instructors can introduce novices to paddling basics and the art of balancing on a board before pushing their charges into their first waves. Alternatively, they can craft custom curricula for intermediate or advanced students, tailoring their tips to the students’ personal goals. Each instructor is certified in CPR, first aid, and lifeguarding.

Island Surf Academy

Evan Duffin-Barnes first took to a surfboard at age two, sporting floaties and a diaper. During his childhood on Oahu’s southeast side, he spent his entire life learning to longboard, shortboard, and bodyboard on the area’s intense shore breaks. His love of the water continued throughout his youth as he was both a high school swimmer and embarked on a college surfing career. Nowadays, Duffin-Barnes, a semi-professional surfer and avid big wave rider, enjoys tow-surfing and owns Island Surf Academy, where he passes on surfing expertise and the other topics he has studied since before he was potty-trained: safe ocean exploration and respect for the environment for future generations.

Novices slowly gain the confidence to ride in the zen-like curl of a wave as instructors show them how to paddle and stand atop their board. More advanced boarders use the lesson to hone their competitive edge, and surf camps bolster kids’ confidence on a board and foster environmental awareness. As the sun rises each day and old fishermen stretch their arms in preparation for exaggerated gestures, the academy’s team of locals lead custom surf tours, guiding participants to the area’s choicest swells on jaunts that can include hikes, snorkeling, and picturesque views.

Customer Reviews

Thanks for a great lesson!
Maria L. · April 8, 2013
This was a great experience. Evan was so patient with our family of 4. He was great at explaining safety and technique, and then once in the water we were all successful in learning to surf. I highly recommend Island Surf Academy as it was our best surfing experience (we took lessons again on another Island and there was no comparing them as Island Surf Academy was a much better experience).
Vanessa B. · April 6, 2013
Had a fantastic experience learning to surf with Evan, along with my kids. Highly recommend!
Debra T. · April 1, 2013
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    Kalakaua Ave. & Ohua Ave.

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