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Frequently Asked Questions

Read below for some answers to common questions before surf lessons.

Where Do We Meet?

The Sunset Suratt Surf Academy tent is always set up at Haleiwa Beach Park in Haleiwa, HI. We set up immediately adjacent to the Waialua-Kahuku War Memorial, and this is located across the street from Jameson’s By The Sea Restaurant. The surf break that we normally paddle out at is called Puena Point and it is one of the best all-around beginner waves on Oahu.

In order to provide the best waves for your lessons, we occasionally teach lessons at alternate locations on the North Shore, such as Chun’s Reef or Laniakea. However, we’ll still be set up and staffed at our regular location so that you can get started. (If possible, we will contact you before your lesson to let you know if we will be meeting at an alternate location.)

Below is a map with a marker on our normal tent location. We know that finding your way around an unfamiliar place can be confusing sometimes, so if you have any trouble at all, please call us at (808) 783-8657 and we will help you out!

Sunset Suratt Surf Academy

What Should I Bring?

We’ll provide your surfboard, leash, rash guard and instructor, and we even have a photographer available if you’d like photos. There are a few things that you might also want to bring along, as well, however, to make sure that you have the best time possible:

  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Swimsuit or boardshorts

If you’re feeling anxious about your first surf lesson, we’ll take care of you. You don’t need too much extra equipment; just bring your swimsuit or board shorts and get ready to have a great time!

Is Parking Safe?

Parking is generally safe where we teach surf lessons and we can hold your keys for you while you’re out in the water. Like anyplace else, we would recommend keeping valuables and other items back at a hotel or other secure place just to avoid any mishaps.

What If I Want To Change My Reservation?

We know plans sometimes change while on vacation. If you need to change your reservation (or even cancel), just let us know and we’ll give you a full refund.

How Early Should I Arrive Before My Lesson?

We would recommend arriving a little early (perhaps 15 minutes), if you can. Traffic can sometimes cause delays, so plan ahead and get there a little ahead of time. That way we can get you signed in and you’ll be ready to go when your lesson starts.

What If I’d Like To Write A Review?

We really appreciate reviews. If you would like to recommend us, the most popular sites we are found on are TripAdvisor, Yelp and Google. If you have feedback or concerns and would like to contact us, we’ll do everything we can to help you. Thanks for helping others to find us!

Ready To Surf?

Getting started is easy. Book online and you'll have your lesson or tour all set up for when you arrive!

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Our family of 6 split into two groups for surfing and paddle boarding over thanksgiving week. Dad and the two older kids 16, 14 went surfing with Jax and Joel (our guides). Mom and the littles 10,12 went paddle boarding with Mark and another guide. We were concerned that about our 12 year old paddle boarding due to the fact she recently had a leg cast removed. Mark was great and modified her board so she would be more stable in the water. No problems, paddle boarding with the turtles was Mom’s highlight of our trip. Surfing with the two guides was a blast. Nobody had ever surfed before and all 3 of us were standing up by midway in our lesson. Joel and Jax were always right there coaching us through the whole process and giving us encouragement. Photos were taken for us so we didn’t miss a shot. Excellent organization. I highly recommend these guys.

Brad J.

Spokane, WA

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

Ratings. Are Important
02:58 01 Nov 18
Very fun for the family! We had the kids, youngest is 8. I was a bit worried about safety, but they have a good system of how they keep track of everyone and a 3:1 ratio. Everyone was able to stand up pretty quickly and the instructors were very good - friendly with great instructions. I think their price point is a bit higher than others, but I can't compare the quality. Definitely happy we did it and appreciated the team!read more
Georgia Jean
19:55 27 Nov 18
We had the most amazing experience with Bryan and his team! Our youngest was 10, our oldest 18 with everyone else in between. EVERYONE got up and surfed! It was so awesome!! Our only regret was not doing it the first day we got to Oahu! Christinaread more
Sarah Noller
00:29 07 Nov 18
The instructors were great! I was up and surfing right away with no prior experience. I highly recommended this surf school! It is so worth it!
Cody D'Ambrosio
13:20 13 Aug 18
Awesome awesome awesome! For first time surfers on honeymoon, we were both able to get up and ride the waves! The instructors were super helpful and made it feel easy and doable. Definitely a must-do in Oahu!
Jordan Holloway
05:45 26 Jan 19
Uncle Bryan’s surf lessons provided the best experience my family had while on vacation. We were all novices and this was our first time surfing. Uncle Bryan was a wealth of knowledge of the north shore and surfing in general. Our instructors were also top notch. They played to each individuals strengths and made sure they got the best waves possible. We all can’t wait to come back and surf again, all thanks to Uncle Bryan and our instructors.read more
Dirk Lewis
17:21 11 Mar 19
Great staff and perfect location for learning to surf. We were worried about the wind and high surf warning but the location was protected and had slow rolling waves perfect for beginners and out of shape tourists. The owners son was way cool and helpful. He even took my 5 year old out and caught a wave with him. It has been the highlight of his trip, he keeps rubbing it in to his big brother. These guys are great. Be careful who you pick to teach you also. There were some instructors on the beach that were super high and it was not weed (tweeker) all of our instructors had it together and had us surfing first wave we caught.read more
Bobby Marchenese
15:15 11 Jan 19
Lisa was fantastic helping setup my lesson and giving us suggestions on what to do the rest of the day. She even sat with my wife and daughter on the beach during my entire lesson and talked with them. She has a warm and welcoming peraonality. Chris, the instructor was great, thanks for your time! Great experience, highly recommend!read more
Michael W
23:49 26 Mar 19
A great time. Called Uncle Bryan at 7am and they scheduled my ten year old son a lesson. We showed up, they were organized and personable and I decided spur of the moment to get a lesson as well. Skylar was great, as was Bryan's son who was one of the other instructors. In fact, they all rocked. There were kids of all ages. Instructors managed to help get them all up multiple times.read more
ocean roayle
03:32 06 Apr 19
Amazing location right at a great beginner surf break. Bryan is lovely, chill and very professional surf instructor with a host of great staff. Bring plenty of aloha spirit in return. I took my friends here to learn to surf on vacation. They were up and surfing after just an hour of water time. Would definitely bring them back again. Thanks Bryan and instructors!read more
Alex Gleeson
07:24 11 Apr 19
Great morning on the water for my first surfing lesson with Instructor Schuyler at Pua’ena Point Beach Park. His instructions were easy and informative. I had no trouble getting up on my first wave. I highly recommend this friendly and professional outfit for those new to surfing or looking to improve.read more
Tracy & Joel Van Camp
00:06 13 Apr 19
We scheduled with a different surf company who cancelled us at the last minute. Called Bryan’s, Linda told us to go right over. We did. Met Bryan he put us in a lesson immediately. The guys were great at coaching. We were up and surfing in no time. MAHALO Bryan, Crew, Skylar and the others!read more
Mike B
02:39 19 May 19
Top notch instruction - Mike Jackson is a local who not only gets you up on a board but goes further and teaches you safety, etiquette, and key focal points on what to look for when you are out on your own. Have not had such a natural high in quite some time; still smiling from ear to ear from today's experience. Thanks for the time Mike.read more
Brianna Almeida
21:48 20 May 19
Uncle Bryan was AMAZING!!!!! He was the sweetest and brought all of us flowers to wear in our hair that he picked from his own home. He showed us the boards and they worked perfectly! It was an amazing experience and his hospitality made it 100000x more enjoyable! When we called him he met us at the beach quickly and got us our boards and on the water in no time. When we left he hugged us and it just felt like we were part of his own family. I have never met a business owner that has welcomed and helped his clients as much as Uncle Bryan. He is the absolute definition of the aloha spirit. I would recommend him without hesitation. If you are looking for an amazing experience, great pricing and the aloha experience he is your guy!!!!read more
Parker Davis
17:41 17 Jul 19
Best part of our vacation... Many thanks to Bryan and his team for providing a great family lesson with kids aged 9, 7, and even 3! Will definitely go again next time we travel to Oahu.
Justin Ashford
15:33 03 Aug 19
Uncle Bryan and his team were fantastic. They helped my boys learn to get up on their boards and ride a handful of waves during our lesson. They paid special attention to my youngest to make sure he was safe at all times. My boys had a blast and will hopefully remember this experience for years. I highly recommend this team and this activity if you're visiting the North Shore!read more
Jeremy Wright
18:34 12 Aug 19
Absolutely loved learning to surf with Uncle Bryan's crew. One of the best mornings of my life. Highly recommend!
Brian Smith
04:49 21 Aug 19
Fantastic 1st experience for my kids (8 and 5). The staff was kind and professional, really made an effort to ensure their first surfing experience was about confidence building and fun. Look forward to our next lesson, definitely recommend Uncle Bryan's!read more
Liana Demaret
02:38 23 Sep 19
Uncle Brian and his crew are the best instructors to learn how to surf. They made you feel comfortable and safe all while having a blast! They were a highlight of our visit to the North Shore! Chad and Mckanna made you laugh and were super enthusiastic about all skill levels!read more
Clark Ijl
23:52 03 Oct 19
Uncle Bryan and Skylar are absolutely a joy to be around. Skylar was by far the best instructor I've had surfing all over the world. He made sure my sister had a great first experience surfing. Thank you so much Skylar!
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