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!


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!

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

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