Best Surf Schools on the North Shore

Do you dream of surfing some the best waves in the world? Are you planning a vacation? Perhaps even flying to the paradisiacal islands of Hawaii? Well, this may be your chance to head to the North Shore of Oahu and surf famous waves at several the best surf schools around. Here are our favorites that offer a range of lessons for all skill sets and goals. 

Feature Photo: Courtesy of Jamie O'Brien Surf Experience
Photo: Courtesy of Jamie O'Brien Surf Experience

Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience

The Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience is the only surf school located at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore. This means each surf or SUP lesson will provide uncrowded, quality surf time on some of the best waves in the area. There are options for one-on-one and group lessons for skill levels ranging from first-timers to intermediate surfers. They also offer guided surfing experiences for those who want to explore some of the other world-famous breaks along the north shore. Reservations and walk-ins are welcome.

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Photo: Courtesy of Hans Hedemann Surf School

Hans Hedemann Surf School

Hans Hedemann Surf School has been around since 1997 and is one of the most well-renowned surf schools on the island. They provide surf and SUP lessons in both Waikiki and the North Shore. Private or semi-private options are available to ensure each guest gets the best experience with their expert instructors.

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Uncle Bryan’s Sunset Suratt Surf School

A lifelong waterman and Sunset beach regular, Uncle Bryan decided to found Uncle Bryan’s Sunset Suratt Surf School in 2003 to share his immense knowledge of the sport with all who wanted to learn. Surfing Magazine voted him as “best surf coach of the ’90s,” and today the school offers a variety of learning experiences from privates, groups, and even team surf and SUP lessons.

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Buttons Surf School

Established by the late and legendary Hawaiian Pro Surfer, Buttons Kaluhiokalani, Buttons Surf School provides high-quality instruction with a focus on safety, fun, and Aloha. They offer inclusive lessons for all skill and fitness levels, are handicap-friendly, and specialize in surf and SUP tours.

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North Shore Surf Lessons

Formed by a group of friends who grew up on Oahu, North Shore Surf Lessons brings local knowledge and experience to anyone who is looking for some fun-filled times on the waves. Their team of instructors guarantees safety and success and loves to share fun facts and insider tips about the North Shore. They offer surf and sup lessons for all skill levels.

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Oahu Surfing Experience

The Oahu Surfing Experience commits to private, professional, and safe surf lessons focused on helping each surfer become more comfortable in the water and reach their surfing goals. Not only does this husband and wife duo offer surf and SUP lessons for all skill levels, but OSE also has their very own Mermaid Fun Photoshoot opportunity. After a rewarding day in the waves, your favorite mermaid can have a personalized photo shoot to live her mermaid dreams.

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North Shore Surf Girls

The all-start team at North Shore Surf Girls brings together former pro surfers, lifeguards, Bay Watch Stunt Doubles, and even a feature in the movie Blue Crush to provide the best surf lessons for learners of all levels. With guaranteed safety and fun, they have seen 99.9% of their students stand up in their first lesson and focus on helping achieve any surf goals they have.

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Photo: Courtesy of 808 Surf School Hawaii

808 Surf School Hawaii

Mike, the founder of 808 Surf School, is a former pro-surfer who spends his time sharing his passion for surfing with those who want to learn, and tandem surfing with his dog Rocco. 808 offers private lessons, semi-private lessons, and even coaching opportunities for those who are sticking around on the island and want to hone their skills.

Photo: Courtesy of Aloha Surfing Ohana

Aloha Surfing Ohana

The Aloha Surfing Ohana has lived on the North Shore their entire lives and brings the Ohana feel and Aloha Spirit to all of their lessons. Their claim to fame is a feature in the movie Blue Crush and their world-class private, semi-private, or Ohana surf lessons. They also offer SUP and Kayak rentals to explore the rivers around Haleiwa.

Photo: Courtesy of Sunset Suzy's Surf School

Sunset Suzy's Surf School

For the last 20 years, Sunset Suzy’s Surf School has taught curious surfers of all skill levels to ride the waves on the North Shore of Oahu. Suzy is known around town as the only female North Shore city and county lifeguard guaranteeing the utmost safety and water knowledge in every lesson. Her two adorable dogs Coco and Kaya specialize in beginner and kid lessons, and Suzy offers group, family, and private lessons for all skill levels and ages.

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