Ohana Surf Project Reviews

We are pretty good at what we do. I guess it’s because surfing is where all of our instructors’ passions lie. Our instructors are involved in various sports, but surfing… it lives in our souls. We love what we do and we bring that to our clients.  You don’t have to take our word for it.  Check out our reviews and you will understand what we mean.



Darrick Schubert
Darrick Schubert
23:52 06 Dec 19
2 weeks ago we had a group of 10 with Ohana Surf Project. We had an absolute blast. Even though it was extremely windy they got all of us up and riding waves. Even me being the older overweight guy. ? the whole crew was very attentive and supportive. I hope we get the opportunity to have fun with them again.?
NL
NL
02:58 04 Dec 19
Came here because we had great past experience.Paid for 2 private hours but only got 1.5 on the water. Blond lady was so rude to us, we found another company down the street who not only gave us the full two hours but it was 25% less expensive.I give 2 starts because our instructor was nice and also because if we weren't treated so rudely, we would have never found the new place which is awesome!Thanks rude blond lady!
Tim Williams
Tim Williams
04:57 25 Nov 19
Very nice and patient instructors. I'm 59 years old and they had me up and riding the waves in no time. Great experience! Highly recomend it to everyone!!
Isaac Isaac
Isaac Isaac
03:33 10 Nov 19
Would highly recommend. Super professional, safety focused and will quickly scale instruction to all abilities. I felt like I got a lot out of the private instruction and Troy gave me a lot of helpful tips to be successful catching waves and enjoy my first surf experience!!
Paul Slattum
Paul Slattum
06:43 06 Nov 19
I had an excellent private lesson with Matt. I learned a lot and was able to catch a bunch of waves. The team took great photos. Everyone was super friendly and helpful, I highly recommend using their services if you are ever in Waikiki.
Ashley Wallace
Ashley Wallace
00:41 06 Nov 19
I've never surfed before and have always wanted to. I spent 2 hrs with the instructors and feel like an aspiring pro! They went over safety and techniques before our group hit the water. This made things so much easier once we got into the water. They were also very encouraging and paid attention to each participant in correcting our techniques throughout the session. I would recommend this group to everyone and would even take another class with them myself. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Vivian Shang
Vivian Shang
04:49 31 Oct 19
Booked in last minute for a group surf lesson with Ohana Surf Project. We were taken out by Chelsea, with David, Taylor and Justin also there to help. Had an awesome time and managed to stand up on the board and ride the wave by my second attempt! The waves were nice and gentle, which was great for beginners and weren't really crowded at all at the 12pm sesh. Despite being seasick, still had an amazing time! Thanks to the instructors for paddling and pulling us along when we got too tired! Taylor also took great photos and videos which half of us purchased at the end of the sesh:)
Robert Schettler
Robert Schettler
21:47 27 Oct 19
These guys were great! The trainers were very positive. Surfing was much easier than I expected. They offer pictures and videos of you afterwards, and they were amazing!This was the first time I EVER thought that pictures/videos were worth purchasing from a vendor.
Epi Reefer
Epi Reefer
07:32 26 Aug 19
One of the best experiences I had in Hawai'i. Awesome people, literally cool as ice. ?? Kevin, Allana, the other guys and gals were so helpful.
Michael Corpus
Michael Corpus
22:39 19 Aug 19
This was an AMAZING experience. Not only did I have a GREAT time, but it was so much better because of Kevin and all of his help. He was very patient and knows how to teach you like you are a beginner. My whole experience with the whole Ohana Surf Project was awesome. With no doubt I would DEFINITLEY recommend Ohana Surf Project.
Lara@ActionAid
Lara@ActionAid
08:04 23 Jul 19
Highly recommend Ohana Surf Project. We booked the semi private lesson and absolutely no regrets. Our instructor Lani was super friendly, knowledgeable and so supportive. She tailored her teaching to suit us both and we had so much fun - caught loads of waves and had something to work on each wave to improve our ride. These guys take safety appropriately seriously and had a lot of staff/ instructors on the water to make sure everything ran smoothly. Loved having Dani taking videos out on the water and another professional photographer on land to capture each ride. Worth every dollar in our opinion. Many mahalos OSP
Alistair Young
Alistair Young
12:44 30 Jun 19
Everyone I dealt with was very nice (Kelly on phone, Chad in van from Marriott, Jenna the instructor), Jenna seemed to do a good job as instructor, but maybe the overall value was not there for us.I paid $277 for a 2hr semi-private lesson for my 2 boys. I also tipped $40 ($20 for each boy). However, for the most part my boys were really just part of the main group lesson - they warmed up and went out with the group, caught the same waves as the group, came in with the group, then reviewed all the photos of everyone in the group. They had a dedicated instructor for tuition, I'm just not convinced this made much difference to their surfing. At the end, some of the 'group' folks were signing up for another group lesson ($80+tax) while we'd spent our budget and were done.It's a little frustrating to pay twice as much as the others (I did not see any of them tipping), but then walk away with very similar experience. Maybe they could have thrown in a few photos/videos to make paying the extra worthwhile … or something. Instead, I would just have to say the folks in the group lesson made better use of their money. And you should too.
avas oopsies
avas oopsies
23:15 29 Jun 19
our instructor chelsea was very nice while also providing very helpful tips.
Beth Mullen
Beth Mullen
02:00 16 Jun 19
My son just asked if I could give Kevin a 5 star review, so that's what I am doing. Kevin spent 2 hours with my 9 year old and was an awesome teacher. My son says that learning to surf was the absolute highlight of his trip to Hawaii. We also opted to purchase all of the pictures and videos for $50. They typically go so far out that you can't take pictures of your own, so you'll definitely need this package. We absolutely recommend Ohana Surf Project! Thank you for making my son's trip so memorable. We will be getting another private surf lesson through Ohana Surf Project when we return to Oahu!!!
Samantha Nier
Samantha Nier
01:16 16 May 19
Our instructor, Kevin, was the very best. Kevin was able to accommodate our wide range of skill levels. The rest of the crew was so kind and helpful.
Jesse Lane
Jesse Lane
05:57 05 May 19
The team at Ohana Surf Project was incredible. They were fun, patient and great instructors. I had a blast surfing, and my first surf experience exceeded expectations. ??? OSP was professional, safe, and took great photos and videos of all of us on our group.I highly recommend these guys!
William Hester
William Hester
03:55 29 Mar 19
My girlfriend and I took a surfing lesson. The staff was awesome! They were really encouraging and friendly.
Jimmy Tanghongs
Jimmy Tanghongs
04:06 24 Mar 19
Great group! First time surfing, was up on the third try. Thanks Troy, Danny, and Lani!
Todd Peterson
Todd Peterson
01:27 25 Feb 19
What a GREAT kick a$$ experience! I would like to thank Matt and the entire staff for helping me check off a bucket list item. I would highly recommend Ohana Surf Project to anyone no matter what their skill level or age is. I’m 53 and they even got me up on a board! Better than that, they teach about waves, water, and respect the environment that they are in. Surfing right under Diamond Head...well... what else does anyone need. Spectacular! Do yourself and your soul a favor, just do it! Mahalo!!!
Chris Ferretti
Chris Ferretti
02:14 31 Jan 19
My wife and I were in Oahu on on honeymoon and worked with Chelsea and Keyola of Ohana Surf Project and we had a blast!!Such good instructors, knowledgeable and caring - both my wife and I who never surfed before were able to get up on our boards a couple of times!! I couldn’t believe it! Never in a million years did I ever think I could ever surf - what an exhilarating feeling! I am totally hooked and plan to continue surfing lessons back in NYC (once the weather rises above 7 friggin’ degrees?).But all in all, I can’t say enough nice things about our instructors Chelsea and Keyalo. So nice and encouraging. If you’re in Oahu and looking for awesome and affordable surf instructors look no further than Ohana Surf Project AAAAA++++????????
stephane P
stephane P
23:08 03 Jan 19
First time surfing and chose these guys. Was very easy to book the day before and instructions were very clear to get there. We had Matt as an instructor and he was probably the best instructor we could have hoped to have for a first time but honestly the whole team was so fun, great at providing tips/instruction, and was very supportive.Thanks guys for making this a great experience! Highlight of the trip to Hawaii for sure.
Adam Thomas
Adam Thomas
05:29 08 Oct 18
Chelsea was our instructor and was fantastic. My daughter and I had a great morning surfing for the first time. Would highly recommend this to others looking to try out surfing
Jenny Lauridsen
Jenny Lauridsen
04:03 23 Sep 18
Super professional.Focus on safety.Awesome instructors , fun and friendly
James Styles
James Styles
00:37 27 Aug 18
My partner and I had a wonderful time surfing (our first time ever) on Waikiki beach with Ohana Surf Project and I'd strongly recommend them to anyone wanting to give it a go.Chelsea was our surf coach, she was very professional, clearly very experienced and a fantastic teacher. She give specific feedback to each member of our small group helping us all to successfully stand up on the waves. Take the time to look at the photos and videos when you get out ours were really great! Beautiful location.
Silvia I. Moreno
Silvia I. Moreno
07:21 18 Jul 18
Our family had the privilege of experiencing surfboard lessons with this particular company and the experience was fun and totally professional. Everyone had a great time.Plenty of instructions to prepare you for the lesson. And after your time in the water the instructor also had the opportunity to give you some critiques on how to improve. It was amazing to see photos and videos afterwards.Thanks for the great Hawaiian hospitality.
Kate Klavon
Kate Klavon
16:53 31 Mar 18
I was very impressed with Ohana Surf Project. They were all very friendly and helpful in teaching me how to surf. The instructors make sure you stay safe so you can just enjoy surfing! This is my favorite thing I did on my trip.
Joe DeStefano
Joe DeStefano
03:28 08 Dec 17
Surfing with these guys is always the best. I've been surfing with them for many years now and Sean has become my mentor. He brings his level up method of teaching to provide you with instruction and techniques you need improve on your surfing. No matter who you take a lesson with, (I've had many instructors through the years), from beginner to advanced levels, you will feel safe in the ocean, be encouraged to catch all the waves you can, get instruction, and friendly coaching first hand from pre to post surf session. All this and the welcome you as a part of their surfing "ohana" makes them hands down the best out there! Look for the surf bus, you won't be disappointed and you won't find a better group of qualified, friendly and helpful surf instructors in Waikiki or on Oahu's south shore! Can't wait to get back the water with you soon.Thank you so much for everything!
Kelsi Thorne
Kelsi Thorne
05:42 10 Aug 17
Probably some of the coolest people you will ever meet. The best surfing experience. I had two lessons, but probably could have surfed on my own after one. Really reasonable pricing, and will even pick up from most hotels in the region. Will be recommending these guys to everyone I know visiting Oahu.
Alisha Hunter
Alisha Hunter
07:07 04 Aug 17
Hands down the best experience I've had in Hawaii so far! Would highly recommend! The instructor to surfer ratio is so comforting and they take you out of the hustle and bustle of the main beach in Waikiki! Thank you guys so much!
Aliyah Reid
Aliyah Reid
18:59 02 May 17
The Ohana Surf Project crew is simply awesome and really make you part of their Ohana. We have traveled and surfed in many places around the world and they are by far the best crew we have ever surfed with. The crew emphasizes the importance of safety yet, gives you positive and reassuring vibes to feel comfortable in the water and CATCH WAVES. Chelsea and Sean, we can't wait to surf with you guys again! Mahalo!
Farrah Moore
Farrah Moore
21:06 21 Mar 17
Really awesome experience. The crew, especially Nick, are really nice! My husband also got to surf with Shaun, the pro surfer. The whole crew is very professional. They also offer some great advice for other cool things to do around the island. We'll definitely book with them again. Mahalo!
Alanna Kriz
Alanna Kriz
17:19 13 Feb 17
Best group of instructors in Waikiki! I had the pleasure of spending 2 summers working in Hawaii. I worked closely with Chelsea, Sean, Nick and James. They all are so passionate about surfing and it really shows up in their lessons. With friendly, outgoing personalities, you will spend the lesson with a smile on your face. They have years of experience and know exactly how to get anybody on their feet in just one lesson, it is truly amazing. They also know the surf conditions and safety is their number one priority. If you are in Waikiki, and have any interest in surfing, whether you are a beginner or an experienced surfer, I definitely recommend surfing with Ohana Surf Project.
Ian Clark
Ian Clark
04:25 01 Feb 17
During my last visit to Oahu, I asked a few of my resident friends where a good place would be to get surf lessons and several told me to check out Ohana Surf Project. I had some experience as a teenager but definitely was in need of a refresher - I tried an initial lesson on the second day of my trip and went out several more times after such a positive first time experience. Every trainer I went out with was incredibly helpful and knowledgable and created a safe fun environment.
Shannon Dee
Shannon Dee
03:08 01 Feb 17
Ohana Surf Project is the best surf school in Hawaii! I had the best experience with these guys. They really treat you like family there. I am a beginner surfer and was nervous on a board but they made me feel super comfortable! I'm so thankful I found these guys, they made my trip to Hawaii extra special.
Charla Lewis
Charla Lewis
18:44 31 Jan 17
I had the best surfing experience with this crew! They were all so helpful with picking us up, giving us basic land lessons and then even helping us paddle out when my arms gave out! We had an awesome time and would highly recommend this great crew! We went back for more and did both stand up paddle board and body boarding! That was a blast!!! Thank you for adding to the adventure of our visit and we will be back soon!
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Ohana Surf Project
5.0
Based on 57 Reviews
Tonya R.
Tonya R.
2018-03-15 18:32:26
This was my second time surfing, and I was quite nervous. I injured my knee the first time. What helped me to relax was Chelsea's thorough knowledge of how...
Paul L.
Paul L.
2018-03-15 00:10:39
Big mahalo to the crew at Ohana Surf Project! Matt and Chelsea were such awesome surf instructors. I was a bit nervous at first because it was my first...
Bill G.
Bill G.
2018-03-04 18:26:31
Best outfit for surf lessons on Waikiki. A few steps away from the worst crowds, next to the groovy beach hut cafe. This crew will get you surfing or...
W C.
W C.
2018-02-21 21:59:42
We read reviews and carefully choose activities while on vacation. Ohana is one of those choices that lived up to the good reviews. Chelsea is an excellent...
Firas N.
Firas N.
2018-01-22 10:22:11
Surfed for the first time in my life with these guys last week. They promptly picked me up from the hotel, gave me a video tutorial in a van, followed by a...
Judy L.
Judy L.
2018-01-20 21:12:07
Ohana Surf Project made my first surfing experience incredibly memorable. They picked up from a pre-determined meeting spot and were incredibly...
Erin F.
Erin F.
2018-01-01 16:02:41
This was the best time we had our entire trip (and my previous trips to oahu). Chris, our surf instructor, was super cool, gave easy instructions and made...
Ramzi J.
Ramzi J.
2017-12-08 01:42:55
Hands down an amazing experience! I had Kevin and Chelsea as instructors. They were both awesome! 100% would recommend them to anyone! Super stoked they...
Lukia X.
Lukia X.
2017-11-05 12:51:44
I had a great surf lesson with Ohana! The staff is very friendly and patient, love the vibe here. The booking is very convenient online, there's also a...
Melissa G.
Melissa G.
2017-11-02 02:59:50
These guys are GREAT! Chelsea is super friendly and the instructors were very easygoing and helpful, while also being very relaxed. I had SO MUCH FUN! They...
Sharron L.
Sharron L.
2017-10-08 19:05:30
Wonderful company to surf with.as the name Ohana says they treat you like family. Have surfed with these guys and gals for many years and when they opened...
Christopher D.
Christopher D.
2017-09-04 13:00:55
Ohana instructors Troy and Kevin provided patient and helpful instruction. My son (12 years old) and I had a terrific afternoon with lots of waves and...
Jerry G.
Jerry G.
2017-08-13 00:22:36
Awesome experience!! Helpful and professional coaches, definitely recommend OSP for anyone wanting to try surfing
Elizabeth S.
Elizabeth S.
2017-08-07 15:34:55
Some of the best surfing with expert instructors and lots and lots of Aloha in their hearts! I catch a lot of great waves and am completely worry free...
Kyle S.
Kyle S.
2017-07-29 11:14:12
Amazing day spent surfing with Ohana Surf Project. Ohana (family) is exactly what we felt like after 2 min...fun and safe surf school for the whole family...
Sam S.
Sam S.
2017-07-13 23:16:55
These guys are professional, fun, focused on getting you surfing quickly and safely...they take all levels of athleticism, all ages, all abilities and flat...
Kar Z.
Kar Z.
2017-06-06 11:00:02
It was a great experience! Never had surfed before but wanting to push ourselves on this trip so booked a private lesson. Just me and my sister along w...
J K.
J K.
2017-05-05 23:26:29
I have taken a few lessons before, but this has been the absolute best. The instructors are very knowledge and teach about the ocean, surfing fundamentals...
Carlos L.
Carlos L.
2017-05-01 04:01:37
Dear would be surfer, welcome to Hawaii!)With the knowledge of the ocean and the breakdown of surfing safety OSP provided me, my confidence level increased...
Karen K.
Karen K.
2017-04-22 01:50:57
I can check surfing off my bucket list! Thank you Chelsea for your enthusiasm at the get go; my private instructor Nick for your patience, encouragement and...
Randall R.
Randall R.
2017-04-03 18:52:07
Chelsea, Sean, Matt, and the entire crew at OSP were absolutely fantastic! If you are thinking about giving surfing a try, I couldn't recommend them more....
Sara B.
Sara B.
2017-03-31 01:01:12
Amazing, couldn't recommend these guys enough! My self and my 5y old had a great time today. Chelsea, Matt and Kevin just made our experience fantastic!
Dennis S.
Dennis S.
2016-11-28 23:33:28
We had an absolute blast. Chelsea was patient, helpful, and full of enthusiasm. My two kids and I had a ton of fun, and felt like we learned and got...

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