Our Story

Ohana means family, and at the Ohana Surf Project, we pride ourselves on our family-oriented approach. Whether you’re a first-time surfer, a return customer or one of our professional surfing coaches and guides, the Ohana Surf Project aims to improve the lives of those we care about and those who come to us for care – just like family.

Our Inspiration

Ohana Surf Project was inspired in part by a sad event. A surfer, father, and guardian of the main spot where we teach passed away and left a void in the surfing break called Publics. The thought of this surfer’s family not feeling as comfortable in the surf without his strength and knowledge of the ocean created a deep empathy in the hearts of the founding members of the Ohana Surf Project. Sean Anderson, co-owner and co-founder of the Ohana Surf Project couldn’t stand the thought that if something happened to him that his own children might not feel comfortable returning to the surf. It became his motto that no child should be left behind when it comes to the surf. So at the Ohana Surf Project we paddle out everyday with the aim of making it possible for as many people as we can to experience the ocean and the surf in way that is safe, inspiring, empowering, invigorating, and fun.

Our Philosophy

Some see the surfing business as a way to make easy money but we see it differently. We see it as a way to provide access to the ocean for as many people as possible while providing our staff professional jobs as surfing coaches and guides.  You can hire just about any old surfer or kid looking for a part time or summer job as cheap labor, then charge people for a lesson and give them in return either a fairly or barely decent experience in the water. Or you can, as OSP does, hire professionals and provide them with a career and salary that they can be proud of knowing that in turn they will provide your clients with much more than just a surfing lesson.

To make surfing accessible for all ages and abilities, our instructors work and volunteer with the Make-A-Wish® Foundation, Wounded Warrior Project®, Mauli Ola Foundation, AccesSurf and our own organization, Ohana Surf Project’s Foundation. It’s part of our dedication to making each experience safe, memorable and fun for all who come to us.

More Than Just a Surfing Lesson

Ohana means family and Aloha means love and the Ohana Surf Project is a way to improve the lives of those we care about and those who come to us for care. As owners, the Project provides us with a way to take care of our crew and provide them with a way to showcase and share their talents and knowledge and provide them with a real career in surfing. For our customers who come to us for our care and knowledge of the ocean, we can provide them with an exceptional experience and introduce them properly to the surfing world and community with aloha. And in doing so provide much more than just a surfing lesson. We take this approach with every aspect of our business. It reminds us daily by its very name that we are a family taking care of other families, providing more than just a job, more than just surfing gear and equipment, more than just a lesson and that the Ohana Surf Project is much more than just a surfing company.

Say Aloha to Our Ohana

Learn what makes instruction at the Ohana Surf Project so much more than conventional Waikiki surfing lessons. Contact us today by phone or via online form to speak with a friendly member of our Ohana.