Our Story


Some see the surfing business as a way to make easy money but we see it as more…
You can hire just about any old surfer or kid looking for a part time or summer job as cheap labor, then take people’s money 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. 

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 retuning to the surf. It occurred to him that no child should be left behind and lose the ocean. He decided that not only should no child be left behind but that his motto would be that no one 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 Ohana of instructors works and volunteers with Make a wish, Wounded Warrior, Mauoli Foundation, Access Surf, and our surfing lessons and business are meant to help fund our own charitable organization called the Ohana Surf Project Foundation.

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.