in Hawaii :: Lessons With A View
Surf Hawaii Surf School, located on the north
shore of the island of Oahu, calls itself the
most amateur-friendly surf school on the third-largest
island in the archipelago.
school has classes for beginning, intermediate
and advanced surfers, including children and
adults. Instructors are CPR-certified, open-ocean
lifeguards. Plus, you'll feel like you're on
an episode of Baywatch Hawaii when Edison de
Paula, the lead instructor/owner pictured above,
gently guides you along the water's surface.
Private lessons with Edison start at $130 for
three hours. A small price to pay, we say.
addition, anyone who books a surfing lesson
gets an optional sea turtle sightseeing tour
for free. Edison also offers a day-long excursion
dubbed the "around the island surfing tour."
In addition to a surfing lesson, the package
includes transportation, a visit to the Polynesian
Cultural Center followed by a stop at either
the Aloha Stadium Flea Market or to the Arizona
Memorial at Pearl Harbor. The price is $195
for a minimum of two people. We were hoping
for some more alone time with the younger, better-looking,
chest hair-free version of David Hasselhoff,
but we guess our friends can come along.