Catch a wave

Catch a Wave

Learn the basics at Poipu Beach Surfing Lessons, Kaua'i.

More attention and more fun

Small Classes

Get the attention you deserve so you can catch more waves.

We work with your vacation

Easy Scheduling

Since every vacation is different, we fit lessons to your schedule.

The best guidance to get you on top of the world

Professional Instructor

Charlie is an elite surfing coach and award-winning surfer.

Learn to Surf

If you are vacationing in Hawai'i, one of the greatest experiences you can have is to surf. The first time you catch a wave is a thrill you will keep for the rest of your life. Charlie Smith is a professional surfer and an elite surfing coach who has been giving vacationers that thrill since the 90s.

How does it work?

The most important thing about surfing is the proper way to stand on the surfboard. Charlie first teaches his surf students this skill with the surfboards safely laid out on the beach. Then it's time to put that lesson to practice in the surf. Charlie will guide the small group of students to where the waves break, let's you know when to paddle, catch the wave, and stand up to ride the wave.

We provide surf boots and shirts, soft-top surfboards and leash; all you have to do is surf and have fun! We like to keep the class sizes small, usually between 4 and 6 people. If you have a larger group, please contact us ahead of time (preferably before you arrive on Kaua'i) so we can make arrangements for everyone to learn to surf in a safe environment. We are here to help make you feel safe in the water.

Don't let this fun pass you by. Young or old, book your lesson today!

Learn to surf
One of the best times to have on vacation
Surfing is fun
Here's what other students have said

What others say

The aloha spirit is alive and well with Charlie. He is such an easy-going and helpful instructor. Safely on the beach, he showed us the best place to position our feet on the surfboard, and how to get up on it. Then he took us out in small surf, and while he was standing in the water, he measured the waves, and gave us the best ones to catch. After about 15 minutes of him helping me, I was confident enough to try it on my own. I had an absolute blast, and I can't thank Charlie enough.
—Rob C.
Charlie is the best teacher everrrr! He is so kind, sweet, easy going, awesome, and just an all around kind hearted person. I've never surfed before but he got me up on the second wave I caught which was amazing! He's got an amazing life and loves what he is doing and gives back to the community. I recommend him over any other surfing school out here. He's a professional surfer and knows the island- so he'll hook you up! His prices are affordable vs. the other surfing schools I've seen. HE'S THE BEST!
—Fatso2014 W.
Charlie is the best! Did a lesson with the whole family. He's inspiring, generous, and full of great stories while you're waiting to catch a wave. He provides good equipment for beginners, and all around provided a fantastic lesson.
—Sullivan S.
I have taken lessons with Charlie three times on two different trips to Kauai. I have also sent clients, friends, and family to Charlie when they are on Kauai. He is a great instructor and makes sure the location for your lesson is on the part of the island with the best surf conditions for your ability. Last year I vacationed on Oahu but before I went I contacted Charlie to get his recommendations for a surfing instructor there.
—Wayne S.
Charlie is a great teacher. Got me up on the first wave and spent lots of tie getting me to feel confident catching waves by myself. Next time I am in Kauai I will make sure to book another lesson for the kids if they are with us. I highly recommend Charlie to anyone that is looking for a first time lesson.
—John B.
Charlie is the absolutely ideal surf instructor! He knows the island like the back of his hand, is a pro, wants you to have fun, and is encouraging but also challenging. He gave us a stand up paddle board lesson and a couple days later a surf lesson and he was fantastic. My husband and I have been learning for awhile, but we made quick progress with Charlie. He was also super helpful with advice about good spots for surfing, equipment, etc. On top of everything else, he's a nice guy!
—Sandra H.
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Recommended by Kaua'i Underground Guide Book and Fodor's. Charlie has the Hawai'i State Recreation Permit to teach surfing lessons in Kaua'i, Hawai'i.
 
  • Group Lesson

  • $ 150*

  • Small Class (4-6 people)
  • 90 Minute Lesson
  • Surf Boots, Shirts, Soft-Top Surfboards Provided
  • Private Lesson

  • $ 225*

  • Private 90-Minute Lesson
  • Go-Pro Video
  • Equipment and Light Refreshments Provided
 
* Per Person
Charlie with one of his surfing students

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