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“Worried that you won't be able to do it?”
Review of Kapowui

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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: At kapowui, we live, eat, and dream surfing. We teach surfing because we want to share our love and stoke for the sport. All of our instructors are imbued with the Aloha spirit. Kapowui believes we are all part of one big family, so when we are doing a lesson, we are 100% focused and in the moment with you. All of Kapowui's instructors live within blocks of the beach and surf every day. This is a life choice for us. We are not a corporate machine grinding out massive quantities of sub-par internet coupon lessons with minium wage non surfing employees. Kapowui is a locally owned business with soul that only hires real surfers. At Kapowui we truly care about your experince. So in the short time we have together we imerese you in the surf culture. Giving you the opportunity to feel the true surfer vibe, and gain a skill you can use forever. That is why many of the 4 and 5 star hotels in Los Angeles call us to service their guest (i.e. Four Seasons, Ritz Carlton, Beverly Hills Hotel, Shutters, Loews, Viceroy, Chateau Marmont, etc.) Whether surfing is a 1-time bucket list item or a new sport you want to pick up, we will have you up and riding waves your 1st lesson or your next lesson is free. At Kapowui, you are not just another number or dollar sign to us. You are family. So, come hang out with your brothers and sisters, and let's go catch some WAVES!!! Even if you don't do a lesson, come by and say "HI".Your lesson will take place at one of 4 iconic California beaches, Venice, Marina Del Rey, Malibu, or Santa Monica, where the sandy bottoms are safe and perfect for beginner lessons. Your lesson includes surfboard, wetsuit, and instructor. We ofer 1 hr., 1 1/2 hr., and 2 hr. lessons. The first 20 minutes of each lesson is done on the beach, covering board design and dynamics, wave dynamics, beach safety, surfing safety, surf etiquette, pop-up technique and form. The remainder of your time is spent in the water, surfing with your instructor. Everything is included, you only need to bring a positive vibe, however people often like to bring sunscreen, towel, and water.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Los Angeles, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worried that you won't be able to do it?”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

there is a reason why there are so many 5 star ratings for this surf club. you don't have to know A THING about surfing and you will be treated not only as an equal but with the utmost respect. in addition, you WILL be surfing by the end of your lesson. the change in people's energies after they come back from a lesson is moving, not to get sappy, but it's like nothing i've ever seen. do yourself a favor. OH and if you can find others to do a group lesson with you the rate decreases with each additional guest so there's that too!

Visited May 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic surf instructors”
Reviewed 13 August 2013

Fantastic teachers! Saw Kapowui's orange van in the parking lot at Santa Monica beach and didn't know if they'd be great teachers for my kids (daughter, 15 & son, 12). Couldn't find anything about them on TripAdvisor, saw they only had 3 Yelp reviews and hesitated. Then I saw they had 25+ reviews under "Kapowui Venice" and called Martin.
Martin said they can teach in either Santa Monica or Venice and as he was already in Venice, we joined them at Rose Beach.
First, Martin is a lovely entrepreneur and assured me my kids would have a great first time.
Second, he suited my kids up in wetsuits and introduced them to Travis, their instructor.
After a short lesson on the beach, the kids were in water and amazingly standing up on the surf boards very quickly! Travis' land instruction made them VERY comfortable and confident. His presence in the water with them and his constant coaching had them LOVING surfing. My kids said Travis is extremely kind, encouraging and highly enthusiastic. Every time you did something correctly, he was excited for you and when you did something wrong, he immediately showed them how to correct it.
I think the lesson for two was ideal!
Kudos to Martin for a great operation. Double kudos to Travis for being a great instructor!
My kids can't wait to go back to Kapowui and take another lesson.

Visited August 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

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