Some testimonials we've received:
Hi Bear! Two months ago today I had the
thrill of surfing with you and I think with Jeff. It was amazing,
thrilling and intense! I so loved it. I'll definitely do it again, I
hope with you again in Kona. The whole day was magical...walking alone
on the beach later I had the gift of seeing 8 sea turtles, a rainbow
and a glorious sunset that day. As I sit here in Buffalo, with
the snow and wind blowing, 28 degrees, I can't help but travel in my mind
and heart to the gorgeous Big Island. Thanks again for a
fantastic time in the surf. Be well...
Jo-Anne B Buffalo NY
& Jeff - Greetings from the South! We just wanted to let you
guys know how much we terribly miss the >Big Island and the best
surf instructors ever (Barry & Jeff). We also want to let
you know what a fantastic time we had with you both. You are so
positive and excited about what you do that it is just awesome to be
around you guys. Thanks again for all the great advice, instruction,
fruit, nuts and just all around excellent time. We will always
be listening for "we got action" and waiting "on the sweet spot" All your
instruction and postive attitude meant so much to us. If you are
ever remotely in or near the South, please call
us and know you have a home south, north, east and west of the Mason-Dixon Line..."For real" as we say here. We hope to hear great things about a possible surf camp in Costa Rica or Kona soon. Much Love - Kevin, Suz, Riley & Jack --Waxhaw, NC
Hey Surfer Bear, it's Colton Gombots. I
don't know if you remember me, but you taught me and my brother Ken about a week
ago. First of all, I would like to say I loved it, I'm already
looking up surfing sites, and trying to learn all about it. Our trip to Hawaii was awesome, but I
have to say that surfing with you, Misty, and Jeff was my most memorable part.
Unfortunately the only thing I'm missing out of the trip was a picture of you
three, I completely forgot until a couple hours after, and by then you were
gone. so if you could send me a pic of you Misty and Jeff, and would be very
cool. I'm already planning my trip next year. We will be staying in Kona this
time, and you will defiantly be hearing from me. once again I want to thank you
for an awesome time, and I will see ya next
Hey Surfer Bear, I just wanted to thank you very much for your kind attention to Carly this morning! She had an absolutely wonderful and awesome time! You have such a gift of kindness and generosity of spirit. I just wanted to let you know how much we appreciate what you did. It was a pleasure to meet you. Take care, Michelle
Aloha Bear, There is no need to thank me at all, yourself, Jeff and Scott made a pretty nervous wanna be surfer very happy. I had such a great morning, I can't begin to tell you, it was everything I was hoping it would be and more, and thankfully as addictive as I was hoping, I've already made plans for hitting the beaches of Devon in the UK when I get back....not the big waves of Newquay that you saw in the mags, but my friend has a place in a little bay called Croyde and the surf is pretty good down there especially for beginners.
All I need to do now is work on the upper body strength a bit (trust me when I get home I'll be doing a few lengths of the pool just using the old arms) I can't believe just how tight my shoulders are feeling today...like crazy tight. But then again that's what you get for sitting behind a desk all day.
I'll send you another e-mail with a testimonial on as you guys were as I said just awesome yesterday, your patience was unreal and I never felt pushed into anything I wasn't ready for. As Jeff said yesterday, it was all about the pop up and the glide in and I think I managed that a couple of times so I've gotta be happy right?
Depending how the arms bear up I might try and squeeze another lesson in before I go back, I'm really serious about keeping up with this now I've started....(I've even started pricing up some longboards back in the UK!!)
Just one other quick question (apart from Kona boys as I know their range was pretty limited) are there any other decent surf shops nearby where I could get myself some half decent board shorts???
Thanks again Bear for helping me cross one thing off my list of things to do!! (As I say I'll email over a testimonial for you too) Many Mahalos -- Rob
If you do one thing in Kona during your stay make sure that it is taking a Surf lesson with Surfer Bear. Bear and his guys really are the best in the business. Their knowledge of the water and know how will have you catching your first wave a lot sooner than you expect, trust me......I had my first taste of surfing yesterday with these guys and it's an experience I will never forget. From the safety briefing through almost 2.5 hours in the water followed by possibly some of the best pineapple I've ever tasted (thanks Jeff) all made for one of the best mornings I have had in a long time. Nothing was too much for Bear, Jeff or Scott and they made sure that myself and the group I was with were able to take full advantage of their experience as they had us all up and surfing in next to no time. There are some things in life money can't buy and the feeling of catching your first wave is one of them let alone your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th...........thanks guys for making a dream become a reality. --Rob Henderson - London -UK.
"Surfer Bear is the best surfing instructor. His attention to safety is impeccable. His surfing skills and approach to having fun while teaching makes him the instructor of choice. Can't wait to get back to Kona for more..." Mike Ng, San Jose CA.