Big Wave Dave

Surf & Coffee

Waikiki's best surfing lessons and freshest local coffee


Waikiki Surf Lessons for everyone.

At Big Wave Dave, we encourage all ages and skill levels to come out and enjoy the ocean. Whether you are a seasoned surfer looking for local knowledge about the best breaks or a brand new surfer ready to catch your first wave, our instructors are ready to get you outfitted and in the water. 


Hear what our customers say about us.

The Bale family went to Hawaii to experience new things, boy did we do that surfing with David was the HIGHLIGHT of our trip, and we did have many. David took Blake to Pipeline, wow he tells that story to all his friends and also helped him but a new board what a souvenir. Megan has now bought a board and has a new passion thanks to David. Mum, that’s me, had a day full of family memories (which included me standing, can you believe that)!! We all felt so safe with David. His knowledge was unbelievable. David’s surf lessons and private tour will sure be on any further trip to Hawaii, to meet a nice Hawaiian local family that showed us all the hidden sights was THE NUMBER 1 TOURIST ATTRACTION OF HAWAII.
— The Bales Family
At 50 years of age, I assumed I couldn’t surf. I asked David Carvalho to teach my two children, aged eight and nine. I only went out into the surf because I felt I must as a father. To my delight, David got me up on my first try. Since then I have taken many lessons from this master and learned much about surfing and life on the Hawaiian islands. David has since trained my sister, two more of my children and a host of friends in the wonderful art of surfing. Change your life. Get to know David Carvalho.
— James Bradley - Author of Our Fathers, Flyboys, The Imperial Cruise
A few days ago, one of Dave’s students, Christopher, entered a local surf contest and managed to win 3rd place in the event. Congratulations Christopher. Here’s what Christopher’s parents had to say. Dave has done wonders with our son! From beginner to novice, Christopher is now ready to start competitive amateur surfing. We truly feel that Dave has what it takes to teach and instruct the beginner as well as the serious-minded competitor, while still keeping it fun. Christopher truly looks forward to his lessons with Dave.
— The Bluthardt Family
We first met Dave when my son was about eight years old, and he taught him how to surf. We became friends and visit Hawaii annually. We can honestly say he is the best beach boy on Waikiki, not just because of his surfing knowledge and abilities to teach people, but because he makes you feel welcome and that he really cares.
— Pam and Tom Pitz

Why Big Wave Dave?

Our goal is to spread aloha.


A fun experience in Waikiki.

Have the best surf lesson of your life!

Big Wave Dave Surf School wants you to have the best experience in your life! Have fun, learn about the ocean, Hawaiian culture and most importantly learn how to surf in Waikiki. Let us turn your surfing dream into a reality. The feeling of a ride lasts a lifetime and is one of the top ten things to do on during your Hawaiian vacation.

No experience? No problem.

All experience levels welcome.

Whether you are a seasoned surfer looking for local knowledge about the Hawaii breaks, or a brand new surfer ready to catch your first wave, Big Wave Dave can help you with all the things you need to get out there. Big Wave Dave Surf Co. offers surf lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. All surf lessons will take your surfing to the next level.

In addition, we offer Outrigger Canoe Rides and Stand Up Paddle Board lessons.

A history of surfing in Waikiki.

Get to know the famous wave.

Surfing, originally known as wave-sliding or he’e nalu is the ancient sport of Hawaiian royalty. Big Wave Dave Surf Co. is here to provide you with the best surf instruction available. We offer group surf lessons or private surf lessons, meant to suit your schedule and budget. You are guaranteed to catch a wave on your first lesson.

All instructors, in addition to Dave, will have a minimum of 10 years experience in surfing instruction on the water and hold a certificate with the American Red Cross in Life guarding, First Aid, CPR and Open Water Rescue, along with the Hawaii DLNR surf instructor certification. Come and join us for a day of surfing that will be a life-changing experience.