It all started when...

Dave Carvalho was born and raised in Kailua on the East Side of Oahu. He began his surfing career in 1976 and started competing in 1988. Dave was raised in Hawaii and knows how important it is to act as a steward of the land and the ocean. Dave has also been a Waikiki Beach Boy for over 35+ years, his tenure on Waikiki Beach is Legendary.

All our instructors are also beach boys with training and guidance from Dave. Our services are provided as an EXPERIENCE, Hawaiian culture, and ocean knowledge are an essential part of any surfing lessons at Big Wave Dave. (There's still plenty of time left for catching waves.) We just hope you'll have a deeper understanding of the part it plays in the culture.

For the best surf lessons in Waikiki, choose Big Wave Dave.

History and Reputation


Since Dave grew up here and has been surfing locally for 40 years, our local reputation is a big deal to us. We are members of the Better Business Bureau, Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, and the local Hawaii Chamber of Commerce. We depend on word of mouth and good reviews, so we are pleased to receive awards of excellence based on our customer's positive experience.

Dave's Professional Affiliations

Currently, ASP, Association of Surfing Professionals, ranks Dave number 35 in North America. He has yet to tap into the international contests and hopes to improve his ranking with points earned throughout the tour. In his previous years, he has maintained a competitive edge, holding strong by winning and placing in various events in Hawaii and California, including leading the team that won that 50th anniversary Malibu Surfing Association Invitational Class.

News & Press About Big Wave Dave

I strive to spread Aloha spirit and share the beauties that can only be experienced in Hawaii. Most importantly, educating others about the ocean and Hawaiian culture, with safety and integrity always in mind. I will always provide all required gear and knowledge before sending someone into the water.
— Dave Carvalho