Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons

Venice, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I was born on O'ahu and raised in its waters. I have been addicted to the ocean since I can remember. I absolutely love it. It is my biggest passion without a doubt and my enthusiasm for it is electric. You will get zapped!!! Zzzzt... Seriously though, one of the things that I truly enjoy about teaching surfing is watching someone stand up for the first time. It enables me to vicariously relive my initial stoke through them. It also makes me a fun teacher if I do say so myself. I just want to see you succeed and have fun while you're at it...

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

Sharing in the stoke of watching someone stand up for the first time... As a language teacher as well, I really get a kick out of watching my students gain proficiency in another language. I just love feeling like I am making a positive impact on someone's life by teaching them something new and useful... Believe me, surfing is very useful!!!

Location

Venice, CA 90291

Years in business

6

Number of employees

5

Times hired on Thumbtack

58

Reviews

27 Reviews
  • Karla G. Apr 3, 2016
    Surfing Lessons
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    I bought surfing lessons for my daughters. Everything was great from start to finish. Nick got back to me right away to coordinate plans. Their instructor was Matt and the girls said he was patient and enthusiastic. The best part of a great trip.
  • Alessandro D. Sep 11, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    Nick Fowler and Aloha Brothers is the best choice in Los Angeles (Venice beach) for semi-private surfing lessons. Nick is from Hawaii, been surfing since 5 and speaks 4 languages and also does language instruction. Coming from a yogi, lover of languages, and lover of the ocean, I am happy to say that I have now found such a knowledgable, relaxed, expert, and friendly surf instructor. He got me up and surfing the very first wave, and then many more waves after that. Thank you Nick! You're the best!
  • Catherine W. Aug 24, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    Great instructors! Great lesson! Everyone got up and mastered surfing. Nick has a great attitude and he really has a way with people. I did some research on pricing and lessons in Venice and Santa Monica. These guys are your most legit option and they're awesome!
  • James V. Aug 4, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    I was hanging 10 until Nick taught me how to turn it up to 11. Super comfortable ride through the ends and outs of surfing.
  • Kerri M. Aug 2, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    What an amazing experience! I found Aloha Brothers online and was super impressed with the reviews. Nick was awesome! Very friendly, easy to learn from and really encouraging. I stood up a bunch and had a ton of fun out there! I will definitely be coming back for more lessons!
  • Netta O. Jul 29, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    I singed up for one surfing lessons and it was great! Nick is an Awesome teacher! It was my first lesson ever and I learned how to catch a wave and even managed to stand up. It was so fun that i even returned for another lesson the following day.
  • Kate P. Jun 23, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    If you're looking for the best surf lessons in Los Angeles then choose Nick Fowler at Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons. Nick can make anyone feel like they were born to surf no matter what their natural ability. At Aloha Brothers Surf Lessons, you'll receive patient, enthusiastic, and encouraging guidance which will make you want to come back for more, Nick's a natural teacher!
  • Johann C. May 16, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    A wonderful surfing experience. Nick was the most well reviewed surf instructor online and proved it in person and deed. I booked three lessons with Nick and couldn't have been happier with the time spent under his professional guidance. If only I had more time in Venice, I would have booked more lessons. Mahalo Nick for the awesome time!
  • Derek R. Apr 17, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    My roommate and I (both from the Midwest) decided to take surfing lessons to become official SoCal residents. Nick had the best reviews around and we were not disappointed. We decided to do 5 lessons over the course of a month or so. Nick was a great teacher and clearly explained the basics and taught us the fundamental skills we would need from Day 1. Each of us were able to get up on the first day and our lessons were tailored to evolve as our techniques progressed. The location was great and Nick provided the wetsuits and boards we needed to get started. We can't say enough about our lessons and it totally instilled an infectious desire to continue to get better. Thanks again Nick! Absolutely worth the investment!
  • Bett W. Apr 15, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    I specifically chose Nick to be my surf instructor based on the glowing online reviews that I'd read. Little did I know that lessons with Nick would exceed even those high expectations. Not only is he an awesome teacher, but he really makes you feel like a longtime friend decided to help you learn to surf. I scheduled six consecutive lessons with Nick. I found that his talent in both the physical demands of surfing, and his clear and concise instructional style made each 90 minute session fly by, and yet each was packed with information on technique, form, and safety. If you pay close attention, you might pick up a few foreign language tips, since he speaks five languages fluently and teaches them professionally! (Wow!) Whether you are a first time surfer, or an experienced one, Nick's laid back personality will ensure you don't feel pressured to go past your limits, but you still feel like you've been challenged. He custom tailors the emphasis of each lesson to the individual, and, he's always encouraging. At the end of your lesson, you'll feel sorry that it went so fast, but exhilarated for the next session. In short, if you're shopping around, look no further. Hire Nick!!
  • Hang D. Mar 7, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    I have been moved to LA for a year and always wanted to surf. For a new sport, a good instructor is essential, I can say Nick is the man. I have already had 4 lessons with Nick and planned to have more until I can ride alone. What differentiates Nick from other instructor is that he will let you get in the water right after the essential warm-up preparation. We all know practice is the thing. The more time you spend in the water, the better you surf. Nick will be with you in the water all the time. He is super friendly and he has eyes on you. He will teach you how to read the wave, the timing and he reminds you all the time the rights and wrongs. You do learn the rules of surfing aside the techniques. In my very first lesson, I was a complete beginner, and at the end I was able to catch a couple of waves, I wasn't expecting that much to be honest! In my second class I apparently had more control and better timing get in. Nick started to let me catch and ride alone in my 4th lesson, sometimes I can do it right and for those I failed Nick helped me on analyzing what should be done correctly. I am progressing and thanks Nick. Looking forward to my next lesson!
  • Sydney S. Feb 7, 2014
    Surfing Lessons
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    Nick is the best teacher money can buy. Very attentive when you're out on the water and constantly giving you notes and helping you improve. He's also just a genuine and fun person to hang around with for an hour and a half. Worth every penny.
  • Marjorie H. Feb 4, 2014
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    Nick is great!! It was my first time surfing and he was so encouraging and just generally fun to hang out with. I was only expecting an hour and a half lesson but we stayed out in the water for closer to TWO and a half hours, ended up exhausted but in the best way possible.
  • Vanessa B. Dec 8, 2013
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    Alooohaaa, Nick was great! Thank you again for everything! Hope to see you and surf with you in Hawaii! Adios!
  • Jaro B. Nov 23, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    Good work. Livin' by the ocean. I took my first lesson and did like 10-12 waves, that means he know how to explaine things (my first experience with surfing). Had a great time and fun.
  • Hans G. Nov 12, 2013
    Aloha Brothers is a great surfing school. Located only a few blocks from Venice beach and provides all the necessary equipment. Highly recommend Nick Fowler who is a really awesome instructor. We learned a lot in our 1st lesson and also got great advice on equipment. Cant wait for our next lesson with Nick. Surfing is SoOo Muuuuch Fun !! = )
  • Phoebe L. Oct 20, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    Nick is a great surfing instructor whose lessons strike the perfect balance of instruction and action. With his help, I was able to stand up on the board several times during the course of my first ever surfing session. Highly recommended!
  • Akha M. Oct 11, 2013
    My husband and I had two beginner lessons with Nick during our week in Venice. He’s a great guy and fantastic surf instructor. We were staying nearby so we just showed up at his door, and even though he is really busy he fit us in for lessons. He mentioned to us he had been surfing since he was 5 and you can tell! He gives very detailed feedback every time you try and catch a wave and you can really feel yourself building your muscle memory and improving each time. I took my first lesson with another surf school (outside of this area) and definitely noticed a huge difference with Nick. We learned alot in a short time and had fun doing it. Couldn't recommend these guys more highly!
  • Matthew H. Sep 7, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    I've been a fitness trainer in LA for thirteen years. I have taken gymnastics, private dance training, MMA training, Aerial training abd more. The set-up here is that after one surf lesson. I can say Nick exceeded my expectations. He is all the things you would expect from a great teacher; knowledge, experience, patience, humor. Nick's distinct qualities are; being clear, direct, and encouraging. You learn by doing. I thought my first session would be a lot of land instruction, nope,five minutes on the beach then in the water and catching a wave or trying to. I could go on but you get the point. Excited about my first lesson, no. Enthusiastic, yes!
  • John T. Aug 24, 2013
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    Excellent surf instruction. Easy to arrange, everything went smoothly. Dude knows what he is doing with both the waves and with the business. Highly recommended. For $70 I learned to surf and had a blast. What more could you ask for?
  • Greg P. Aug 15, 2013
    Put myself in Nick's hands with my first time ever on a board. In no time at all, I was getting up, and thinking, shit, I can do this. Nick was a great teacher, telling me exactly what I needed to do and what I was doing wrong. Highly recommended.
  • Alison L. Aug 5, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    We recently signed up for surf lessons and enjoyed our time with Nick - he's got a friendly, mellow vibe, and is passionate about surfing. Nick took us to a sweet surfing spot in Venice we've been eyeing for a while and passed on useful tips about surfing etiquette and general conditions of the Venice break. Nick was always supportive of us out in the water and gave us helpful advice on our technique. If you've been thinking about trying out surfing, you should sign up for a lesson - it's worth your investment and you'll have a good time! And if you're interested in more than one lesson check out Nick's website for surf lesson packages.
  • Gloria R. Jul 20, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    WOW!! Triple threat ...patient, passionate...persistant. I recommended Nick to a friend,who was very interested in getting back on a board after 20 years. Nick is an awesome instructor...there never was a student-instructor feel to each lesson but simply shredding with a best friend. I recommend "The Nick Experience!" Thanks Nick You Rock! Mahalo
  • Barry K. Jul 17, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    Nick is the best. Solid dude, great instructor, patient, thoughtful, and really cares about helping his students achieve their goals. Look no further. Nick is your guy.
  • Michael T. Feb 17, 2013
    Surfing Lessons
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    Nick (aka the Zen Master) is the man! Great instructor and great guy. I was a little nervous at first, but Nick made all that go away the instant we shook hands. Will definitely recommend to any looking for a solid surf lesson.
  • Pedro D. Jun 25, 2011
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    I was a little nervous at first, but Nick made me feel comfortable in the water really quickly. I was able to in Nick's words "shred the gnar" and I managed to stand up on about 10 waves. So stoked, thanks Nick can't wait to go again!!!
  • Britney W. Jun 10, 2011
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    Nick was awesome! Not only did I learn so much, I had a blast , and that my friend, is priceless. I would totally recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.

Q&A

How did you get started doing this type of work?
I never thought of what I do as work. Surfing and communicating via different languages are two things I love. They are both so challenging and rewarding simultaneously. Plus being a freelance language/surf instructor enables me to have flexible hours... Which enables me to travel to new places, (preferably with good surf and one of the languages I speak spoken there). Plus I get surf whenever it's pumping, which is major! I got into teaching languages one day when a tutoring agency called me out of the blue after seeing my resume on-line and asked me if I could really speak all the languages I claimed to speak fluently. Next thing you know I was working for them and not receiving half of what they were charging for my services. I thought to myself, what's to stop me from striking out on my own... And I did... As far as giving surf lessons is concerned, all my life people have asked me to teach them how to surf and for the most part... I have... Not too long ago, I taught a friend who recommended me to another friend and that friend recommended me to another friend who recommended me to yet another friend... At that point, the gears started rotating a little in my hand. I thought to myself, I love surfing and I love making people happy teaching them how to surf, but I am going to sustain this habit I am going to need to earn some money along the way. So I did some market research, looked into what was out there and decided why not?! Given my fortunate background, being born and raised on O'ahu, the literal birthplace of surfing... I believe I am more than qualified to help out beginners.