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Jamie O'Brien Launches Surf Experience at Turtle Bay

Professional Waterman, surfing champ and North Shore Native Jamie O’Brien has launched the Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience at Turtle Bay Resort. It’s a goal he has been dreaming about for the past ten years and now it is coming to fruition.

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"I wanted to offer an experience that people will remember for the rest of their lives,” explains O’Brien.

Jamie O'Brien

Professional Waterman, surfing champ and North Shore Native Jamie O’Brien has launched the Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience at Turtle Bay Resort. It’s a goal he has been dreaming about for the past ten years and now it is coming to fruition.

“For me Turtle Bay is the only place on Oahu where you can get that premium once in a lifetime surfing experience, not only because it’s a 5 star resort but also because we are the exclusive provider of surf activities at their surf breaks,” explained O’Brien.

Jamie O'Brien Surfing Turtle Bay

“Every other surf school on the island shares their waves with other surf schools, which can be a ton of fun but doesn’t usually allow for that premium experience that I’ve always wanted to provide. I knew that the only way to truly bring my vision to life was in partnership with Turtle bay Resort." 

The school has something for everyone. Experiences range from learning how to surf or stand up paddle, embarking on a Kawela Bay tour on a SUP Squatch (giant inflatable surfboard) or even adventuring on the North Shore breaks with your own personal guide.

Sup Squatch at Turtle Bay Resort

“I wanted to create something that goes beyond just a lesson or a tour and offer an experience that people will remember for the rest of their lives,” explained O’Brien.

O’Brien has been surfing for 32 years and was born and raised on the North Shore. Turtle Bay was a part of O’Brien’s life growing up. His dad used to work at the hotel when Jaime was a kid.

“I actually took my first surfing lesson in the pool!” reminisced O’Brien. He was five-years-old. With the opening of his own surf school it really has come full circle.

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"I’ve been going to Turtle Bay for my entire life, to me it’s always been the pinnacle of North Shore hospitality and was a place I’ve always gone to celebrate. Plus the waves get really good too!”

Of course the big question is whether you can sign up to learn how to surf from the legend himself. O’Brien says, the summer is a very busy time for him so they are not currently offering any private surf experiences with him. However, stay tuned for something later this year.

Surf Experience Turtle Bay

“We’re planning some big things for Winter 2021 and beyond!” said O’Brien.

Even if you can’t surf with O’Brien one on one, you will be sure to have an epic time with the Jamie O’Brien Surf Experience Staff.

“What I think makes our surf school truly special is the team we work with, and no matter how our guests choose to experience the ocean they can expect to be laughing and smiling the whole time with an experienced waterman who’ll keep them safe.”

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