The Surf Professor
Surf Educator, Mentor, Instructor, and Cultural Consultant
Join The Surf Professor on an adventure tailored to your desires, skill level, and interests:

Private Surfing Lessons
Surf Coaching & Mentoring
Ocean Safety Specialist
Coastal Resource Consultant
, Hawaiian Surfboard Shaping

Oahu Surfing Adventures
Hawaiian Surfing Sites Tours

Surf Studies Lectures
Educational Curriculum Writing & Development
Cultural Resource Consultant

Are you interested in any of these unique ocean experiences?

Do you need help understanding the ocean environment?

If so,


or by cell phone:
(808) 780-4064

Kuʻau Rescue--We stand alone. My Lifeguard Trainer Jeffrey Scott Barbieto and I at AhuaLaka--Bless his soul!
A recent alaia shape, monkeypod, unfinished here
Here it is finished with Kukui nuts from the tree that you see!

Home -- Halau Heʻe Nalu  O Ke Koʻolau

Ian ʻAkahi Masterson, AKA The Surf Professor, is an educator, an ocean recreation specialist, a passionate nature lover, and a Hawaiian cultural practitioner. Hailing from Koʻolaupoko, this Oʻahu surfer has developed college courses in Surf Studies at the University of Hawaii's Windward Community College and Hawaii Pacific University, and has created and taught courses for Kamehameha Schools, Le Jardin Academy, Hakipuʻu Learning Center, and Punahou School, where he specializes in place-based, culture-based curriculum. Masterson's own research focuses on surfing as a traditional Hawaiian cultural activity, one heavily integrated into the daily and ritual lives of the Hawaiian people. As a way to display and acquire mana, surfing was more than just a popular sport to wager on, it was part of a greater poetic vision encoded with environmental and cultural information. Join The Surf Professor in exploring the true nature of Hawaiʻi's history and culture, through the eyes of a surfer. Various educational resources will be posted on this site to encourage people to view surfing as a Hawaiian cultural activity. 

If you are coming to Oʻahu and want to learn more from the Surf Professor, you may email to inquire about a lesson, surfing sites tour, or set up a long term mentoring/coaching relationship. Learn not only how to approach the water safely, but also gain a sense of the cultural importance of surfing places in ancient Hawaiʻi. You will be stoked after a day with the Surf Professor...

Remember: Respect, Train Hard, and Believe!

This pic is a favorite of mine, showing the many albezia blanks that we soaked in the stream at Pūhā in Waimānalo. We finished carving them and had a great time with the class, one sponsored by Hui Mālama O Ke Kai for the purpose of strengthening families. What we have found is that the gift resides in the doing--Ma ka hana ka ʻike, the aloha grows within the family! We were all stoked to be carving on Saturdays at the Teen Project/Jobcorps site on backroads, and I can't wait to carve some more! Aloha e!
December 5, 2008--Mahalo to Hugh Gentry for the Photo!
Photos By Kaleo Ahina
A Hawaiian wood surfboard discussion, Tom Nellis and Chuck Andres stand among the students. The koa surfboards in the foreground are made by John Porter, one of the original Lightning Bolt Surfboard Company members. He recently passed away from complications with a long cancer battle. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and all of you who were touched by this man's dynamic presence in the surfing industry. If you have ever ridden a Lightning Bolt surfboard, you can thank John Porter for that. He will be missed...Much Aloha John, and mahalo.