Kahuna Wake School

New!! Half-Day Camp

Kahuna Wake School will be offering two weeks of half-day camps in the Orillia area.  Click the information button to learn more.

About us

Kahuna Surf Shop, established in 1980, is the preeminent supplier of Skateboards, Snowboards, Wakesurf and Wakeboards, apparel, and related accessories in the Simcoe-Muskoka Area. Kahuna Wake School, a division of Kahuna Surf Shop, was established to provide an opportunity for beginners as well as intermediates alike to experience wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Whether your skill level is beginner or intermediate, the Kahuna Wake School team will provide a safe, fun, and educational environment in which to learn. It will be an unforgettable experience for the entire family.


Many people have claimed to have invented wakesurfng. Some claims go back as far as the 1920’s where it was called boat-surfing. Print media and film footage from the 1950’s and 1960’s show traditional surfers riding behind power boats. From that period the pastime continued to evolve as multiple companies began building surf board specific to wakesurfing.

Over the last 10 years boat and board technology has improved rapidly. Nautique has radically improved the ability to make and control a wake suitable to allow surfing on virtually any body of water.

Like wakeboarding the rider uses a shorter rope to get out of the water. Once out of the water, the rider, while standing on a board, rides a wave created by water being displaced under the hull of the boat and shaped by special fins. Compared to wakeboarding, wakesurfing is at much lower speeds, typically 10 kph. 


Thought to be created in the 1980’s, Wakeboarding has its origins in both water skiing, surfing and snowboarding. The rider, fastened to a board, is towed behind a boat at speeds similar to water skiing.

First invented in Australia by Jeff Darby, and originally know as skurfing, the rider used a binding less, hand shaped board designed specifically for towing. Along with the development of bindings, the name skurfing died off and was replaced with Wakeboarding. Over the years the wakeboarding family has expanded to include kneeboarding and wakeskating.  While Jeff was developing skurfing in Australia, a surfer named Howard Jacobs was on a similar path in Florida. Howard’s idea was to surf smaller boards behind boats, adding foot straps to the board to allow for tricks.

Over the years, Wakeboarding has continued to gain popularity, ultimately being added as a competitive sport in the X Games.

Lessons and Pricing

Lesson Overview

Upon arrival, Kahuna Wake School instructors will introduce themselves and get an understanding of the skill level possessed by each participant. Once introductions are complete, focus will be turned to safety. A detailed review safety procedures and protocols will be completed

Dry land instruction precedes entering the water. During this time, our instructors will demonstrate and instruct on how to put on the equipment, techniques for getting on top of the water for the first time as well as the fundamentals required to get up and riding.

Although you may be participating in a group, once in the water all instruction and boat operation becomes focused on the individual to ensure they get the most out the experience.


We bring our boat and all the equipment right to you or if you do not have a cottage on one of these lakes, you can meet us at our home location.

Offered on Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

Activities Offered:  Wakeboarding, wakesurfing and/or wakeskating.

Recommended group size:  Our boats have the capacity for up to 10 people in your group in addition to our 2 instructors, but we recommend no more than 3 participants per hour to ensure everyone gets enough time behind the boat. Minimum age for a student is 10 years old and spectators are welcome!

Pricing: Flat Hourly Rate: $350/hour (2 hour minimum)
Travel Fee: For Shoreside Clinics a travel fee will be determined at the time of booking

Includes: Two instructors, use of the boat (Super Air Nautique), gas, and all the equipment for all participants and activities including a range of ages, sizes, and skill levels. A $100 non-refundable deposit per session is required at the time of booking and will be applied to the overall fee.

Have your own wakeboard boat? Our coaches will come teach you from the comfort of your own boat.

Locations:  Offered on Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe.

Activities Offered:  Wakeboarding, wakesurfing and/or wakeskating.

Pricing:  Flat Hourly Rate: $185/hour (2 hour minimum)

Travel Fee:  A travel fee will be determined at the time of booking.

Includes:  Two instructors, and any equipment you may need.

Kahuna Surf Camp

During the weeks of July 10-14th and August 21-25th, 2023, we will be offering half-day camps.  Campers will get the opportunity to spend each session riding wakeboards or wakesurfing.  These camps are open to beginners to intermediate campers.  The camp will provide the opportunity to learn or grow your wakeboarding and/or wakesurfing skills.

The camps will run from Monday to Friday from 8:00am - 12:45pm and our afternoon camp session is 1:30pm-6:15pm and will be located in the Orillia area.  The cost for the morning or afternoon, one week camp is $875.

If interested or for more information, please use the contact methods below.

Contact Us

+1 (705) 325-2461


Monday - Friday: 11AM–6PM
Saturday: 10AM-5:30PM
Sunday: 11AM - 4PM

175 Mississaga St E, Orillia, ON L3V 1V8

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