Welcome to Nantucket Island Surf School at Cisco Beach on Nantucket, MA.

Nantucket Island Surf School - Instructors

Gary with the NISS team past and present.


Nantucket Island Surf School is Nantucket’s premiere surf school. Since 1999 we’ve been teaching surfing at Cisco Beach on Nantucket to students of all ages and abilities. We offer private and group lessons and all equipment is provided, which includes surfboards and wetsuits. All you need to do is show up in your bathing suit with sunscreen ready to have fun! We also rent Surfboards, Boogie Boards, and Wetsuits.

Owner and founder Gary “Kona” Kohner grew up on Nantucket and started surfing in 1984. He started Nantucket Island Surf School in the summer of 1999 to share his love of surfing and the ocean with others. He is certified in lifesaving and CPR. He has surfed in Morrocco, Brazil, California, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Hawaii, Panama, Ireland, Spain, Madeira Island, Peru, Samoa, and South Africa. Gary spends his winters in different surf locations around the world. He spends his summers on Nantucket at Cisco Beach running Nantucket Island Surf School and occasionally surfing himself when the conditions are too big for teaching. Gary has personally introduced thousands of people of all ages to surfing over the past 25+ years.

We’re Celebrating 25 Years Teaching Students to Surf at Cisco Beach on Nantucket!


Read what former students have said about our surf school.

“My son takes private lessons and couldn’t be happier. He began at 6 years of age and whenever we are on island, he looks forward to lessons with Gary and his gang of awesome instructors. I couldn’t be happier with the services provided. Give Nantucket Island Surf School a try!”

– Alexandra Leighton

“The best surf school on the island IMO. Gary and his instructors are great for any ability level or age. They have rental surfboards and wetsuits.  They will get you or your kids up and surfing”

– Peter D.

“Gary and his crew are great. I recently showed up for an intro surfing lesson with 4 friends and we had a great time. The instruction was on point and the surfing instructors got all of us up surfing in the first hour. The instructors put a ton of effort into the lessons which made the afternoon and experience a complete success.”

-Joe Thomas

“Gary and his surfing instructors were amazing. They were friendly, patient, and helpful. My son learned to surf within a few hours thanks to Gary and the crew at Nantucket Island Surf School.”

– Elena Brooks

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