Nantucket Island Surf School - Nantucket Surfing

Nantucket Surfing School - Student catching a wave.

Nantucket Surfing School - Owner Gary "Kona" Kohner.


Gary “Kona” Kohner (Owner)
Gary grew up on Nantucket and started surfing in 1984. He started NISS in the summer of 1999 to share his love of surfing and the ocean with others. He is certified in life saving and CPR. He has surfed in Brazil, California, Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Hawaii, Panama, Ireland, Spain,  Madeira Island, Peru, Samoa and South Africa. Gary spends his winters in Costa Rica teaching surfing, working on his tube riding skills and living the "pura vida". He spends his summers on Nantucket at Cisco beach running N.I.S.S and occasionally surfing himself when the conditions are too big for teaching. Gary has personally intoduced thousands of people of all ages to surfing.

Katie Heath
Katie heads up operations at the Nantucket Island Surf School van in the Cisco Beach parking lot. She is the master of scheduling and booking by phone so be nice! Katie recently graduated from the College of Charleston and we are lucky to have her back for one more year!

Other Instructors
All Nantucket Island Surf school instructors have a minimum of five years surfing experience and are certified in CPR and first aid. The instructor to student ratio is no more than one to four (usually one to three) for beginner surfers

Gary "Kona" Kohner

Hayden Brosnan

Danny Woodruff

Beau Parent

Ripley Nielson

Ry Murphy

Ted Cahill

Matt Hill

Ryan Webb