We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hans Hedemann Surf School

134 Kapahulu Avenue, Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Oahu, HI (Waikiki)
808-924-7778
Website
Improve this listing
Ranked #97 of 295 Activities in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports
Useful Information: Activities for older children
35 visitor photos
Write a Review

115 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    72
    18
    9
    8
    8
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

So the instructor was stoned which made me extremely anxious about the waiver I just signed that if I die / get paralysed etc that it's not the companies fault - but could be if the instructor is stoned. Having said that I did have an awesome time and caught a fair few waves, but would have preferred the safety... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hans Hedemann S, General Manager at Hans Hedemann Surf School, responded to this review

I am glad you had a great time. What was the name of your instructor? We have a few that may appear to be "stoned" at times (after all they are surfers and some have more of a laid back manner and sun burnt eyes from hours in the sun), but if we truly felt that they were under the... More

Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

I loved that we didn't spend half our lesson on the beach. We did about 5 minutes of instruction and went right in the water. We paid for a private lesson which was worth it because we each got our own instructor. We caught almost every single wave. They didn't sugar coat anything for us. If we messed up they... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Munich, Germany
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We found most instructors rude and unfriendly. I felt like the were just yelling at us and telling us what to do instead of helping us learn to surf and enjoy our time. When we first got to the shop at our meeting time, we sat around for ages waiting without knowing what was happening. We also did not realize... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Hans Hedemann S, General Manager at Hans Hedemann Surf School, responded to this review

I am very sorry to hear you did not have the good experience we strive to provide for every customer. Most of our instructors have and continue to have a positive and encouraging approach to teaching and sharing surfing with the many clientele we service; I am so sorry that this was not the case for you. Please, if you... More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Got recommended Hans by my brothers who surfed there a few days before me. Cost is more affordable than other surf schools around Waikiki. They took us out on the edge of the Waikiki beach, which was not as full of people - which made it a lot easier to learn, which helped me to catch over a dozen waves!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

I did a learn to surf class on the 9th May, whilst in Honolulu, which was a blast. Xavier and Sean did an awesome job of showing us the basics of surfing, and within 2 hours we where doing it. Sure, not going to win any world titles, but with their excellent teaching,showing us how to do it, it was... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Jacksonville
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

My kids surf in Florida but we were a little nervous about the Waikiki surf. We certainly wouldn't allow them to go out alone but we didn't have enough knowledge to help the out where the local surf conditions were concerned. Enter the Hans Hedemann Surf School. We booked a 2 - hour lesson for each child. My 2 youngest... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

The team at Hans Hedemann Surf school are approachable, professional and fun. In a group of about 7 people with 2 instructors, we felt that we were given enough personal attention to be successful. They were patient with their lessons; where their instructions were clear and useful- I think everyone got up first time. It was a very awesome experience!... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Surfing hawaii was excellent from The driver who picked me up from the hotel to the surf instructors. Would recommend to any learner The staff are very helpful

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014 via mobile

We had both a variety of lessons in three different locations, with varying levels of ability within our family in both SUP and surfing, and a variety of instructors. Each experience was incredible. Willie, Sean, Kristen and Nick were wonderful. Our one son surfed all over the island and Sean took him to the North Shore for a pro lesson... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 2
Okanagan
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

I have always wanted to surf and Hans Hedemann surf school was recommended to us by our hotel as the best place to learn to surf. My experience with the staff and instruction was excellent. You are guaranteed to catch a wave no matter how bad you can be at surfing. Everyone was very knowledgeable and very friendly. it made... More

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Hans Hedemann Surf School also viewed

 

Been to Hans Hedemann Surf School? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Hans Hedemann Surf School, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.

Manage your listing