Hans Hedemann Surf School
Hans Hedemann Surf School
4.5
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
About
Surf School established in 1995 by pro surfer Hans Hedemann. We provide 2 hour lessons daily for surfing, stand up paddling and body boarding at both our south shore & north shore locations for all levels of surfers, plus we have north shore tours that leave from Waikiki. Give us a call for more details or to make a reservation.
Honolulu, Hawaii

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Travelers' Choice
2024

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,204 reviews
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Very good
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Toni G
Los Angeles, CA67 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
This was so much fun! My daughter and I tried surfing for the first time. We were in a group lesson with eight people. There was minimal land/practice time (a good thing) and we went straight into the water. Sage and Pono were beyond kind and patient. They were super helpful and encouraging and push you into the wave. They use a drone to take pictures (but it hovered during the beginning of our lesson so all pictures of me falling off). Small lockers are in the surf shop for your belongings. They provide long sleeve rash guards and reef shoes. Parking is across the street at the zoo -- public parking so remember to pay at the kiosk. Great part of the beach as it wasn't crowded and the waves were mild and long. Perfect first time on a board.

100% recommend this if you want to try surfing for the first time!

We had tried to sign up for a lesson outside of our hotel on the other end of Waikiki and were discouraged because of anticipated weather. We had a perfect day.
Written July 29, 2021
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KMF
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Took my 10 year old son for his first surfing lesson and it was outstanding. It was a one on one lesson with Derek as his instructor. He did a great job teaching him on the sand at first and had him surfing waves in no-time! He kept my son entertained throughout the entire lesson and continued to give him pointers. Very professional. I highly recommend getting the one on one lesson for first time surfers and ask for Derek.
Written January 3, 2020
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Scott F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
Took my 5 children surfing and Adam and Louise were our instructors. They did an excellent job and everyone was able to standup and surf the Waikiki waves!
The shop was great and very professional.
We were also given the option to buy drone footage of everyone surfing. Very cool!
I would definitely recommend them to anyone wanting to learn to surf while here at Waikiki.
Written February 15, 2020
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Amanda
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
My family had a positive experience taking the surfing class here. We took the group class which totaled to around 15-20 people when we went. Some of my relatives are older and less coordinated, and the instructors gave them a lot of helpful tips and even helped pull my them amongst the waves when they struggled to paddle themselves. With their guidance, my older relatives who went in with little confidence managed to get a couple successful surf runs, which made them feel really excited and proud! I appreciated how nice and helpful the instructors were. Because of them, my family had a great time!

On the other hand, the photos you can purchase feel like a ripoff. After the class, you can pay $50 to purchase a link to all the photos taken by a photographer from shore during your lesson. Unfortunately, there isn’t an easy quick way to browse all the photos that were taken before purchasing access to the photo link. They only had a slow slideshow playing of all the photos/videos which my family didn’t have time to wait through (though we did see a few photos of a couple of us in the mix). We ended up purchasing the photos link and disappointedly saw later that only 2/5 of us had photos of us taken. Based on all the photos, it looked like the photographer must’ve taken photos of the entire class arbitrarily for only 10 minutes near the beginning of the entire two hour session. One of my older relatives who only got the hang of surfing towards the end of the class and was very proud of her accomplishments was sad to see there were no pictures of her surfing. (I’m personally a bit sad about this because if we come to Hawaii again in the future, she might be too old to try surfing again.)

We called because we were upset that not everyone had photos of taken of them (even a younger relative who had many successful runs throughout the entire class), but was told it was our fault for not looking at the slideshow before purchasing. That sucked, because regardless the options were to either buy photos of only a few of us or get no photos at all. They told us we could take the class again to try to get more photos, but they would only give us a discount of $5 off per person (a small discount since it’s originally $85/person), and we’d have to again pay $50 to purchase the next session’s photos. So overall the photo experience felt lazy and subpar. It would’ve been nice if the photographer took photos at different points in time during the course or at least tried to get photos of every person who took the class.

I’d recommend the class if your main priority is just to try surfing, but if you want photos for memories’ sake, try a different company.
Written January 25, 2020
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Mahalo for taking your time to write a review. We understand your frustration about the photos. However we don't force anyone to purchase the pictures and that we mention on our slide show before we leave our surf shop. make sure that before purchasing it that we recommend you you check the slides first before purchasing it. We did n. Thank you
Written January 29, 2020
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Snpglobalinspections
Galveston, TX1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We paid $50 for someone else's pictures and videos. I called and asked if we could get the correct ones that we paid for but never received them. Instead we have videos and pictures of someone else surfing.

They should give us a refund for the $50 which was paid for that service. Other than that the surfing instructor was good as far as I know. Just the uploaded videos of some random person surfing was a disappointment because we paid for videos of my grandson, not to see other people.

Written June 25, 2021
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laurena302021
Seattle, WA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Mouse was our instructor and he was incredible, the real deal! I would highly recommend a private lesson or semi private for couples. My husband and I did a semi private lesson with mouse and he was in control the whole time, making sure we caught the right waves, avoided the reef, that we got on the board, and more than anything he kept us safe- from getting hit from other surfers, etc. He gave great instruction, encouragement, and truly became a friend in the short time we were together. We both were able to ride a few waves successfully, and we were stoked! After he shared pictures of his surfing which were truly spectacular! I am so glad that we met our instructor, Mouse (Derk) thank you!!!
Written June 29, 2021
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Anne B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Our surf instructor was Jungle Mike and we opted for semiprivate lessons so we could catch more time on waves. It was one of our favorite parts of the trip! Mike was great to chat with and gave helpful advice that had us catching waves every time. We also thought the wave conditions in mid Feb in the 9am session were perfect for beginner surfers (we have surfed once every couple years, always with an instructor). Would definitely book again.
Written February 20, 2022
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Trika M
Oahu, HI2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
So I’m not very comfortable in the water and my fiancé and his family wanted to do surfing as a pre wedding activity. We were paired up with two instructors for a group of 9 and once I hit the water I started to freak out so I decided not to do the activity anymore. On my way to return the board Hans stopped me and asked what was wrong and mid sob I explained I wasn’t comfortable. He asked if he could take me out in the shallow water to just make me comfortable with the water. He spent about 5 minutes making me comfortable in the shallows then let me lay on the board to be comfortable. By the end of the experience he had me kneeling on the board and trying to stand. I partially stood up yayyyy lol. His patience was impeccable and I can’t thank him enough for the experience. He even managed to get me out further than my group was and eventually I was with them enjoying the experience. Not certain how he made me go from panicky to being comfortable but I really and truly appreciate it.

Thank you so much for the experience and not letting me quit!!
Written August 12, 2021
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BaileySTC
Wilmington, NC1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Our group of 15, all first-time surfers, had an absolutely exceptional and unforgettable time. The instructors were incredibly skilled and made the entire experience both professional and enjoyable. They provided us with comprehensive ground school training, thoroughly preparing our group to conquer the waves! Once we hit the water, the instructors went above and beyond to assist us, offering valuable guidance, pushing us into the perfect waves, and eventually enabling some of us to catch our own waves through paddling! We truly felt like we were mastering the art of surfing!! Witnessing the smiles on everyone's faces was an incredible sight. I highly recommend Hans Hedemann Surf School to anyone interested in surfing, regardless of their level of experience.
Written July 18, 2023
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Thank you for your review! We’re thrilled to hear that your group of 15 first-time surfers had an exceptional and unforgettable time with us. Our instructors take pride in their skills and professionalism, and we’re glad that they were able to provide you with comprehensive ground school training and valuable guidance in the water. It’s wonderful to hear that some of you were able to catch your own waves through paddling and that everyone had smiles on their faces. Thank you for choosing Hans Hedemann Surf School and we hope to see you again soon!
Written July 18, 2023
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

jlh
Allen, TX2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Highly recommend these guys for any experience level. Top notch instructors, who break down the basics in easy to remember steps while keeping you safe and making you feel comfortable while learning to surf. They kept it fun while providing encouragement and guidance throughout the lesson to help you improve. They even had a photographer taking pics which you can purchase.

I was nervous signing up for a group lesson, since no one else I was with would do it with me. I’m so glad I did it, it was a fantastic experience. We had a combo group lesson of paddle boarding and surfing. I’d suggest picking one activity, we paddled first and were a bit tired before we started surfing which takes a to. of energy. Jimmy (paddle boarding) and Charley (surfing) made it such a great experience that I booked a second group surf lesson, this time had Adam as our instructor.

Highly recommend all of these guys! Thank you for such a great time 🤙
Written January 29, 2020
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