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Surf Lessons in Waikiki, Oahu.

Want to learn to surf in Waikiki? Whether you want to take a surf lesson or a guided stand up paddle tour, Hans Hedemann Surf School has you covered. You’re guaranteed to be surfing within a two-hour lesson. Ride the iconic waves in Waikiki with our professional instructors coaching you every step of the way. Hans Hedemann Surf School is a family-owned business that has been teaching surfing for over 25 years. We strive for excellence and will go out of our way to make sure you’re having a blast!

We are one of Honolulu, Hawaii’s top surf schools, founded by former professional surfer Hans Hedemann. Our lessons start at our surf shop in the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, right next to the Honolulu Zoo. We will start the lesson off with a slideshow outlining the basic techniques of surfing along with a brief safety overview. We’ll also provide you with reef shoes and a rash guard to prevent reef cuts on your feet and a sunburn on your body. Feel free to leave your valuables at our shop in our secure lockers.

Our instructors walk you around the corner to San Souci beach where we’ll start the land lesson. The land lesson consists of surf drills to make sure your technique looks at its absolute best. After a few quick stretches we make our way out to the ocean.

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Come to learn to surf on Oahu with a Waikiki surf lesson from our talented instructors. Whether you book a group lesson, private or semi-private lesson, you’ll be up on the board in no time!

  • 2 hours
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  • 8:30 a.m., 11:30 p.m. or 2:30 p.m.

Learn to Surf in Waikiki.

There’s no better place to learn surfing than in the tropical waters of Waikiki. As we guide you out to the break you’ll be sure to enjoy the scenic view of Diamond Head towering above the Honolulu buildings. Our instructors will make sure you get as many waves as possible by pushing the back of your surfboard, giving you a burst of momentum. After we push you into the wave you’ll hear us yell excitedly “stand up!” You’ll then use the technique we taught you on land to stand up on your board. And just like that, you’re surfing! Smile as our cameraman and drone pilot capture your rides perfectly. Some of our students are able to stand up right away and others take a little longer. Either way, we guarantee you’ll be surfing by the end of the surf lesson.

See yourself surfing with the beautiful Waikiki backdrop when we present you with the photos and videos from your lesson on a large HD screen. Our photo package includes all the photos and videos from the lesson starting at $75.

There is nothing more satisfying than being surrounded by Hawaii’s beautiful, turquoise waters and gliding along the warm Waikiki waves. Come and ride with Oahu’s most well-known surf school today!

Want to improve at surfing quickly? We recommend booking a series of 5-10 lessons. Ask us about our discounted rates for booking in bulk.


Who is Hans Hedemann? 

Hans Hedemann is a well-known surfer from Honolulu, Hawaii. He grew up surfing the North Shore and South Shores of Oahu. Right out of high school he started competing on the surfing world tour and quickly become a name to watch. Beating out top competition he soon ranked 3rd in the world for surfing. He was featured in the popular Hollywood film titled “North Shore” which debuted in 1987. After 18 years of professional surfing, he retired and decided to start a surf school.

How long is the lesson? 

Our typical surf lesson is 2 hours long. The lesson consists of a technique slide show, a safety briefing, and a land lesson. The rest of the time is spent in the ocean catching waves. Roughly 1.5 hours in the water and 30 minutes on land. The land lesson is just as important as the actual surfing.

How do I prepare for my surf lesson? 

A lot of our customers are not used to getting sun exposure, for this reason, we recommend using high-quality sunscreen, a hat, and a waterproof top. The surf top comes with the surf lesson and we also have sunscreen available for purchase. We recommend eating a healthy meal and drinking a lot of water before and after the lesson. Also, don’t forget to stretch!

Will I be able to go surfing by myself after one lesson?

Usually, one lesson won’t be enough to go off surfing without an instructor. After roughly 5-10 surf lessons, you’ll start to develop the skillset to surf by yourself. Once you learn to stand up the hardest part is knowing where to sit, when to paddle, what wave to paddle for, and developing the paddling muscles. This may take a year or two to really develop all these skillsets.

Do I need to know how to swim for the surf lesson?

It is preferred but not a necessity. Just let us know that you cannot swim and we will provide you with a life vest and make sure you go where it’s shallow.

How do I book a surf lesson in Waikiki?

To book a lesson just call 808-924-7778  or book via this website. We have 3 available sessions per day. We look forward to hearing from you!

Where are you located? 

We are located at 150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815. If you are driving here there is parking at the Honolulu Zoo and street meter parking. After you park look for the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, we are located in the lobby.


If you’re looking for an adventure, learning to surf in Waikiki is the perfect activity. The waves here are world-famous, and surfing is a great way to get outside and enjoy the beautiful Hawaiian weather. While surfing can be challenging, it’s also incredibly exhilarating and rewarding. And what better place to learn than in Waikiki, where you can find some of the best surfing conditions in the world?

While you can certainly try to surf on your own, we highly recommend taking a surf lesson from a professional. That way, you can learn the proper techniques and safety measures. Plus, surfing is more fun when you’re with friends! Luckily, we offer the best surf lessons in Oahu! So grab your friends, hit the beach, and start learning how to surf!

Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can explore all that Waikiki has to offer. There are a lot of surf spots for advanced surfers to enjoy, and the views from the water are simply incredible. So whether you’re a surfing novice or a seasoned pro, surfing in Waikiki is an adventure you won’t want to miss.

Over 600 Customers Love Hanging Ten With Us

Private Surf Lesson

My son had an awesome surfing experience. Hugo, his coach, was outstanding! He was professional, caring, and very experienced. The staff was also great, and the photographer was the best. Thank you so much! Highly recommended!

– Peter S. | TripAdvisor
Excellent Customer Service

I took my 9 year old granddaughter to Hans Hedemann Surf School in Waikiki. Because of her age she had to take private lessons. She took 2 lessons while we were there. Both instructors were excellent. Would recommend this place for surf lessons

– Leest G. | TripAdvisor
Private Surf Lesson

I’m so happy that I took the plunge and signed up for a surf lesson. I’ve always been curious but too scared to surf. I had a fantastic experience with Jamie Sterling. He is patient and and a true professional! Next time the kids are getting lessons, too!

– Crista M. | TripAdvisor
Awesome Experience!!

My daughters and I had an excellent experience. Our instructors Duke and Jimmy made the experience fun and kept us laughing the entire time. I would highly recommend. A first class operation!!

– Henry E. | TripAdvisor