About Us

A family-owned business with over 25 years of experience.

We are one of Honolulu’s top surf schools, founded by former professional surfer Hans Hedemann, and the perfect option to take surfing lessons when you visit Waikiki Beach.

As a family-owned business with over 25 years of experience, we offer surf lessons that are guaranteed to have you riding waves while staying safe.

We were awarded a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor in 2019 and strive to maintain a premium service for you and your family year round.

Group Lessons

Years Experience

Hans Hedemann Surf School: Your best option

You’re guaranteed to be surfing within a two-hour lesson

Equipment included in all of our lessons
Take the memory with you so you can watch yourself surfing at Waikiki with photos and videos from your lesson in HD for $75.
Our experienced surf instructors are trained to teach kids of all ages.
Waikiki Beach offers turquoise ocean waters with clear sand and warm waves
One of the most popular surf hotspots to learn how to surf

No wetsuit needed

Since we are a surf school founded by a former professional surfer you can also sign up to get surf lessons with a professional surf instructor.
We take care of analyzing the ocean conditions to ensure your safety and make you feel comfortable.
Kids, ages 5 and more are welcomed

Hans Hedemann Surf School: A Brief History

Hans Hedemann was born and raised in the Hawaiian Islands. A local boy, Hans was born a waterman and had a natural talent for surfing. Immediately after high school, Hans joined the ASP World Tours (Association of Surfing Professionals) and was a Hawaii representative for the World Tour. He visited 30 schools a year to promote ocean safety and preservation.

As a professional surfer, he has won many distinguished competitions. He places first in Billabong Pro (Australia), Gunston 500 (South Africa) and was the first to win back-to-back ASP World Events.

In 1997, the Hans Hedemann Surf School launched. It is now the premier surfing school in Hawaii. A team of lifeguard and CPR trained instructors and safety guides dedicate themselves to an enriched Hawaiian surfing experience to provide a great adventure for the beginner, intermediate, and advanced surfer.

Hans Hedemann Surf School began offering lessons at the Kaimana Beach Hotel with activities desks at the Sheraton, Outrigger, and Park Shore. In 2018, Hans Hedemann Surf School opened its shop at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, servicing all Waikiki hotels by offering complimentary transportation to and from any Waikiki Hotel. From Queen Kapiolani Hotel, we take our students to the mellow end of Waikiki surfing at Queen’s Beach, known for its consistent waves and longer rides.

Soon after, HHSurf also teaches in the home of professional surfing competitions like the Triple Crown, Pipeline Pro, and the Eddie on the North Shore of Oahu, at the Lanieakea Beach.

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!

Star Ratings

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 Star Ratings

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! Star Ratings

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!! Star Ratings