Ride the waves and "Hang Ten" at this surf school, where professional surfers teach you how to conquer the waves of Waikiki in just one lesson!
Dive into Hawaii's surfing culture and learn from a group of friendly and knowledgeable surf instructors who will have you feeling like a pro surfer in no time! Lessons begin at gorgeous, and uncrowded Tonggs Beach in Waikiki, the famous birthplace of surfing and ancient ocean playground for Hawaiian kings. Start with a quick beach lesson and learn proper positioning, paddling technique, surf etiquette, and water safety.Then jump on your board and paddle out onto the crystalline waters off Waikiki Beach with an expert who will have you up and riding waves, guaranteed!
I bought a private lesson for my 13 year old daughter. It was her first time surfing as we are from Colorado. She had her own instructor who provided great instruction and having 1 on 1 instruction helped us both to feel safe. The lesson came with a tshirt and pictures of her lesson which I thought was a great deal. My only complaint was that the adults in the group lesson often got in front of her so she had to sit down to avoid hitting them. They go over this in the beginning of the overall lesson so I don't blame the school, just maybe a reminder in the water would have been helpful. Overall it was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend.
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Price & Options
Guests who are pregnant are not permitted to participate in this activity.
Children between 5 and 13 years old must participate in a private lesson.
This activity is not wheelchair accessible.
The activity schedule is subject to change or cancellation due to weather or traffic conditions.
The activity provider does not assume any responsibility for your valuables and/or personal belongings.
Gratuity is not included in the price.
You can book a minimum of 2 and maximum of 3.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to be able to swim to participate?
Yes, you will have to know how to swim to participate in this activity.
Are you required to wear a life jacket?
No, life jackets are not required, but they are available by request for younger children.
How big are the surfboards?
Surfboards are available in a variety of different sizes, but 11 to 12-foot boards are generally used for the lessons.
Will there be time to surf on our own after our lesson?
The price listed is for the lesson only, but if you want to surf after your lesson, you will just need to pay an additional hourly rate to the activity provider to rent a surfboard.
I bought a private lesson for my 13 year old daughter. It was her first time surfing as we are from Colorado. She had her own inst...ructor who provided great instruction and having 1 on 1 instruction helped us both to feel safe. The lesson came with a tshirt and pictures of her lesson which I thought was a great deal. My only complaint was that the adults in the group lesson often got in front of her so she had to sit down to avoid hitting them. They go over this in the beginning of the overall lesson so I don't blame the school, just maybe a reminder in the water would have been helpful. Overall it was an amazing experience that I would highly recommend. more
Our 17, 15, and 12 year old all had a great experience. All of them got up several times and are very glad they did it. Two of th...e kids wore short sleeve shirts and wish they wore long sleeve as they both had quite a rash on the arm from rubbing against the board. more
I had surfed a few times before with previous lessons but never with this company. My boyfriend had never surfed before. We were... picked up more or less on time by the driver, driven to the surf shop, and introduced quickly to our teacher, Ivan, a lovely man who has lived in Oahu over 20 years. He gave us our gear, including two massive boards that we toted to the beach. We then had a lesson on the sand for about 15 minutes, then out to sea! We enjoyed the surfing, though I was a bit afraid of the waves and thus Ivan toned it down until I was confident. Once I was, though, he took us out to where regulars were surfing, and we did more or less okay! Our lesson was 2 hours long, and we are both in 8 out of 10 shape, but were both POOPED by then end - so I recommend that you keep the lesson length in mind with your own fitness! I absoultely recommend no more than 2 or at most 3 people to an instructor so that noone holds the group back. Ivan was a nice man and I felt he was low k more
Julia & Cole
All the instructors made us feel comfortable and made sure we had fun and guaranteed we would all stand up. I signed up for the 2 ...hour class. The waves were knee to waist high and be prepared to do a lot of paddling. Everyone in my group stood up on the board. We all started posing for the camera while surfing. Very fun for all age groups. A school of dolphins showed up and jumping along with us. PERFECT DAY!!!! more
Toby and the staff were great! Was thrilled to get up on the waves and even have pictures to prove it! Great activity!
All of the staff at Hans Hedemann are just wonderful, from the driver, to the instructor at the shop, all the instructors in the o...cean, and even the cameraman! Everyone was just so friendly, laughing and smiling, and making sure we were having a good time. My fiance and I had an awesome time and would recommend this surf school to everybody. The pictures came out great, thank you camera man! more
My six year old daughter surfed! We all did! We all got up and we have the videotape to prove it! This was our first activity on o...ur first day and it set a trend of quality that stayed throughout our trip. These surfers are great teachers, assistants, advisors, helpers, and just plain nice. I can't recommend anywhere more than this school. more
Friendly aloha spirit all around. If you're in Hawaii, then try surfing!! These guys are the best around by far. They take yo...u away from the crowded side of Waikiki and truly give you a great lesson. more
Awesome experience. Lucky enough to pay for a group lesson and got a private lesson instead. Staff is friendly and social. Will ha...ve a great time. Was able to fully stand up on my 3rd attempt and stood up for the rest of the waves. more
This was an intense, 2-hour surf lesson that I absolutely loved! The weather was perfect, and catching waves right in front of Dia...mond Head was amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but the group lesson gave you a short intro into surfing and then helped you to ride the waves for the rest of the time. We spent a good amount of time (enough to exhaust me) in the water, with detailed instruction for each of the instructors. I was a bit worried when I got there with the amount of people, as I wasn't sure how it was going to work out, but the staff at Hans Hedemann made this a supa way to spend a Saturday morning. Huge thanks go out to the surf instructors of the day, so thank you to Shawn, Easton, and Zara for keeping our huge group going for the full 2 hours, you guys were fantastic! A great time that i highly recommend to anyone and everyone visiting Waikiki! more
This surf lesson were so cool! The instructors were really good and help out a lot. It was so much fun!
The staff at Hans Hedeman surf school in Waikiki Went above and beyond to make sure my family had an enjoyable safe experience. ...C.J. Was waiting for us in our hotel lobby with a big smile and welcoming personality. Everyone from classroom to water were friendly and knowledgeable. I had the upmost confidence that my kids were in safe hands at all times. The instructors did a great job and all three of my kids were able to get up and stay on their boards immediately. Thanks to the Hans Hedeman school, my family had a great experience with memories they can keep for years ( and video to prove it !) more
good teachers and great waves! this was the first time to play surffing but I could catch the wave!!
great expierence....we spent a great time with beautifull people!!!
Very nice experience! I was going with my 8yd son. Very impressive!
Very nice experience! I was going with my 8yd son. Very impressive!
Did a semi-private lesson with two friends which was perfect. Jordan man, so good, he was an amazing instructor, kind and supporti...ve and super friendly, and he got us all up on our boards and surfing on our own within the first hour. The day was bright, waves were slow but incoming, and the view of Waikiki from the water was unforgettable! Thanks to Hans Hedemann Surf School and HawaiiActivities.com. Ah man, such a great way to spend the morning. more
Okay, I'm hooked! I cannot wait to get back to Oahu, and get on a board again! The day was great in every way. Austin is a...n amazing instructor, and a cool dude. I felt safe and confident with him, and was surfing in no time. Absolutely awesome!! I also had the privilege of meeting CJ, and Rachel (Turtle Bay shop). Thank you both for all the encouragement and advice with my plans to make Oahu my home in the very near future. Looking forward to seeing all of you again...and, of course, surfing. Mahalo! more
We mistook the school location went other side of Waikiki beach. Veltra called us and school ban came to pick us up. We join the l...esson about 30min late but everyone were nice and we had so much fun in the water! more
I was completely surprised that both my kids were able to surf on the first class. They enjoyed it so much they (the kids) insist...ed on another session. Their teachers were so good the kids were interested in learning more!!! a big shout out to Travis, Tim and Adam. These young men are wonderful teachers and it was an honor to meet them. Hardworking, talented and yet so humble and compassionate to their culture and environment. It was a wonderful experience! I also want to say the office staff were also very nice. This picture is my son and his teacher Travis on the first session. more
Deb & Jim
The Hans Hedemann Surf School Experience was awesome. I actually surfed on Waikiki waves! What a memory!
Louise, Maryland, US
It was my first lesson of surfing but it was great. Teachers was super positive and professional! I loved surfing from my first le...sson, so I took another one few days later. Was amazing, I woud love to come back to Hawaii and practice more! more
I'd been wanting to do this the last two times i have visited Hawaii but had never gotten around to it... probably too many M...ai Tai's! I'm so glad i managed to tear myself away from the local bars to give this a go this time. HHSS were great, the instructors were all really good even though 2 or 3 were clearly on their first day. I managed to catch a few waves and may have caught the surfing bug as well! Highly recommended! more
I have taken two lessons. Instructor is helpful and patient. He can help you familiar with the steps and assist for your surfing. ...I have great experience in this school. And now I'm a big fan of surfing, thanks to the teachings. more
The instructors were amazing and extremely patient! They made surfing very easy and fun for us. It was all of our first time surfi...ng and it won't be the last! more
Adam was an awesome instructor! Pick up and drop off was simple and easy. Staff all very friendly. Loved it!
The school was great. We caught lots of waves and Adam was a great instructor.
Will, CJ and the staff were awesome. Highly recommend HH
This is the 1st time I have enrolled with Hans Hedemann and staff. Staff was really nice as my son and I took the surf class in th...e 2hr group lesson. Two hours is plenty of time for the group size and I did not have to wait for other surfers on the water at all. I had taken the KOA lessons (also on Waikiki) earlier and Hans' School is much better in terms of distance to paddle to get to the surf location as well as the student to instructor ratio. Our package also included shuttle, pictures and a T-shirt which is awesome. My son (14yrs) said it was the best activity of the trip which is great since it's so hard to impress teens now-a-days. Because of the inclusiveness of the package and the surf location, we would definitely repeat and highly recommend this school. more
Had an amazing time. I'd definitely recommend this. 11/10.
I had so much fun learning to surf. The instructor, Sean, was the best! Very good teacher. I would recommend a lesson early in the... day though because the photographer doesn't like to take photos during the 3:00 session due to the sun. My best ride was the last one and he had left already. more
I was worried about this activity, but it turned out to be a great experience. Our instructor, Johnny, was attentive, motivated an...d dedicated to the 3 of us that he was teaching. He kept us going for the 2 hours we were in the water, even when we felt to tired to continue. Note: You have to be in good physical condition to undertake this activity, it is exhausting, but worth it more
We went on our Honeymoon and this was one of the activities that we have done. If this is your first time surfing, don't fret.... The staff are professional and they teach you all the basics. Opt for the private lessons because if you are tired from paddling, the instructor can help you back to the waves hence more opportunity for you to keep on practicing to get better. The photographer was great as well as he managed to capture some great photos and you can get them all in a disc which was nice. Highly recommended... more
Awesome to get up on a surfboard, with the help of an awesome crew
Booking an activity online can be a pain, but with this site it was not. The pick up and drop off service is excellent Surf Inst...ructors was awesome in preparing me and the rest of us newbies on what not to do and what to be prepared for The instructor I had was pateint and very knowledgable in surfing I caught almost every wave with ease. I had fun and would surf again. more
Highly recommended, fun and friendly coaching. Worth trying.
The 3 guys did an excellent job going over safety an simple instructions in the classroom, on the beach the were patient and helpf...ul. I was satisfied with the results! more
Had a really good time learning to surf in Hawaii. Everything was really good from the pick up to the semi private instructions. T...he location is really close to the beach and was definitely worth it. Not as easy as it seems so come ready to work out! more
Private instruction was greatly informative. The group class should have been segregated from private and semi-private classes sin...ce they were not supervised as they should have been. they were like herding cats and safety was compromised. more
Any cancellations made within 3 business days of your activity (after 17:00:00 local time) will be subject to a charge of 100% of the total amount.