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Surfing Lessons Waikiki 

Ride the waves in Hawaii

Hawaii is broadly considered the birthplace of surfing. Take a lesson and see how you fare in this “sport of kings.” Typically, lessons last an hour or two and are taught by experienced surfers. Waikiki Beach creates an ideal learning environment – the waves break gently here and many dwellers in the beachside booths have been teaching for generations.


TY GURNEY SURF SCHOOL

TY GURNEY SURF SCHOOL

The folks at Ty Gurney guarantee you’ll be surfing after your first lesson. Beginner lessons are booked in one- or two-hour time slots. You’ll start with a 10-minute land lesson covering paddle basics and water safety; then receive your board, rash guard and individualized instruction. Advanced surfers can get tips from the pros. The Surf Safari includes a jeep ride and hiking followed by surfing for a full- or half-day. Couples can consider the Romantic Sunset package, when instructors find the best wave breaks against the Hawaiian sunset.

HANS HEDEMANN SURF SCHOOL

HANS HEDEMANN SURF SCHOOL

The Hans Hedemann Surf School sits away from other Waikiki surfers, so expect a tranquil, organized experience – particularly if you opt for semi-private instruction (one teacher per two students). The day begins with a classroom session on how to stand, fall and avoid injury. The waves are gentle – perfect for beginners.

BIG WAVE DAVE SURF SCHOOL

BIG WAVE DAVE SURF SCHOOL

Dave himself (with nearly 30 years of teaching cred) may greet you at check-in. He gives the land lesson, too – extensive but efficient with an aside on surf ethics. A quick walk to Waikiki Beach will have you in the water within 15 minutes. There, you’ll receive one-on-one instruction.


Insider Tips

  • Schedule an early-day lesson to avoid crowded beaches.
  • Once you are confident, surf early. Locals hit the waves around 8 a.m.
  • Slather on the sun protection.
Need to Know

Ty Gurney Surf School

  • Address: 205 Lewers St., Ste. C-8, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Phone: 808.271.9557
  • Web Address: tygurneysurfschool.com
  • Distance/Drive: One mile – a three-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
  • Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head south on Ala Moana Blvd, right on Kalakaua Ave, right on Lewers St.

Hans Hedeman School

  • Address: 2586 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Phone: (808) 924-7778
  • Web Address: www.hhsurf.com
  • Distance/Drive: One mile – a three-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
  • Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head south on Ala Moana Blvd, right on Kalakaua Ave.

Big Wave Dave Surf Co.

  • Address: 2410 Koa Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Phone: (808) 386-4872
  • Web Address: www.bigwavedavesurfco.com
  • Distance/Drive: One-and-a-half miles – a five-minute drive from THE MODERN HONOLULU.
  • Brief directions from THE MODERN HONOLULU: Head south on Ala Moana Blvd, right on Kalakaua Ave. , left on Kaiulani Ave, right onto Koa Ave.
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