Best Surf Lessons in Waikiki
Hawai‘i’s surf culture is an inherent part of the island lifestyle, so what better way to enjoy your time in Waikiki than by learning how to get up on a board? Experienced or beginner, young or old, there’s a surf school for everyone. Take a dive in the deep end and check out the best surf lessons Waikiki has to offer. Our friendly guide covers beginner-friendly surf lessons, where to go for a great group lesson, and the perfect options for solo travelers.
Check Surfline Waikiki for the current surf report and get ready to hang ten. All equipment is included in the lessons, unless otherwise noted.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, surf schools mentioned may be closed or operate with reduced hours without notice. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for updates and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures.
The Hawai‘i Surf Guru offers an in-depth surfing experience run by longtime instructor Kimo Chung. After meeting at the Ala Moana Bowls area, Kimo will show you how to suit up, where to paddle in, and how to figure out the ocean’s natural flow to help you conserve energy while in the water. Intermediate and advanced surfers are also welcome. Kimo will enhance your skills by teaching you how to read incoming waves, work on your paddling technique, develop new techniques, and improve your timing.
Address: Ala Moana Bowls
Phone: (808) 283-0088
Hours: Monday through Saturday 7 - 8:30 a.m. and 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Get the surfing skills you need to experience the waves like a pro. The Hans Hedemann Surf School was established in 1995 and has since become the premier surfing school on O‘ahu. Hedemann’s award-winning safety guides and staff teaches all the necessary skills to have you surfing by the end of your two-hour lesson.
Address: 150 Kapahulu Ave.
Phone: (808) 924-7778
Hours: Daily at 9 a.m., 12 p.m., and 3 p.m.
Big Wave Dave’s team of instructors is passionate about sharing their surf knowledge and making sure everyone has a safe and fun experience. Whether you are a seasoned surfer looking for local knowledge about the best breaks or a newbie itching to catch your first wave, Big Wave Dave instructors are ready to get you outfitted and in the water. If you’re looking to get up on a board in the quickest amount of time, Big Wave Dave is one of the best surf schools Waikiki has to offer - they guarantee you’ll be riding your first wave on your first lesson.
Address: 226 Lewers St. #154
Phone: (808) 386-4872
Hours: Daily, between 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Whether you’re looking to ride a wave for the first time or advance your technique, the Ty Gurney Surf School delivers a fun, personalized experience that is customized to your skill level and individual goals. Lessons are only available in private or semi-private instruction, helping you make the most of your time in the water. Ty Gurney tows every student out to the lineup, and will tow you back into position after every wave. This means less time paddling, less fatigue, and more time riding waves.
Address: 205 Lewers St.
Phone: (808) 271-9557
Hours: Daily, between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
For over 40 years, Star Beach Boys has been encouraging and supporting the surf community and helping millions achieve their surf dreams. The family-run business has time-tested methods that are guaranteed to have you surfing your first lesson. If you’re an experienced sea-goer, Star Beach Boys will take your surfing to the next level by helping you brush up on your technique.
Address: 2450 Koa Ave.
Phone: (808) 699-3750
Hours: Daily, between 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Looking for more surf schools to participate in Hawai‘i’s de facto national sport? Here are a few more of our favorites in Waikiki:
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