The day before our departure, we arranged one last surf lesson, this time with Hans Hedemann, a former World Tour pro who is now something of a surf-school tycoon. A sturdy and consistent competitor at his peak in the early '80s, Hedemann these days looks more like an insurance salesman than a beachboy. We met him on the sand in front of the Sheraton Waikiki, where he kept a cell phone to his ear coordinating lessons island-wide. Hedemann has concessions at six hotels on O'ahu. Private lessons, groups, beginners, advanced surfers, North Shore excursions, tow-in training
Hedemann and his army of 50 instructors do it all, introducing more than 25,000 people a year to the sport of kings.