Hedemann, Hans

Dependable pro surfer from Kailua, Hawaii; world-ranked #4 in 1983. Surf journalist Derek Hynd described Hedemann in 1987 as a "tenacious, [and] physical customer," and also noted the Hawaiian's nonflashy "stoic approach."

Hedemann was born (1959) in Honolulu, raised in Kailua, and began surfing at Waikiki in 1966. He started competing at age 17 with little success, turned pro at 18, and the following season, 1978, suprisingly, was named the world tour's rookie of the year after finishing #1...