Surfing, like many other adrenaline inducing activities, is addictive. Once you paddle out for the first time and master the art of standing up, you’re inescapably hooked! Surfing is more than a sport, it’s a lifestyle, allowing you to steal some time for yourself and lose your worries in the ocean. Where to learn though, with so many beaches and know-it-all schools rolling around? There’s no better place for beginning (and intermediates) then the bustling shores of the Sunshine Coast.
Although learning to ride a wave can be daunting, there are several reputable schools on the Sunny Coast that will teach you the ways of the ocean.
Coolum Surfing School, Coolum Beach
Away from the main tourist hubs, Coolum is an idyllic location to learn how to surf. For the team at Coolum Surf School, it doesn’t matter whether you’ve never touched the ocean before or you’re returning for a refresher course, their genuine love for water sports is infectious. They provide a hands on approach that is not only professional, safe and friendly, but guides you to achieve your surfing goals and uncover your potential. They have an array of classes including private, group, corporate and even Vegemite Surf Groms for the little ones over the holiday period. With a five star rating on Trip Advisor, you can’t go wrong with Coolum Surf School.
Robbie Sherwells XL Surfing Academy, Mooloolaba
Who better to teach you how to duck through waves and ride into the shore with grace than a former world champion? Robbie Sherwell spent over ten years competing at a professional and international level reaching a number five ranking in the world. Given his wealth of experience, his established and highly regarded surf school is an ideal place for beginners all the way to competition level surfers. Along with beginner and intermediate lessons, XL Surfing Academy offers any wannabe instructors training to certification level.
Silky Surf, Dicky Beach
The team at Silky Surf offer newcomers a fun and safe environment to fully enjoy your surfing experience. They don’t believe in quick tips or adopt a one size fits best approach, they discover each person’s unique learning style to ensure everyone has the best chance of learning how to surf. As their motto goes, practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice does. Your instructor, former Australian champion, Ben Silk understands this and uses his knowledge, wisdom, experience and passion to share with others the art of surfing.
Maroochy Surf School, Maroochydore
Maroochy Surf School prides itself on real surfers teaching real surfing. Owner Grant Thomas is a professional surfer reaching number seven worldwide. He knows that it takes time and practice to become a good surfer; it’s for this reason that his teaching approach relies on giving you the knowledge to reach your surfing dreams. There are daily classes where intermediate surfers are free to improve on their existing skills and beginners are given the ability to maintain strength and stamina on the board.
The Sunny Coast is a location where the climate is always warm and the waves break consistently all year round, book in for your surf lessons at one of these fine schools today.