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BRENDA MILEY

SURF SCHOOL DIRECTOR



I surf because... I feel GREAT physically, emotionally and spiritually – and it’s fun!

The best wave I ever caught… was a big, fast, left-hander in Nihiwatu, Sumba – magic!

The best piece of advice I received was… don’t mistake kindness for weakness.

I can’t quite relax until… I’ve done some exercise and been in the water!

When I was younger I dreamed about… traveling adventures. The world’s a big and interesting place.

My favourite time of day is… early morning… it’s peaceful and exciting to see what the new day will bring!

I hate to admit it but I secretly love… Cold Chisel and Whitney Houston (especially her gospel songs!)

Qualifications: B.Ed (Hons), Cert IV Workplace Training, Level 1&2 Surf Coach, Master Coach, Bronze Medallion, Advanced Resuscitation First Aid, Apola (OSSCA)


MARTY WILLIAMS

COACHING DIRECTOR & SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Marty Williams Marty Surfing

 

I surf because… it’s a release from reality yet it connects you with nature and it rewards you for the effort you put in.

The best wave I ever caught… was the first wave I ever stood up on at North Haven on the NSW Mid North Coast – a nice little fat two-footer with my brother cheering me on from the channel.

The best piece of advice I received was… “God gave you two legs so get it yourself!”

I can’t quite relax until I… do something physical.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… chipping over the top and regathering and scoring the try in the corner (and converting from the sideline of course). No it never happened.

My favourite time of day is… an hour before dark. Gotta love the late surf.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… ballroom dancing and old movies.

Qualifications: Bachelor Exercise Science (Hons), Cert IV Workplace training, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

SHAUN TUNNICLIFFE

MULTI MEDIA MANAGER & SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

 

I surf because… it hurts a lot less than skateboarding

The best wave I ever caught… Ruapuke NZ

The best piece of advice I received was… “20 years from now you’ll be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do” – Mark Twain via Wacca.

I can’t quite relax until I… am on my couch

When I was younger, I dreamed about… Spending all day at the beach

My favourite time of day is… Sunset

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Taylor Swift

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

BLAKE WHITTAKER

MAROUBRA MANAGER & SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

 

I surf because… there’s no better feeling that catching that perfect wave.

The best wave I ever caught… was in Florianopolis in Brazil. Pulled into a tube off the right hand point break, then cruised the open face for a good 70 metres along a coast that was untainted by any human activity.

The best piece of advice I ever received was… “Life is about experiences. Good or bad, you still learn and grow.”

I can’t quite relax until… I have had that 10 minutes of freedom where you’re alone in the surf and nothing can bother you.

When I was younger I dreamed about… being a fighter pilot.

My favourite time of the day is… early mornings. While rolling out of bed is a challenge, Bondi never looks better than when the sun is rising.

I secretly love… 8’6 softboards.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Surf Bronze Medallion

 

 

NIGEL RILEY

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Nigel Nigel Surfing

 

I surf because… there is nothing better. It makes making a mistake fun.

The best wave I ever caught… was in the Philippines at a place called Majestic’s.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Don’t let go of your board.”

I can’t quite relax until… I get my students frothing – then I know I can get a demo!

When I was younger, I dreamed about… surfing the point when it’s 10 foot.

My favourite time of day is… anytime a southerly is blowing.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… winter.

Qualifications: Cert-level 2 French & Japanese, Level 1 & 2 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

GIAN-PAOLO PALAZZOLO

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… the ocean is free of all worries and troubles on land.

The best wave I ever caught… was on my first trip to Bali. Got barreled across the whole reef at 4-6fy Padang Padang. There were many best waves that day!

The best piece of advice I received was… living is better than surviving.

I can’t quite relax until I… I’m surfed out and kicking back with a few mates.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… traveling the world.

My favourite time of day is… when I’m out in the water catching good waves.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… sleeping in.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

WILL BIGELOW

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR



 

I surf because… I have done it my whole life and I love it.

The best wave I ever caught… was in fiji in a small spot called cloudbreak.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Don’t sweat the small stuff.”

I can’t quite relax until I… know I’ve filled my day with friends and fun.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… becoming a superhero.

My favourite time of day is… early in the morning when there is nobody up.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… kicking back and watching a romantic comedy.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

DAVE  HANNAGAN (BIG WAVE DAVE)  

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… love it, it’s a great way to stay fit, stress releasing and staying in contact with Mother Nature.

The best wave I ever caught… cyclone Swell in Noosa, triple over head face.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Aim high and shoot for the stars! If you miss you still will be over the Moon!”

When I was younger, I dreamed about… surfing holidays around the world.

My favourite time of day is… dawn just as the sea starts to sparkle.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… drinking Herbal Tea.

Qualifications: Licensed Real Estate Agent, Level 3 Ski Instructor, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

 

ELLA GODFREY

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

I surf because… I love the ocean and surfing makes you feel good.

The best wave I ever caught… was my very first wave, the feeling was unforgettable.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Never say never!”

I can’t quite relax until I… am in bed.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being older and traveling the world.

My favourite time of day is… morning, once I’m over the struggle of waking up, as you have a whole day ahead of you.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… lazy days watching movies.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

ERIK BJELLAND

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


Erik Erik Surfing

 

I surf because… I’d be fat and unhealthy without it.

The best wave I ever caught… they usually catch me!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Look to both sides before you cross the road.”

I can’t quite relax until I… have my beauty sleep.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… snowboarding.

My favourite time of day is… around 9am – after the early-birds, but before the sleep-ins.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… life.

Qualifications: Master of Architecture, Bachelor of Architecture, Level 1 Snowboard Instructor, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

ADAM HUBAN

INSTRUCTOR



 

I surf because… there’s no finish line.

The best wave I ever caught… Chacahua, Mexico.

The best piece of advice I received was… Do what you love, love what you do!

I can’t quite relax until I… I have been for a surf and had my morning coffee.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… Traveling the world as a pro surfer.

My favourite time of day is… early morning

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Bear Grills

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

DOM HOBAN

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… bodyboarding was too hard.

The best wave I ever caught… caught me.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Laugh at yourself.”

I can’t quite relax until I… I’ve been surfing, or know im not missing on on any good surf.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… surfing great waves with great friends.

My favourite time of day is… lunch time. thats when I’m always hungriest.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… dancing. It’s not really a secret.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

LUCY KAVANAGH

INSTRUCTOR



 

I surf because… it’s fun, a good way to release my energy, catch up with friends and stay fit.

The best wave I ever caught… Balian – six foot, gentle high tide wave that went forever!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Bend your knees and don’t stand up so straight.”

I can’t quite relax until I… I get an answer to a question or a problem.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a pro surfer! Cliché, I know.

My favourite time of day is… 10pm – Bedtime!

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… studying and doing schoolwork.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

CONRAD PATTINSON

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… it makes me stoked on life!

The best wave I ever caught… Chacala, Mexico.

The best piece of advice I received was… “If it doesn’t look like it should be eaten, don’t eat it!!

I can’t quite relax until I… get in the water.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… accidentally going to school naked.

My favourite time of day is… when the sun is setting

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Ugg boots.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

STEPHEN OH

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… This is best fun sport and i love it …. after good surf always happy!

The best wave I ever caught… overseas was Bali and in Australia at Philip Island, wave was so good shape.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Don’t panic.”

I can’t quite relax until I… can give good coach to most people and get along with most people.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… going to many places around world, and meeting many people. As long as I’m healthy, help others in difficult situations /people who with genuine hearts.

My favourite time of day is… Early morning with good surf, after a good coffee.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… I don’t know, I don’t think I secretly love something which I hate to admit.

Qualifications: Panel beater trade, Coffee Barista, Scuba dive/open water, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

DONNA DRAPER

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… coming soon!

The best wave I ever caught… coming soon!

The best piece of advice I received was… coming soon!

I can’t quite relax until I… coming soon!

When I was younger, I dreamed about… coming soon!

My favourite time of day is… coming soon!

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… coming soon!

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

JONO PARKER

INSTRUCTOR

 

I surf because… I love it and it keeps me sane.

The best wave I ever caught… Green point, south coast.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Just do it.”

I can’t quite relax until I… get my surfing fix.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a fisherman.

My favourite time of day is… early morning.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Shakira.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

JUNA HORSTMANS

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… I always have.

The best wave I ever caught… was in Byron Bay – the pass. Three feet and barrelling.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Always stay positive – it not only improves your day, but also others’ ”

I can’t quite relax until I… go for a surf or swim or something in the water.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a pro surfer

My favourite time of day is… early morning.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… drawing.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

CLINT BRYAN

INSTRUCTOR

 


 

I surf because… it gives me tingles.

The best wave I ever caught… Whale Bay, Raglan. I did some sweet moves and cut my toe on a rock.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Drive it like you stole it.”

I can’t quite relax until I… drink a cup of peptides.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… driving a dune buggy on the moon.

My favourite time of day is… 3:18 am

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… melted cheese

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMMORTALS
LEO CREMONESE

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Leo Cremonese Leo Surfing

 

I surf because… it’s the most fun thing I’ve ever done. When you become a real surfer it’s a very deep and almost spiritual experience.

The best wave I ever caught… unfortunately it can’t be shared, it was in a secret spot.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Paddle wide of the peak. It may save your life.”

I can’t quite relax until… I get out of the house and do something.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a truck driver.

My favourite time of day is… sunrise in June with a nice south swell and a light westerly wind. The surf will be cranking all over the East Coast and you have the whole day to enjoy it.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… the painter Sir Frederick Leighton. I hate 19th century English painting, but there is something seductive about Sir Frederick.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Art, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

JOE DICKSON

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

Joe Joe Surfing

 

I surf because… I love it.

The best wave I ever caught… Tea Tree Point, Noosa, early 1990’s.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Calm your breathing when it gets big.”

I can’t quite relax until I… I get just one more wave

When I was younger, I dreamed about… sailing to Indonesia.

My favourite time of day is… right now.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… North Bondi.

Qualifications: Senior Coach 15+ years experience, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Bronze Medallion

 

 

KATIE HOOKINGS

INSTRUCTOR

 

I surf because… there’re better looking guys in the ocean than on land.

The best wave I ever caught… a pipe in Cairns.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Only regret the things you don’t do.”

I can’t quite relax until I… I’ve traveled the world.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being an explorer in a hot air balloon

My favourite time of day is… when I’m daydreaming.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Will Bigelow Lara Murphy Oscar Lederman Blake Whittaker

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

CRAIG WACHHOLZ

GENERAL MANAGER


Wacca Surfing

 

I surf because… Bondi Beach seduced me into it.

The best wave I ever caught… 1969. Secret spot. North Bondi rights – fast, thick, big and scary – on a ’68 Midget Farrelly single fin coolite!

The best piece of advice I received was… “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

I can’t quite relax until I… crank up some Acca/Dacca.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… playing in a rock band, surfing around the world and playing to win the Stanley Cup!

My favourite time of day is… anytime I see my daughter Eliza!

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Jamie Packer.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

JULIA VOLZ

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER & SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Julia Volz Julia Volz

 

I surf because… there’s nothing better than spending time in the ocean. It’s cleansing, fun and has brought me to so many amazing places in the world.

The best wave I ever caught… would be Rio Nexpa, Mexico and Lombok, Indonesia.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Life’s too short so enjoy it to the fullest.”

I can’t quite relax until I… have had a swim/surf and my morning coffee.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… traveling the world.

My favourite time of day is… early morning at the beach before the wind picks up with a coffee hanging out with my son.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… eating Macca’s on a road trip. It tastes so much better on the side of a highway.

Qualifications: French (BEES) Brevet D”Etat, Diploma in Media and Communications, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

ANNA NORMYLE

SURF SCHOOL MANAGER & SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Anna Normyle

 

I surf because… it’s the best feeling in the world and the only thing that can occupy me 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

The best wave I ever caught… was in Chile. There was a dead seal in the water with me and the board hire guy tried to steal my bag, but the surf was awesome: all left-handers, and it was my first time in the water in 3.5 months.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Live for the moment.”

I can’t quite relax until I… eat half a block of chocolate and spend some quality time with the TV.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being Thomas The Tank Engine.

My favourite time of day is… dawn because nothing beats being at the beach for the sunrise.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… rubbing tanning oil on some of my work colleagues.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

CHERYL WACHHOLZ

ACCOUNTS MANAGER


Cheryl

 

I surf because… I need stuff. You do mean the Net don’t you?

The best wave I ever caught… was a Mexican wave at the World Cup.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Look after your children – they pick your nursing home.”

I can’t quite relax until I… pour that first glass of red.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being older. Now I dream about being younger.

My favourite time of day is… cocktail hour.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… traveling first-class.

 

 

RYAN PRANATIO

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… it’s a part of me. I just wanna slide!

The best wave I ever caught… was in Bingin Bali. I was in this filthy pit to the point of no return when it opened up and spat me out. I was screaming like a kid in a candy store!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Always stand for old ladies on the bus.”

I can’t quite relax until… I’ve had a couple of sneaky peaky waves with my mates and then a chill in the sunshine.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… surfing! I’m still a grom at heart.

My favourite time of day is… sunset surfs.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Britney Spears.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Surf Bronze Medallion

 

 

LARA MURPHY

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Lara

 

I surf because… I’m not much good at anything else.

The best wave I ever caught… always searching for it!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Sleep when you’re dead!”

I can’t quite relax until I… have brushed my teeth. 

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a vet.

My favourite time of day is… shurfin’ time.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… shortboards.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design, Certificate 2 in upholstery, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

TIM BOULENGER

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Tim Tim Surfing

 

I surf because… there’s no other place I’d rather be.

The best wave I ever caught… first day of 2010 in Tahiti. The first barrel of an excellent year!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Believe in yourself.”

I can’t quite relax until… I’m never not relaxed.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… surfing on another planet.

My favourite time of day is… breakfast.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… vodka cruisers.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Surf Bronze Medallion; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

SHANNON HARDAKER

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… coming soon!

The best wave I ever caught… coming soon!

The best piece of advice I received was… coming soon!

I can’t quite relax until I… coming soon!

When I was younger, I dreamed about… coming soon!

My favourite time of day is… coming soon!

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… coming soon!

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

WIGGSY

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Joe Joe Surfing

 

I surf because… I don’t get nagged in the water.

The best wave I ever caught… was my first. I didn’t even break but I stood up and glided all the way to shore.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Be good to your mother.”

I can’t quite relax until I’ve… done the dishes after dinner.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a pilot (I wish I knew where it all went wrong).

My favourite time of day is… bed time.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Happy feet – the movie.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques and Surf Bronze Medallion; Apolla (OSSCA)

 

 

OSCAR LEDERMAN

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… it’s always a challenge.

The best wave I ever caught… was at the Pass – Byron Bay. Sun was shinning, dolphins were splashing and the waves were rolling.

The best piece of advice I received was… “These are the good old days” – Ash Grunwald

I can’t quite relax until I… I’m listening to Reggae Music, and doing the dance to go with it.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… playing goalkeeper for Australia.

My favourite time of day is… when food is on the table.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… David Attenborough

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

ASH HINGSTON

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… It’s the best feeling in the world !!:)

The best wave I ever caught… Dreamland, Bali. Amazing long left.

The best piece of advice I received was… Don’t eat any food off the side of the road in Thailand.

I can’t quite relax until I… have had my first coffee.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a mermaid.

My favourite time of day is… whenever I’m in the water.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… One Direction.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

LILY KEENAN  

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… water hurts less than concrete.

The best wave I ever caught… surfing a completely empty 6km beach back in WA with just my brother and my dad. We shared waves until sunset.

The best piece of advice I received was… Don’t waste time doing things you don’t like,” so I changed my uni degree and applied for this job.

I can’t quite relax until… you’re relaxed.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… dreaming I was dreaming about dreaming I was dreaming…

My favourite time of day is… dusk, when the waves are glassy and the freaks come out.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… backwards baseball caps.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

EDDY HUDSON

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… I love the ocean.

The best wave I ever caught… I got in the green room.

The best piece of advice I received was… Never regret anything!”

I can’t quite relax until… I’m in the water surfing.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… getting barreled.

My favourite time of day is… surfing time.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… seaweed.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

JAKE NURMI

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… it is an escape from everyday stress.

The best wave I ever caught… out a snapper on the gold coast, got a really deep barrel behind the rock.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Work hard and you’ll reap the rewards.”

I can’t quite relax until… all my work is done and I can sit by the backyard pool.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… playing for the mighty roosters. Evidently that didn’t happen.

My favourite time of day is… just before school finishes, no grommets hassling you in an empty line up.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

BLAKE CLEMENSHA

INSTRUCTOR



 

I surf because… it clears my head from the busyness of the world.

The best wave I ever caught… was in Munduka, it went for hundreds of meters.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Be persistent and you’ll always reach your goals.”

I can’t quite relax until I… am out with my friends.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a rockstar.

My favourite time of day is… lunchtime for obvious reasons

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… cooked snails

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

JARED BORKOWSKI

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because… it gets me out of bed in the morning

The best wave I ever caught… was terrifying.

The best piece of advice I received was… GO!”

I can’t quite relax until… I have a beer to wash the salt out of my mouth.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… backflips in airplanes.

My favourite time of day is… sunsets on the grassy knoll.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Eddy playing with my hair.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques, Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

ADAM GIBSON

INSTRUCTOR



 

I surf because… it’s what i’ve always done and my life wouldn’t be complete without it!

The best wave I ever caught… at HT’s in the Mentawais in Indonesia. Never seen such a perfect tube – and I was in it.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Stay casual, stay free”

I can’t quite relax until I… have been in the ocean – either for a surf or a swim.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being a pro surfer!

My favourite time of day is… Sunset

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Country Music

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

SOFIA BARTLETT

INSTRUCTOR


 

I surf because…my scales fall off and my gills close up if I stay out of the water for too long.

The best wave I ever caught… was a party wave with 5 dolphins that dropped in on me.

The best piece of advice I received was… “The best surfer is the one having the most fun.”

I can’t quite relax until I… I’ve been in the water.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… hitching a ride on the back of a manta ray.

My favourite time of day is… the late arvo glass off.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Shaggy. How good is Mr Bombastic?! We need to play it in the shop more.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Science (Hons), Silver Medallion Basic Beach Management, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)

 

 

RAGNA SWYTER

INSTRUCTOR

 

 

I surf because… it makes me happy.

The best wave I ever caught… was in Merimbula. After I caught it someone asked “Wanna join the surf-contest next week?” 

The best piece of advice I received was… “It doesn’t matter if you surf 1 or 40ft waves- it matters you’re in the water.”

I can’t quite relax until… I’m always relaxed.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… living in Australia (I’m German).

My favourite time of day is… sunrise.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… watching gossip magazine titles.

Qualifications: Sports Scientist, Sports Journalist, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Senior First Aid Certificate, and Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TANYA CHAFFEY

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR


Tanya ChaffeyTanya Surfing

 

I surf because… it makes me feel alive (and I’m totally addicted).

The best wave I ever caught… was many years ago from Snapper to Kirra. My legs were so tired I could barely finish the wave!

The best piece of advice I received was… “Do unto others as you would like them to do to you.”

I can’t quite relax until… I jump into the ocean.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… being paid to work at the beach.

My favourite time of day is… sunset. I love surfing as the sun goes down.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… Jimmy Barnes.

Qualifications: Associate Diploma in Arts- Fashion Design, Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques

 

 

LACHY PAPPAS

SENIOR INSTRUCTOR

 

Lachy PappasLachy Surfing

 

I surf because… it’s dancing on water.

The best wave I ever caught… made me smile.

The best piece of advice I received was… “Life begins when you leave your comfort zone”

I can’t quite relax until… I’m watching a murder mystery.

When I was younger, I dreamed about… my mum’s trifle.

My favourite time of day is… riding to Uni listening to tunes.

I hate to admit it, but I secretly love… the girl at my coffee shop.

Qualifications: Level 1 Surf Coach Certificate, Surf Bronze Medallion, Senior First Aid Certificate, Advanced Resuscitation Techniques; Apola (OSSCA)