City or Beach life?

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Hey mates!  My name is Vanessa Snyder, and I am very excited to be interning at Let’s Go Surfing for the next two months.  Coming from the east coast of the United States, you can only imagine how stoked my friends and family were when I told them I’d be working at a surf company…in Australia…on Bondi Beach!  I am living a fantasy life that most can only experience in their dreams.  And for that, I am extremely thankful that Let’s Go Surfing has taken me in with open arms for their winter season!

While my flight landed only a week ago, I’ve already noticed several differences between the Australian and American cultures.  Some require slight adjustments, such as not tipping a waiter at a restaurant – in the United States, a 20% tip is usually expected.  Now I TRIPLE-check before crossing a street, because I am still getting used to cars driving on the left side of the road instead of the right!  I’m learning how to incorporate words such as mate and reckon into my vocabulary, and I WILL be returning to the U.S. with an Australian accent (not really, but a girl can wish!).  I was ready to experience these cultural differences, considering the two countries are thousands of miles apart! However, I was not expecting to witness as many behavioral differences within Sydney itself.

My living accommodation is in Chatswood, which means my commute every morning to Bondi is an hour long.  I hop on my first train at the Chatswood station and transfer at Town Hall, rush onto a second train to Bondi Junction, and lastly snag a bus ride to Bondi Beach.  It only took one day of this commute for me to realize a commonality between the two cultures– the beach provides a mental and physical escape from the day-to-day work grind.  I was expecting everyone to be jubilant in this coastal city…but I was just being naive.  Those on my first train commuting to central Sydney exude very negative attitudes – sunken faces, earphones in, and a general aura of pessimism.  I completely understand, because I had an internship in a small cubicle with no view last year.

Nevertheless, once I arrive in Bondi, I experience a distinct, positive change in the attitudes of others.  I usually grab a coffee straight away at The Depot, where the workers welcome me with smiling faces and engaging conversations.  I see how the beach and surfing play valuable roles in the lives of my coworkers, for they are always excited to help learners experience what it feels like to catch that first wave.  From my own observation, the beach has the ability to brighten our moods and invigorate the adventure within us!

Even if you live in a beautiful, world-renowned city such as Sydney, there is something about escaping to the beach that rejuvenates the mind, body, and soul after the city grind takes a toll on our attitudes.  Take advantage of our Hot Winter Deals and book a surf lesson down here in Bondi within the next two months, as I will surely be learning right beside you!

Surf tips from a country girl

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I grew up in the county, three and a half long hours inland.

I envied the kids that grew up on the beach; doing nippers each weekend and having an after school swim or surf…..what a life!

The first time I experienced the thrill of riding a wave was when we were on holiday; I was 10 and got to have a go on my friend’s boogie board… wow did I love that feeling of riding a wave! From that moment on I was determined, I will learn to surf.

But how?

It was nine years later when my surfing adventure really began. I was at University in Brisbane 1.5 hour away from the ocean but that wasn’t going to stop me from learning to surf. So what did I need? A surfboard of course which brings me to tip one.

Tip one:
The correct board…

My best mate and I drove to the Gold Coast in search for the perfect board, I had researched and printed off a list of all the surf shops. Now let me tell you, picking the surf shop with the cutest boy is not the best way to buy a board. After the promise of him taking me for a lesson I handed over my $650 and walked out of the shop ‘in love’ and with a board that was sooo wrong for me. Learning to surf on a fibreglass board that is not right can really delay your progress. Which brings me to tip two.

Tip two:
Learn from a professional…

My best friend and I would travel to the Gold Coast as much as we could and tried to teach ourselves to surf, man was that hard. The surf shop boy didn’t end up giving us that lesson so we were on our own. Until I met my new boyfriend who was a surfer… perfect! Or not.. just because you can surf doesn’t mean you can teach someone how to surf as I found out…After a couple of ‘lessons’ and a trip to the hospital with 10 stitches in my eyelid my boyfriend gave up on teaching me. However the injury and him giving up on me didn’t stop my urge to become a surfer, which brings me to tip three.

Tip Three:
Have fun….

You don’t need to surf like Kelly Slater or Layne Beachley, you just need to have fun. My desire to be a surfer landed me in beautiful Byron Bay, this is where I fell in love with longboarding. I got some professional lessons from Lets Go Surfing. Purchased a long board that was just right for me and surfed The Pass most days. I didn’t need to short board or chase big waves. I found what was comfortable for me and what I loved to do.

Salt Water In Our Veins

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One of the main questions we get asked is if we operate all year round.. our answer of course we do! We wouldn’t shut up shop when the water is warm, the conditions are amazing and the summer crowds have gone. This is the TIME to learn to surf!
As surfers the change of season excites us and we embrace the cooler change in the air. Not sure if you have noticed but Surfers don’t normally look their age, they are generally in a good mood (surfing releases endorphins) and are chilled (all that time in mother nature). No wonder you will see a surfer running across your TV in a car or insurance commercial! Everyone wants a little slice of this lifestyle and guess what… it could be you!

The other bonus of learning to surf off peak is the epic deals you can get, we have just launched our Hot Winter Lessons in Bondi Beach, Byron Bay and Maroubra!

Don’t delay – the time to learn to surf is now! Plus then you get to show off your awesome new skills in Summer!

Surfing And Byron Bay – A Natural Partnership

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Byron Bay and surfing – a special combination that resonates with surfers around the world, tempting them to the idyllic coastline of Northern NSW.

With its natural geographical advantage, Byron Bay uniquely offers reliable surf and diverse challenges to engage all kinds of surfers, every day of the year.

From the experts riding big swell at Tallows to the beginners enjoying their first stand-up successes on world-class longboard waves at The Pass, Byron is a place to fall in love with surfing.

Back on land, surfing has also played a major role in making Byron the alluring destination it is today.

“It’s the waves that have led to Byron Bay becoming a world-class surf destination. The unique shape of the bay’s geography means you can catch 400m longboard wavesthat would make many peoples’ list of the best waves in the worldand, only a few hundred metres away, visit the swell magnet of Tallows.” Blake, Byron Bay Manager.

Read more about why surfing and Byron Bay is a natural partnership

Need a lesson? Check out whats on offer. 

Blog by Elements of Byron 

Blind Sports NSW

Location: 3:10 pm

Surfing is for everyone!

The Lets Go Surfing team in collaboration with Blind Sports NSW welcomed a group of people aged 9-19 to Bondi Beach for a surf lesson.

Blind Sports NSW assists people who are blind and vision impaired to compete and participate in sports and recreation within NSW.

The group arrived at Bondi with big grins ready for some time in the water. Wetsuits on and down to the beach, Instructor Marty described how to stand up onto the board so everyone could visualise what to do. Time to hit the water…one at a time each participant caught a wave on their stomach, then it was standing time .. the joy and excitement of each person experiencing the thrill of riding the wave either on their stomach or standing was a true inspiration to us all.

We love sharing our love of surfing with one and all and were so excited to offer this amazing group some time in the water with us.

Changing lives….. one wave at a time. 

Silver Surfers

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Starting from an idea of former champion surfer and local PE teacher Brenda Miley to help  her friends learn to surf; Lets Go Surfing has brought happiness to hundreds of thousands of people. Brenda learnt to surf on her dads back at age 3; she then went on to start surf lessons in 1995 out of the back of an old VW kombi van in the carpark of Bondi. Lets Go Surfing is now recognised as a pioneer and market leader in delivering safe surfing experiences and surf education in Australia.

During Seniors week each year LGS provides exclusive Senior Surfing Programmes at Bondi, Maroubra and Byron Bay beaches…we call them the “Silver Surfers” delivering learn to surf and surf education courses to seniors in our community for free.

These programmes coincide with Seniors Week activities and are available for anyone active over the age of 55 and all are welcome… locals, interstate and international visitors! The sessions suit beginners, scaredy cats or those wanting to get back into surfing. The lessons are safe, fun and tailored to suit seniors.

Surf school Director Brenda Miley’s professional team has taught men, women and children to surf safely and how to enjoy the beach. 

We’ve been so fortunate to have had the opportunity to do something that has such a positive effect in the communityThe surf school is not just about teaching surfing, it’s about changing people’s lives, helping them overcome a fear of the ocean and developing a healthy lifestyle”  Brenda Miley 

Lets Go Surfing, Changing Lives…. One wave at a time.

Mardi Gras’ 40th Birthday

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Mardi Gras at Bondi Beach

Lets Go Surfing are celebrating Mardi Gras’ 40th year in style.

LGS founders ​Brenda Miley and Wacca value equality, acceptance & respect as well as a bit of fun in surfing and in life!

This year we are celebrating by wearing rainbow rashvests in all of our adult group lessons. Bondi Beach will be filled with bright colours over the two week festival 16th Feb – 4th March 2018.

The professional team at Lets Go Surfing are stoked to share the love of surfing with one and all and continue to change lives one wave at a time.

International Women’s Day

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The 8th March is International Women’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than get into the surf at Bondi Beach.

The women from Lets Go Surfing led by surf school pioneer Brenda Miley will celebrate by having some fun in the surf and raising money for other women in need.

We are inviting the local community to connect as like minded women on the wave of surfing and #pressforprogress

The event will cost $25 however all proceeds are going to a great organisation Dress for Success who empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

The morning will consist of a surf session and a breakfast, while Brenda Miley discusses why going for a surf will be the most important thing you do on International Women’s Day.

#pressforprogress

Surf Stoke

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What is that feeling when you finally ride a wave and there is a emotion inside of you that you have never felt before….. SURF STOKE

As Instructors one of our favourite things is seeing the joy and excitement on  peoples faces when they ride a wave for the first time.

Get involved and feel the stoke!

 

Surfing… the new wave of Tourism

Location: 4:47 pm

Brenda Miley and her team from Bondi Beach’s own Lets Go Surfing have taken out the prestigious Gold award for Adventure Tourism in the recent 2017 NSW Tourism Awards.

Over 500 guests attended the gala event held at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour on Thursday 16 November 2017. The awards celebrated the industry success of 100 outstanding finalists from across the State of NSW.

This year’s win see’s Lets Go Surfing back to back winners and places the locally loved and internationally famous surf school into contention for a hat-trick and official entry into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame.

“We are so proud to win this award again this year, it really is a testament to the passion and commitment our whole team demonstrate on the beach every day, living our motto, ‘changing lives… one wave at a time”

Brenda Miley, LGS Founder & Surf School Director

Lets Go Surfing founded in 1995, continue today as a community based surf school teaching local kids, adults and community groups to surf and were initially advised by the tourism industry that; “surfing is not a tourism product”, However, today Lets Go Surfing is showcased by Destination NSW and Tourism Australia as one of the 3 Sydney Icons in key Australian international tourism markets alongside The Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and Lets Go Surfing Bondi Beach.  Lets Go Surfing have pioneered surfing in the tourism industry, providing local employment and training hundreds of staff and contributing to the local visitor economy.  

Now in their 27th year, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year. The Awards are a submission and inspection-based program and provide the opportunity to publicly recognise and showcase the State’s finest tourism operators.

“Our goal is to be ‘the world’s best surf school experience’ and this award really recognises and acknowledges the hard work our team put into making this goal a reality”

Wacca, LGS Managing Director


The Awards have 29 categories across the industry spectrum – attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from an individual.

Lets Go Surfing’s win provides the opportunity to progress as finalist in the upcoming 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

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