Waves of Wellness

Location: 3:08 pm

Lets Go Surfing are so stoked to be involved with the WAVES of WELLNESS program.

Waves of Wellness Foundation (WOW) is mental health surf therapy charity, committed to changing lives by delivering for-purpose innovative programs for people experiencing mental health challenges.

The programs break down the barriers and stigma that prevent people from being well. Get wet and have a good time, we say. And it’s a simple enough creed, but the message runs deeper than that: it’s OK not to be OK, and that you don’t have to – ever – go it alone.

WOW believe dealing with mental health is not just about dealing with crisis, but that it’s also about finding healthy outlets for people who are struggling, recovering and doing fine. By facilitation conversations and connection and by increasing awareness, they want to change the way mental health is viewed and treated.

Lets Go Surfing and WOW run 6 and 8 week courses on Bondi Beach. Working together to create positive experiences in the ocean.

Salt water therapy!

Urban Fitness Solutions

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We love being outdoors and keeping active and therefore we work closely with Urban Fitness Solutions, who are Sydney based personal trainers that believe in Training for Life. They are all about living better for longer and achieving optimal health and wellbeing in your 40’s and beyond.

With a holistic approach to health and wellness, the team have a combined 25 years of experience across fitness, injury rehabilitation, nutrition, weight loss, emotional wellbeing and stress management.

They understand the daily challenges, pace and stress of life and design integrated, tailored programs that will help you power up for the long haul to achieve optimal health. If you’re looking for a personal trainer, give them a call

urbanfitness.com.au

 

Australian Marine Conservation Society – Leave only footprints

1:19 pm

Every day we have the privilege to enjoy the ocean and the beach. To preserve its natural beauty we want to give back and help protect the precious marine environment.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) is the voice for Australia’s ocean wildlife. They are an independent charity, staffed by a committed group of professional and passionate scientists, educators and advocates who have defended Australia’s oceans for over 50 years.

We’d love your support so when booking a lesson you have a chance to help this great cause by donating $1 to our Leave Only Footprints Donation Project. At the end of the year, every dollar donated will be given to the Australian Marine Conservation Society who will use this money towards projects protecting our ocean. 

Why are we doing this? Lets Go Surfing understands the importance of looking after our environment. We live, work and play in the ocean, therefore we want to do everything in our power to preserve its beauty. Whether our feet are on the sand, on a board or in the office, our eyes are fixed on the horizon to ensure the future is bright for the next generation. After researching a number of charities we decided that AMCS was a great fit with what we believe in and want to protect. Along with your donation, Lets Go Surfing are also going to contribute to the project and together we can help AMCS make a difference. 

For more information on what work AMCS is doing please follow this link. 

As surfers, our life revolves around the ocean. We love the water and our amazing beaches, so it is extremely important that we respect and cherish our environment. We are so lucky to have such caring and passionate environmental warriors on our team who lead us on our ‘leave only footprints’ mission” – Craig “Wacca” Wachholz

Free Resident Surf Lessons

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The Lets Go Surfing (LGS) team loves the privilege of living and working on some of the world’s best beaches everyday.  Our foundation was built on encouraging women into the surf. From the early days out of the back of a Kombi van, men, women and children learnt not only to surf, but to be safe in the ocean.  Twenty-three years later, Lets Go Surfing is a professional team of passionate surf instructors operating at multiple locations, excited about sharing their ocean knowledge with people from all over the world.

This September and October the LGS team will be providing FREE resident surf  and SUP lessons to thank the local community in both Waverley, Randwick and Byron Shire for their support over the past 23 years.

We live and work in the local community and have the privilege of teaching surfing. ‘Free Residents Week’ is to thank our residents and to help provide access for all!” Brenda Miley, Surf School Founder.

The free sessions are a wonderful opportunity for both adults and kids in the local area to try out surfing or stand up paddleboarding for the first time. All equipment is supplied, safe soft surfboards, wetsuits, UV rashvests , sunblock, zinc and all participants receive a commemorative certificate.

The sessions will be held from the 17th to the 23rd of September for Bondi Beach, 22nd -28th September for Maroubra Beach and 17th -20th October for Byron Bay. All bookings enquiries are made via info@letsgosurfing.com.au

“Lets Go Surfing is not just about teaching surfing, it’s about helping people feel good.  Whether we’re helping people overcome a fear of the ocean, develop a healthy lifestyle, learn a new skill or just have fun, we live by the motto ‘Changing Lives One Wave at a Time’ ” Brenda Miley.

5 Biggest mistakes beginner learners make

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The first thing I hear when people find out that I manage a surf school, is “Oh that’s cool! I’ve tried it before, but was never good at it”, and my response is always the same. Surfing is a very rewarding but also requires dedication, nurturing and learning.

Here are the biggest mistakes that I normally see in the water with beginners:

  • Not actually catching waves: I see this time and time again, people trying to walk before they can crawl. There is science in catching waves and its not the easiest thing to learn, so my advice to the beginners out there, is to paddle until you’ve actually got some decent speed to stand up on. Catch a few waves on your belly if you have to, add in some extra paddles, do whatever it takes,  just make sure you’re on the wave before you try anything.

 

  • Not doing any wave reading:  This doesn’t mean going to the library and asking for books on waves, although, that might certainly help. Learning about the ocean is crucial, especially when understanding how waves work. What’s a beach break? What’s a point break? What’s a reef? The ocean changes everyday so taking some time to look at the waves and see how, why and where they are breaking will make you a better surfer and will also help you with visualisation.

 

  • Catching waves when other surfers are already on them: We’ve all heard about mythical gnarly fights starting in the ocean or seen them in those classic surfing dude movies. Well, it’s a reality on some beaches and the problem is it’s always because someone was not doing what they were supposed to. I say learn about the etiquette and surfing protocol, meaning who has the right of way to the wave, positioning and it never hurts to know who the locals are.

 

  • Not having the right equipment: I know it’s nice having a small six foot fibreglass board but if you can’t stand up on it what good is it? There is a process that cannot be rushed and one must be patient with it. Wax on, wax off right? That’s all well and good if your karate kid but…actually, eeerrr, it kinda does work for surfing too, wax on is always better than wax off on your board! What I mean is, the right board for the right time, legropes, wetsuit, sunscreen and make sure you know how big your board is and that you understand what it means.

 

  • Giving up: When all of the above come into existence, motivation turns rapidly into frustration and that leads to hanging up the wetsuit and putting the newly purchased surfboard into storage never to be seen again until our great great grandchildren raid it and get so excited they have a vintage board to add to their collection of boards. My advise, don’t give up just get some help from a professional who will keep your motivation up to continue on the surfing journey. 

Surfing can be super fun and very rewarding if you are equipped with all the tools to succeed, if you don’t know them come down to LGS Bondi, Byron or Maroubra and get some advise and a lesson or three.

Yeeew!

Ecotourism Certification

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Leave only footprints

Lets Go Surfing is proud to announce we have achieved Ecotourism Certification for our Surf and SUP schools with Ecotourism Australia.

Brenda Miley started Lets Go Surfing out of the back of a Kombi van on Bondi Beach in 1995 as an idea to encourage more women into surfing.  In the years since, the team has grown to help thousands of people from all over the world learn to surf, developing confidence, focus and strength and most importantly…. have fun!

Lets Go Surfing understands the importance of looking after our environment. We live, work and play in the ocean, therefore we want to do everything in our power to preserve its beauty. Whether our feet are on the sand, on a board or in the office, our eyes are fixed on the horizon to ensure the future is bright for the next generation.

We strive to achieve our environmental goals by making positive changes in our daily operations. This includes, but is not limited to; plastic bag free, using environmentally-friendly wetsuit washing products, working with third party suppliers to minimize plastic usage, receiving surfboards and wetsuits in biodegradable packaging, choosing lower emission vehicles, limiting water usage, recycling in all of our locations, providing all our team with reusable water bottles and coffee cups and organising environmental talks with student groups.  

“As surfers, our life revolves around the ocean.  We love the water and our amazing beaches, so it is extremely important that we respect and cherish our environment.  We are so lucky to have such caring and passionate environmental warriors on our team who lead us on our ‘leave only footprints’ mission” – Craig “Wacca” Wachholz

Lets Go Surfing is very proud of being Ecotourism Certified with Eco Tourism Australia, embracing the opportunity to educate people from all over the world about our ecosystem and its importance. We look forward to continue to share Australia’s natural beauty and beach culture while only leaving footprints.

 

Become a Surfer!

Location: 11:03 am

3 REASONS TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR MORNINGS AT BONDI BEACH

Do you find getting out of bed in the morning hard? As surfers we embrace the morning and get into the water early and here is why we think you should too;

  1. The endorphins you get after you surf will boost your energy and mood to carry you through the day with a smile on your face.

  2. You get to see the sunrise (who can beat the feeling of sitting in the ocean and watching the sun light up the sky).

  3. Surfing improves your flexibility and strength..get a full body workout without lifting any weights.

Surf with the same group and same instructor for 6 consecutive weeks. Challenge yourself, make some new friends and start now!

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!

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