I am totally new to surfing, where do I start?
You have come to the right place! For Adults (12yrs and older) the best place to start is with our 2 hour group beginner lessons, these are offered at all three locations; Bondi, Byron and Maroubra, and are called our Surf Experience. From here you can upgrade to 3 lesson (Surf Easy) or 5 lesson (Surf Easy Plus) packages, the surfing journey never stops so after your lessons always ask us what the next step is.
My kids want to start surfing, what should I book them into?
We are the kids (7 years- 16 years) specialists and have a range of lessons and courses to suit all! Want to try a one off lesson to see if they will like it, book them into a 2 hour Kids Flexi Lesson, or a 1.5 hour Grom Lesson. We also have 4 day holiday camps. to suit all levels! Once the groms have a taste of surfing and want to do continuous lessons they can join in our 8 week after-school courses.
If you have a mini grom (under 7 years) we have a SurfGrom program for kids aged 5 years and older.
Where do we meet?
128 Ramsgate Ave, North Bondi.
We are located at the northern end of Bondi Beach. Walk along the beach to the furthest point north along the promenade and then slightly up the hill past the North Bondi RSL club. We are right next door to Speedo’s Cafe.
6/4 Jonson Street, Byron Bay.
We are located in the Wreck Surf Shop in Cavanbah Arcade, it is opposite Bay Lane.
7 Marine Parade, Maroubra.
(02) 9344 6100
We are located in the middle of Maroubra Beach. Opposite the Maroubra Seals Club and behind the Maroubra Surf Club.
What do I need to bring?
All you need to bring along is your swimwear and towel. We provide all equipment (wetsuit, surfboard, sunscreen and zinc).
Do I need to book ?
Yes, bookings are essential. To check for availability, please proceed to make a booking where it will take you to the calendar and show you what spots are left. If all spots are full please call our shop and we will see what we can do for you.
Can I store valuables during my lesson?
We encourage you to leave anything valuable or important in your hotel room or at home, we do provide storage for your clothes and towel.
Do lessons include the rental or equipment as well?
It sure does! Our lesson price includes everything you need; wetsuit, surfboard, rash-vest and sunscreen. Just wear your swimmers and bring along a towel.
What if it’s raining?
As we say, you’re going to get wet anyway! Some of the best waves come with the rain! Our lessons are held rain, hail or shine. The only reason we will cancel if the conditions are dangerous.
Can I change my lesson date or time?
We try to stay flexible and can usually accommodate changes to booked lessons- as long as you provide us with at least 24 hours notice.
What is your cancellation policy?
We surf in all weather and surf conditions providing it is safe. If the surf is too big, or the conditions unsafe, then we will reschedule the lesson. If we change the time and you are unable to come to the new lesson, then we will provide a refund. Otherwise there are no refunds, transfers to other people, or cancellations.
If you would like to reschedule a lesson you have booked, we need at least 24 hours notice. Failure to give the necessary notice will mean forfeiture of that lesson.
Do I need to be able to swim?
A lot of our lessons are held in waist-deep water but we do ask that you’re able to swim 50 metres (the length of an Olympic swimming pool) for all group lessons. Contact us if you are unsure of your swimming ability.
Are there kids in my lesson?
We have a dedicated kids’ program for children from 7 to 16 years. Our minimum age for adult lessons is 12 years but most kids prefer the kids’ classes. If you book a private family lesson you can naturally bring your kids (over 7 years).
Do you have a wetsuit that will fit me?
Yes! We have a huge range of quality O’Neill wetsuits in all shapes and sizes.
Can I use my own board in the lesson?
If you’ve booked into a private lesson you can bring your own board. If you’re a beginner we ask that you use our excellent soft-boards. They are the perfect tool for starting out!
Am I too old to surf?
The oldest person we have taught is 93! If you’re 94 we’d love to meet you!
Will I be able to stand up on my first lesson?
Everyone learns at a different pace but most people do stand up on their first lesson. We recommend you take a course of at least three lessons to really experience the feeling of surfing.
How long does it take to learn to surf?
That really depends on how well you want to surf! We recommend at least three lessons to get the feeling of surfing. Check out our beginner’s surfing package . Once you’ve done a beginner’s course you can move onto our 6 week course and then the intermediate lessons (the surfing journey never stops)
How many people are in a group?
Our instructor/student ratio is small. We have a maximum of five people in a group with an instructor in Bondi and six people in one group with an instructor for Byron Bay and Maroubra. This small ratio allows you to learn quickly as you get plenty of attention from your instructor.
What time are the lessons?
We schedule our lessons to take into account the daily tides and conditions – so our lesson times change from day to day. When you make a booking you will be shown the time options for your preferred date.
If I book a package of lessons do I have to take them on consecutive days?
No. Packages are valid for six months so you can book into any lesson time that is convenient for you.
I can already surf. Do you have any lessons for me?
Beginner lessons can be a great refresher if you have surfed a few times without any formal instruction. Our intermediate lessons are perfect if you can stand up consistently and are ready to progress to turning, using the rip, catching unbroken waves etc. If you are unsure of which lesson is best for you contact us and we’ll help you work it out.
When is best time to surf? Morning or afternoon?
The best time to surf depends on the tides. We schedule our beginner lessons around the low tide which is usually the best time to surf.
What sort of surfboard should I buy?
We have a great range of surfboards for beginner to intermediate surfers. Our instructors can give you the expert advice you need to buy a surfboard that’s perfect for you. Come and visit us at the shop.
What sort of wetsuit should I buy?
Our instructors spend a lot of time in wetsuits so they are great for helping you choose the right one for your body type and needs. Come by and we will fit you out properly.