18 May 2010
Many accredited schools cover surf awareness, surf survival and riding technique and more than a handful are run by ex-professional surfers, so you’ll be in safe hands.
Surfing Australia CEO, Andrew Stark, said: "Surfing Australia is positioning itself toward becoming a mainstream sport that more and more people can enjoy as surfing provides a lifetime of enjoyment and is part of the Australian sporting ethos."
Surfing Australia Chairman, Norm Innis, continued: "Surfing has been recognised as being iconic, healthy, ‘whole of life’ and generating increased participation in all areas."
Here’s a Wexas guide to Australia’s best ‘learn to surf’ beaches:
Most visitors to Sydney will have heard of Bondi’s reputation as ‘the’ learn to surf beach, but there are others to consider: Cronulla, Manly and Maroubra are the ‘other’ beaches where you’ll find the bulk of Sydney surf schools.
The northern coastal town of Byron Bay is one of the country’s top learn to surf destinations and despite it’s small and laid-back appearance, has more than a few schools to choose from - including those run by a Hawaiian big-wave surfer and former champions.
Queensland’s best surfing spots, and by extension the best places to find great surfing schools, are on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts in the south of the State.
On the Gold Coast the main breaks stretch from Surfers Paradise where there are several large and well-promoted schools to the NSW border at Coolangatta, where you can find the cleanest and most surfer-friendly breaks at Currumbin Alley, Kurawa and Coolangatta itself.
The waves are perhaps not as large on the Sunshine Coast and so it’s a great place to learn. Many first-timers head for the resort town of Noosa and the Wavesense Surfing Academy, twice voted ‘Surfschool of the Year’, pristine Caloundra, and Kawana, located between Caloundra and Maroochydore and home to the ‘Sunny Coast’s’ best hotels and beachside cafes and restaurants.
Torquay is an iconic surf break with a great heritage and a great surf school to boot. The Torquay Surf Academy runs four lessons a day during peak season with ‘real surfers teaching real surfing’.
There’s more to surfing in WA than Margaret River’s famous big waves. Ocean Beach in Denmark, a small town 420-km southeast of Perth, has been nominated as one of the top five beaches in Australia to learn to surf. It’s uncrowded, has long, rolling waves - perfect for learning, and a rip that carry you gently out to the breaking waves.