Where to go for Surf Lessons in Sydney

Where to go for Surf Lessons in Sydney

Learning Surfing in Sydney
Updated: May 25 2022

Seasider guide to the best surf spots, surf schools and surf hire spots in Sydney

Ever since Duke Kahanomoku first demonstrated the art of board riding to an entranced crowd at Freshwater Beach, Sydney people have formed a lasting love affair with surfing. Sydney is blessed with many beaches along the eastern coastline and many are ideal for learning how to surf. They have gentle slopes, minimal rips, and enough space so you won’t be getting in the way of the local pros. And don't forget a nice post surf scene. Kicking back with your gang by the sea side, recalling the epic moments is what the seaside life is all about. Further out of Sydney, the central coast and north coast all the way to surf mecca Byron Bay offer amazing opportunities for a surf trip. 

If you are new to surfing, don’t forget to check out Seasider's learning to surf guide.

Surf Lessons in Sydney

In metropolitan Sydney the best places to learn surfing are at its most popular beaches. Bondi & Manly are internationally renowned for the long stretches of golden sand, good cafes & restaurants and are accessible by public transport. During warmer months, lifeguards patrol these beaches keeping a watchful eye on all ocean goers. Apart from these well known beaches there are a host of other spots suitable for learners such as Freshwater - the birthplace of surfing in Australia and Maroubra with its consistent beach breaks.


Manly Surf Guide
surf guide
27/8 Sydenham Rd, Brookvale NSW 2100, Australia
Manly Surfboards
surf shop,surf hire,sup hire
52 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Manly Beach Hire
surf hire
Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Dripping Wet Surf Co.
surf shop,surf hire
2/93-95 N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia


Maroubra Beach
1-11R Marine Parade, Maroubra NSW 2035, Australia
Freshwater Beach
Freshwater NSW 2096, Australia
Manly Beach
N Steyne, Manly NSW 2095, Australia
Bondi Beach
Queen Elizabeth Dr, Bondi Beach NSW 2026, Australia

Surf Lessons in the Central Coast

Between Newcastle and Sydney, the central coast with its laid back coastal towns and uncrowded beaches makes a great surf trip. Beach breaks at Avoca and Copacabana have good waves for beginners under the right conditions. Protected beaches like Umina have gentle rolling waves year round and are a good option when the swell may be too big elsewhere. For intermediates, beach breaks like Soldiers and Shelley Beach offer a bit more power.

Surf Lessons in Byron Bay

You won’t get a better choice than Byron Bay for a surf camp holiday. Byron is a coastal town and one of Australia’s premier holiday destinations. The surf vibe is strong here and after surrendering to the lifestyle you may find yourself never wanting to leave. Clarkes beach in the main part of town is ideal for learners and first timers and you may even get a couple of super long rides. Further out, Seven Mile Beach and Lighthouse Beach in Ballina are also great locations for learning.


Rusty Miller Surf
surf lesson
Brooke Dr, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
Byron Mobile Board Hire
surf hire
29 Shirley St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia

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