It may not have originated here, but nevertheless, it’s a part of our culture and way of life. The beach permeates the Australian ethos in one way or another and so does surfing. It’s a great way to escape the city hustle and put your mind on nothing but the waves. So when looking for the best beach town vibe to try your hand at surfing, Byron Bay is definitely a main contender. Get in touch with your inner beach bum and learn to surf with our guide to the 6 best surf schools Byron Bay has on offer, plus few others operating in the nearby shire of Ballina.
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Style Surfing Byron Bay
Take a surf lesson in beautiful Byron Bay with Gaz from Style Surfing Byron Bay. With 45 plus years of surfing under his belt and fully licensed to operate in Byron Bay Shire, you’ll be standing in no time. Gaz and his friendly team offer daily group lessons at 9am and 1pm, and provide everything you’ll need to get surfing plus a lot of laughs and good times to be had. There’s a maximum of only 10 students per class with two instructors, to ensure everyone gets the attention they need. Style Surfing just one of two operators at what is regarded as one of Byron’s greatest spots for learning to surf, Clarkes Beach, renowned for its long breaking safe wave.
Surf Camp Byron Bay
Surf Camp Byron Bay lets you explore and live the surfing lifestyle right on beautiful Byron Bay Beach. Get daily lessons, direct access to the beach and stay at Byron’s best surfing hostel. Being just a minute walk from the beach means no lengthy bus rides, you’ll learn and stay right on the beach. Stay for as long or as little as you want and
Byron Bay Surf School
One of the few schools that are fully licensed to teach at every beach in Byron Bay, the Byron Bay Surf School is one of the best surf schools Byron Bay has to offer. You’ll not only learn how to surf but also about the waves, rips and currents. Make a weekend of it with the Wipeout Weekender and includes, two 3.5 hour lessons, all the equipment your need plus meals and lodgings.
Black Dog Surfing
Black Dog Surfing pride themselves on their personalised lessons and guarantee you’ll be standing up on your first lesson or you can come back for free. Choose from one to five day surf courses that include everything you’ll need to get started. You might even get to see Black Dog’s mascot, George the black Kelpie, who even has his own board.
Rusty Miller Surf
Rusty Miller Surf offers a fun and holistic learning experience for every level of surfing. You’ll learn to surf but also about the waves, culture and philosophy of the world of surfing. Rusty Miller and his daughter Taylor have developed their own personalised instruction to help enhance your surfing skills and are experienced in the Aloha Surfing Tradition. Choose from exclusive one on one sessions and family group lessons and learn all the basic principles of surfing.
Let’s go Surfing
Let’s Go Surfing first started out the back of a Kombi Van in 1995, and has since developed into a thriving team of professionals ready to encourage more people into surfing. They’ll have you up on a board in two hours, whatever level you’re at. Take your pick of four different packages from private surfing lessons for that extra bit of attention, to the surf easy course, a three lesson beginners package to get your going.
The companies listed above are the only operators granted licences to operate surf schools in Bryon Bay, but if you’re looking to explore beyond here are some operators offering lessons in Ballina Shire.
Soul Surf School (Ballina Shire)
Whether you’re a seasoned surfer or never been on a board in your life, Soul Surf School in Byron Bay has you covered. The school offers programs for all ages and surfing level, from kids to couples and backpackers to lone wolfs, you’re sure to find the right set up for you. Try the surf and stay adventure, stay for two nights and receive two 4 hour surf lessons plus meals and drinks.
Kool Katz Surf School (Ballina Shire)
Learn to surf at Kool Katz Surf School with Terry aka Tezza. Visit the pristine beaches surrounding Byron Bay any time of year and learn to ride the waves like a pro. With over 20 years of experience instructing the surf community, backpackers and holiday makers, Tezza and his team are committed to offering a safe, affordable and enjoyable surf experience, making Kool Kattz one of the best surf schools Byron Bay has to offer.
Mojosurf (Ballina Shire)
For one of the best surfing experiences, learn to surf with the Mojosurf team. Their relaxed approach and professional coaching make it easy for beginners to get surfing in no time. You’ll be whisked away to secluded beaches with novice-friendly waves, where the learning experience is pressure free and most importantly fun.
And if you prefer flat water…
Byron Bay SUP School
This one is for those that want to experience being on the water but in a slightly different way. Byron Bay SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) School provide a fun alternative to surfing. It’s a bit easier and it’s loads of fun, plus it’s an all body workout and fantastic way to keep fit. They’ll take you paddle boarding through the beautiful Cape Byron Marine Park, where you can get up close and personal to the native marine life and explore Byron’s beautiful nature.
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