Learning to surf 101

If you’ve come to Australia one of the best things you can do with your time is learn to surf. Not only can you catch some killer waves but you’ll learn some pretty cool lingo too like what it means to do an acid drop, go goofty foot or get in the green room.

VIP Backpackers has some fantastic surf packages all over the country and a few are listed below. These take place on amazing bits of beach such as famous stretches like Bondi in Sydney, the Great Ocean Road where you’ll have fantastic scenery to keep you company, the hype of Byron Bay on the north New South Wales coast, and the renowned Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast in Queensland.

Of course if you do want to learn you’ll need a few basics so let’s help you out.

Anyone can surf
The only skills you need are swimming and some general fitness. And you will get fitter the more you do so it’s a good way to travel and stay fit!

Getting out there
Your instructors will teach you how to assess the conditions so you can pick the best conditions for your ability and avoid trouble spots – rips, rough water, what waves will dump you badly and so on. Again trust me, this is an important part of surfing.

The board
Controlling and using your board is obviously key to surfing. Instructors will help you get the hang of both and show you skills like how to paddle and duck dive under waves so you don’t get creamed when you attempt to get out beyond the breaks. They’ll also show you how to get on the wave and when to stand and when to jump off. The board is your friend and once you learn to trust it you’ll improve in no time. Surf schools also have special boards that have better flotation making it a lot easier to stand. And when you do stand for the first time there’s no better feeling in the world!

So yeah that’s pretty much it – of course now it’s over to you. If we’ve tempted you enough and overcome what fears you might have about surfing then check out some of these operators.

Ultimate spot to learn – Bondi Beach
Yes this is the place to learn. Not only can you enjoy surfing on one of the most famous beaches in the world you’ve also got Bondi Rescue lifeguards on hand should you need them – which you won’t of course!!

But that’s not the only place you can learn. Other great packages we have include the Great Ocean Road, Sydney, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast. Here are some of the highlights.

Bondi Surf Experience
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This popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. Here you’ll be taught in a small group setting of 6 students or less, so you get plenty of hands-on help. It’s a great way to build your surf knowledge, confidence and cultivate your surfing technique. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Address: 128 Ramsgate Ave North Bondi 2026

Maroubra Surf Experience
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At Maroubra beach, this popular beginner course teaches you how to safely get out and up onto your first wave. Here you’ll be taught in a small group setting of 6 students or less, so you get plenty of hands-on help. It’s a great way to build your surf knowledge, confidence and cultivate your surfing technique. You’ll be amazed at how easy, safe and enjoyable it can be to learn to surf.

Address: The Pavilion Maroubra Beach 2035

Surfaris – Trip 3 (3 days) Departs Byron Bay
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TRIP 03 – 3 DAYS ($450) DEPART: SYDNEY OR BYRON BAY RETURN: SYDNEY OR BYRON BAY You will depart from Sydney or Byron Bay on Monday morning at 7:15am. You will arrive at the lodge around 2pm and will be out in the water surfing for the afternoon, possibly until the sun goes down. Surf all day Tues, half of Wednesday and after lunch you will depart the lodge heading up to Byron Bay or go back to Sydney. All meals, accommodation, transport, surf lessons & surf gear are set within the price of $450.

Address: 271 Loftus Road Crescent Head NSW 2440

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours with 1-10 Days
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1 Day Surf Tour ‘Experience’. Great Ocean Road Surf Tours is an award winning, hassle free, all inclusive learn to surf tour which operates from Melbourne down to the world famous Great Ocean Road every day of the week.

Address: 55B Surfcoast Highway Torquay 3228

Great Ocean Road Surf n’ See Tours 2 – 5 Day Tours
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Learn to surf in one of the most scenic and crowd free coasts of Australia, The Great Ocean Road and take an un-forgettable trip to see the famous sights along the twisting stretch of coastline all the way to the 12 Apostles.

Address: 55B Surf Coast Highway Torquay 3228

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Hope you’re enjoying the VIP Backpacker’s Travel Blog. There will be a blog every other Friday, so keep tuning in to keep your travel dreams alive! If there are any travel topics you want covered feel free to contact Jo at viplounge@vipbackpackers.com

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