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Learn to Surf

Surf’s up! Are you?

You will want to experience that feeling, when…

  • you catch your first wave of the day;
  • a pod of dolphins breaks through the set, just metres away from you;
  • you sit on your board and watch the sun break from the horizon; and
  • you rinse off the salt and relish in the happy, surfed-out buzz running through your body.

Queensland has the largest outdoor classroom for wannabe surfers and the conditions make it the ideal place to learn.

Even if you’ve never set foot (or belly) on a board before, there are professionals ready to coach you up at almost every beach along the coast.

Head to the protected Happy Valley on the Sunshine Coast for great beginner waves, take a lesson from an ex-pro on the Gold Coast, or experience ‘pure stoke with every stroke’ with stand-up paddle boarding on the clear waters of Currumbin or Tallebudgera Creeks.

You won’t need to do any prep work besides show up, with all gear including wetsuits and boards provided, and you’ll be standing up and surfing your own waves before you can say ‘gnarly, dude'.

Queensland Surf Schools


  • Brad Holmes Surf Coaching
    Brad Holmes Surf Coaching

    Brad Holmes Surf Coaching

    Since 1992, Brad Holmes has been teaching surfing at Broadbeach Surf Life Saving Club, Broadbeach, with Personalised Surf Coaching for all ages and levels of experience, including disabled.

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  • Coolum Surf School
    Coolum Surf School

    Coolum Surf School

    Coolum Surfing School is located on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, only 90mins north of Brisbane and 10mins north of the Sunshine Coast airport.

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  • North Stradbroke Island Surfschool
    North Stradbroke Island Surfschool

    North Stradbroke Island Surfschool

    Operating all year round in the crystal clear waters of Point Lookout, dolphins and whales are often seen during lessons.

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  • Go Ride A Wave Surfers Paradise
    Go Ride A Wave Surfers Paradise

    Go Ride A Wave Surfers Paradise

    When you join a surfing lesson with Go Ride A Wave, you are learning to surf with Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation.

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  • Broadbeach Surf School
    Broadbeach Surf School

    Broadbeach Surf School

    Broadbeach Surf School is a surfing experience. 'Chill out' at the Beach House, 'Hang out' with the surf crew and escape into a surfers world.

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  • Go Ride a Wave Noosa
    Go Ride a Wave Noosa

    Go Ride a Wave Noosa

    When you join a surfing lesson with Go Ride A Wave, you are learning to surf with Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation.

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