Welcome to the breeding ground of champions! It's not a coincidence that a host of Shoalhaven surfers are labelled as some of the best in the world.
Their fearlessness, natural talent and tireless efforts are a result of an environment that truly nurtures life on the water. Check out our local stories page to learn a little bit more about our homegrown surf heroes. The sport is widely embraced and celebrated within our coastal communities and we love to encourage anyone who'd like to give surfing a go. Whether you're a complete newbie or have gotten your feet wet before, there are many fantastic schools within the region where you can hone your skills. Surf's up!
Pam Burridge Surf School
Learn from a legend. Pam was the first woman in Australia to become a full-time professional surfer and has devoted herself to the sport. Pam Burridge Surf School prides itself on their fantastic coaches - who not only have expert knowledge but are also full of personality and big smiles! Head out on the crystal blue water at Mollymook, Narrawallee or Bendalong, the three main beaches where Pam's lessons take place. There is an extensive range of lessons from beginner group classes to advanced private tuition for both kids and adults.
Coastal Paddle Surf
Have a crew of friends who want to try something a little bit different? Give the SUP surfing classes with Coastal Paddle Surf a go. That's right, learn how to ride the waves on top of a stand up paddleboard. For groups of 4-8, you can book private lessons which will have you cutting waves like never before. It's a really fun way of hitting the water and great for people who already have some basic surfing skills down pat.
Jervis Bay Surf School
Get the hang of riding those waves in pristine Jervis Bay. Jerry Brown grew up in the area, has over 28 years of experience in surfing and runs Jervis Bay Surf School. Jerry's passion for the sport shines through in all of his lessons, which are designed to make you feel comfortable in the water from the get go.
Mollymook Beach Surf School
This beach is a favourite surf spot for a reason! The water down at Mollymook usually provides ideal conditions for learners, making it easy to get the hang of things early on. Mollymook Beach Surf School runs lessons every day in a relaxed atmosphere. All equipment is supplied so all you have to do is bring a sense of adventure and a fun attitude!
A bit of bush, a bit of beach and a lot of surf! Book yourself onto a unique 4WD adventure tour with Bush Surfaris for an experience to remember. This is a good old-fashioned surfing road trip, where you load up a van with boards and mates and hit the road in search for that perfect wave. You don't even have to worry about checking the surf report because the experts will do all the hard work for you, taking you to the locations with the best conditions each day. This epic surfing adventure is tailored to your skill level and designed to help you progress in a short amount of time.
Shoalhaven Heads Surf School
Spend the day out in the sun with Shoalhaven Heads Surf School. Offering lessons that focus on simple, practical beginner's tips, this surf school will make your first time on a board feel safe and positive. Private lessons and group bookings are available, as well as special classes for parties, school kids and corporate groups.
Soulrider Surf School
Bawley Point is a famous Australian surf destination and now it's your turn to get in on the action! Soulrider aims to get new students feeling comfortable and confident whilst providing a true surfing experience. Prepare yourself for some fun wipeouts but also the amazing feeling of riding your very first wave. Lessons are conducted 7 days a week and private classes are also available for those wanting that extra bit of attention.
Culburra Beach Surf Bash
If you've ever wanted to learn how to surf, there's no better place to start than the beautiful, unspoilt waters of the Shoalhaven. And if you feel like taking a break from getting out on the waves yourself, then make sure to plan your visit to coincide with the Culburra Beach Surf Bash, a competition that's running during the 2019 Burradise Festival in May. Come along to check out this fun two-day tournament, filled with amazing multicultural food, markets, arts, live bands and music, plus much more. Whether you're interested in just watching the experts from the shore or looking to really sharpen your skills, our region provides unbeatable waves, all waiting to be ridden! If you bring a positive attitude and a smile on your face, you're guaranteed a great day of fun in the sun.