Wednesday, November 14, 2012


The Learn to Surf surf school has been providing a range of surf lessons and water safety instruction for over 10 years. It is owned and operated by one of the most experienced surfing and bodyboard instructors in the business: Aaron Lock. Aaron soon found it was the perfect job for someone with a healthy surfing addiction, as coaching allowing him to spend maximum time in the water.

 Aaron has over 27 years surfing experience with many competition titles to his name, recently taking out the Masters Division in the 2012 Cape Classic. He has been coaching full-time since taking over the school and is fully qualified, with an International Surf Association (ISA) Level 1 and New Zealand Level 2 coaching certifications.
Aaron also plays a critical role in the Canterbury Scholastics Surf Team, with many years of coaching and managing the team. He is also regularly involved in judging local and National Surf competition as a Level 1 ISA surf judge.
You can find the Learn to Surf van on the corner of the Esplanade and Stoke St in Sumner, a picturesque surf beach 20 minutes from the centre of Christchurch. Despite the February 2011 earthquake closing Sumner and other local beaches for 8 months (due to sewerage overflow) and forcing the surf school to relocate to the less affected beaches of Taylors Mistake and Waikuku, the ocean is now clean and Sumner is open again for play.
The waves in Sumner are gentle rollers, which is ideal for beginners. There are other beaches nearby (Taylors, Brighton, or even Waikuku) providing a good alternative if the conditions aren't appropriate on the day.

Learn to Surf offers a range of surf lesson package deals to help perfect your surfing style. Any skill level is welcome—from beginner to advanced, they have you covered. Also on the menu are bodyboard and longboard lessons, corporate/team building, surf safe (an introduction to water safety), kids parties and primary and intermediate school lessons.
All necessary gear is provided for the day, namely soft top surfboards and 3/2 Seventhwave wetsuits. Lessons are two hours—the first half hour is on the beach, outlining safety and techniques; you then head to the water to practice the real thing. After the lesson, all gear is available for a further two hours to play in the water and practice everything you've learnt.

Main group sessions start around October and finish in May, but don't worry if you have missed out because private lessons are available all year round.

Beginner Learn to Surf classes cost $70 (this includes all the gear you'll need, a bargain for 4 hours of surfing!).

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So if you're in the South Island and thinking about learning to surf, surf your way to the website or give Aaron a call.
0800 80 SURF (0800 80 7873)