Learn To Surf On The Great Ocean Road

Learn To Surf On The Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road, just 75 kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD is one of the best places to learn how to surf in Australia. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular Great Ocean Road surf spots in Victoria. If you’re going to be in the area, you should consider learning how to surf.

Best Beaches For Surfing On The Great Ocean Road

Dubbed the Surf Coast of Australia, there are so many Great Ocean Road surf spots, from Torquay right through to Lorne – it’s hard to pick a favourite. The best spots for beginners are Cosy Corner in Torquay or Anglesea Main Beach.

Warrnambool and Port Fairy are also great spots to learn to surf and plenty of fun for the kids. East Beach Port Fairy is a great starting point.If you’re a newbie to surfing or would like to learn, keep reading and we’ll share some schools to learn how to surf or where you can hire some gear and get the best tips.

Surf Lessons On The Great Ocean Road

Torquay Surf Academy

Learn to surf in Torquay at the Torquay Surf Academy. They live by the motto “Real Surfers Teaching Real Surfing” which speaks volumes. They have an experienced team of surfers that offer a genuine experience. All of their instructors are local and knowledgeable so they can pass on their skills whether you’re a new surfer or more experienced. They are trained in all types of surfing conditions from small to large waves.

The team have permits for the best beaches on the Great Ocean Road so you can enjoy the clean crisp beaches, waves and the most incredible coastline in the world.

They have a store so you don’t need to worry about bringing your gear. The shop only stocks the best equipment. You’ll get access to top-of-the-line boards and fully sealed wetsuits designed to keep you warm.

Torquay Surf Academy offers private lessons or you can join a group session if you want to learn with your friends, families or workmates in a relaxed environment.

Go Ride a Wave Anglesea

Go Ride Wave was established in 1987 with a surf shop and a school right opposite the beach so you can get started on your surfing adventure. There is a Go Ride a Wave located in both Torquay and Anglesea.

Torquay and Anglesea are one of the best places to learn how to surf, with their famous surf beaches and a bunch of great schools, you’ll be ready to jump in the water.

The instructors teach all skill levels whether you’re a beginner or more experienced. They specialise in daily surf lessons for beginners so you’ll be among your peers. Since you’re just starting, the surf lessons start on the sand for some basic technique and ocean safety, then take place in shallow water so you won’t be out of your comfort zone.

If you don’t yet have your equipment, you can hire from the school or you can check out their store and purchase your equipment which includes foam Gboards (ideal for beginners).

SeaEarth Ocean Grove

SeaEarth offers adult surf lessons and kids lessons to teach you to surf at Ocean Grove, Torquay, Anglesea and Urquharts Bluff – which are home to so many surf beaches including Torquay Main, Point Addis, Cosy Corner, Urquharts Bluff and Fairhaven.

The trainers at SeaEarth love to live the surfing lifestyle. They offer a range of packages for groups as well as private lessons, hire and gift vouchers.

Lessons typically run for 2 hours and include all the necessary equipment and personalised instructions to help you get up and surfing!

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Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.