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Margaret River Surf School

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published December 18th 2015
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I started surfing when I was 14 at a place called Gerroa on the south coast of NSW and I use to walk to surf carrying my board. I couldn't wait until I got my licence so that I didn't have to depend on my mum and dad to drive me to Werri Beach when the surf was up, so that I could surf the right hander off the point at southern Werri.

Once I got my car licence the world was my oyster, as I could travel down south to places like pipeline in Wreck Bay and north to Noosa. Given this freedom to travel to find as many waves as I could it wasn't long before I drove across the Nullarbor Plain (dirt road from Ceduna to Northsman back then) to have a go at surfing the break at Margaret River.

Since then it has been thirty five years since I had paddled out at Yallingup - Margaret River and when the suggestion to write about the Margaret River Surf School came up it brought back memories of when I used to go surfing at every chance that I could.

Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the Margaret River 277 kilometres south of Perth in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

The Margaret River Surf School is open every day for all comers. Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.

The Margaret River Surf School is mainly located at the pristine Redgate Beach, just a 15 minute drive south from Margaret River and as you will see their surf lessons cater for all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced. What's even better is that they are open every day.


The Margaret River Surf School was started in 1994 by Lindsay Thomson and it was the region's first. It continued to successfully run for over 20 years with the hard work of Helen Thomson, her family and staff. In 2015, former manager and head coach Jarrad Davies and his wife Domanie Davies (who has also been a coach for the school for many years) bought the business to continue the surf school's highly respected and well-known reputation.

Now, with owning the surf school, Jarrad and Domanie are living their dream of sharing their passion and love for the sport with people of all ages and abilities. They take great pride in their professionalism, fitness and energy, as well as their highly qualified surfing knowledge.

The surf coaches. Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.

The school has a number of accredited coaches who will impart their surfing knowledge onto you. You never know you may become the next world surfing champion like Mick Fanning or Layne Beachley.


For those of you that have never surfed before or for those of you who have ridden a board before, but would like to get back into surfing. The Margaret River Surf School caters for all comers.

From begineers. Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.

All you need to do is decide whether you are a beginner or a more advanced surfer and you can choose from the following lessons:

Group Lessons for beginners.
3 day Group Lesson.
Private group of 2 or more.
3 day Private group for 2 or more.
Individual private lesson.
3 Day Individual.
Full day surf guide.

Group bookings are available. Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.

For more information on duration and cost click here.


Say you lived interstate and you want to have a go at surfing a few of the 75 breaks that can be found along the 135 kilometres of coastline at Margaret River. You could always fly over, hire a car and drive three and a half hours south of Perth and hire what you need to go and surf to your heart's content.

The Margaret River Surf School will hire you any of the following items:

Surfboards & Mini Mals.
Body board & Fins.

For more information on costs and other equipment that they hire out click here.

Just think about how much fun you will have learning about the waves, rips, hazards, surfing etiquette and techniques on how to carry your board, attach your leg rope, paddle for a wave and stand up.

Learn to stand up and ride a surf board. Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.

So, if you are looking at learning how to surf for the first time, re-living some old surfing memories or finding out what surfing spots Margaret River has on offer, you should check out what the Margaret River Surf School can do for you.

All ages from beginners to advanced, there is a lesson to suit you! Photo courtesy of the Margaret River Surf School.
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Why? Learn to ride a surf board.
When: All year round
Phone: 0401616200
Where: Redgate Beach south of Margaret River.
Cost: Check out their web site for costs.
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