While summer in Perth obviously means BEACH, it’s also a ripper time of the year to learn to surf.
The big winter swells are long gone, and with them the icy cold water – replaced with sun, sand and of course, you! Summer’s gentle (see: tiny) swells are perfect for beginners to get out there and hang ten.
Not surprisingly, Perth has a bunch of a great surf schools around the joint to suit people of all ages and skill sets.
Scarborough Beach Surf School
Self-proclaimed as the oldest surf school on the planet (and who are we to argue?), Scarborough Beach Surf School has been ripping it up since 1986. So it’s fair to say they know their way around a green room. They operate small classes (only 4-6 people/instructor) for longer (2.5 hours instead of 1.5), all at very descent prices. And they offer a heap of different levels depending on where you’re at.
Go Surf Perth
Another company operating down at Scarborough, you’ll find the Go Surf team at Brighton Beach in summer, and Leighton Beach in winter. They also cover all the bases, along with private 1-on-1 lessons, and even corporate or birthday party packages. And if you’re looking to shake the kids off for a few hours over the holidays, they offer multi-day school holiday courses too.
Surfing WA Surf School
Another mainstay of the Perth surf school scene, this one’s an arm of the state’s surfing governing body, so you know it’s legit. Operating off Trigg Beach for over three decades, Surfing WA Surf School has seven full-time staff and over 20 coaches. Kids, teens and adults are all catered for, with a maximum of eight students per class. Classes run at 7am and 9am every Saturday/Sunday – get more info here.
Salt & Mantra
If you’re looking to learn to surf a little further south of Perth, Salt & Mantra is affiliated with the Surfing WA Surf School, and run classes at one of the most popular surfing beaches in the south – Secret Harbour. There’s a few different classes to choose from – head to their website to find out more.
The WA-based not-for-profit is the brainchild of Luke Hallam, Sam Moyle and Tom Johnston, providing children with autism the opportunity for a day spent hitting the sand and surf. In a highly supported and structured environment, these kids are provided with an opportunity they may not normally get to experience, namely the thrill of catching waves. It’s an incredible initiative, one that’s become wildly popular in just a few short years, with registration days hitting capacity within minutes of going online. Head to their website for more information.
Header image via Go Surf Perth.