Just a short drive to some of the state’s best waves, what better place to learn to surf than Bunbury?
If you’ve always fancied having a go at surfing or have tried it and thrown in the towel from utter frustration, listen up! Bunbury Surf School actually #guarantees# that after doing one of its courses, you’ll be catching waves in no time.
Husband and wife team Paul and Vicky Foreman set up the only surf school in Bunbury about a year ago. They run three-day courses and private lessons for any skill level and age group.
“We’ve had pretty much all types of people come along,” says Vicky. “We’ve had children from seven years up, a group of five 40-year-old women, entire families – mum, dad and the kids – all have a go.”
The three-day course, which runs for 90 minutes for three consecutive days, is particularly good for beginners. You’re in safe hands with Paul, a born and bred Bunno boy with a life-long passion for the ocean, having spent the past 17 years surfing breaks around the world. He’s also a Surfing Australia accredited surf coach.
Another appealing factor is the maximum of just eight people per lesson. The course teaches all aspects of surfing, including wave and surf awareness, ocean safety and surf etiquette. First, you are taught how to warm up properly, then surfing techniques are taught from the beach. Once everyone has a grasp of what’s involved, it’s time to get in the water. Paul is always close at hand with plenty of encouragement, helping budding surfers gain confidence to catch their first wave.
“A three-day course is good because over three days people have a chance to see their improvement,” says Vicky. “It also teaches people how to surf in different conditions as well, because the weather often changes.”
The three-day course costs $95 and includes use of a wetsuit, surfboard and sunscreen – a non-negotiable rule of the Bunbury Surf School. Everyone meets at Bunbury’s Hungry Hollow Beach – a reef break with gentle waves ideal for beginners. The Bunbury tram that leaves from the city centre will take you there; all you need to bring is a towel and a drink.
For those wanting some one-on-one intensive coaching, private lessons are also available for $50 for 90 minutes. If you want to get together with friends for some private coaching, it does get cheaper and the surf school will also do gift vouchers.
Paul also offers lessons for intermediate and advanced surfers to fine-tune their technique, experiment with different board designs and get assistance with board selection. Team building and staff bonding lessons are also available.
Bunbury Surf School boasts a 100 percent success rate – they guarantee by the end of the three-day course, you’ll find it easy to stand up and catch waves. With a motto of “Life’s short, go surfing” – what are you waiting for?
Bunbury Surf School, (08) 9721 7668, 0419 995 668.
Bunbury Tram: runs Monday to Friday. For fares and timetables call (08) 9791 5666.
Car: Hungry Hollow is on Ocean Road about 1.5km west of the town centre.
Currently, it’s not possible to hire surfboards in Bunbury, however you can buy them from: Indiana Surf (08) 9721 8733 Hillzeez (08) 9791 4717, hillzeez.com.au or Big W (08) 9721 6811
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