Surfing is one of those iconic Aussie scenes, catching a bright blue wave on an epic beach, sun high in the sky and looking oh so gnarly on a board. You can’t go to New South Wales, Australia and not give it a go. You just can’t OK. If you’re a bit of a paddlepuss when it comes to hitting the waves, then you should definitely think about a couple of surf lessons. You’ll gain confidence in the water and make loads of mates at the same time!
But where’s the best place to learn how to surf? Australia’s a big place, you’ve got some of the best beaches in the world on your doorstep. However, Byron Bay, New South Wales makes for an awesome place to learn. It’s exactly how you imagine Australia to be with chilled out vibes, great surf, gorgeous beaches and a buzzing night life. There are loads of fantastic surf companies situated in Byron but Mojo Surf is worth checking out, they give a great intro to the sport and you’ll end up feeling like a legend, even if you don’t quite look like one!
A day surfing with Mojo
You’ll be picked up from your hostel and the friendly surf instructors will make you feel welcome right away. The step by step lessons get you used to the weight and feel of the board, help you discover the art of balancing (it’s a fine art) and get you riding the waves. Although, that’s easier said than done! But the instructors are encouraging all the way and one of them is always in the water with you, guiding you with each swell. You can’t help but feel envious as they skilfully grab a wave or two in demonstration, you’ll be stood there watching in awe, wishing you could be that cool.
The lessons are ideal for those who’ve never surfed before as you can share a few laughs with other travellers. There’s a great bond in the group, everyone cheers when you finally manage to ride a wave! And if you’re like me, you’ll spend most of the time looking like a seal on a surf board, but chances are someone else will be too. After a hard day’s surfing, you’ll head back together to chill out at Art House or Nomads hostel in Byron, for BBQ food and a few cold beers.
If you’ve surfed before and have a little more skill Mojo Surf offer more advanced classes, so there’s something for everyone and there’s a photographer out with you all day capturing the experience – let’s face it, a shot of you actually standing on a surf board should be kept forever as it’s pure gold!