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Surfing at Bondi

Bondi is one of Sydney's most famous beaches, with mesmerising views and waves that draw surfers from around the world. If you've always wanted to learn to surf this is the perfect place to do it with accredited surf schools and experienced teachers who know the waves.  Join in or hire a board and surf safely.

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Learn to Surf Bondi

Learn to surf with Let's Go Surfing at Bondi. Image Mikala Wilbow for Let's Go Surfing

Australia's most famous beach is less than 20 minutes by public transport from the city centre. During summer, Bondi Beach is one of Sydney's most popular beaches, for swimming and surfing, promenading and people-watching.

The waves here suit all levels of experience so it's a great place to learn to surf if you're new to the sport. If you're an experienced surfer head to South Bondi, where southerly swells load up across a rocky reef and unfurl as powerful right-handers, to the joy of a mostly short-board contingent of locals and visitors. Sandbanks around the middle of the beach shape two or three separate left-and-right breaks. Ben Buckler located at Bondi's northern point is popular with experienced surfers during a big swell.

For the quintessential Bondi experience, book a lesson with local surf school Let's Go Surfing or join locals for an early morning swim. Then dry off with a walk along the Bondi to Coogee Coast Walk to more beaches at Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee. Also make sure you drop into the Bondi Icebergs, one of Australia's oldest swim clubs (circa 1890), that occupies a rocky headland at the south end of the beach. There's a members' bar and restaurant and the most stunningly situated Olympic-size saltwater public swimming pool on the planet.

Let's Go Surfing is Bondi's only accredited surf school and, since 1995, thousands of first-time surfers from around the world have come to Bondi to learn how to surf. Surfing is a skill anyone can learn, and, once you get the hang of it, you'll enjoy a sport that relaxing and fun.

The school's teachers have surf-training certifications which includes advanced resuscitation and first aid. Sessions are held at the northern end of Bondi Beach, next door to Speedo's Cafe with times changing according to the tides. The only thing you need to bring is your swimsuit and a towel.

If you'd like to advance your surfing skills one-on-one, take a private surfing lesson. If you'd like to introduce the kids to the sport, take a private family lesson - for two adults and up to three kids. Lessons are held rain and shine and only cancelled if the conditions are too dangerous for surfing. And if you think you're too old to learn, think again! Let's Go Surfing's oldest pupil so far was 93 years old.

Don't forget -you can teach yourself to surf at Bondi Beach with plenty of board hire available. Surfing can be a dangerous sport so make sure you abide by the beach rules and understand local surfing conditions.

Shop and surf at Bondi Beach

Shopping at Bondi Beach

Bondi is a mecca for beach and swimwear shopping. On Campbell Parade there's a string of swimwear shops, including Labyrinth, Mambo and The Big Swim stocking brands such as local heroes, Hotel Bondi Swim, Zimmerman and Anna and Boy. An institution since 1981 is Bikini Island, also on Campbell Parade. At nearby Bondi Junction, you'll find more swimwear at Westfield Bondi Junction.

Surf schools in Sydney

Surf's up. Sydney now has four beaches that are recognised as national surfing reserves - Manly and North Narrabeen, Cronulla and Maroubra. You too can take advantage of the great waves in Sydney and if you can't already glide along the water on a board, learn how to surf an accredited surf school at one of Sydney's favourite beaches. It's a quintessentially Sydney thing to do. 

Manly Surf School Hire has been teaching surfing lessons to all levels of experience since 1983. Neighbouring beach, Freshwater to the north is known as the birthplace of Australian surfing so what better place to learn. Manly Surf School operates every day of the year on Manly beach, Palm Beach and Collaroy beach to help you get the most out of the surf.

The dedicated, fully qualified Let's Go Surfing staff at world-famous Bondi Beach will also have you catching the waves of your dreams; whether it's your first time stepping foot in the ocean or you're a surf fiend looking to hone your big wave skills.

Surfing adventure tours are becoming an increasingly popular way to visit remote beaches in national parks. Based in Bronte, the innovative Surf's Up School offers weekend surf retreats, five-day Sydney to Byron Bay tours and one-day Sydney 4WD adventures. 

Some of the best displays of surf skills are seen by watching the surf lifesavers practice so watch the ocean in front a surf lifesaving club or on Sundays join the locals as their kids learn the basics of having fun in a safe beach environment at nippers or junior lifesaving.  

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