Learn to surf at Bondi Beach
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.
Learn to surf in Bondi
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. Dry off with a walk along the Bondi to Coogee Coast Walk to more beaches at Tamarama, Bronte and Coogee.
Drop into 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 an Olympic-size saltwater public swimming pool offering stunning beachside vistas .
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
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.
Enjoy Sydney’s beaches like a local by following these simple beach safety tips.
Always swim between the red and yellow flags – surf lifesavers have identified this area as the safest spot to swim in the water. It’s also a good idea to always swim with a friend.
Make sure you ready any safety signs at the beach and you are always welcome to ask lifeguards for more safety advice. If you find yourself needing help in the water, stay calm and attract attention.
Check conditions before you go and find a patrolled beach by visiting www.beachsafe.org.au.
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