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Learn to Surf Maroubra

A 30-minute bus trip from Sydney, Maroubra Beach is a favourite destination for experienced surfers.  Famous for its consistently great waves, it's yet another good beach in Sydney where you can learn to surf safely with local experts.

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Maroubra surfing reserve

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

The second Australian beach to be named a National Surfing Reserve, Maroubra has been officially recognised as a place of intrinsic environmental, heritage, sporting and cultural value.

Facing east-southeast, Maroubra Beach, also known by its nickname The ‘Bra, is a 1km-curved strip of sand with Malabar Headland National Park to the south and Jack Vanney Memorial Parl, Mahon Pool and a rocky headland to the north. There's also a pub nearby, clubs, surf shops and a short strip with some restaurant and cafés. The beach is popular with families who are drawn to the beach's picnic areas, shaded playgrounds and safe rock pools.

This is the best surfing beach in the eastern suburbs, popular with experienced surfers who enjoy  the consistent reef and beach breaks. A decent swell brings three or four beach breaks to life, and on a happening day, board-riders are spread along the length of the beach. The reef at the south end creates Maroubra's premium wave, which on a south swell and with a southwest breeze, breaks as a classic barrelling right-hander.

This beach is one of Sydney's most hazardous so swimmers should stay between the flags, preferably at the southern end.

Maroubra Beach is also home to an outdoor gym that's free to use. A range of strength and cardio equipment accompanied by instructions includes an upright cycle, chest press, step-ups, stepping stones, balance beam and stretch station. It also has inspiring views over the beach to keep you motivated.

The beach and parklands are also used for picnics, playing, fishing, walking and jogging while the Maroubra Skate Park and innovative playground for kids are nearby.

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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