Welcome to Gerringong Surf School!

Learn to surf with former professional big wave surfer,

Rusty Moran, who has over 35 years of surfing experience.

Kids Holiday Programs

Learn to surf, skate and meditate over a fun filled 3 day camp.
Small groups of 5 kids per coach
9-12 daily 9-12 daily $150 includes all equipment and morning tea.
$150 includes all equipment and morning tea.
 and morning tea.

Book in early for our School Holiday Camps.
June 28-30
July 1-3,

 

June 28-30
July 1-3, 5-7 and 8-10th
9-12 daily $150 includes all equipment and morning tea.June 28-30
July 1-3, 5-7 and 8-10th
9-12 daily $150 includes all equipment and morning tea.

 

We teach the kids gratitude and mindfulness while eating morning tea. We invented the famous “Brownie eating meditation”!

Skateboarding is subject to dry weather. If it rains and it’s too wet for skateboarding, we spend that extra time in the surf!

For Bookings please text Vanessa 0414 555 306

Summer Group Surfing Lessons

 

Learn to surf with a group.
7am, 9am, 12noon each day.
All equipment supplied
$50 per person

For Bookings please text Vanessa 0414 555 306

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Lessons

Kids After School Surf & Skate Crew

Kids After School Surf & Skate Crew

For kids aged 4 and up. We now provide a free school pick up service for the local Gerringong Primary School kids.

Adults Group Lessons

Adults Group Lessons

Learn to surf with the “growth mindset group” under Rusty’s coaching.
Safety is the name of the game.

Kids Holiday Programs

Kids Holiday Programs “Surf, Skate & Meditate”

Surf Skate & Meditate is our three day kids holiday camp, which will be running during the school holidays.

Adult Private Lessons

Adult Private Lessons

Learn to surf or improve your technique with professional one to one coaching. We provide expert tuition and video analysis to see how you can improve your technique.

Kids Private Lessons and Coaching

Kids Private Lessons and Coaching

Learn to surf or improve your technique with professional one to one coaching. We provide expert tuition and video analysis to see how you can improve your technique.

Private Group Lessons

Private Group Lessons

Learn to surf with your family or bunch of mates.

Learn to Surf!

Feel the glide on your first lesson! We provide all the gear you need and we will show you the safe way to get amongst the waves and we will have you up and riding in your first lesson.
We provide group and individual (private) lessons for all levels, where we will teach you the correct technique for standing up and turning as well as fitness exercises to get in and stay in great shape for surfing.
For advanced surfers, we provide in-depth coaching one on one to really help with improving everyday surfing, technique correction using video analysis and simulation on the smoothstar skateboards.

Surf Safety

I have the utmost respect for the ocean and always put safety first.
Our beginner lessons are at Seven Mile Beach, Gerroa, the best learn to surf beach in Australia. The waves here are small and break slowly, which gives the beginner surfer long comfortable rides without being nervous about being dumped.

Surf Coaches

All our surf coaches have these qualifications:
  • Long term surfers who are experienced in all conditions.
  • Supply First Aid (SFA) qualified
  • Ocean Safety (OSSCA) accredited
  • Level 1 Coach qualification with Association of Surfing Instructors (ASI)
  • Working With Children (WWC) checked.

To see the pure joy on Byron’s face after his skating lesson with Rusty was such a treat.

Watching how Rusty is able to connect with the kids and celebrates their achievements in such a positive way is heartwarming.

To find something that your child is interested in can be hard enough but when you find a way to encourage their interest and provide the skills needed is such an amazing feeling for this proud mum. Thanks Rusty

Shona

Surfing Equipment

All beginner to intermediate lessons use the best and safest boards from Ocean and Earth:
  • “The Squeeze” Soft top SUPs are used for all adult beginners.
  • “The Spud” full soft board SUPs are used for all kid beginners.
Intermediate to advanced surfers are provided with Epoxy fibreglass boards such as the Hayden Shapes “Hypto Crypto” or the “Double Down” by 7S.
We provide wetsuits and strong legropes, as well as rashies.

    Skateboarding Equipment

    All beginner to intermediate lessons use the best gear:
    • “smoothstar” and “Seven” skateboards
    • Protection gear by “Exite” skate.

      Our 8 year old daughter has been learning to surf with Rusty at Gerringong Surf School for over a year now. Her confidence in the water, wave knowledge, and safe approach to surfing have sky rocketed since starting the classes.

      Rusty’s infectious enthusiasm for teaching surfing and giving the children a positive, confidence building start, to becoming water men and women is inspiring.

      Highly recommended for any kids who any have a desire to get in the water and try their hands (and feet!) at surfing.

      Steve

      Our 8 year old daughter has been learning to surf with Rusty at Gerringong Surf School for over a year now. Her confidence in the water, wave knowledge, and safe approach to surfing have sky rocketed since starting the classes.

      Rusty’s infectious enthusiasm for teaching surfing and giving the children a positive, confidence building start, to becoming water men and women is inspiring.

      Highly recommended for any kids who any have a desire to get in the water and try their hands (and feet!) at surfing.

      Steve

      About Rusty Moran

      Rusty Moran

      Founder and Head Coach

      Rusty is 46, has been married to Vanessa for 21 years, has four kids (aged 2 to 17) and has been surfing for 36 years.
      During his twenties, Rusty spent every summer in Hawaii chasing the biggest waves he could find, and was fortunate to cut out a career as a professional big wave free surfer for a few years.
      Rusty has an engineering degree so has the unique ability to break down complex patterns into small methodical bite sized elements, which means he can formulate the step by step process to implement correct surfing technique for beginners, intermediate and advanced surfers.

      Surf School Accreditation

      Official Supplier to Mission Australia

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      Reviews On Google

      Gerringong Surf School
      5.0
      Based on 201 reviews
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      Lauren Peters
      Lauren Peters
      08:48 07 Mar 21
      One of the best surf schools I’ve ever done. These guys teach with so much care and attention to each person -... something which my local Sydney surf school just can’t do with the hectic line ups - and I learned so much in just one weekend because of it. Super fun private lesson with Sonny on the Saturday which I’d highly recommend. He gave me a new pop up and taught me turning on waves in just one session! Thanks Rusty and Sonny - I’ll definitely be back 🙂 Lauren 🤙🏼read more
      Simon Dean
      Simon Dean
      04:11 28 Feb 21
      Gerringong Surf School was an awesome experience!! Whether you’re a beginner or need some final touches on technique,... Rusty and the guys will help you out no problems. Don’t think you’re too old to give this a go, it’s never too late. Had Jordan help me out today and was awesome with teaching me the right technique. Easy to be around and great to have a chat with too. Pretty much stood up first wave. 10/10 experience. 🤙🏼✌🏼read more
      sarah webster
      sarah webster
      23:41 25 Jan 21
      Rusty, Zac, Kane and Nate were fantastic. For our inland kids who have had a handful of times at the beach, the surf... classes were fun and great confidence builders. We plan on coming back and having Rusty and co do more surf coaching. A great way for families to make positive memories together. Also love the gratitude philosophy behind Rusty’s teaching. Also awesome communication from Vanessa. Thank you so much!!read more
      SYF 1234
      SYF 1234
      00:55 21 Jan 21
      I had such a wonderful time at Gerringong Surf School! The instructors were very helpful, patient, and supportive. With... their guidance, I was able to notice a huge improvement in my surfing abilities, within a very short time period.Edit: I’d also like to say a special thanks to Sonny and Jordan from today’s lesson. I didn’t get the name of the person from my Sunday 11am lesson, but a big thanks to him as well - in addition to the three guys from the Friday noon session! Thanks again!read more
      Christian Turner
      Christian Turner
      23:12 17 Jan 21
      We had a great and fun couple of lessons. Jordan took us on both times, and the four of us (three children and myself)... absolutely loved it. Jordan was really very friendly and helpful and most of all, he helped us have lots of fun! Additionally, the boards that were provided were of high-quality. We would certainly recommend having a lesson for people of all ages and all abilities.It’s a great and active fun day out.read more
      Alison Bryant
      Alison Bryant
      19:50 14 Jan 21
      Sunny was very helpful and friendly. We all thoroughly enjoyed the two hours. We received plenty of opportunity to... practice and most of us were riding the waves by the end of the session. Can’t wait to go back again! Thank you for the five star experience. It was a day my family and I will treasure. Highly recommend your school 😁read more
      Janelle Tyson
      Janelle Tyson
      21:11 13 Jan 21
      I booked our family of 5 in for private lessons. 2 adults, 3 kids aged 6, 11 and 13. Chris was our instructor and we... ALL had the best time. He was amazing with the kids, taking time to get them up and surfing and helping them whenever needed. He was also great with us adults, we were not as flexible as the kids but he was such a great instructor.Our session was for two hours, it really was the best fun we have had in ages.We will be booking again very soon to do it all again.read more
      Doddys
      Doddys
      10:47 08 Jan 21
      Rusty and his team are brilliant! Our daughter has enjoyed every moment of her camp and is sad to see it finish. All... the coaches are so encouraging, helpful, passionate and kind. It has been a real pleasure for our whole family to attend and watch our daughter have a ton of fun! 100% we will be back! Highly recommend.read more
      Tom Ryan
      Tom Ryan
      10:05 08 Jan 21
      I highly recommend Gerringong Surf School. My 7 year old and I had a great time for our first ever surf lesson. Our... instructor, Kane, was excellent, clear instructions, good communication, very encouraging and attentive to a nervous kid (and his father). Both of us were standing up and catching waves pretty quickly and the smile on my kid's face was almost as long as 7 Mile Beach. Thank you for a great afternoon!read more
      Martene McGuire
      Martene McGuire
      10:13 05 Jan 21
      Rusty and his crew are amazing. They provide a fun, supportive and encouraging program that caters for all ages,... abilities and needs. I’m absolutely amazed at the progress each participant makes in such a short amount of time. We (Adults and young children) love it so much that we return over and over again. We can’t wait for the next session 🤘 🛹 🏄‍♂️read more
      Lazy Kanga
      Lazy Kanga
      01:54 04 Jan 21
      Called a day before to make a booking and was greeted professionally and politely over the telephone. She explained... what to expect for our daughter who is 10 years old first surfing lesson.The day started off well and our daughter was looked after well and was standing up surfing in no time. Instructors were nice and make sure she got the assistance she needed and even helped us get a good photo. If you want a good value fun day it's a thumbs up.read more
      James Kevin
      James Kevin
      13:50 01 Jan 21
      I was so impressed with Rusty and his approach to teaching. It was all about challenging the kids and having fun. But... I also loved the meditation - being grateful and grounded.My four children (14,10 & 2x8) did the Skate & Surf 3-day camp. They can be quite shy (and even negative) depending on the day. But they finished each day excited and full of enthusiasm. My 10-year old bounded up the beach simply elated. It was great to witness.When my 14 year-old felt too old for the group, Rusty explained why the skate-boarding would be good (technically) for her surfing. No pressure from him when she declined. But also, no real surprise that she ended up making her own decision to join in eventually.Hats off also to Rusty's crew of teachers, who were patient, relaxed, happy and persistent.We're all looking forward to next time.read more
      Tracy Benardos
      Tracy Benardos
      05:40 30 Dec 20
      Highly recommend Rusty and team. My 7 year old son did the 3 day skate and surf camp and loved it!! A great... introduction to both sports. Their patience with the children was incredible! We'll definitely be back for more lessons! Thanks Rusty and crew for a great 3 days!read more
      Nat (Nat)
      Nat (Nat)
      02:39 30 Dec 20
      Our the girls had the best time at surf, skate and mediate. Coaches catered to all their ages, they made friends and... had genuine fun in an affirming environment that also pushed them to learn some new skills. Can't recommend this highly enough!read more
      eandt abb
      eandt abb
      01:10 21 Dec 20
      Our 8yr old daughter just had her first ever surf lesson with instructor Kane from Gerringong Surf School. She... absolutely loved it & had the biggest smile on her face the entire time!! Highly recommend to family’s visiting the area!read more
      Wendy Tewaa
      Wendy Tewaa
      04:13 15 Dec 20
      Absolutely recommend Gerringong Surf School!Great team of surf instructors with positive vibes and an ethos of... learning at your own pace. Especially great with kids, building self confidence and skills, whilst always bringing joy!read more
      Adnil Ramos
      Adnil Ramos
      08:55 10 Dec 20
      We had a great lesson with Zach, a young surf god! He was super friendly and supportive and we got to business right... away In the surf and I managed to stand on the board by the end of the lesson thanks to his guidance and some of Rusty’s tips. They were pretty accommodating as I booked a lesson on the same day, and even changed a board over for my kid who wanted a different type midway in the lesson. One word of advice tho (not related to surfing) - wear shoes to walk down the track to the beach as my son cut his foot walking down the day after our lesson. There can be sharp objects buried in the sand. Thanks, fellas!read more
      Whitney Buecher
      Whitney Buecher
      06:54 14 Nov 20
      Rusty, Jordan and Sunny were so welcoming and ensured a safe and comfortable learning environment. Would definitely... recommend to anyone looking to hire boards or wanting to do lessons! it is obvious that all the instructors are really passionate about surfing and want to share their knowledge with everyone 🙂read more
      Tim O'Brien
      Tim O'Brien
      00:40 24 Oct 20
      My 9 year old son had his first ever surf lesson today and he absolutely loved it. He loved that Rusty was a really... cool easy going dude and he was also a skateboarder. Highly recommend 🤙🏼read more
      Ellie Graham
      Ellie Graham
      09:26 11 Oct 20
      Rusty and Sonny are excellent instructors! Through their great teaching skills and knowledge of everything surfing I’ve... learnt so much! They really create a fun, safe and enjoyable surfing experience.read more
      Luke Eggleton
      Luke Eggleton
      22:25 03 Oct 20
      My 2 daughters 12 & 16yo have been begging me for surf lessons. Sunny was an awesome instructor. Positive and... energetic, Lillian and Alice had the biggest smiles and were riding in waves within 30mins. Awesomeread more
      Kevin Foreman
      Kevin Foreman
      06:54 30 Sep 20
      I cannot speak highly enough of Rusty and his crew. My daughters love the 3 day surf and skate camps, they've just... finished their second and will be back for more next week. The love these guys have for what they do, and their enthusiasm and care for the kids shines through in my girls' confidence and skills. Top notch.read more
      Lidia Simpson
      Lidia Simpson
      02:13 27 Sep 20
      An amazing experience. It was so easy to book - communication was excellent. The lesson was fantastic! Rusty and the... team are so passionate about surfing and willing to help each and every person in the class. Highly recommended.read more
      Cyril Pham
      Cyril Pham
      09:06 16 Sep 20
      Was my first time attempting surfing and Rusty, Zac and Sonny made the experience very enjoyable. They provided a good... explanation of the basics along with consistent feedback & tips for improvement throughout the day. Would recommend anyone wanting to try surfing to attend this school. The instructors are friendly and informative and the beach / location they’ve chosen for lessons is ideal for beginners. Will be taking more lessons from them the next time I visit the area.read more
      Nicolas Tran
      Nicolas Tran
      05:26 16 Sep 20
      Rusty, Zach and sonny were amazing. They are an experienced team and great at explaining and giving feedback.Would... highly recommend.read more
      Jochen Bekmann
      Jochen Bekmann
      05:04 11 Sep 20
      I had a great session with Rusty. He's super friendly and clearly experienced with people. He quickly dialled in my... ability level and made sure he found the right "language" to convey concepts. He helped me get on to bigger waves and gave actionable tips - I came away having done manoeuvres I wasn't able to before. I can highly recommend him.read more
      Katharine Ross
      Katharine Ross
      08:12 30 Aug 20
      I took my 2 teenage boys for their first ever surfing lesson - they had the most amazing time. Rusty greeted us warmly... and helped ease the boys into this new experience with enthusiasm and patience. The location is ideal for beginners- safe, shallow and beautiful.Totally recommend this for anyone looking for safe fun and fitness in the water.read more
      Brian Dargan
      Brian Dargan
      05:11 12 Aug 20
      Great experience with these guys, Rusty and Sonny are both excellent human beings and expert, kind and patient teachers... to boot. Both myself and my eight year old daughter loved every minute of our lessons (if you can call so much fun a lesson!). Looking forward to more in the future.read more
      Susan Turner
      Susan Turner
      05:37 15 Jul 20
      Absolutely amazing care and service. Rusty is really focused on ensuring each child is looked after and enjoys... themselves!! Highly recommend it ??read more
      Long Zhao
      Long Zhao
      12:59 05 Jul 20
      First time to book surfing lesson for kids, it is definitely a professional, experienced coach in the best surfing... beach! Rusty make the kids easily understand and do the surfing skills. Parents do not need to worry about he safety and the quality as the coach is really experienced and patient. My kids love the lesson and we definitely come back to learn more with Rusty! Value for the money!AllenZread more
      Amaryah Paul
      Amaryah Paul
      08:44 14 Jun 20
      Thanks Rusty and Sonny for a great surf experience! We booked in last minute for a morning session and learnt heaps. I... had never surfed before and thought I’d be falling over all session but I actually stood up heaps of times. They chose a beautiful spot with really gentle waves that had lots of white water to cruise along and learn how to balance, and gave great feedback on what you were doing right and what to adjust in a very friendly way. Definitely coming back for more!read more
      Amanda M
      Amanda M
      06:17 14 Jun 20
      These guys are awesome and you should definitely book a lesson with them! Sonny was an awesome instructor and our kids... and my hubby had a great time! Vanessa and Rusty were super helpful and prompt in getting in touch with us and helping tailor something to our needs. Definitely check it out when you come to our beautiful south coast!read more
      Carolyn Lipscomb
      Carolyn Lipscomb
      03:44 11 Jun 20
      My partner and I, both beginner surfers, had a lesson with Rusty whilst on a short stay locally. Rusty provided great... pointers for us to continue to practice. My partner was surfing leaps and bounds better by the end of the lesson, just from a few corrections. Mine will take a bit more work 😀.Rusty watched every move and was able to spot what needed to be focussed on, given his extensive surfing and coaching experience. Very individualized advice. Everything was explained so logically and easy to understand why it made a difference.The lesson was fun and Rusty is a really nice friendly guy. He's doing great work helping others to improve their lives in many different ways.We'll be back.read more
      Shweta Kumar
      Shweta Kumar
      08:27 06 Jun 20
      Highly recommend Rusty. I did a private lesson with him. He looked at my videos and had things for me to work on... including going back to basics and working on the pop up. He’s patient, structured and tries to explain things to you simply but still very precise. Thanks Rusty!read more
      Elwood
      Elwood
      00:07 14 May 20
      From never having stood on a surfboard to now surfing every second day with friends, I am having more fun than I would... have thought possible at the age of 64. Six months of surfing lessons with Gerringong Surf School provided in one neat package a gym class incorporating strength, balance, stretch, aerobics, skill. A learning curve. FUN and a new lifestyle. An escape from reality whenever I so choose. Sun, salt and fresh water progressively flushed out any thoughts of the 'ageing' myth. Rusty's ever patient, gentle, intuitive and super knowledgeable teaching style nurtured me through the fear and doubt of my first lesson last summer to a new rewarding skill that is all good and most of all, so much fun. Thank you so much Rusty!!!!! ........ Vicki 🙂read more
      Tracey Peer
      Tracey Peer
      06:38 13 Apr 20
      Today was my first time back on a surf board in years...I felt immediately comfortable with Rusty. His training... techinques and hints were great. I was up and riding waves almost immediately!!!! I honestly had the BEST morning and loved every moment. So pumped for my next lesson. Can not recommended this man enough.. absolute legend! could not wipe the smile off my face ?????read more
      Deborah Hui
      Deborah Hui
      03:26 25 Feb 20
      I had such a great first experience on a board thanks to these guys.Jordan was an excellent coach & provided great... feedback throughout the lesson.Correspondence leading up to the day with Vanessa & On the day with Rusty was informative and professional.Thanks so much Guys! ?.?‍♀️?read more
      Chris Dreyer
      Chris Dreyer
      09:21 09 Mar 19
      My study abroad group and I had a private session last weekend with Rusty and his son and it was so much fun!! There... were 10 of us but they managed to spend time with all of us and help us to get our balance to where we all were able to catch our own waves by the end of it. After our 2.5 hours (we went a little over because Rusty said he was enjoying it as much as we were that he didn't want to end it either) he led us through meditation, which was honestly just as cool, if not cooler, than the surf lesson itself. An easy 5 star rating, you definitely won't be let down!!read more
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      Surf Lesson Meeting Location

      Seven Mile Beach Track 6 Carpark

      Drive to the entry of Seven Mile Beach Holiday Park at 200 Crooked River Road, then drive 200m South

      Surf School Info
      Owners: Rusty and Vanessa Moran
      For Bookings- Text Vanessa Moran on 0414 555 306
      For Coaching enquiries- Text Rusty on 0414 245 216
      Surf School Address:
      Gerringong Surf School
      52 Wingeewah Road, Gerringong, NSW 2534
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