Leave your inhibitions at the shore and dive in with beginner surfing lessons from coastal experts, Saltwater Eco.
A team of marine conservationists with a passion for local watersports, Saltwater Eco harness their personal knowledge of the Matakana coastline to offer a range of surfing lessons that combine practical skill building with stunning views.
Working with the tides and conditions to ensure you get the most out of your surf lesson, Saltwater Eco operates on two main beaches that stretch from North to South of Matakana. Both renowned for their consistent swells and stunning white sanded beaches, Omaha beach and Pakiri beach offer beginners a chance to learn the basics in calm, waist height breakers. A short drive across the coastline, each location is known for its long uncrowded beaches and gentlewhitewater that makes practising your paddling and standing series a fun and stress-free experience.
The perfect place to suit up and throw some shakas, conditions along the Omaha Bay are favoured for beginners thanks to the consistent offshore winds and sandbar that separates the barrels from the gentler waves closer to the shore. With little current at low tide and a large surf zone offering lots of space to practice, popping up and riding in are made easy by the soft, regular foamies that lap the shore.
Running during New Zealand's summer season, surfing lessons along the Matakana coast are available from November to May - a time of year where you can expect the warmest and calmest waters (20- 23°C).
One wave - and you're hooked... A sport that has become one of New Zealand's biggest watersports, get an introduction to surfing with group lessons on the Matakana coast. Your ISA-certified surf instructor from Saltwater Eco will take you through the basics, explaining the local swell, currents and tides before teaching you how to paddle out, pop-up and ride in!
Offering tuition on the beach and in the surf, each lesson also includes photos of your session and a post-surf snack so you can chill out and take in the views, too.