Muriwai Surf School
Martin and Bridget established Muriwai Surf School in 2002. Slow, small beginnings in the garage at the back of the local shop grew and grew as word of mouth spread. Soon long summers were spent with the whole family hiring surfboards, body boards and wetsuits and Martin taking lessons.
With great local support, a good relationship with the surf lifesaving club and council, and many years and customers later, they have now progressed to our own premises right by the beach in the Muriwai Regional Park.
A love of the environment has led to the surf shack being as eco-friendly as possible, with locally sourced untreated macrocarpa timber fences and local poured earth paving out the front, as well as alternative power.
They now have over 150 surfboards and 250 wetsuits, as well as Blokarts and other beach toys.
Martin has always been involved in the surfing community, being a founding member and president of the local Maori Bay Board Riders Club. He still finds time as judge and contest director of local and national surf competitions. Bridget, who has been surfing for many years (not telling exactly!), runs the show, and can be seen meeting, greeting, drinking the occasional coffee and directing surfing traffic!
Now son Dylan and partner Charlotte will be running the show!
Through the years there have been many fantastic coaches helping out at the surf school. These days they have a great crew that work hard all summer. All coaches are qualified to International Surfing Association and Surfing NZ standards. All have surf lifesaving qualifications and current first aid certificates. Many have surfed competitively and still do (including regional and national surfing champions, and WQS competitors). Some do it just for the fun. Mostly they know Muriwai conditions well. You will be safe!
Muriwai Surf School is a supervisory surf school, meaning people come to us to learn to be coaches. This means they often have extra, enthusiastic trainee coaches to help in the water.
And in the shop, if you have come to hire, you will get great advice on conditions and safe times and tides for surfing and blokarting.
The team is also happy to give advice about buying boards and how to look after them (they don’t sell them so we are totally unbiased!).
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MY INSTUCTOR WAS REALLY GOOD. CLEAR INSTRUCTIONS, HELPFUL HANDS ON HELP AND I LEARNT AND DID WAY MORE THAN I THOUGHT ID DO. WAS REALLY PLEASED.
Instructor was friendly and helpful. Slight language barrier.