I grew up on the South Coast. Learning to surf with family and friends at Middleton are some of my earliest and best memories. It is the same beach where I now enjoy teaching others to surf and enjoy the ocean in a safe and successful manner. In fact, it is the same beach where my parents met when they were learning to surf in their early teens.
I have been an accredited Level 1 Surfing Australia Surf Instructor since 1997 and have experience and helped with the runnings of 10 different surf schools locally, interstate, and abroad. In 2001, I set up South Coast Surf Academy while working for the local aquatics centre through the education department. While teaching surfing, water safety and other aquatics skills, my fellow instructors & I would be constantly quizzed by the public about surf lessons on weekends and school holidays or after work and school. At the time, there were no private surf schools at Middleton to recommend, so I set up my business and the rest is history.
More than ten years have passed since I started my surf school and I am still as enthusiastic about teaching surfing and water safety today as I was in 1997 when I first began. I get a rush off of seeing students stand up and surf for their first time; I feed off it. I think it reminds me of the basics and the purity of the whole surfing lifestyle. My life revolves around my family and the ocean. If I am not at Middleton’s Surfers’ Beach teaching a group of students the fundamentals of board riding, I’ll be out there catching a wave myself, pursuing fishing interests, or hunting for driftwood all the while looking for and collecting the rubbish that is unfortunately found along the coast.
I also met my wife, Meg, in the summer of 2004/05 through my surf school. We now run the surf school together along with raising two active boys who also enjoy beach adventures – that’s Noah (below), age 6, competing in his fist Wahu Groms Contest at the start of 2016.