Surfers are instantly cool, firstly because they can surf, but also because they have constant beach hair, sun kissed skin and look good a wetsuit. Now, we can’t help with the later, however, we have your guide to Auckland’s top beach breaks where you can learn to surf and get your daily dose of vitamin D.
Pristine white sand beaches and postcard worthy scenery, Tawharanui is Auckland’s sweet spot for small waves and carrying out your ‘Blue Crush’ dreams. Located south of Omaha on the Tawharanui Peninsula, there are several spots to choose from for both right and left-handers. The waves are fun but popular with every man and his dog in the water at high tide, so know your rules, respect the locals or grab a lesson with the team at O’Neill Surf Academy.
Omaha is the small beach town just north of Tawharanui and the perfect spot to get the whole family immersed in the surf with Saltwater Eco’s ultimate beginner lessons! Omaha’s beach produces numerous beach breaks from north to south, with the regions most legendary surf break the “Omaha Bar” residing at the northern end.
The waves are larger than its east coast neighbors however with two top-notch surf schools—Piha Surf School and Piha Surf Academy—and numerous good-looking speedo-clad lifeguards at the ready, Piha is Auckland’s diamond in the rough when it comes to learning to surf. It is the most famous of Auckland’s beaches, and offers a good left-hander. This stretch of Wild West coast can be wild, so make sure you know your stuff before hitting the big waves.
If you are looking for the complete learn-to-surf experience, surf shack and surfers dudes included, look no further than the Muriwai Surf School. With enough boards and wetsuits to sport the Kardashian Clan and then some, you can get lessons for the family or take the office for a bit of team building. Located 45 minutes from central Auckland, Muriwai offers a decent wave and the opportunity to take your shaka skills to the next level.
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