Success in the Pipelines



A HIGH Performance Surf Centre was opened last week in Cromer.

The brainchild of President of Surfing Northern Beaches and Director of Manly Surf School, Matt Grainger, the gym has a weight room for strength training and a half pipe for the athletes to perform aerial surfing techniques.

“The goal is to provide northern beaches surfers the best possible training to help them compete on the world stage,” Grainger told the Manly Daily.

Read the full Manly Daily article here


Surfing Northern Beaches Regional titles 2014


The High Performance Surf Centre /Manly surf school Northern Beaches Regional Titles took place last weekend at North Narrabeen Beach.  Surfers competed in 8 divisions in perfect 1.5 metre waves on Saturday and 1 metre waves on Sunday.


Harley Ross Webster from Curl Curl won the final posting some big scores in the U18 division.


In the Under 18 boys Division  Harley Ross Webster from Curl Curl  won  the final posting some big scores outpointing current Australian Champion from Avalon Beach  Fraser Dovall, Jamie Crups (North Steyne), Kai Warner (North Narrabeen) 4th.

Harley Ross Webster and Fraser Dovall train with Matt Grainger at the  Manly Surf School -High Performance Surf Coaching Program .

In the U18 Womens Holly Warn from Avalon defeated Tianna Reid (North Narrabeen) , 3rd Cloe McGeachie  ( Manly) .

Darcy Crump from Avalon won the Under 16 boys, Marlon Newling 2nd ( Avalon) and Bella Wilton from  North Steyne narrowly defeated Alysse Cooper (Queenscliffe) in the  U16 Womens, Sophia Chapman was in third, Sianna Coulter 4th. Bella, Alysse  and Sophia all train in the Manly Surf School – high performance Coaching program


U16 Boys – Darcy Crump. 1st. Marlon Newling 2nd. Samson Coulter 3rd Lachy Foster 4th
U14 Boys - Ryan Donohoe- 1st.2nd Ethan Raper, 3rd Kai Spriggs, 4th George Pittar.
U14 Girls – Bodhi Leigh-Jones 1st, Nica Frayne 2nd,Tru Starling 3rd Ruby Marty 4th
U12 Boys- Winter Vincent 1st, Ben Wilson 2nd, Saxon Reber,3rd,Kai allen 4th.
U12 Girls  - Cedar LeighJones 1st, Jasmine Riggs, Bella Grainger 3rd, Lilly Macdonald 4th

Matt Grainger
President – Surfing Northern Beaches.
Director – High Performance Surf Centre – Sydney


Manly Surf School Head Coach Goes West to Coach Nathan Hedge in ASP Event


Manly Surf School Head Coach has gone over to Margaret River, Western Australia to coach Nathan Hedge. Nathan is due to go up against Kelly Slater in Round 2 of ASP World Tour Surfing.

Check out the waves that got Hedgie to this point.



What’s Hot in Manly



Check out this review of Manly surf School from total travel

Whether you’re 5 or 75, the charming surf instructors at Manly Surf School will manage to get even the most novice surfers up standing, and feeling like a pro. As novices we didn’t quite know how successful attempts at mastering this essential Australian skill would be. But there was no reason to worry! Manly Surf School’s accredited instructors are not just there to teach, they also help you have a lot of fun while you learn! Running classes for all ages, ranging from private lessons, to day tours at surrounding northern beaches, group bookings and even advanced, intensive surfing courses, there really is a lesson for everyone.

You don’t have to bring a thing, just wear your swimming costume and the guys will take care of you. Located at the base of North Steyne Surf Lifesaving Club they provide boards, wetsuits, private change rooms and a safe place to store your valuables while you tear it up on the beach. After conquering the waves, we’re only left disappointed we’d waited this long to learn how to surf. It’s never too late to get involved, so why not give it a go!


Undies from Manly Surf School


Robert Underwood (Coach at Manly Surf School) spending some time in the shade at the Mentawais, Indonesia.


Matt Grainger talks with Swellnet about advanced surf coaching


So what type of technical advice are you offering?
For technical, looking at all the way from foundations like your paddle on technique to using the wave, getting speed, all the way down to the bottom turn, re-entry, cutty and the higher level guys doing aerials and air reverses, so depending on the level we tailor it to that person.


Read the full article on swellnet here


Bush to Beach


Manly Surf School is really proud to be a part of the Bush to the Beach again this year. We got to take these kids from Brewarrina and teach them about the ocean and how to surf! You can also see the article on the Sydney Morning Herald website here.


Manly Surf School teaching at long reef last school holidays the kids from Brewarrinna part of the Warringah Council / Manly surf school Bush to the beach program. Photo shot by Tasman Grainger

View the segment that from Sevens Sunrise program below.


Thanks, Sue from the Burdekin Association


Thanks Sue for the kind words.

Dear Matt,
On behalf of The Burdekin Association I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to you and your team (in particular our fabulous instructor Tom) for the opportunity to experience what surfing is all about.

Our young people had such a great time trying something new and we even have a convert who would like to get her own board some day and continue on the journey of learning to surf.

There were several others who were unable to attend on the day due to appointments, etc so we hope to make another booking down the track with your great school. I noticed some young people with smiles so wide who rarely have much to smile about. For me seeing their happy faces was the highlight

Tom did a great job in getting everyone up on waves and gave great individual attention. Please pass on our thanks to Tom from us.

Yours very kindly,

Sue McComb
Case Manager
The Burdekin Association



Cheers to GW Lacrosse team for coming down under for a surf!



Testimonial from Mandie


Hello Manly Surf School,

My Son Murray is doing 4 days of Surf Lessons at Long Reef Beach this week, I wanted to let you know that I am so impressed with Manly Surf School.

The initial telephone call was efficient and friendly. Then we arrived on Monday and the staff were so friendly and helpful. I am honestly so impressed and I have spoke to a few of the parents on the beach this week and they are equally impressed. I will definitely be using you again and definitely be recommending you.

Keep up the great work and thanks for everything!

Mandie S