Proud to help out Layne Beachley’s ‘Aim for the Stars Foundation’


Hi Matt,

On behalf of my Aim for the Stars Foundation, thank you so much for your support of me and my grant recipients last Thursday at the learn to surf session at Collaroy.

It is with sincere gratitude that we write to you expressing our appreciation for donating these lessons. Your guys were in great form and our girls had an absolute blast. It was a real highlight of their trip. Thank you.

Warmest regards

Layne Beachley
Director and Founder
Layne Beachley Aim for the Stars Foundation


Nathan Hedge made the final of the trials at The Billabong Pro


Nathan Hedge is part of the High Performance Surf Coaching (HPSC). Currently Nathan is in Tahiti with HSPC head coach Matt Grainger.

Nathan Hedge (AUS), Billabong Pro Tahiti - ASP / Will H-S

Nathan Hedge (AUS), Billabong Pro Tahiti
- ASP / Will H-S

Nathan Hedge made the final of the trials at The Billabong Pro, posting a 9.0 , 9.25 scores over the event beating some big names as Bruce Irons and Manoa Drollett. Nathan collected 2nd in the final qualifying for the main event. A massive effort.

Round 1. Paddled out for a quick free surf. The waves were pumping all the top guys grabbing there fill before the comp started. The swell was 10 feet plus, with the odd 12 footer sneaking through. The Asp top 32 were putting on a great show of skill and talent.

Heat 1 was crazy. Sitting on my board in the channel looking into the pit with Nathan, and his brother Damien Hedge was amazing. Slater was heat 1 against Micro Hall and Seabass.

All boys charged. A big west bowl came through. Kelly Slater swung and went. No hands pumping in a massive clean pit. The bar was set . Posting a big score.

Nathan’s first heat was a cracker against last years winner Ace Buchan and World Champion Joel Parkinson.

The boys all got bombs. Nathan was winning the heat with 4 minutes to go. The clock was winding down Nathan had a 9.25 and a 6 pointer, Ace and Joel needed over 9′s to overtake Nathan.

A two wave set came , Joel and Ace got some big long barrels . Ace a 9.93 and Joel a 9. 8. Ace first .The Hog was the back into third . We were upset but the performance level of that heat were massive.

We regrouped. Watched some more heats. Ready for the afternoon. The afternoon got bigger and the wind picked up. Some heavy west bombs coming through.

Kai Otton surfed a crazy heat against Jon Jon Florence and Jordy Smith. Otto won the Heat.

Heat 2 against Adriano De Souza was intense.

Wind was up and the swell was massive. Big west bowls detonating on the reef with intense force.
The heat was all about commitment. Hoggy grabbed a a couple of average scores as the was weren’t cooperating. Adriano got a west bowl, picking up a 6 pointer.

A bomb came. An ugly beast. The Hog turned and paddled in with fury. Full air drop into the pit, followed with bottom turn inside this scary beast. He did a massive pump to survive almost getting clipped in the heat by the lip. Exited the tube in the spit. The crowd went nuts. The judges awarding a 10 point ride. The only 10 point ride of the day. A few more rides were ridden and some wipeouts.

Nathan wins the Heat.

In my 37 years of surfing it was the most intense day of surfing I have seen. The Hog really pushed the limits. Damien, Nathan’s brother has watched him since he was 10 years at the Northern Beaches Regional Titles. Damien stated that it was his craziest day of surfing he has seen from his brother.

I was stoked be there coaching and supporting Nathan.
Great day.

Check out the spotlight on Nathan Hedge on the ASP site.


Thanks Barb


I just want to say thank you to your team for making me & my 2 young boys 1st experience in Surfing and awesome one!
My 9 yr old got smashed by the waves and was very upset and your staff were amazing with him. My older boy who’s 11 now wants to move to Manly to Surf everyday. Thank you especially to Shaun for making it a memorable experience for us.
We’ll definately be coming again!!
Thank you


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.