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


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


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



Fraser Dovall U18 Australian Champion


Fraser Dovall, 15 years old from Avalon Won the Australian Title U18 Blue Ribbon event yesterday. 
It was a frantic Final with NSW Champion Monty Tait leading the final with Luke Hynd and Jacob Willcox. Fraser was coming 1 minute to go.  Fraser took a 2 metre left hander of the Leader Monty Tait and Smashed  two powerful backhand  re-entries to lock in a 9.5 point ride and take the lead. Monty needed a 4 point ride to overcome Fraser . The clock counted down and Fraser was the new Australian Champion. Fraser was Chaired up the beach by his fellow Surfing NSW Team Mates.  (Fraser 1st, Monty Tait, 2nd, Luke Hynd 3rd, Jacob Willcox 4th, Mikey Wright 5th).

It was a great week for the Surfing NSW Team . High Performance Coaches Matt Grainger (Surfing NSW High Performance Coach), Blake Johnston (NSW Coaching Director),Glenn Hall (WCT Surfer), Sandra English , Martin Dunn and Andy KIng( SURFING Australia Head Coach) conducted a 2 day Training camp running the 35 person squad through  various training drills to get the team Sharp and focussed. 

Fraser had a great preparation plan leading up to the Australian Titles. He went on a Surf Trip to the Mentawai Islands in Sumatra scoring a 2-3 metre swell surfing Green Bush, HTs and Macaronis. Honing his backhand attack.

He started a 6 week High Performance Training Program with Matt Grainger with  Manly Surf School / High Performance Surf Coaching , with 9 of his fellow Team Mates at Knox College training twice a week.  He Trained with his fellow school mates on Technique and competition drills,at Long Reef Beach scoring some good swells.  Fraser did regular Fitness Training sessions with Mick Seaton to improve his core strength and leg power.  Fraser Continues to train with Matt Grainger in between competition. 

Fraser started surfing as a 6 year old attending a Manly Surf School program at Palm Beach  9 years ago, taught by fellow Avalon surfer Shane Conwell. We went to surf with his dad Andy Dovall. Fraser will be teaching at Palm Beach these school holidays teaching young kids alongside Shane Conwell. 

Fraser has come full circle willing to impart knowledge and expertise onto the next Australian Champion.

He will also be heading to P Pass with his mum Sue and Andy Dovall to work on his frontside tube riding in January.

Fraser is sponsored by Channel Islands, Rip Curl and FCS. 

Other Northern Beaches surfers results . 
Harley Ross- Webster . 2nd u16 boys.
Holly Warne . 4th U18 girls.
Alysse Cooper . 5th U16 Girls.
Darcy Crump . 5th u16 boys.


Ripcurl Bikini Tour

A BIG thanks to everyone who was involved in the recent Ripcurl bikini tour sessions!





Thanks to the Long Reef Instructors

Just wanted to give you some feedback from this morning’s lesson at Long Reef.

Both my sons are HFA (high functioning autistic) and my youngest especially has difficulty interpreting verbal instructions (especially with other distractions like the sound of the surf crashing all around). The two senior instructors took great care with my sons – they were gentle and articulate and encouraging. My sons walked away from this mornings’ session filled with confidence and gagging to get back for tomorrow’s session.

Many thanks,


Fun in G Land

Indo for my Birthday last year.


Swell hitting Indo who wants go


Surfing Rehabilitation Programs

Manly surf school are running rehabilitation programs to help persons to return back to surfing after an injury. Matt Grainger and his team have worked with many clients over the years to get them back into the surf. Lessons are 30 mins or 60 minute private lessons.



Email from the guys at Surfhour Challenge

HI Matt

On behalf of the Surfhour Challenge team I wanted to thank you for your generous support and involvement in the inaugural Surfhour Challenge.

The event was incredibly successful in its first year with 70 participants, 400 donors and has so far raised over $28,000. The money raised will be divided equally between the our two nominated charities, The Gidget Foundation and Surfaid International.

Along with our aim of raising money for charity we also wanted to unite the surfing and watersports communities by participating in a fun event with friends and family.

In particular the interest you took in it from the start meant we could get it off the ground and of course the advertising of the event through your facebook contacts meant we could get the word out to the surfing community.

We could not have done it without your support (especially in the early stages when we were working out what to do!) and thanks very much for the the surf lessons donated which were given as prizes to people who did fundraising for the event.

The event was promoted via Channel 10, APN Media, Coastalwatch, Surfing NSW, Pam Burridge Surf School, the Manly Daily, the Wentworth Courier, Aquabumps and Sprout Daily. Our other sponsors and prize donators included Peter’s Icecream, Hotys Cinemas, Surf Dive ‘n Ski, Surf Composites, Global Surf Industries, Rancan Sisters Fitness, Surfection Mosman, Physiocise, Next Media, Ocean and Earth and the North Narrabeen Wax Company.

Once again, thank you for your generous support and we look forward to continuing the partnership with you next year for the second annual Surfhour Challenge.

Martelle and the Surfhour challenge team, Jules Walsh, Stephanie Hughes and Jules Duthie.

Surf with a Purpose. One hour on one day.