Thanks for the testimonial Caroline J!
My family have been having surf lessons with Shane at Palm Beach surf school over the last 4 years. We started with the boys who at the time had no surfing experience. They are now all happy competent surfers. Shane and his team were exceptional with the boys and taught them well. Fours years later they are still having a weekly surf lesson with Shane and a bunch of friends from school as they still love going up to Palmie, seeing Shane and getting a few new surfing tricks mastered.
We just wanted to let you know what a good job Shane, Morgan and the team at Palm Beach do. Always friendly, professional, fun and most importantly safe.
HUGE Thank you from Eniwe Children’s Fund
Manly Surf School is a proud sponsor of the Eniwe Children’s Fund and are stoked with the success of their last fundraising event a huge $32,000 was raised. Great work guys! You can find out more information by visiting there website (http://eniwechildrensfund.org/)
Nice break for bush children
A group of six Brewarrina Aboriginal children spent yesterday with Manly Surf School. The group, aged from 7 to 13, were taught water safety and surf skills.Joyce Doole, who accompanied the group, told Manly Daily that as Brewarrina was five hours west of Dubbo, many of the children who take part in the surf program have never seen the ocean before, let alone surfed.
Warringah has previously hosted Brewarrina locals as part of a Sister City youth exchange program between Warringah and Brewarrina councils. “The kids are just so excited to be here,” Ms Doole said. “It’s just really great for them.”
The children are chosen for the program by the local “Granny Patrol” – run by Ms Doole for 19 years – a group that works with Brewarrina women and children in need of assistance.Selection criteria for a surf trip includes school attendance and good behaviour.
36 Hours in Sydney
Sunday10 a.m.11) BEACH BUNSIn the nautical hierarchy, the beach resort of Manly may be lower-profile than Bondi’s more chic surf culture, but that’s exactly what makes it such a treat, starting with a quick ferry ride seven miles north of the city. (This year Manly is celebrating its official recognition as the birthplace of Australian surfing.) The town is sprucing up the Manly Scenic Walkway that winds through a large nature preserve. At the other end of the beach, Manly Surf School (North Steyne Surf Club, Long Reef; 61-2-9977-6977; manlysurfschool.com) offers rentals and lessons starting at 60 Australian dollars.
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New tricks for old dog
ALTHOUGH a long way from the footy field, retired NRL legend Hazem El Masri uesterday demonstrated the same surefooted aptitude in the surf that he displayed on the wing for the Bulldogs.
El Masri enjoyed expert tuition from Manly Surf School as he took to the North Steyne breaks, joining a group of Muslim women from southwestern Sydney for the session. “It was really good, better than I expected,” El Masri said.
“Dave (the instructor) was putting a bit of pressure on me, saying `now you’ve retired. you’ve probably put on a bit of weight`.”
The lesson was filmed as part of a series called Manly Surf, which tells stories of the instructors and students.
Despite it being his first attempt at stand-up surfing, El Masri impressed onlookers by getting to his feet and even carving across the face of several waves.
“He’s ripping, he must have surfed before… it usually takes months to get to that kind of level,” series creator Daniel Starling said.
But a modest El Masri was quick to credit his instructors.
“As soon as you get some tips you can go out there properly – if you just jump out there with no idea you’re going to suffer,” he said.
Justin Burke – Youth Development Officer – Warringah Council
Thanks again so much for giving the kids surf lessons. It is so nice to see local business people like you out there in the community proving services to disadvantaged groups such as the Bre guys. They had an unreal time and I couldn’t believe how quickly they picked it up.
The weather was unreal, conditions perfect and couldn’t think of a better place to be. The set up at the roy worked really well.
I wanted to acknowledge what you and Manly Surf School have done for us in the past and it is important that the Mayor and Councillors see first hand the benefits to the program and the people like you that are involved in such positive ways.
So mate thanks again, I had a good time as well as the kiddies and hope you like the photos. Cheers and talk soon.
Helen Appleton – Family Therapist – Giant Steps Sydney
I brought a group of kids in on Saturday afternoon for a surfing lesson, and despite the shark alarms the kids had a wonderful time!
I wanted to say a huge thank you to Eden, Ryan and Brendan for being so patient and great with the kids. Many of them were very nervous and were determined to not even get in the water, and I’m thrilled that they all had a go and felt so proud of themselves for achieving something new.
Thanks again, you guys are fantastic!
Paul’s big Wednesday
DESPITE his prosthetic leg, shark attack victm Paul de Gelder blew onlookers away with his board-riding ability when he returned to the water on Wednesday for a lesson with Manly Surf School.
Surf instructor Nick James took the learner through his paces and watched as his student successfully got to his fit and rode the waves.
Mr de Gelder, a former navy diver, lost his right leg during a shark attack in February 2009 while he was diving on duty in Sydney Harbour.
Mr James, who has been with the school nearly seven years, said he was gobsmacked by his student’s ability.
“He was amazing for a guy who’s got one leg and basically one arm,” he said. “He blew me away, I couldn’t believe how well he surfed. His jump-up was as good as , if not better than, most of the students we get here.”
The lesson will be featured in one of 10 episodes of a TV series currently under production called MANLY SURF, which is the brainchild of four locals. Creator Daniel Starling said the series focused on Manly Surf School.