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Who We Are

First Wave Surfing Coaches - Rule!!!

The 1st Wave Surf School is owner operated and coaching staff are fully accredited and qualified Surfing Coaches as required by Surfing Australia.

The minimum requirements of the 1st Wave coaching staff are:

  • Level 1 Surfing Coach (Australian Coaching Council)
  • Advanced Resuscitation Certificate
  • Surf Rescue Certificate
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • Queensland Government Blue Card Holder (working with children)
  • Approved Gold Coast City Council Surf instructor Permit # 7574539
3 girls walking while holding their surfboards
Group of people doing surfing stunt



GOLD COAST operates at Main Beach which is only 5 mins drive north of Surfers Paradise or a 1 hour from Brisbane. We are approximately half way between Surfers Paradise and Seaworld (opposite Southport yacht Club).

Our Gold Coast Learn to surf location provides easy beach access, convenient meeting point, free parking and a great surfing beach.

Our beachfront meeting point is located at the:


Opposite- 3645 main beach parade,  Main Beach, Gold Coast, Queensland. 4217


LIFEGUARD TOWER 38 – NARROWNECK BEACH, Main Beach Parade, Main Beach.

Meet near Lifeguard Tower  (Narrowneck Beach is 1km South of the Southport slsc) This is also our Stand Up Paddle location. 3482 Main Beach Parade, Main Beach

Meet Our Surf Coach

James Surf Coach

Starting surf coaching over 10 years ago while studying biochemistry at university. Has since finished his degree, travelled and used his surf coaching accreditation to work around the world. Maybe one day he’ll be a biochemist, but until then he’s on the beach surfing and working at his beloved local Main Beach.

Reagan Surf Coach

Born and bred on the Gold Coast, regularly spotted surfing beach breaks between Miami and the Southport Spit, I still surf everyday and love sharing the thrill with people catching their 1st wave. I have been surf coaching for over 18 years and have taught thousands of people young and old. Call me for the BEST surfing lesson on the GC.

Brad Surf Coach

1996 I started coaching, 20+ years surf instructing experience, if you can’t find Brad hanging in the 1st Wave hang out @ SSLSC or on the beach doing a lesson, check Crema Espresso Coffee at Main Beach, he can’t come to work before his morning cappucino. Regularly arrives just as the wind blows in and misses out on the good waves!!