Fun and Safe for all ages


It’s the adventure of the search

It’s that pre surf amp and expectation

It’s the feeling only a surfer knows

Every wave is a new challenge; persistence

Feel the STOKE of Surfing

It’s hooting a friends great wave. YEW!

Just for a bit wash away life’s stresses

It’s after surf contentedness

It’s individual freedom, but unites people.

That wave will never break again, and you rode it

Learn to Surf Tasmania

Learn from Qualified Coaches

It’s all about lifestyle

Suit up, feel the rush


 Surfing is very special, and Coastrider Surf Academy’s coaches can provide you with all the skills and ocean awareness to get that feeling that only a surfer knows – that true STOKED feeling.

Coastrider is Tasmania’s leading surf school, providing surf lessons all across Tasmania. We are based at Clifton Beach near Hobart but run frequent lessons at Park Beach, and the NW and East Coasts. Join one of surf groups anytime or take a private lesson to get started, check out our surf lesson options to get you started.

Coastrider specialise in:

  • Teens and Adults surf sessions
  • School Group Bookings - Info Here
  • Parties for Birthdays, Hens & Bucks, Christmas - Info Here
  • Corporate Surf fun and Team Building – Info Here
  • SURFGROMS 5-12yo Surf Programs - Info Here

We also conduct Stand Up Paddle Board lessons and Tasmanian Surf Tours.

Why surf with Coastrider? Check out what we offer – Info here. It’s all about giving you the very best instruction and feedback to help you progress your surfing ability at a fast pace and get past that frustrating stage as a beginner.  Please call or email us to find out any additional info you may require. Look forward to surfing with you.

GIFT VOUCHERS are available from the purchase page or from your local Surf Shop. You can also pay by Credit Card ($2 fee) or cash on the day of your surf lesson.

Phone us for Surf Lesson Dates and times, we operate 7 days a week all year round.

Vegemite Surfgroms

VEGEMITE SurfGroms offers youngsters aged between 5 and 12 years old the opportunity to learn how to surf in a fun, safe and supervised environment, whilst also learning vital ocean awareness and beach safety skills.  These are essential skills for every child growing up around beaches/waterways in Tasmania.   Surfgroms work through skill levels during their surfing programs, with all first time surfers starting at Level 1 in their first program, the grom can achieve more than 1 level per program if they show the ability to jump a level.    At the completion of each level the groms will have their logbook signed off and a skill level wristband will be awarded.


  1. Level 1 – Designed for first time surfers – Ride white water waves and understand basic ocean awareness and beach safety. Tred water and attempt to swim 20m.
  2. Level 2 – Completed Level 1 and can paddle into and ride small unbroken waves, also complete Level 2 ocean knowledge requirements. Swim 50m in surf
  3. Level 3 – If completed Level 2 and can show control of the board trimming across small unbroken waves, swim 100m in surf.
  4. Level 4 – If you have nailed Level 3 then you will have to show basic skills of the bottom and top turns and open face cutbacks. Level 4 Ocean knowledge test & swim 200m.
  5. Level 5 – You will now be ripping and must show linking manoeuvres on open face medium sized waves. You will have to know all Level 5 ocean safety and awareness assessment criteria. You must also complete an Ironman style beach run/swim/paddle.

Coastrider Surf Academy prides itself on offering the very best SURFGROMS clinics in Tasmania. We are Tassie’s leading surf school not only for adults, but for SURFGROMS Programs as well, with 90% of parents/kids choosing Coastrider for their SURFGROM experience. 




Matt in Surfing Life Magazine

Check out this awesome shot of Matt Kennedy (Coastrider Coach) in the latest Australian Surfing Life magazine.  Taken at Remarks by Chizza not too long ago and claimed as one of the biggest backside reverse airs ever in Tassie. Nice work Matt, maybe a few of the surfers you have instructed will bust out airs one day also.

Massive air

Birthday Parties

Happy Birthday to Matilda who turned 11 today with an awesome birthday party with Coastrider.  Plenty of fun beach games and lots of great waves for all the girls. Everyone loved our sweet as surf lollies and Matilda was stoked on her birthday bag of goodies from Coastrider. To book the best party ever contact us, we can even make a cake!!

East Coast Camp

It was an awesome surf trip to the East Coast on a recent Friends school camp.  The students had a ball, and showed plenty of new found surfing skills by the end of their school camp. If your school would like the same experience contact Coastrider for more details.

Get into Surfing Now

Now is the perfect time to get into surfing or get some extra lessons as the water and weather is at it’s warmest right now.  The water is a balmy 19 degress and the weather is still so good with March generally regarded as the best month for surf in Tasmania. Coastrider is open for Group lessons, private lessons and of course Surfgroms programs until the end of April.  During the winter months we offer private surf lessons on demand.

All you have to do is decide on a surf lesson package and contact us for lessons times.  Surf lessons for adults/teenagers/groms are run everyday weekend usually at Clifton Beach. Times vary due to tide and surf conditions.

Hope to surf with you soon.

Sisters Beach Surf lessons FEB 2, 2013

Sisters beach surfing

What an awesome spot for surf lessons such nice long gentle waves and beautiful beach.  Get along to our Sisters beach surf lesson on FEB 2, 2013 and have stacks of fun surfing with us.  The lesson is for beginners to intermediate and includes all equipment and a 2 hour lesson.  Lesson starts at 8:30 am, a great way to start the day.  Contact Jono on 0419324921 to book your spot.