Coastrider specialise in:

  • Teens and Adults surf sessions, join a group or Private lessons- Info Here
  • 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 Day Surf Trips.

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.


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. 




School surfing programs

Coastrider Surf Academy is highly regarded as Tasmania’s Number 1 surf school for Private and Public school group/camp surfing sessions.  We offer the very best school surfing experience, with consistency of coaching staff and commitment to students fun and safety.  Your school demands to have the very best safe and professional approach to surfing, which is why we offer qualified coaches that deliver structured surf lessons in surf conditions suitable for your entire group.

We have Venue Analysis and Risk Assessment for all the beaches we operate at and can provide you with these to assist in your excursion/camp planning.   Our school rates are super well priced to fit into your budget requirements, and as a cost to experience offered activity it is awesome value.

We cater for all schools State-wide with Coastrider South and NW Coast operations covering all Tasmanian surfing beaches. We can cater for any number of students from very large beach days to small class sessions.  We also supply Surf Rescue Bronze Medallion personal for any beach days and provide Board and Wetsuit Hire.

If you would like to meet with, or chat us, to plan a surfing activity or camp please contact Jono on 0419324921.

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!!

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.

The Coastrider Crew

Most of the 2014/15 Coastrider Crew

All our coaches are fully qualified Level 1 or 2 surf Instructors with additional Surf Bronze Medallion and First aid qualifications.  We are here to deliver only the best most fun surf lessons to get you surfing and develop your skills at a fast pace.  Check out most of the team by scrolling down this page.  We look forward to seeing you surf with us.

Coastrider Canteen Support

Coastrider Surf Academy is stoked to support CANTEEN and all the special work they do for their members.  Coastrider provides surf lessons for CANTEEN members for CANTEEN Recreation days as well as supporting other CANTEEN events and activities.  Be on the lookout for BANDANNA day coming soon. Keep up the great work CANTEEN.