Surf Schools of Australia
Learning To Surf
Sydney Safe Surf School
SYDNEY - MAROUBRA, NSW
Brenda Miley and partner Craig "Wacca" Wachholz started their first surf school in true surfer style - out of the back of a van at Bondi Beach in 1995.
Wacca caught his first wave at north Bondi's "kiddies' corner" in 1968 on a Midget Farrelly Coolite soft-board and, after joining North Bondi Surf Club, was soon competing in state and national competitions.
After a successful music career in the early 1980s as guitarist for Sydney pop-punk band Dee Minor & the Discords, Wacca was happy to find himself back on a soft-board once again, sharing his blend of rock and roll aesthetic and love of surfing with visitors and the next generation of local grommets.
Brenda's background as a physical education teacher gave her a great instinct for finding surf instructors possessed of strong surfing skills along with a passion for teaching, sense of humour and empathy with people.
She soon took on a lead role in the development of Australian women's surfing, starting Bondi Girls Surf Riders in 1999.
She was appointed National Women's Director of Surfing Australia in 2002.
At neighbouring Maroubra Beach, Sue Moore had been teaching people to surf since 1988, one of the first surf coaches in Sydney's eastern suburbs.
In partnership with Brenda and Wacca, Sue brings a wealth of experience to their successful and still expanding surf school operation at Maroubra Bay.
Phone: (02) 9365 4370
Address: Sydney Safe Surf Schools are based at Maroubra Beach, only 15mins drive from the city and easily accessible by Sydney Buses (info line 131 500) (Bus 395, 396, 377, 353, 372).
Students and Instructors meet in front of the lifeguard tower, next to the Pav