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Address: Moana Road, Gisborne 4010, New Zealand
Phone Number:
+64 22 313 0213
06:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

WOW Surf School teaches all ages, groups, beginner to intermediate surfers:...

WOW Surf School teaches all ages, groups, beginner to intermediate surfers: everybody is welcome!

We are passionate about sharing the amazing sport with all people and our number one priority is that you are encouraged and supported in this exciting experience.

We provide all the gear you need. Surf Boards, Wetsuits, the best surf venue on the day, qualified and caring surf coaches.

We use variety of tried and tested techniques that help both Adults and Kids get up and riding waves in no time!!

Lessons can be tailored to your level to ensure the best experience possible.

We have fully qualified Female and Male coaches to help you best ride waves.

A range of boards and sizes of wetsuits-from Kids to XXL including womens.

We have a variety of lesson options and pricing.

You can surf in a group with other people or book a private lesson to cater for your specific requirements.

All ages and all walks of life are welcome!

Open everyday, our goal is to share the joy of surfing with you!

Waterproof camera’s available to capture the fun and thrill of wave riding.

We look forward to having you surf with us!

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Great first experience

As our first surf lesson was a great experience that I can sincerly recommend. Liz explained us everything in details and was extremely funny.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cologne, Germany
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Cologne, Germany
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

As our first surf lesson was a great experience that I can sincerly recommend. Liz explained us everything in details and was extremely funny.

Thank dori4n_chronicles
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I had a fantastic time learning how to surf with Liz. We are both in our 50’s and I had never surfed or even boogie boarded before and my husband had surfed only a couple of times as a teenager. Liz was great at putting us at ease, teaching us the basics, observing what we were doing... More 

Thank ania_camargo
New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 23 February 2017

My partner and I had such a great morning with Liz. I've always wanted to learn how to surf and after a short lesson I was actually doing it! Liz was a fantastic coach, super supportive and the tips to get better really helped. Definitely recommend WOW and Liz to anyone - if you're like me and an absolute beginner,... More 

Thank MayaNZ
Auckland, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Such a great morning with Liz, we'd give her a 6-star rating if we could! My partner and I booked with very little notice, and subsequently spent a couple of hours in the water and went from being a complete newbies to people who could actually catch a wave, stand up, and jump off at the end. Whats great about... More 

Thank Dro1982
1 review
Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Excellent instructor, keeps a good eye on you Enjoyed the 3 day lesson Started with no experience at all

Thank jan g
Napier, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Our children aged 9 and 11 did a 2 hr surf lesson, their first, having never surfed before. They were provided modern wetsuits and boards and received excellent instruction from Liz which had them catching waves and standing up in no time. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and wanted another lesson.....which they took next day with similar results. This is a... More 

Thank Dermot M
Vancouver, Canada
1 review
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We did 3 surf lessons with Liz at North Makorori beach. We had booked 4 lessons, but the waves were not great the first day so that lesson was cancelled. Liz made up for the lost lesson over the next 3 days though! Liz is very knowledgeable and help to correct our technique. We learned a lot and got great... More 

Thank nicolealing
1 review
Reviewed 25 May 2016

I did five days surfing with Liz at the beginning of April 2016. It was brilliant. In 5 days I went from being a complete beginner to surfing a (small) green wave - still chuffed with that. Liz taught me everything and was full of great tips and mentoring; encouraging me on when I got disheartened and high-fiving me when... More 

Thank Maisie R
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this review

Maisie, thanks so much for remembering us & taking the time to give us such a wonderful review. You are someone who I will take inspiration from when I get disheartened about something, you inspire others by showing what persistence looks like. You weren't someone who nailed the sport straight away like some do, but girl did you work hard... More 

London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2016

Awesome surf lessons! Liz is a great instructor and really inspiring. I'd had a few lessons previously, but felt way more confident after surfing with her. I took 3 days but I could've easily stayed in Gisborne and surfed longer! She has some great tips that help make you feel more confident and get you standing up and steering in... More 

Thank NicolaYuen
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your lovely feedback Nicola. So impressed with your ability after only a few sessions. It was great to see your progression over this time, the lovely graceful way you rode waves and that beautiful smile!-Totally caught it in some of those photos-super inspiring thank you! More 

Raumati Beach, New Zealand
2 reviews
Reviewed 12 January 2016

My daughters aged 10 and 12 and myself had an absolutely fantastic time learning to surf with Liz, initially we were only going to do one session but we had so much fun and Liz was so fantastic and enthusiastic with my girls that we decided to do two more. I highly recommend learning to surf with WOW surf school... More 

Thank RhysGordon
Liz A, Owner at WOW Surf School Gisborne, responded to this review

Ah Rhys, such a great time with you and your girls! Thanks so much for the kind words. What a fun father/daughter bonding experience, really wonderful getting to get to be part of that. Lovely people and some awesome waves caught! It was so nice to meet you all. All the best with the next adventure. More 

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