The worst kept secret about things to do in Adelaide

31 October, 2014

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The Worst-Kept Secret About Things To Do In Adelaide

Australia is globally known for it’s spectacular beaches, including Queensland’s extensive coastline, Sydney’s beaches located a hop, skip and jump from the city, or Western Australia’s naturally beautiful and unique beaches.

It’s true that these Australian regions are hotspots that are prime for attracting tourists, but we share with you the worst-kept secret about the amazing things to do in Adelaide – experiencing South Australia’s stunning beaches by learning to surf on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

Fleurieu Peninsula beaches

The Fleurieu Peninsula, within an hour’s drive from Central Adelaide, is geared up for visitors with wineries, water activities and wildlife. 

Port Elliot - image courtesy of

The beaches in this region showcase sheltered coves, to secluded fishing spots on long rugged stretches of sand, to swimming and surfing in sandy bays.

We break down 7 reasons why Surf & Sun are the best people to teach you to surf in this region.

1. Recognised company

Surf & Sun aren’t mavericks – they are a licensed surf school.  They don’t just ‘talk the talk’, they live and breathe promoting great activities in Fleurieu Peninsula and in 2013, they were awarded ‘Best Adventure Tourism’ business in South Australia. 

2. Multiple South Australia locations

The great thing about travelling is having options to match your needs. 

Surf & Sun have recognized this concept, and consequently they base their activities at multiple locations including Middleton, Moana and (on request) Goolwa.

Middleton main street - image courtesy of weekend notes

Moana is just 40 minutes from Adelaide; Middleton is 1.5 hours from Adelaide and the locations allow you to discover other attractions on the way to learning how to ‘hang ten’.

Fleurieu Adventures, another local company, can help you discover the attractions in this region as they are experts at offering ideas.  They rent body boards, surfboards, stand up paddleboards, snorkel equipment, bikes – they can even arrange a wine tour!

3. Daily lessons

Ever travelled halfway across the world to find that specific museum you really wanted to visit is only open once a week? Or that zip-line over the Amazon rainforest only ‘zips’ into action three months of the year?  It’s a downer on anyone’s itinerary.

Luckily, Surf & Sun offers a solution for travellers with flexible schedules by holding group surf lessons a minimum of three times a day, every day of the year.

Sessions are at 9.30am, 12.30pm and 3pm, and if you pop by in summer there are two extra sessions at 10.30am and 2pm.

4. Appropriate gear and learning environment

Beginners often fall into the trap of trying to teach themselves to surf and they buy cheap gear to get themselves up and riding.  It’s possible to learn to surf yourself, but are you certain of how your second-hand gear has been maintained and more importantly, is it safe to use?

Surf & Sun takes all this hassle out of the equation by providing you with quality equipment including a full Rip Curl wetsuit, rash vest and soft surfboards so you can be sure you have the right gear.

They teach lessons at beaches that are chosen for their suitability for beginners, which saves you ending up on the 6pm news because you have gone solo and chosen to learn at a notoriously dangerous beach.

5. Expert instruction

All instructors are accredited surf coaches and many have represented South Australia in surfing titles.

Instructors teach you about the basics that are important to the process of learning to surf – standing up, falling off safely etc.

There is a big emphasis on teaching about surf safety, which is particularly important in Australia due to varying beach and marine conditions including rip currents.

6. Customer Service and Discounts

Surf & Sun has little sweeteners for convincing your friends to come along and learn to surf with you – if you book 4 or more people, you will receive a 10% discount. If you book 8 or more, you’ll get a 20% discount.

You can also buy a ‘Learn to Surf’ voucher for a birthday or Christmas gift.

It’s simple to get in touch with them – via their website, phone, email or you can connect with them on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn.

7. Give back to the community

AUD$1 from each person that goes through the surf school is given back to a local community nursery, for the purposes of replanting and revegetation along the coastline.  So, even if your attempts at surfing fail, the environment has still benefited.

Want to take advantage of the worst-kept secret in Adelaide?  Wax up your board now and book your surf lessons Adelaide with Surf & Sun.

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