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Australian Surf Tours

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There’s something different about starting your life-long surfing adventure with Australian Surf Tours than starting it by yourself or with anyone else. Australian Surf Tours is more than just a surf camp or surf school. We represent a culture, a lifestyle, connections between people and nature, people and the ocean and people with each other.

We are energized by the ocean and the lifestyle that surfing brings and we look to pass on that knowledge and energy through surfing programs that educate and empower our ‘students’ into the life the that they dream about.

Founded
2009
Headquarters

222-226 Lawrence Hargrave Drive
Thirroul NSW 2515
Australia

Reviews

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Joseph
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Australian Surf Tour was my first introduction to Australia ever. As such the impression the Tour has left on me remained the impression I took home about Australia, along with the home feel of the small immediate town and the landscape we explored with the Tour nearby. Australians and the the organizers and staff, along with other surf mates I have come to meet and know were truly exceptional people, very kind, patient, welcoming, funny and went out of their way to make us feel home. I only learned about AST surf camp online and knew no one in Australia. I found out the AST publicity and claims were honest and accurate and beyond. It is also truly a great opportunity to meet other participants from other countries. I have already signed up for a reunion soon. I will make the trip over and over again to hone my technique and just enjoy an awesome place to be with truly remarkable people. The trip is very straight forward and found the transit system from the airport to the AST camp truly impeccable. I highly recommend signing up at least 1 week if not several if you have time. I also found it very cost effective and banks for your buck, which renders the the AST surf camp truly all the worthwhile. Australians and the embedded surf culture in the region is truly life sustaining.

What would you improve about this program?
I do not see what else the program can do to improve, they are always going out of their way to make you feel home and learning. One should however spend more time if they can because only with practice that one can hone their technique, and the longer one stays they enjoy the region fully.
Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Signed up for one week and ended up extending my stay for two more weeks—it’s that good. The staff and people connected to the camp are incredibly kind and are what makes the camp so special. I came to AST having no surf experience, but left learning how to ride the face of the waves and a greater knowledge on reading the ocean. If you’re looking for an authentic Aussie experience, I highly rate AST. Much thanks to all the wonderful people there, already looking forward to coming back to camp in the future.

Bouke
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When i first arrived in Australia back in 2016, Australian Surf Tours was my first stop on my travels throughout the country. And propably the best so far.

When I first came around I didn't know anything about surfing. The coaches taught me from step one, and within 1 week I was busy practicing turning on waves. The coaches are very patient and helpfull, and without them I wouldn't be able to surf the way I am today.

Another huge plus is the accomodation. You spend your time out of the water in a surfhouse literally 5 minutes from the beach, and during the nights you can hang out with all your surfbuddies in the lounge and possibly have a feed together in the huge kitchen.

All in all, I stayed for about 2 months, and I wouldnt have missed it for the world!

Lena
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I booked the 8 Week Development Surf Course, I never expected such a excellent Team and work behind this. Now I have the freedom to travel around everywhere, watch a beach, observe the waves and go into the water on my own. Even in a pretty crowded lineup like in Byron Bay-The Pass, I now the rules, now what I need to do to catch a wave and develop my surf skills by going on. After 8 weeks getting such a confidence and the right tools from the coaches of AST, is unpayable. I never surfed in my life before - booking this course was life changing for me!

What would you improve about this program?
continue this great work ;)
Anna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Earlier this year I did a 4 week surf development course with AST and it was an amazing experience and definitely a highlight of my travels in Australia so far. As I had already tried surfing a few times before but never quite gotten the hang of it, I was excited to find AST who offer such long programs which made it possible for me to really improve and progress in my surfing. I feel more confident in the water than I did before and I have gained a lot of understanding when it comes to reading waves and different surf conditions. Something that I find is unique to AST's surf development course compared to other surf camps that I have done in the past, is the incredible focus on detail to enhance individual progress. Other than surfing the program includes reading surf forecasts, video correction, breath training and a visit to a surfboard factory. The coaches and the rest of the staff are amazing at spreading good vibes and there is no secret that they love to share the surfing lifestyle with everyone who comes to the camp. The little surf town Thirroul, where the surf motel is located, is an absolute gem! Beautiful nature and beaches in the surrounding area and all necessary facilities such as supermarkets, pharmacy, train station, restaurants etc can be found just down the street. I would highly recommend AST to anyone who hope to have an epic surf adventure while they are in Australia!

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Jose Moutinho

Job Title
Director
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What is your favorite travel memory?

This is a hard question as there are so many amazing memories created whilst traveling. The travel memory that pops up in my head at first thought would be when I was in Peru. The landscape and the people felt like I was constantly on a adventure.

The part of this trip that specifically comes to mind is when I arrived to the small surf/fishing village called Chicama. I had been traveling for days by bus in the desert guided by written directions which I had taken from my friends over the phone.

I had been traveling from Salta in the north of Argentina and had not seen the ocean or surfed for over 3 weeks and I knew there were some really really good waves in the area, so I was super excited. After missioning for days through the desert I started to wonder if I was actually heading in the right direction as my Spanish wasn't amazing. Sure enough it turned out that I had been on a bus which had detoured massively from where I actually needed to be.

I finally arrived in the small town. It was quiet with barely anyone around, so I struggled to find where my mates where staying and decided to head to the beach and see what the set up was. As I got closer and closer I couldn't believe what I was seeing. The longest wave I had ever seen in my life, it was ridiculous! I walked further and further to the point I was in awe of what I was seeing.

As I got closer and closer towards the look out to the point, I heard someone shouting out. At first I ignored it and then decided to turn around. To my surprise it was my friends up on a balcony shouting and waving. I had finally found them after all that time of trying to figure out where I was going - I had made it! I hadn't seen them in over a year so it was pretty good to catch up and be able to surf the longest waves I have ever surfed, in what felt like the middle of the desert.

Over the next couple of months we ended up going up and down the coast finding wave after wave and having the same adventures but magnified each time. The locals and travelers I met along the way on that trip, matched with the amazing waves and landscape made it one of my top travel memories.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have changed in many ways as I have learned so many new skills and pushed my comfort zones to be able achieve personal and business goals. I have met so many amazing people a long the way which have made me learn more about myself and the world we live in.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

The best stories are always when our students really learn to surf with us, then take those skills around the world with them meeting new people. The best part is seeing them somewhere in the world out in the surf and they are ripping!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose the 12 week surf development program. I would love to be able to spend that much time breaking down and focusing on my surf technique whilst being able to spend all day adventuring in the beauties in which the Illawarra landscape has to offer.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our company is unique as it provides people the opportunity to learn and experience the real surf lifestyle. We focus on the understanding of the ocean and surf education so that surfers are able surf by themselves when they leave.

We break down and develop surf techniques not only in the ocean but through surf training tools such as video correction, balance boards and surf skateboarding lessons. The most unique part is that we take time to explore the coast with our students, swimming in rock pools and water falls, whilst meeting the Australian wildlife.

I am proud of my team every day as every day as they constantly push to be the best, and they make every day so so so much fun. They are all passionate in what they do, passionate about surfing, traveling and getting the chance to meet new people with new stories every day.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Caring about each and everyone of your clients. Understand what they want and be able to deliver that to them with the highest quality and surpass their expectations with that WOW factor by going the extra mile.

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