Australian Surf Tours

Program 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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Jordan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had spent a 5 months in Australia and wanted to learn to surf properly !!. I decided to go and see a friend who was currently doing the AST Surf Camp in Thirroul and I came down to visit and the place was amazing so I decided to book the 4 week surf development course. Instantly I felt at home in the motel with everyone being so friendly. Furthermore, Thirroul is a perfect place to run a surf camp as you really feel like your living the real surfers lifestyle. My surfing improved so much as when I started I couldn’t even stand up and then 4 weeks later being able to catch my own waves and even brought my own board !! I would recommend AST to anyone who is looking to learn to surf properly and I can promise you won’t regret it !!!

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Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I didn't know what to expect I had done my research on surf camps and Australian Surf Tours was the best for value for money and I'm so glad a surfed with them. Daniel was my instructor and he was the most down to earth real Aussie! He taught me about the ocean and about the local town!
The overall staff where amazing helping me out with anything I needed!
The rooms where great and so was the daily breakfast (included in the surf package)
I'm telling all my friends about this experience! Would highly recommend

Solange
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

When I booked my trip to Australia, I decided to book the 4 weeks development course at Australian Surf Tours. I arrived and I immediately felt comfortable in the beautiful small town called Thirroul. The motel where you’ll stay is perfect, it has nice rooms (with comfortable beds, very important haha) and a big common room where you can chill, play pingpong or watch netflix. The motel is superclose to the beach, so you can easily go there to see the sunrise in the morning or for a walk on the beach in the evening.
About the surfing, I loved it already the first day. The coaches are full of energy and can’t wait to teach you how to surf and most importantly how to live as a surfer. After my 4 weeks I decided to extend for 4 more weeks and I do not regret at all.

Next to the surfing, you also go on adventures during the week. Visit some waterfalls, jumping of cliffs and visit Wollongong to party!

In the end I learned how to catch my own waves, start turning and most of all how to enjoy life to the fullest with the most amazing and relaxed people around you.
I can’t wait to go back!

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Shaun
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

AST has the most amazing surf camp ever. The AST crew is the most knowledgeable, fun loving, and energetic group you will ever meet. They are dedicated to teaching you how to surf and have fun doing it. In addition, through their surf camps you meet people from all over the world, who like you, are there to learn the amazing world surfing has to offer. They also introduce you to the increadable nature that Australia has to offer. Where else can you go and feed sting rays and baby kangaroos. All of the locations are easy to get to from Thirroul. And getting from Sydney airport to Thirroul is very fast and easy by train.

Elie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I decided to book a surf camp weekend with AST and I can tell you it was one of the best weekend of my life ! I learned to surf with really great surf coach, who were always here for us, in the water but also after at the camp, teaching us about the ocean, their experiences...
Moreover I had the opportunity to feed some kangaroos, some stingrays and to see some oppossums at night ! I absolutely loved it.
And last but not least, the food was really delicious, always fresh and in large quantities that was great after a long day surfing !
I would definitely go back for the camp or maybe a longer stay ! Thank you AST, and especially Lucky for the amazing surf lessons !

What would you improve about this program?
Nothing, this program is already really complete and awesome.