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Address: 7 Marine Parade Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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+61 412 417 431
07:00 - 21:00
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Learn to surf in Sydney! Manly Surf Guide are a boutique surf guiding...

Learn to surf in Sydney! Manly Surf Guide are a boutique surf guiding company that offer small group surfing tours and surf lessons in Sydney's famous Manly Beach and Sydneys beautiful Northern Beaches. A local business owned and operated by Dee Why’s Ryan Hayfield, Ryan and his hand picked team of local staff have grown up surfing at Dee Why, Manly and Sydney’s Northern Beaches. Our guides know exactly where to go in all conditions. Ryan is one of Sydney’s most sought after surf coaches with over 15 years coaching experience and has been surfing since age 5. Ryan and his team are young, fun and full of energy. Each guide has completed a Level 2 Surf Coaching Course, APOLA (ocean safety), Advanced First Aid and Advanced Resuscitation qualifications. Ryan and his staff are passionate about the ocean and the sport of surfing and pride them selves on giving you an authentic surfing and Australian cultural experience. Manly Surf Guide is a successful company purely relying on word of mouth recommendations from providing a quality personalised service, rather than a large marketing campaign.

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Family Surf Lessons

We got surf lessons for our two pre-teen children and my wife and I. None of us had any experience. After a quick discussion of how to get up on the surf board (i.e. surfing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 December 2016
Todd R
Atlanta, Georgia

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes I surfed, I caught 2 good waves and 3 others in 5 hours in the water. Rick did his best to be accommodating with a 2 day rescheduling fiasco. But ultimately the guide took 6 of us to the worst spot on the beach. We fought the kelp and weeds on every ride. I have been surfing several times... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

We got surf lessons for our two pre-teen children and my wife and I. None of us had any experience. After a quick discussion of how to get up on the surf board (i.e. surfing), you get in the water and begin to learn. Everyone had a great time.

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Fort St. James, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

We had a great private lesson at Dee Why with Ziggy. He was interesting and fun to hang out with, great conversation when we waited for waves and super helpful getting us going. I pretty much wanted to keep him as our personal surf guru for every time we go out now. Really great guy, really fun day.

Thank RuthanneFSJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Just moved to Australia last September and here in the northern beaches late October. I've been determined to get back to surfing after a long time but I have that fear inside me for quite a while because I had a near drowning incident before, due to a bad wipeout in Bali from another surf company. I signed up for... More 

Thank airaq2016
Penrith, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

Our instructor Steve is a god in the water, should be called Poseidon, he has great understanding of how his water world works, and transmits this knowledge to you in an easy uncomplicated way. Steve takes away the fear you have when starting out, because of his phenomenal approach, making you leave every time with an awesome feeling that makes... More 

Thank penrithpanthers
Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

Easily the best surf lessons I have ever had. Steve was very knowledgeable and could spot mistakes easily and knew exactly how to correct them. He was also so enthusiastic and stoked to get people surfing, which made the days a lot more fun. I only planned on having one lesson but ended up having four because it was that... More 

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Munich, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

We spontaniously decided to go surfing, so we hired a board and suits from This shop. Everything was nice and clean and we enjoyed our day a lot.

Thank sweetAngel1412
Manly, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

I've only started to learn to surf since moving to Aus in November and Steve has been such a great instructor! He's been brilliant at building up my confidence and is always very patient. It's been great to have lessons with someone who is an experienced surfer and also very knowledgeable of surf conditions. Would 100% recommend manly surf guide... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Wish i had come across these guys when i first tried to get into surfing 10 years ago. I had tried brief lessons elsewhere, went out on my own for a year then gave it up. With manly surf guide I learnt more in one lesson than all my other surf experiences combined. I had no doubt that this was... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

In my first lesson with Steve he got me more waves than I've ever had in my life! In 10 lessons with him I reckon I've had about 2 years worth of surfing. My confidence grows in every session - I'm surfing waves I never thought would be possible - and because Steve and Ryan are such great guys, it's... More 

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A 40-minute ferry ride from Circular Quay will take you to the famous northern beach of Manly. The beaches here are perfect for learning to surf or spending the day sun-tanning. The walk from Spit Bridge to Manly is a great way to experience Sydney Harbour Bay and the Australian bush land. Along the foreshore, there are plenty of watering holes and wine bars with excellent cuisine. There are plenty of kid-friendly restaurants as well, especially along the family-oriented areas like Shelly Beach. An excellent way to experience Manly is to rent a bike and explore the dedicated bike paths and off road trails. The North Head National Park is another must-see. Located on the southern tip of Manly, North Head National Park offers great bushwalks and panoramic views of the city.
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