Salt Shack Surf School was started by brother and sister duo, Holly and Jay Quinn, both World class surfers and qualified Surfing New Zealand coaches.

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After 3 years on the Kapiti Coast, Salt Shack is now open in Gisborne and run by Holly with help from local coaches, offering surf lessons, after school surf lessons and surf & yoga camps.

About Holly:
Holly Quinn grew up in Gisborne with surfing as a way of life. She was a competitive junior surfer representing NZ over 10 times. These days she’s a freelance
designer, mum of two, and owner of The Salt Shack Surf School. She froths more than all the groms and surfs twice a day, She loves to teach all levels to surf and encourages everyone to get out there in all conditions. Her confidence and joy in the ocean is contagious and she is super excited to share her knowledge and passion for surfing and show you all the best kept Gizzy secrets.

Learn to surf lessons run every weekend on select times for both Adults and kids. During School holidays lessons are available everyday.
Our lessons have a maximum 4-5 surfers per coach. Lessons range from 1hr to 1.5 hours long. All equipment is provided, you will learn surfing skills, good technique, paddling skills, water and beach safety. And most importantly how to stand up on a wave.

After School we run after school surf lessons during the school term for beginners to advanced surfers. These run for a series of 3 weeks.

Ladies sessions Ladies sessions run on weekday mornings and provide a safe fun environment for ladies to learn in. (these are very popular and require advanced booking)

Surf and Yoga camps are run every month over summer, here you will build your confidence in the waves and improving your surfing fitness and skills!
Gisborne is one of NZ’s most consistent surf spots with heaps of different breaks for beginner surfers. You’ll have 2 professional surf instructors and a group 6- 10 surfers, so you are guaranteed to get all the tips you need. You’ll stay in style in at a Wainui beach back, with all fresh healthy meals are catered for you. There will be plenty of beach action, Video analysis, professional photos, stretching and time to relax by the pool!

Facilities and Features
Parking is available at the various locations for surf lessons.
Activity Duration:
Allow approximately 1.5hours per surf lesson.
Weather Considerations:
Not operational during bad weather conditions.
Cancellation Policy:
Please contact Holly for full Terms and Conditions and the Cancellation Policy.

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