Instructors

Our team are all great people who are passionate about surfing. They’ve been handpicked because they’re great teachers with a good technical surfing knowledge. They’ll make sure you’re having a fun, safe, friendly time whilst making sure you’re progressing your skills as quickly as possible.

Aaron Lock aka Lockie

Aaron LockAaron Lock is the principle instructor and founder of the business based in Sumner.
Age: 43 years
Surfing : 33 Years
Coaching : 23 years
Aaron is one of New Zealand’s top competitive Bodyboarders and has many competition titles to his name. He is also a successful surfing competitor. He splits his surfing time between Shortboarding, Longboarding and Bodyboarding.
Aaron has been coaching Surfing and Bodyboarding for over 20 years. He is a qualified International Surf Assoc.(ISA) Level 2 Surf Coach and Coaching New Zealand Level 2 Coach. He is current chairman of the Canterbury Scholastic Surf Team.
Aaron is trained in First Aid and Surf Lifesaving.
Aaron is a ISA Level One Surf Judge and is regularly involved in Judging and Administrating local and national surfing competitions.

  • 2nd Senior Bodyboard 2010 New Zealand Surf Champs
  • 2nd Open Bodyboarding 2003 New Zealand Surf Champs
  • South Island Circuit Longboard Champion 2006
  • B. Sc Microbiology
  • CNZ Level 1 and 2 Coach
  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1 and 2
  • Disabled Athletes Coach
  • ISA Surf Judge Level 1
  • Em Care Level 1

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Bradley King

brad baliBradley KingBrad is one of our best and most experienced coaches. He has years of experience coaching people of all levels. Brad never seems to get down and is always amping to go surfing. Brad was our Rookie of the year in 2012 and is now our main manager and head coach at the beach. You’re always guaranteed a fun lesson with Brad. Brad is a talented surfer, both short and longboarding. He’s also a fantastic musician, designer and all round good guy. Brad plays lead guitar for the up and coming band “The Butlers”

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1

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Alethea Lock

Alethea LockAlethea is Aaron and Lana’s daughter. She had no choice but to get into surfing at a young age and is now one of New Zealands top female surfers. She traveled to the World Junior Surf Champs in Panama in 2012. She graduated with a degree in Psychology at Otago Uni and works the summers in the surf school.

  • NZ Junior Surf Team 2012
  • South Island Open Womens Surf Champ 2012, 2013
  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • B.A maj Psychology

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Brittany Andrews

brittanyBrittany is one of our most experienced coaches and is a champion surf lifesaver and keen longboard surfer. She’s currently studing at Canterbury Uni towards Degree’s in Criminal Justice and Law.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • First Aid Level 2
  • Lifesaving Bronze

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Hamish Newton-Vesty

Hamish is a keen short board surfer, surfing mainly at Taylors Mistake beach. He’s been coaching with us for two years and is currently studying Engineering at Canterbury Uni.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Workplace First Aid
  • Surf Lifeguard Award

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Walt Robberds

walt cropWalt is a champion surf lifesaver, competing throughout New Zealand for his Sumner Beach club. Walt rides both short and longboards and is always amping to get into the water. He also happens to be a talented musician fronting the famous “The Butlers” band. Walt has been coaching in Europe this past winter.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Workplace First Aid
  • Surf Lifeguard Award

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Minnie Robberds

Minnie is our newest recruit. Minnie is a champion surf lifesaver and stylish longboard surfer. She also happens to be a talented musician with her own band, Chicken Scratch.

  • Workplace First Aid
  • Surf Lifeguard Award

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Taylor McNeill

tay kaiks photo tristan yarrellTaylor lives at Waikuku Beach and is part of the North Side boardriders. He is a champion surfer placing 5th at the 2011 National Scholastics. These days Taylor is more of a free surfer than competitor. He has just finished his teaching degree at Canterbury Uni and has been coaching in Ireland this winter.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Workplace first Aid
  • Community Lifeguard Award
  • B. TchLn (primary)

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Seb Johnson

Seb on the noseSeb Johnson
Seb is one New Zealands top longboard surfers and surf lifesavers. He competed this winter at the World Junior Lifesaving champs in Europe. Seb lives in Sumner and is a keen Longboarder.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Surf Lifesaving first Aid Level 2
  • Surf Lifeguard Award

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Adam Brasell

Adam Brasell

Adam is an outdoor enthusiast. He’s a surfer, kayaker, rock climber, snowboarder and traveler. Adam is a highly skilled outdoor education instructor working for ARA as well as Learn to Surf. He’s also likes to make his own surfboards in his shed at home.

  • B. Sustainability and Outdoor Education (BSOE)
  • NZOIA Kayak Leader
  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Surf Lifeguard Award
  • Pre Hospital Emergency Care
  • Crisis Management

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Lana Lock

Lana LockLana has been involved with surfing for over 20 years. As Aarons wife she has been traveling to surfing comp’s and beaches for the last 24 years.
Lana loves the ocean with fishing one of her passions and is getting into SUP boarding.
Whilst Lana is not a top surfer her love of the ocean and people skills make her a great coach. She is especially good with young children and also adult clients who are having difficulty mastering the sport.
These days Lana is our beach manager, chances are she’ll greet you when you arrive for your lesson.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Work place first aid

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