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: 39 Years surfing : 29 Years coaching : 19 Stance : Goofy
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 19 years. He is a qualified International Surf Assoc.(ISA) Level 2 Surf Coach and Coaching New Zealand Level 2 Coach. He is current coach 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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Ambrose McNeill

Ambrose McNeilAmbrose has been coaching with us for over 6 years. He is a great surf coach with a happy personality. Ambrose teaches all levels and all ages of surfers.
Ambrose is a top Longboard surfer and competes on the New Zealand Longboard tour.
Ambrose was teaching in France for the 2009 winter and just finished studying at Canterbury University for a Degree in Sport Science and Diploma in teaching.
In 2012 and 2013 he was coach of the Canterbury Scholastic Surf team and continues to develop his high performance coaching doing an internship at the Surfing Australia HPC last year. In the 2014 winter he travelled through Central America hunting out epic waves.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Canty Surf Team Coach 2012/2013
  • B. Sport Sc dip teaching

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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 ones of New Zealands top female surfers. She traveled to the World Junior Surf Champs in Panama in 2012. She has just finshed 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

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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 is just finishing his teaching degree at Canterbury Uni and will be working with us all summer. He’s planning to travel to Europe next winter.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Workplace first Aid
  • Community Lifeguard Award

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Walt Robberds

walt cropWalt is the youngest member of our team but probably also the fittest. He’s a champion surf lifesaver competing throughout New Zealand for his Waimairi Beach club. Walt rides both short and longboards and is always amping to get into the water.

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

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Matthew McClurg

Matt mcclurgMatt is a keen surfer from Taylors Mistake, one of Christchurchs best surfing beaches. Matt is one of the newest members of our team. He’s currently studing a Degree in Law and Sport Caoching at Canterbury Uni. He is also skilled Lifeguard for the Taylors Mistake Club.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Surflife gurad Bronze
  • Work Place First Aid

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Mike Fanning

Mike FanningMike is one of our most experienced instructors , coaching since 2005. He has a wealth of technical knowledge and is great for intermediate and advanced coaching. Mike is a skilled skater, snowboarder and musician. Mike is the main instructor at The Surf Shed in New Brighton.
Mike also works as a surf judge at many New Zealand competitions.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • ISA Surf Coach Level 2
  • ISA Surf Judge Level 1
  • First Aid Cert.

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Bradely King

Bradely KingBrad is a fantastic surfer, musician, designer and all round good guy. Brad never seems to get down and is always amping to go surfing. Brad was our Rookie of the year in 2012 and continues to be one of our top coaches. You’re always guaranteed a fun lesson with Brad.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1

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Neill Robb

Neill RobbNeill is one our newest team members. He also happens to be the eldest team member but still a grommett at heart.
Neill is a highly skilled shortboard surfer with several National and South Island titles to his name.
Neill is great with the technical aspects of surfing, so if you’re having trouble perfecting your bottom turn or cutback he’s the one to talk to.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • NZ Surfing Champion Masters
  • NZ Surfing Champion Grand Masters 2011
  • SI Champion Master and Grand Master 2011

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Lucy Hodgson

Lucy HodgsonLucy has been working with us for 3 years. Originally from England, Lucy now lives in Sumner and is the keenest surfer ever.
Lucy is passionate about the outdoors. She is a PADI Dive Master, qualified canoe guide and mountain guide and is also an accomplished Stand Up Paddle boarder.
Lucy also worked at the Exit Surf shop so is a great person to talk to for surfboard advice. Lucy is now a Primary School teacher.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • BA (Hons) Adventure Tourism Management
  • Dip teaching
  • Emergency First Response Qual
  • PADI Dive Master

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Lana Lock

Lana LockLana has been involved with surfing for over 18 years. As Aarons wife she has been traveling to surfing comp’s and beaches for the last 22 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.

  • ISA Surf Coach Level 1
  • Work place first aid

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