On Saturday 23 April 2016, I collected 2 people from their residence in the city and then picked up the remainder of our group at Auckland Institute of Studies, making a group of 7 (5 from South Korea, 1 from Saudi Arabia and myself). We left at 9.15am and went to Muriwai Beach where we had surfing lessons from Muriwai Surf School.
Muriwai Surfing Lessons
It was a perfect day for surfing lessons: warm (about 22 degrees), sunny with a clear blue sky and no wind. We arrived at the beach at 10am and checked out the beach and conditions before heading to the Surf School.
We arrived at Muriwai Surf School at 10.15, were welcomed by Bridget, signed in and were issued with wetsuits and surfboards. We met our instructors, Martin and Adam, and the rest of the people who were there for lessons.
Then the lesson began at 10.30 with instructions and practice on the grass area outside the surf school. The group then walked a short distance (about 200 meters) to the beach where they sat on a grassy area overlooking the beach and were given safety instructions.
The group then had some more practice on the sand. They then headed into the surf. Martin and Adam helped the beginner surfers by giving them advice in the water. They are extremely helpful and their aim is to have everyone standing on their surfboard by the end of the lesson.
It takes a bit of trial and error but most of the group were successful and able to get a short ride.
After more than an hour of surfing practice, the group returned to the surf school, dried off and got changed. We finished with a few photos at the Surf School, said thanks to Bridget, Martin and Adam of Muriwai Surf School returned to the city. We got back at about 2pm.