Piha Beach is the safest beach on Auckland's west coast and has great waves for learning to surf in an area free of rips or currents. Our instructors are internationally qualified, lifeguard trained and have achieved to the highest level in NZ competitive surfing. With unique techniques we will help you catch more waves and stand up more often so that you have more fun during your lesson.

We are a 'quality rather than quantity' surf school.
We have smaller classes so that you improve faster.

Great Weather and Surf at Piha this Weekend. (23rd/24th August 2014)

Students from the NZ Institute of Sport learn to surf with Piha Surf School.

High tide this Saturday is at 8.30am and on Sunday at 9am.
We have a deminishing 2 metre swell at Piha this weekend with southerlie winds, tending south easterlie for a period on Sunday morning. This means potential for great waves on the outside bar for advanaced surfers both afternoons, while beginner and intermediate surfers will find some fun offshore reforms in the cove from dawn until 11am both mornings.
Tip:Use these weekends to get some extra technique practice in, and raise your fitness level before summer comes.

Learn to surf with New Zealand's top instructors at Piha Beach.

Camilla Andersen learns to surf at Piha Surf School.

Leading Piha Surf School instructor, Zen Wallis teaches Camilla Andersen to surf. Zen has coached people of all ages and from all over the world. He is a top competitive surfer having won a National Surfing Title and represented New Zealand several times in both shortboard and longboard divisions. He is also the 2013 Auckland Surfing Champ and is recognised as the fittest and most capable surfer in Piha waters. Camilla is an Auckland born travel presenter who is quite famous in the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2013 she returned to New Zealand to film features on our top tourism activities for The Travel Channel.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast for 2nd and 3rd August 2014.

Waves like this can break at North Piha when the wind is northerly.

High tide this Saturday is at 1.30pm and on Sunday at 2.30pm.
On Saturday we have winds from the north and a strong 2 metre swell running. This means that very advanced surfers may find some waves on the outside bar around mid-day while beginner and intermediate surfers will have some reform fun from 10am on Saturday and 11am on Sunday. On Sunday the wind turns northwest and then southwest so the reforms will be best on Sunday.
Tip:Piha Surf School instructors know the best part of the beach so that you can get really good waves, even when conditions are not the best.

Surf Forecast For Piha Beach 26th and 27th July.

This is the amazing set up at the south end of Piha Beach.

Saturday's high tide is at 9.30am and on Sunday at 10am.
The days are getting longer again and with morning high tides, the best time to surf will be from dawn to midday on both Saturday and Sunday. We have a deminishing 2 metre swell and the light winds on Saturday morning could bring some good waves for advanced surfers out on the outside bar. Beginners and intermediate surfers could find some fun waves in the cove between the Camel Rock and the Tasman Lookout.
Tip:Speak to a Piha Surf School instructor to find out the safest and best place to surf at Piha Beach.

Winter Surf Lessons for Beginners.

Auckland's moderate climate makes winter a great time to learn to surf.

Piha is only 40 minutes from downtown Auckland and on the edge of national forest.
Winter surf lessons can mean having no crowds on the beach or in the water and some fantastic rainbows and cloud formations in the sky. Piha Beach has a protected area for lessons that is free from rips or currents and perfect for beginners to learn to surf. Piha Surf School instructors have unique coaching techniques that will get you up and surfing to the beach faster.

2013 World Champ, Mick Fanning, Wins In South Africa.

Highlights from the Jeffreys Bay Pro in South Africa.

Australian and 3 times World Champ, Mick Fanning, surfed impeccably through heat after heat to reign supreme in the best contest waves of 2014.
Jeffreys Bay is a long point break giving the world's best surfers the chance to show their expertise in their individual quests to become this year's World Tour Champ. Mick Fanning's win has taken him up to 3rd in the World Title race after 6 events. Runner up, and fellow Australian, Joel Parkinson, sits in 2nd place, while Brazilian wonder kid, 20 year old, Gabriel Medina holds on to the top spot.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast 19th and 20th July.

Connor from Canada perfecting his technique on a Piha reform wave.

High tide this Saturday is at 3pm and on Sunday at 4.15pm.
Saturday we have perfect conditions that should give advanced surfers epic waves on the outside bar and up at North Piha. For beginner and intermediate surfers, there will be good waves in the inside reforms from 11am to dark each day. On Sunday the surf will be best for advanced surfers first thing in the morning.
Tip:We are in the coldest part of the year so a quick warm up before your surf is advised and then a sprint up the beach after your surf will help you stay warm while you are getting changed.

Advanced Surfers at Piha Beach, New Zealand..

Piha can be one of the most beautiful and unique places to surf in the world..

Advanced surfers paddle through a long cave to get out to the bar at Piha.
Piha Surf School instructors can guide you out through the 'keyhole' or show you how to use the rips safely to access the best waves. Please remember that using the 'Keyhole' and doing rock jumps are for advanced surfers or to do with an instructor. Surfing is about having fun and to have fun you need to be safe. If you are unsure of conditions or a situation, play it safe always. The best results always come from playing the right percentages.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast For This Weekend.

North Piha was deserted today but with some perfect waves for the dedicated.

High tide on Saturday 12th July is at 9.50am and on Sunday 13th July at 10.35am.
The waves on both days will be around 2 metres high with light north west winds on Saturday and light south west winds on Sunday. The morning high tides will give great reforms for beginner and intermediate surfers between dawn and 12 noon each day, while Sunday could have some really fun waves on the outside bar for advanced surfers and adventurous intermediate surfers.
Tip:Ride a slightly longer board when training in reform waves so that you can perfect your jump up technique and foot positioning.

World's Best Surfers Are Ready To Go In South Africa.

The 6th event on the World Championship Tour is about to start. Check out the build up.

With 20 year old Brazilian surfer, Gabriel Medina, leading the WCT ratings after the first 5 events for 2014, there is talk of this being the beginning of a new era.Tahiti's Michel Bourez sits in 2nd place and 11 times World Champ, Kelly Slater, is in 3rd. Jefferies Bay in South Africa is a long peeling right hander that requires a great degree of technical skill to pick the right waves and surf well. This contest will be the make or break event for many surfers and will give the world a good look at who will reign supreme this year.

Check our facebook page for the link to the live webcast.

Surf Forecast for Piha this weekend. Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th July.

Tyla enjoying reform waves last Sunday by Lion Rock.

High tide on Saturday is at 3.10pm and on Sunday at 4.10pm.
We have 2 metre swells running again this weekend so the best surf for beginners and intermediate surfers will be from 12 noon onwards in the reforms between the surf club and Lion Rock. With good wave selection there is the chance for some small green face reform waves that will surprise most surfers. Lion Rock provides shelter to reduce cross currents and enables surfers to catch many more waves.
Tip:Get your Piha Surf School instructor to show you some techniques that will improve you success rate.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast. (Saturday 28th / Sunday 29th)

Tia (5 years old) loves winter and uncrowded waves.

High tides this weekend are at 10.30am on Saturday and 11.am on Sunday.
With a good swell running, the waves will suit beginner and intermediate surfers who can train on the inside reforms between the surf club and Lion Rock from dawn to 2pm each day. Advanced surfers may find some fun uncrowded waves on the outside bar Sunday morning due to the light winds forecast.
Tip:Use these winter days to train and perfect your technique on the inside reforms so that you are fit and ready to go for when we get optimum conditions.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast - Saturday 21st / Sunday 22nd June.

Piha can video lessons using high definition cameras.

The high tide on Saturday will be at 4.50pm. On Sunday at 6pm.
We have a deminishing 2 metre swell this weekend and slight onshore winds. While not optimum for advanced surfers, this will create great reform waves for beginner and intermediate surfers on the inside of the bay from 1.30pm both days. The best place will be between Lion Rock and the front of the Piha Surf Lifesaving Club. For advanced surfers they may find some good waves out on the bar first thing Sunday morning.
Tip:With the shortest day of the year being on Saturday, hit the Piha Cafe for good food and a friendly place to warm up after your surf.

Surfing at Piha this weekend. 14th and 15th June.

Gabriel Medina (Brazil), winning in Fiji to return to the top of the World Championship ratings after 5 events.

High tide at Piha Beach is at 10.30am on Saturday and 11.15am on Sunday.
Great conditions again this weekend with light offshore winds and a 1 - 1.5m swell. For advanced and intermediate surfers there will be fun waves along North Piha Beach while beginner surfers will find good waves by Lion Rock around the high tide and then a chance to go to the outside bar by Camel Rock (Taitomo Is.) on the low tide.
Tip:Invest in a video lesson so that you can analyse your surfing and improve faster.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast - June 7th and 8th 2014.

Good technique and positioning can put you in the right place on the Piha Bar.

High tide this Saturday is at 5pm and on Sunday at 6pm.
We have perfect conditions forecast for a second weekend in a row. With 1 to 1.5 metre waves and offshore winds, there will be fantastic waves out on the bar with little reforms coming into the inside for beginners. In the late afternoon on both days there should also be some fun breaks along North Piha Beach if you are prepared to explore.
Tip:Offshore winds mean you have to be extra careful that your surfboard does not blow back at you after your ride.

Epic waves forecast for Queen's Birthday Weekend at Piha. (31st May - 2nd June)

Great surf at the end of the rainbow. Piha Beach - 29/05/14

High tide on Saturday is at 11.20am, on Sunday at 12 noon and on Monday at 12.40pm.
We have great offshore winds and a perfect 1.5 metre swell predicted at Piha for all three days. For beginners the best times to surf will be from dawn until 2.30pm. For intermediate and advanced surfers the best waves will be first thing in the morning and then on the outside bar from mid afternoon until dark
Tip:With such perfect surf forecast, there will be plenty of other surfers in the water so be patient and choose waves most suited to your ability.

Surf Lessons at Piha this weekend. (24th/25th May)

Get coached by one of New Zealand's top surfers.

Saturday's high tide is at 6.30pm and on Sunday at 7am.
With onshore winds predicted for the weekend, the best time to surf will be around the high tides, which will be from dawn to 9am both mornings and from 3pm both afternoons. There will be good reforms especially in front of the surf lifesaving club.
Tip:Onshore reforms are great for perfecting technique and maintaining paddling fitness. Get some pointers from your instructor about how to get the best reform waves on offer.

Surf Lessons for all abilities.

Piha Surf School can structure lessons around the student's ability using years of experience with the local conditions.

Learning to surf can be one of the most natural and exhilerating activities.
When you book a lesson at Piha Surf School, your instuctor will quiz you on what experience you have and what you would like to get out of the lesson. Your instructor will then take you to the part of the beach that best suits your ability.

Surf at Piha this weekend. (May 17th and 18th 2014)

Autumn produces some great surf and sunsets at Piha.

High Tide this Saturday is at 11.30am and on Sunday at 12.20pm.
The best surf for beginner and intermediate surfers this weekend will be from 8am through until 2pm. With up to 2 metre waves, there will be some good reforms in the centre of the beach. Contact a Piha Surf School instructor to know where the best waves will be. For advanced surfers there will be some great waves each morning, especially, out on the bar.
Tip:Push out to chest deep water and wait for the end of a set before you start paddling out to where you want to catch your waves.

Kelly Slater (42 years) returns to top of the WCT Ratings.

Final day highlights from the Billabong Rio Pro in Brazil.

Kelly returns to the top of the world ratings with a 3rd place in Brazil.
Tahiti's Michel Bourez won the 4th event on the World Championship tour, but Kelly Slater's semi final finish will see him go to Fiji leading the ratings. Within the first 2 minutes of the final day of the event, Slater (US) showed that he is still a major contender for the 2014 World Title by posting a perfect 10 point ride on his way to defeating Adriana De Souza, the last Brazilian still in the event. Kelly went on to beat Nat Young in the quarter finals before falling himself to Kelohe Andino by 0.56 of a point in their semi.

Surfing Forecast for this Weekend - Piha Beach, New Zealand. (10th/11th May 2014)

The 4th event on the World Championship Tour has started in Brazil. These are the highlights from day 1.

We have great waves for this weekend with high tides at dawn and dusk both days.
The light offshore winds and 1.5m swell will create great waves for beginner and intermediate surfers all day, especially out on the outside bar through the low tide. For Beginner surfers the best times will be from dawn until 10am both mornings and then from 3pm to dark in the afternoons. Have fun.
For intermediate surfers, if the outside bar is crowded, try riding a slightly longer board to ensure you still catch your fair share of waves.

Surf Forecast for Piha Beach, New Zealand. (May 3rd and 4th 2014)

Piha Surf School girls competing in Taranaki during the Surf Fest.

High Tide on Saturday is at 12.20pm and on Sunday at 1.05pm.
We have great surf forecast for this weekend wiwth 1 - 1.5m waves and light offshore winds on both days. For beginner surfers the best time will be from 9am through until 3pm each day. Advanced and intermediate surfers will have fantastic waves on all tides.
Tip:To improve faster, get a Piha Surf School instructor to do a video analysis lesson with you so that you can study what you are getting right and what you can do better.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast for ANZAC Weekend 2014. (25th to 27th April)

Kelly Slater (42 years old) placing 5th at 3rd WCT event of the year.

High Tides - Friday 6.30am and 7pm, Saturday 7.30am and on Sunday at 8.15am.
We have light winds for the weekend with a great 1.5 metre swell running. For beginners the best waves will be from dawn until 10am on Friday and Saturday and up until 12 noon on Sunday. Conditions will also be great from 3pm until dusk on all three days. For intermediate and advanced surfers there will be great waves all weekend but especially through the mid tides each day out on the outside bar.
Tip:To access the outside bar, be patient and wait for a good set of larger waves to pass before you attempt to paddle out the back.

Piha Surf School Protege wins South Island Champs.

Tane Wallis beats New Zealand's best surfer to win in Dunedin. Photo: Mark Stevenson

Trained by Piha Surf School from a young age, Tane Wallis seals his win at the 2014 South Island Champs with a perfect 10 point ride.
Competing against top New Zealand surfer, Maz Quinn, Tane was able to find a perfect winning wave with one minute to go in the final. Surfing at Aromoana Spit at the heads of the Otago Peninsula in epic 1.5m surf, the lead changed back in forth in the final before a last minute final exchange decided the win. Maz Quinn is rated number one on the NZ 2014 Pro Series ratings while Tane Wallis is top of the Under 20 ratings and now sits in 3rd place behind Maz in the Open Men's.

The third event of the World Championship Tour is now on at Bells Beach, Victoria.

Highlights from the action at the Rip Curl Pro, Bells Beach, on Easter Sunday 2014.

In the third event of the Australian leg of the World Championship Tour, the world's best surfers battle it out in perfect surf.
The Rip Curl Pro at Bells Beach has been running for 50 years and never has the competition been so tight or the level of surfing so high. It is testamount to all the world's top surfers being coached and trained like super elite athletes. The key words for elite surfing are 'core strength' and 'top two inches'. Contact you Piha Surf School instructor to lift your level of surfing to the best you can be.

Easter Surf Forecast for Piha Beach. (18th to 21st April 2014)

Piha Beach is one of the most picturesque beaches in the world.

High Tides - Friday 11.40am, Saturday 12.30pm, Sunday 1.20pm, Monday 2.20pm.
Friday and Saturday will be the best days for advanced surfers before a new 2 - 2.5m swell fills in on Sunday afternoon. Beginner and intermediate surfers will have great waves on Friday and Saturday from dawn until 2pm while on Saturday and Sunday there will be some fun reforms from 9am through until 3pm. The winds will be offshore on Friday, light onshore on Saturday and then moderate onshores Sunday and Monday.
Tip:Be patient and wait for a wave that suits your ability best to give yourself every chance to complete a successful ride.

Michel Bourez wins 2014 Margaret River Pro.

Tahitian surfer, Michel Bourez, showing the form that saw him beat the world's best.

Michel Bourez has risen to 4th place on the WCT 2014 rankings after winning in Western Australia.
The powerful Tahitian surfer beat 11 x World Champ, Kelly Slater, in the semi finals before going on to beat Josh Kerr (Aust), in the final. Brazilian surfer, Gabriel Medina, remains number one in the 2014 rankings while Joel Parkinson (Aust), who finished 5th after a close loss to Kelly Slater in the quarter finals, remains in the number two spot. Both Carissa Moore and Stephanie Gilmore share the top spot on the Women's World Rankings after two events. The third event begins this Wednesday at Bells Beach.

Piha Beach Surf Forecast. (12th/13th April 2014)

Piha Surf School coach surfing to 2nd in a major longboard contest. Photo Col/Surf2surf

Saturday's high tide is at 7.50am and on Sunday at 8.30am.
With a perfect sized 1 - 1.5 metre swell on both days, the surf should be good for surfers of all abilities, especially on Sunday when the wind turns offshore. There will be great waves for advanced surfers out on the bar come low tide while beginner and intermediate surfers will find fun waves from dawn to noon both days and from 4pm to dark.
Tip:Choose waves that have a little more water mass to them so that you get a ride to the beach rather than a wave that fades out on you.

Quarter Finals of Margaret River Pro to be decided on Sunday.

Brazilian surfer Miguel Pupo surfed to 9th place at The Box in Western Australia.

The 2nd event on the World Championship Tour will conclude on Sunday at noon, (NZ time).

The quarter finalists have been decided for the Margaret River Pro in Western Australia. Australia's Bede Durbidge will verse South African, Jordy Smith in Quarter 0ne. Brazil's Gabriel Medina will challenge Josh Kerr while in Quarter 3, Kelly Slater will come up against 2012 World Champ, Joel Parkinson. In the final quarter final, Californian Nat Young, will challenge Tahitian, Michel Bourez.

5 Reasons to Choose Piha Surf School.

Get coached by a champion surfer who knows how to surf to the highest level.

Piha Surf School has:

1. NZ Champion surfers for instructors.
2. Better learning techniques.
3. Better knowledge of Piha Beach so that you get the best results for your money.
4. Better equipment so that you can progress from beginner to intermediate level faster.
5. Piha Beach is the safest beach on Auckland's west coast and due to consistent waves, is one of the best and most picturesque places in the world to learn to surf.

Piha Beach - Surf Forecast. (29th/30th March 2014)

Piha has waves for surfers of all abilities.

High tide this Saturday is at 8.40am and on Sunday at 9.20am.
We have a deminishing 1.5 metre swell over the weekend with very light onshore winds on Saturday and then early offshore winds tending cross-shore on Sunday. The best time to surf for beginners will be from first light through until noon on both days and then from 5pm to dark. Advanced surfers may find some world class waves both days especially mid-morning on Sunday.
Tip: Daylight saving ends next weekend so make the most of the fantastic conditions and surf at Piha this week.

Best Time To Surf At Piha This Weekend. (22nd/23rd March 2014)

Seven year old Will enjoying the fantastic conditions at Piha this week.

Saturday's high tide is at 2.15pm while Sunday's high will be at 2.50pm.
We have optimum conditions forecast for this weekend which will give great waves for beginners and intermediate surfers from 10am through until 5pm both afternoons. For advanced surfers we have world class waves on the outside bar that should create great rides all day.
Tip: Take a marker on the foreground at the beach and then a second marker behind it in the background so that you are aware of where you are surfing at all times and if there is any sideways current taking you away from the best area.

Surf Forecast for Piha Beach. (15th/16th March 2014)

The view from the outside bar at Piha Beach.

High tide is at 10am this Saturday and at 10.45am on Sunday.
With the varying forecasts due to the approaching cyclone, the best scenario is for the worst to hit Saturday night. There is the potential for world class waves for advanced and intermediate surfers both Saturday and Sunday mornings. By Sunday afternoon the wind will have gone onshore and the quality of waves will drop fast. For beginner surfers, dawn to lunch will also be the best time to surf.
Tips: With strong offshore winds, be aware of blow back after your ride. It is important to cover your face and head anytime you are under water or your board blows towards you.

Piha Beach - New Zealand.

Piha Surf School run lessons for all ages and abilities.

Piha Beach is the safest beach on Auckland's west coast.
Piha Beach has a number of surf breaks and areas that provide great surf for beginners through to advanced surfers. The northerly aspect of the beach provides better conditions and cleaner waves faces more often than other west coast beaches. The consistency of the Tasman Sea ensures there is always swell for beginners to learn to surf.

Piha Surf Forecast for the Weekend. (8th/9th March 2014)

We have development programs for surfers of all ages and all abilities.

High tide on Saturday is at 4pm while on Sunday it will be at 5pm.
The forecast for this weekend looks great with light south west seabreeze and a one metre swell. This means the surf will be safe for all abilities on all tides however beginners will find the easiest waves to ride from lunchtime until dark on both days. For intermediate surfers there could be some very nice waves early both mornings for around 2 hours in the cove area. Advanced surfers will be able to explore North Piha for good sand banks.
Tips:When the surf is smaller, experiment with your equipment. A change in board or foot positioning could help you make a major breakthrough.

Piha Beach Surf Lessons.

Video Analysis helps advanced and intermediate surfers improve faster.

Learn to improve your technique quickly for better results and more fun.
Piha Beach has a number of surf breaks and areas that provide great surf for beginners through to advanced surfers. The northerly aspect of the beach provides better conditions and cleaner waves faces more often than other west coast beaches. The consistency of the Tasman Sea ensures there is always swell for beginners to learn to surf.Contact your Piha Surf School instructor for more information.

Surfing at Piha this weekend. (22nd/23rd February 2014)

Piha Surf School do lessons for corporate groups like the EBoss team above.

High tide on Saturday 22nd February will be at 4pm, and on Sunday at 5.20pm.
We have perfect conditions forecast for Saturday while Sunday will see the swell rise through the day from 1m to 1-5-2m and a shift of the wind back to the south westerly quarter. Saturday will provide good waves on all tides for beginner and intermediate surfers while advanced surfers should enjoy the slight rise in swell around lunch time. On Sunday the waves will be great for beginner surfers from 1pm onwards.
Tips: Wear plenty of sunblock. This is our hottest time of the year and if the sun is out, wear footwear down the beach. Our sand gets very hot! Please enjoy, have fun and be safe.

Surf Forecast for Piha. (16th/17th February 2014)

Great technique and good equipment helps Piha Surf School students have a higher success rate.

Saturday's high tide is at 11am and Sunday's high tide is at 11.35am.
The wind on Saturday is light onshore which should'nt disturb the faces too much while Sunday is forecast to have optimum offshore winds. There will be a 1 - 1.5m swell which should mean great waves for surfers of all abilities. For beginners and intermediate the best surf will be between 7am and 2.30pm both days while advanced surfers should find good waves on all tides.
Tip: Put some extra work into your jump up technique on dry land so that you improve your success rate in the water. A good jump up helps all other aspects of your ride.

Piha Beach Surfing Forecast - 8th/9th February 2014.

Piha Beach is one of the best beaches in the world to learn to surf.

High tide this Saturday is at 5am and 6pm and on Sunday at 6.30am and 7pm.
After a week of world class waves, we will have light onshore winds on Saturday morning with small 1m surf. This means the best time to surf will be before 10am and after 3pm on both days. Sunday has light southerly wind which is offshore out on the outside bar so we could have very good waves again for advanced surfers all day.
Tip: Look for the part of the beach where surfers of your ability are surfing and keep an eye out for changing tides and changing conditions. When in doubt ask for advice.

Kelly Slater wins back to back Pipeline Contests. 7th February 2014.

Kelly Slater surfing a perfect 10 point ride in the Volcom Pipe Pro in Hawaii.

Kelly Slater (41 years) proves emphatically that he is still the best surfer at Hawaii's famous Pipeline.
The waves at the Banzai Pipeline have always been the proving ground for the world's best surfers. At 41, Kelly Slater has proved that he is still the master of best surf in the world by winning both the Pipeline Masters last December, and now the Volcom Pipeline Pro today. To prove his expertise and fitness, he scored a perfect 10 and then two 9.7 rides in perfect big waves during his Round of 32 heat. The surfing world will now wait until next month to see if Kelly will compete for his 12th World Title in 2014.

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