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.

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.

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.

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.

Surf Forecast for this Weekend. (5th/6th April 2014)

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

High tide on both Saturday and Sunday is around 2pm due to the end of Daylight Saving.
The swell on Saturday will be 1m in the morning picking up to 1.5m late in the afternoon while on Sunday the forecast is for 2m waves. With light winds from the southerly quarter both days, there will be some very good waves at Piha all weekend. For beginners the best time will be from 10am through to 4pm, while intermediate and advanced surfers could see Piha Beach breaking at it's world class best on all tides.
Tip:Daylight saving ending means it will get light at 6am on Sunday morning.

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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