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FAQs

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Surfing

Do you operate every day of the year?

Yes, we do operate all year around. The only reason we would not operate on a specific date is due to extreme weather conditions making a surf session unsafe.

Is Piha a safe beach?

Piha is the safest beach on Auckland’s West Coast. There are very predictable rips and currents which our coaches are familiar with. A safety talk and detailed explanation of the beach dynamic is presented by our coaches at the very first session and reviewed constantly.

What is the coach to student ratio?

We strongly believe that personalised coaching is fundamental to develop the skill of surfing. Our coach to student ratio is 3:1 and we will never mix skill levels within the groups.

What surfboards and wetsuits do you provide?

At Piha Surf Academy we have an extensive quiver. 7’6” – 8’0” and 9’0” Gnaraloo Soft Tops, 7’10” NSP Funboards, 8’2” – 8’6” and 10’2” NSP Longboards and wide variety of short boards from 5’6” to 6’9”. Regarding wetsuits we provide 3/2mm Xcel and 3/2mm O’neil.

Are the instructors qualified?

All our coaches are Internationally qualified. Their license is recognised by the International Surfing Association (ISA), Surfing New Zealand and Water Safety New Zealand making sure we operate with the highest standards.

Are there any age restrictions?

We don’t have any age restriction. At Piha Surf Academy we have coached people as young as 4 years old up to 69 years old. We might recommend choosing a private lesson if we consider it would be more beneficial and productive for the student.

Can I bring my own board?

You are welcome to bring your own board. Level 4 surfers prefer to use their own boards but if you are a surfer between the level 1,2 and 3 the quiver we have at Piha Surf Academy is suitable. We will make sure you will be riding the appropriate board according to your surfing level.

How long are the coaching sessions?

All of our sessions are 90 minutes long. We have found through out years of experience that any shorter or longer than that is not as productive.

Do you coach advanced Surfers?

Yes we do coach advanced surfers, the coaching will be mainly drill training and video analysis. For more information on our 4 levels please check find your surfing level.

Do you cancel the sessions due to rain?

We do not cancel session due to rain. Often we have great surfing conditions and it is raining. The only time a session will be cancel is if there is a safety concern e.g very strong winds or lightning.

What if the waves are too small or too big?

We are lucky that New Zealand’s West Coast is very consistent regarding to swells. It is very unlikely the waves will be too small in Piha. If we have a large swell there is always a safe spot we can train and practice skill drills.

Can I wear glasses or contact lenses?

Quite a few people surf with contact lenses without any issues, in a very few occasions they have lost one.

Can I do more than one session a day?

Yes, if you join our surf camp you will be surfing twice a day for 90 minutes each session with a long break in between.

Are the locals friendly?

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Do you do provide coaching anywhere else besides Piha?

Yes, sometimes we take our training sessions to the East Coast or down to Raglan or Shipwrecks bay.

What if I can't swim?

Unfortunately you will have to be able to swim 50 mts to join a Level 1 surf lesson.

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About Piha

How can I get to Piha?

Piha is only 45 minutes away from Auckland City. There is no public transport to Piha,the easiest way to get here is by car. Transport can be arrange with us if needed.

What type of accommodation can I find in Piha?

You can find accommodation from campervan style to luxury holiday baches. If you would like to book accommodation and take part of our surf camp or coaching sessions let us know and we can arrange it for you.

What else can I do in Piha besides surfing?

Piha is located in the Waitakere Ranges, the biggest regional park and rainforest in Auckland. There is plenty of bush and coastal walks to be explore. Canyoning is also an options when staying in Piha. We also have an Art Gallery open every day throughout the year.

What shops can I find in Piha?

You can find the Piha Cafe, The Piha Store and Ady’s at the South Car Park. The Surf Club food and bar runs only in summer season.

Is there an ATM in Piha?

Unfortunately we do not have an ATM in Piha. All shops accept EFPOST payment.

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How can I book my coaching session/s?

Please email surf@pihasurfacademy.com or call us to 09 812 8712 or +649812 8712 from overseas to book your coaching session. During summer period and good surf conditions we recommend booking at least 3-4 days in advance.

Do you provide any discounts if I book more than one session?

We do not offer any discounts on our coaching. We are confident we are giving the best coaching you can get, and for us to be able to have all our coaches fully trained and with the highest standards we make sure they are well paid.

What payment methods do you accept?

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What is your cancellation policy?

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Do you provide transport from Auckland city?

Yes we can arrange transport from Auckland City or Airport transfer. The rate is $90 return transport up to 3 people from Auckland City and $120 from Auckland International Airport.