Experienced, Qualified Coaches:
All of our coaches are qualified Surfing South Africa instructors in possession of First Aid certifications. The coaches that drive our clients have all the necessary clearances and the required professional driving permits. Our coaches are proficient surfers themselves with the ability to coach/surf guide across skills levels.
We use quality equipment that is updated yearly. Our wetsuits are 4:3mm thick, keeping our students warm throughout the year. We have a range of surfboards suited for all abilities, from beginner specific soft boards to a full quiver of fiberglass boards from 5.10-9ft. Group Single Lesson:
Learn to surf at one of Cape Town’s pristine beaches with our experienced, qualified coaches. A 2-hour group surf lesson includes the use of a warm wetsuit, surfboard, and guarantees 100% ‘stoke’. No previous experience is required as we guide you through the surfing basics using our unique ‘Stoked’ teaching techniques. Our surf school offers both transported and self-drive lessons. If you have previous surf experience and are wanting to brush up on your skills, please let us know upon booking so we can advise your coach and group you accordingly if possible. If you are ‘stoked’ after an ‘Experience the Stoke’ lesson and want to upgrade to the ‘Uber-Stoked’ package, simply pay the price difference and we will count your first surf lesson as lesson 1 of 4.
This is the perfect weekend escape for those looking for a taste of the surfing lifestyle along with enjoying the best local experiences in the area. You will be based at accommodation located right at Muizenberg beach (only 40 minutes from Cape Town city center). We will surf two different beaches along the False Bay coast, explore unique local attractions and enjoy meals from the coolest local restaurants. We will teach you the basics of surfing from paddling to standing up, how to read the waves and surfing etiquette. By the end of these two days, you’ll be comfortable in the surf and have experienced the best wines, views, and food through the eyes of a local.
7 Day Surf and Stay:
This classic combo of our popular ‘Uber-Stoked’ 4-lesson package and seven nights accommodation in the trendy Kloof Street area of Cape Town is perfect for those wanting to learn how to surf whilst having the flexibility to tap into the pulse of our vibrant city. A surfing holiday is a refreshing adventure for anyone from outside of Cape Town. We will arrange the accommodation on your behalf and book you in for your lessons over the time you are here. We will even help you arrange any other tourist and local activities you may want to do during your stay in Cape Town from paragliding to wine tasting. If you’re looking for a week of adventure to explore the heart of Cape Town, this is the option for you. Once you have confirmed your travel dates, we will ensure that the necessary accommodation and lesson bookings are made. For this option, you are flexible to let us know which of the four days during your stay, you wish to surf (or leave it up to us to decide when we think conditions are best). This package can be booked year-round (subject to accommodation and lesson availability). Airport transfers and additional nights/lessons can be added at additional cost.
Know how to surf, just don’t know where to surf in Cape Town? This is for the more experienced surfer looking to get into skill appropriate surf at one of the many world-class breaks along the Cape Peninsula. Our experienced surf guides are dialed in on which spots work best in various wind and swell conditions. We will pick you up from your lodging and take you to the best waves suited to your ability-from intermediate to advanced. We will only confirm surf guiding 24 hours in advance when the online forecasts are relatively accurate.
Please note: The surf guide is there to take you to the best spot on the day and be a companion in the water. They are there to advise the best places to paddle out and to inform you of any possible rips/currents or dangers you need to be aware of. This option does NOT include instruction. Participants must be competent intermediate to advanced surfers with the ability to paddle out/duck dive through the waves to the back line and select/catch waves on their own. If you do not fit into this category, but have skills more than beginner level that you wish to improve on, we suggest booking a ‘Solo-Stoked’ private lesson instead.
This unique SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding) experience is tailored for those who are perhaps a little afraid of waves or the ocean and want to get a feel for a watersport in the safest, easiest way. This 1.5-hour experience takes you to a suitable Cape Town beach with very few waves. The aim is to get you comfortable paddling in flat water and enjoying the beautiful scenery of the Cape Peninsula at the same time. No experience is required as we use large SUP boards in our lessons, providing stability and ease of paddle for even the most inexperienced. If you are an experienced SUPer, you may consider our surf guiding as an option.
South Africa has two coastlines dotted with World-class surf spots and idyllic beaches. Along with a beautiful coastline, our country also offers incredible game viewing opportunities, a plethora of adventure activities, wine tasting and cultural experiences. Stoked School of Surf has teamed up with David at African Blue Tours to offer custom surf trips by combining surf guiding with points of interests/activities and adventures to conquer along the way. Let our experienced team customize your epic South African surf road trip adventure.
Michelle started surfing in her early twenties and two years later, left her career as marketing manager to embark on a four-year global adventure that took her to some of the best surf breaks in the world from California, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Chile, Mexico, Panama, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand.
Wildy passionate about spreading the incredible feeling of ‘stoke’ which changed her lifestyle and sharing the unique South African beach culture with locals and foreigners alike, Michelle returned to South Africa to start Stoked School of Surf in 2009. She combines the knowledge gained from her Sports Science degree with her SSA surf coach accreditation and lifeguarding skills to offer professional, personalized surf coaching in a relaxed, fun environment. Michelle is totally ‘stoked’ with the surf team we have at Stoked School of Surf. Along with their infectious passion for the surfing lifestyle and humility regardless of their accolades, they continue to offer a superior level of surf lessons, guides, adventures, and camps, which Stoked School of Surf prides itself in.
Chester started attempting to surf on a bodyboard at the age of 4, but only started standing on a proper surfboard when he was 14. According to Chester, surfing is his rhythm and dance of life, guiding and influencing the choices he makes. Surfing has taught him so much in life, by helping him strive to be humble and to be a healthier person each time he visits the waters. Naturally, his passion for surfing led him into coaching surfing as an outlet for him to help others understand the lifestyle, which is evident in his coaching style. Being a surf coach keeps him connected to the ocean and allows him to share the ‘stoke’ of this unique experience with others, certainly his favorite part of teaching others how to surf.
Alexi started surfing about 9 years ago and joined the Stoked School of Surf team in June of 2015. He is a qualified chef and an amateur photographer with a true passion for surfing. He finds surfing to be his daily form of meditation and fitness. This is why after graduating from his chef degree, he spent over a year traveling the South African coastline surfing all the amazing breaks dotted along the way. He started coaching surfing in order to maximize his time in the ocean whilst introducing newcomers to the sport and culture of surfing. Whilst he has a laid-back approach, Alexi’s passion for coaching is evident in his enthusiasm during his surf lessons from hooting when you stand up to building wave sculptures during his land demonstrations.
His favorite part of coaching is when a student catches their first good wave and looks back at him with a massive grin on their face with that look of ‘stoke’ that says it all… ‘I get it, that’s why you surf…’
David was inspired by his father to start surfing at the tender age of 7 years old. Whilst having a great interest in photography and art, as he grew older he felt a connection to the surfing lifestyle and the ocean. This connection has given him a sense of freedom and a passion to further his abilities in life and in surfing.
David loves coaching, which is visible in his infectious energy and positivity during his surf lessons. He views coaching as a learning experience. It helps him apply the discipline taught to him by surfing while providing the opportunity to share his vast knowledge of surfing and to see his students’ smiling faces when they embrace the feeling of ‘stoke’ for their first time. This David is older and a bit more serious than his younger namesake, partly due to having been in some rather scary situations when surfing the bigger and more serious waves along South Africa’s rugged coastlines. Born and raised in beautiful Cape Town, David has over 35 years surfing experience and when he is not running his own affiliated tour company or handling our experienced surf guiding clients, you’ll find him chasing the big swells along the Cape Town coastline. He has a vast knowledge of both our coastlines totaling 2700km in length and is thus suited to guiding our more experienced surfers on some amazing surfing adventures and surfaris. Being a qualified tourist guide, David can help you explore other South African tourist sites, must-see adventures and highlights along your travels and will impact both his surfing and general South African knowledge with some interesting stories.
Laurence loves this earth and lists surfing as his favorite activity, amongst others such as hiking through forests and up mountains. He started surfing on his father’s longboard as a child, but as he says, the real adventure only began in 2011. It was then, that he started to explore South Africa through surfing. He started coaching for Stoked School of Surf in 2013 and has grown into a wonderful surf coach who helps our students learn in a calm and comfortable environment. His favorite part of coaching is seeing his students totally ‘stoked’ after their first lesson and their hunger for more. Laurence gets great joy seeing the progress his students make after a few consecutive and progressive lessons. He feels that he can see the fruits of his and his students’ efforts and revels in the effect the feeling of ‘stoke’ has on them.
Marko is the rookie of our surf crew, as he only started surfing sporadically in 2013 on the occasional trip to J-Bay and Durban from landlocked Johannesburg. He was so spellbound by the ‘stoke’ and the surfing lifestyle that he uprooted himself from the big smoke and moved down to Cape Town in search of surf and a job….he lucked out in both when he became our surf school manager in 2016! Besides being super efficient in our daily operations, Marko is infectiously excited about surfing and ensuring our clients have an exceptional experience with us.
Kwezi started surfing in 1999 at the age of 11 and went on to become a South African longboarding champion a few years later. He even competed in the World Tour, surfing some of the planets best ‘hot -dogging’ waves. Kwezi is extremely passionate about surfing and hopes that he will be remembered for his participation and contribution to the growth of the sport itself. He seems to be fulfilling this dream as he has already earned himself the prestigious title of SA’s first black longboarding champion and combined his passion for acting with surfing when he featured in the surfing movie ‘Black people don’t surf’ by Sandy Worm. Even after having achieved so much in the sport, Kwezi still loves coaching newcomers to surfing and states that one of his favorite experiences as a surfer and a coach, was teaching an elderly lady of 70+ to stand up and experience the ‘stoke’ for the first time.
Tash is a multiple time SA shortboard champion and coach the for SA juniors team. Surfing is Tash’s life as she has been surfing for 25 years and coaching for 13 of them. She says that it helps her stay grounded and reduce stress. Tash was inspired to start surfing by her father, and she still lists sharing waves with him as one of her favorite parts of surfing. Tash started coaching while based in Huntington Beach, California in 2002. She was a traveling pro surfer aiming to make it big time on the ASP World Qualifying Series but traveling on the South African Rand was never easy. In order to make extra dollars, she started coaching at Wahine Surf School.
Tash has since become a qualified ISA (International Surfing Association) Level 2 instructor and continues to thoroughly enjoy sharing the ‘stoke’ of surfing to new people. Tash also coaches people to become professional surf coaches by running the internationally accredited ISA Level 1 Surf Coaching courses around South Africa.