Port Macquarie Surf School is celebrating many milestones in 2011. Chrissy Jones chats with Grant Hudson and finds out more about this local iconic business …
Port Surf School has been operating for 10 years now. What helps to make the business so successful?
We love what we do – few things in life can give you a bigger buzz than surfing. At Port Macquarie Surf School, we believe learning how to surf should be fun, safe and easy. We know surfing; we know our beaches; and we know how to give you the kind of personalised, professional attention that’ll get you up and surfing in no time.
You have just opened your booking office at 46 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie – what can people expect if they call in?
Port Macquarie Surf School is a ‘Huddo’ operation – owned and operated by our well-known and respected, father and sons team of Peter, Wayne and Grant Hudson.
You can expect the best in all aspects of local surfing. We know the local beaches like the back of our hand and are more than ready to pass on our experience and knowledge to all surfers, from beginner through to the high performance surfer.
The Greater Port Macquarie region boasts some of the most picturesque beaches on the East Coast of Australia and with a little help from us, it’s the perfect environment to quickly master all the skills you need to confidently take on the waves.
You all have some impressive experience?
My dad, Peter Hudson, has been surf coaching for 30 years in the Port Macquarie area; my brother Wayne and I have been surf coaching for 10 years.
All three of us Huddos were born in Port Macquarie and are pretty handy surfers in our own right, with a stack of Aussie Titles under our belts. We have over 90 years of surfing and just on 50 years of combined coaching experience. We can get beginners standing up and surfing almost right away, help intermediate surfers reach for the next level, or fine tune the skills of the high performance surfer.
You cater for all surfers, beginner to experienced?
Yes we do, by employing six Level 1 accredited coaches, who are excellent surfers themselves; we offer a personalised service within flexible programs that meet everyone’s needs. Plus, because we’re in the water with you at all times, you get immediate feedback and instruction.
Even if you are a complete beginner, it’s no worries. We hold Learn-To-Surf Lessons every day of the week, all year round, and you’ll not only learn how to surf, we’ll ‘clue you in’ on water safety and awareness as well.
All Port Macquarie Surf School, coaches are fully accredited, licensed and insured with Surfing Australia and have Bronze Medallion and Advanced Resuscitation Certificates, plus Senior First Aid Certificates.
Most of our coaches are also professional lifeguards employed with the Hastings Council. Our goal is to teach you how to surf in a safe and fun environment.