Our Story

Surfing Services  Australia has fast become the no.1 Currumbin Alley Surf School, as voted by you on Trip Advisor. Operating for over 10 years we are the only licensed surf school at this iconic Gold Coast surfing location.

Our Currumbin Alley surf school is family owned and operated. Mark Richardson and his wife Bianca are living the dream of sharing their passion and love of the sport to people of all ages and abilities.  Surfing Services Australia strives to give everyone the chance to discover the thrill and excitement of catching waves while extending their ability through our expert advice for beginners to elite surfers.

About Coach Mark ‘Richo’ Richardson

Richo has won the Australian Surfing Championship five times and is a former Australian Junior Team Coach. He has been involved in the selection of our National Surfing Teams, and helped these teams win a combined six gold medals for Australia.

He has also coached many of the world’s best surfers including:

  • Joel Parkinson (2012 ASP World Champion)
  • Courtney Conlogue (Women’s ASP current World no. 1)
  • Dax McGill (2012 ISA World Junior Champion)
  • Mitchell Parkinson (World Junior Champion)
  • Plus many other WQS, Pro Juniors and up and coming surfers around the world

Along with over 12 years enjoying his role as a surfing coach, Richo has more than 30 years of competitive surfing experience and continues to compete on a national level, winning state and national titles.

One of the most experienced surfing coaches in Australia, Richo specialises in contest preparation and when Mark isn’t in the water, he’s giving local Gold Coast radio surf reports.

Richo’s elite team of coaches at his Currumbin Alley surf school have the experience and expertise you want when you hit the waves.  We look forward to giving you your best chance at success. Contact our elite team today!

 Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a unique coaching service that takes you from Beginner level to Intermediate and on to High Performance surfing if you desire. We do this by combining personalised progressive coaching with the right skills to ensure you receive the best advice and training techniques on offer with our elite team of Australia’s Best Surf Coaches. 

Group Surfing Lessons – Kids

We offer kids from 5- 16 years regular group sessions, these are on every weekend and everyday during school holidays. The lessons go for 90 minutes. It is best to get there 10 minutes before the start of your lesson, so you have time to get ready. We are very strict at sticking to our ratios. We have up to 7 participants to every Surf Coach. This ensures you are getting plenty of attention and help through out the lesson. The group size can vary depending on the time of year, but usually we keep our groups quite small.

Group Surfing Lessons – Adults

This group is for adults 16 years and over. No experience needed and all genders welcome! We offer regular group sessions. The lessons go for 90 minutes. It is best to get there 10 minutes before the start of your lesson, so you have time to get ready. We are very strict at sticking to our ratios. They are up to 7 participants to every Surf Coach. This ensures you are getting plenty of attention and help through out the lesson.

Group Yoga Lessons

Yoga and surfing go together like sand and saltwater. Yoga gets you in touch with the rhythm of your body, while surfing gets you in sync with the wave patterns and ocean tides. Surfing Services Australia offer a beach yoga session with renowned yoga instructor Mae Occhilupo at Currumbin Alley. Mae is passionate about health, wellness and keeping our body and minds fit. She offers years of yoga experience implementing mindful breathing and promotes techniques for living a stress free conscious lifestyle.

Private Yoga Lessons

Yoga and surfing go together like sand and saltwater. Yoga gets you in touch with the rhythm of your body, while surfing gets you in sync with the wave patterns and ocean tides. Surfing Services Australia offer a beach yoga session with renowned yoga instructor Mae Occhilupo at Currumbin Alley. Mae is passionate about health, wellness and keeping our body and minds fit. She offers years of yoga experience implementing mindful breathing and promotes techniques for living a stress free conscious lifestyle.

Beginner Private Lessons - All ages welcome

These private lessons are a fantastic opportunity to get some expert 'one on one' tuition whether you are just starting out or already have your own board and need some pointers with your surfing techniques.

Ladies Lessons - All ages and surfing abilities welcome

Sick of watching your kids having fun on the waves and wishing it was you, its time you get out there and give it a go! Have you ever dreamed of learning to surf? This is the lesson for you. Surfing is the most enjoyable way to keep fit, who wants to work out in stuffy gym, come to the most beautiful beach on the Gold Coast and learn to surf!. Our lessons are a great opportunity to come along with your friends and have a laugh with each other. It is also a great way to meet new people so don't be shy to come along by yourself. You can even bring the whole family, it is always good to see mum being cheered along by the kids!

Intermediate Private Lessons - All ages welcome

Now you have mastered the basics of learning how to surf! Wonderful, you can confidently catch your own waves, go left and right and have a reasonably good knowledge of rips and surf conditions. Basically, it all comes down to the foundations of your surfing being rock solid. It's super important to 'get the basics right', you need to have the correct skill base to build further skills on.

High Performance Lesson - All ages welcome

Australian title-winning pro-surfer and coach Mark Richardson is passionate about the sport and excels in guiding clients from their first time standing up on a board to taking part in pro comps. Mark works personally with each surfer to assess their needs then coaches them accordingly. Mark's guidance will help improve your surfing technique as well as achieve goals at your highest level, whether it's to do a turn, pull some air or to be on the world tour.

Kids Parties

For your next birthday party, end of school celebration or just a special surprise why not book a group of friends in for a surfing session. Kids Learning to surf is awesome fun! It will be a party to remember for years to come. Each guest receives a birthday goodie pack plus the Birthday boy or girl receives a present on behalf of all the coachs at Surfing Services.

Corporate Groups

Corporate Team Building Beach Programs is one of the most advanced, fun and diverse team building activities. You can expect outstanding challenges, a great physical workout, and the experience of a lifetime. We cater for small workplace groups to large convention groups and guarantee you the highest level of service from our expert coaches. The All Stars NRL Football team attend annually plus other businesses like dentists and accounting firms on a more regular basis.

Equipment Hire

Are you on holidays, a short getaway or simply just wanting to try something new surfing Services has a range of learn to surf, boards, body boards plus wet suits and wet shirts available for short or long term hire. Come and spend a day at our beautiful beach and get involved in some fun water activities today!

SAFE SURFING LESSON & DAY AT CURRUMBIN WILDLIFE

Do you love Australian animals and would like to experience time at one of the Gold Coasts best beaches? Why not put them together for the best time of your life. Here at Surfing Services Australia and everyone over at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary have teamed up to create the ultimate Gold Coast experience just for you! You will have a surfing lesson and a day at Currumbin Wildlife sanctuary.


Surfing Services Australia

820 Pacific Parade
Currumbin, QLD, Australia
4223