Description

7-day Package Deal!

Day 1

We teach you the safest and easiest surfing methods on the beach first with a demonstration and practise. Here we teach you about safe board handling and good water practise. Then it's into the water for 2 hours of guided surfing. Our surf lessons begin with individually pushing you onto small waves of about 1 ft. Once you're standing up and riding them with our help, we teach you how to paddle on and catch your own. By the end of the session you will be catching and riding good, long waves to the beach.

Day 2

Skip the demo from here on in and surf each day for 2.5 hours. Today we'll teach you how to do small turns.

Day 3

We'll work on improving your surfing. Try some bigger waves and we'll teach you how to "take the drop''

Day 4

We'll teach you how to ride bigger waves and improve your turning

Day 5

We'll continue working on improving your surfing and wave selection. Get longer and better rides and feel the joy!

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Class Schedule

Estimated Duration: 4 hours

What you will learn
  • We teach you the safest and easiest surfing methods on the beach first with a demonstration and practise.
  • We teach you about safe board handling and good water practise.
  • We teach you how to paddle on and catch your own.
What you will get
  • Expert surf coach!
  • Long and short wetsuits
  • Rash vest and soft surfboards

What to bring
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Drinking water
  • Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.
  • Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult (paying customer or non-paying customer with swimmers and be prepared to get wet).
What to wear

Wetsuit

Appropriate for

We take 6-year-olds and up.


Logo

Kool Katz

Vendor sincce 2016

''Crikey! What was that?'' --- It's a question you'll be asking when you meet the man they call "the Steve Irwin of learn-to-surf''.

Kool Katz owner Terry (aka Tezza) Hannon is Byron Bay's original and best surf tour operator.

He has surfed for more than 30 years and instructed and guided for 20 years.

He is a respected captain of the learn-to-surf industry, having taught his beginner surfing techniques to literally tens of thousands of children, backpackers and holiday makers. His methods are those used by his professional team of accredited and sponsored surf instructors.

Tezza's unstinting devotion and professionalism have earned him worldwide recognition. He has been featured on Ian Wright's Lonely Planet doco ``The Longest Journey'' and more recently he stole the stage of a popular Swedish travel show, ''Near & Far''. The choice to promote him in a 2003 series using footage of Tezza Downunder elevated him to star status in Sweden and triggered an unlikely cult following.

But all this attention is not just for the wild mop of blonde hair. Those of you who dubbed Tezza ``the Steve Irwin of learn-to-surf'' recognised in him the same star-like qualities of the world's favourite Crocodile Hunter: his relentless energy, unbounding enthusiasm and good-humoured Aussie larrikinism.

(Yet still ... how many of you told us he is the walking double of Gerard Depardieu, the spitting image of Nick Nolte and the living understudy of Jeff Daniels?)

Regardless of whom he reminds you ... and all jokes aside ... Tezza is 110% commited to providing a safe, inexpensive, fun and successful surfing environment for everyone who wants to learn.

He loves what he does ... and it shows.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

What is your cancellation policy?

100% cancellation fee will be charged for no shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. Kool Katz does not cancel for inclement weather. In case of a tour being cancelled by the operator for extreme weather circumstances, the tour will be re-scheduled or a full refund will be given. Multi-day courses cancelled in whole or part by the client with less than 24 hours of the course start date will not be eligible for a refund in whole or part.

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Terms & Conditions

Frequently Asked Questions

• There are so many surf schools to choose from, why choose Kool Katz?

Here are the TOP reasons why ....

1. Kool Katz is owned and operated by Byron Bay's original and best surf tour operator, Terry Hannon. Tezza has years of hands-on experience as a beginner surf instructor and surf tour operator.

2. Kool Katz delivers a world exclusive surfing guarantee: 'Stand and ride a wave for 40 metres or your money back!'

3. Kool Katz is $16 cheaper than other surf schools - we're just competitive at what we do!

4. Kool Katz has the biggest range of surfboard sizes of any other Byron surf school allowing us to match you more easily to the equipment that you require.

5. Kool Katz surfs in uncrowded waves south of the busy bustle of Byron Bay. With Kool Katz you enjoy privileged access to Lennox National Surfing Reserve, one of only 4 nationally declared surfing reserves in New South Wales. You also enjoy access to Shaw's Bay, Ballina, considered by many in the know as having some of the best and safest learning waves on the east coast of Australia.

5. Kool Katz is the LONELY PLANET guide RECOMMENDED company for BYRON. Terry was featured in their documentary film Beaches of the World.

• Do you operate daily?

Yes, twice daily starting from Byron Bay at 9.15am for the morning session and 2.15pm for the afternoon session.

• Do you provide transport?

Yes we pick UP and drop OFF from your accommodation around Byron Bay. This is included in the price. • How long is the tour? 

Each tour is 4 hours in duration. This includes some travel time each way, 30 minutes instruction on the sand and 2 hours water time during which time the instructors work individually with you to ensure our surfing guarantee is met.

• What time do you drop back at accommodation at Byron Bay?

Morning session drops back at 1.15pm in Byron Bay and the afternoon session drops back at 6.15pm in Byron Bay. (Yes, we will pick up and drop off in Lennox Head by prior arrangement. Pick up times are 35 minutes later than stated for Byron Bay i.e. 9.50am and 2.50pm. The later pick up times mean that the class duration is only 3 hours.)

• What do we provide? What do you bring?

Kool Katz provide long and short wetsuits, rash vest and soft surfboards. You bring swimmers, towel, sunscreen and drinking water. Leave your valuables at home.

• What level of fitness or experience must I have to participate?

We cater for absolute beginners, people who have never surfed before. We work in waist deep water and surf in small waves of about 1ft. Minimal swimming fitness is required, but 50m swimming competency is recommended.

• Should beginner surfers expect to stand up on their first surf lesson?

Yes, yes, yes! At Kool Katz Learn to Surf in Byron Bay, we guarantee you will ride a wave over a distance of 40 metres. It's actually a world exclusive surfing guarantee that you'll be offered nowhere else, by no-one else. We are learn-to- surf experts and we say you CAN ride a wave over what is nearly the length of an Olympic sized swimming pool. Some of you will ride waves even longer! Lots of people don't expect to stand up and some will sign up for a surf lesson with the intent of ``having fun''. Some people tell us they stood up on a surf lesson before, but admit it was only for 2 seconds. That is a great feeling, but the amazing buzz you get from riding a wave comes from achieving measured success … 40 metres at least ... over and over on the first lesson … now that's ``having fun''.

• When is Kool Katz closed for business?

We operate all year round with the exceptions of Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Days.

• What ages do you specify for children?

We take 6-year-olds and up. Children under 12 years must be accompanied by an adult (paying customer or non-paying customer with swimmers and be prepared to get wet). Children under 18 must have a parent or guardian sign a waiver.

• Do you have kids' classes?

No, not specifically. Kids join our group surf lesson, but we assign kids under 12 with their own instructor, and surf them closer to shore, ensuring they get plenty of one-on-one attention in a safe surfing environment.

• What is the child or concession rate price?

No differentiation in pricing. One price for all.

• What is your cancellation policy?

100% cancellation fee will be charged for no shows or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice. Kool Katz does not cancel for inclement weather. In case of a tour being cancelled by the operator for extreme weather circumstances, the tour will be re-scheduled or a full refund will be given. Multi-day courses cancelled in whole or part by the client with less than 24 hours of the course start date will not be eligible for a refund in whole or part.

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