Our Instructors

Experienced Surfers

Soul Surf School instructors are all fully qualified level 1 & 2 coaches, with great local wave knowledge. Our coaches have also worked as professional lifeguards here in Australia & abroad. Their Passion is surfing, when they are not teach you guys how to surf, they are out there in the water everyday catching waves. It keeps them fit and wave ready to pass the knowledge straight on to you.

All our instructors a super friendly and will help you in anyway you need to catch your first wave. For the more advanced surfers we can teach you things only surfers know allowing you to improve on your surfing skills and a very fast rate! Soul Surf School Instructors are the best around, we only keep the good ones to make sure you have the best time in the water and feel safe.

Meet the team


Sean Riley


Sean has been coaching both locally and internationally for 9yrs years.  He has managed and worked at a number of surf schools and surf tour companies on the East Coast of Australia, and has spent a number of seasons overseas in Europe sharing his extensive experience and knowledge with other surf schools in Spain, France and also in California.

Since opening Soul Surf school in the summer of 2009 Sean has made it his life to introduce people to the sport of surfing in a fun safe and relaxed environment.


Tommy Flint


Tommy love the ocean, he grew up in the small surfing community on the mid-north coast of South West Rocks, he has managed surf schools up and down coast and has been coaching since he was a grommet at the ripe age of 16.

Tommy has been with Soul Surf School since the start, managing the surf school and making sure lessons are always of a high standard. When he’s not working he’s saving for his next surf mission to Indonesia or on tour with his tough rock band “The Badlands”


Kyle Riley


Kyle is another great instructor and outstanding surfer, if you get him taking your group your lucky. He has a great success rate of getting people up and riding in no time at all. Kyle has travelled the world in search of waves. But love nothing more than being back here in Byron Bay, known as the tropical paradise on the east coast who can blame him.


Alyssa Grant

Shop Manager

We love Alyssa, she runs our Beach Hire and Surf Shop, She’s always smiling and ready to help, who could blame her, our shops right on the beach in beautiful Byron Bay, not a bad place to work. Also a great surfer who loves the ocean, she can help book the right lesson for you, so if you have any questions she would be more than happy to help out.


The Team

The rest of the guys & girls

Meet Tessa, Mitchy, Hannah & Michael, the rest of out highly skilled & trained surf instructors that make up the soul surf school team!