Our Team

sean

Sean & Shelly

Owners

Years Surfing 20
Years Coaching 12

Surfing Passion
Both Sean and Shelley love to travel the world in search of new waves and cultures to find that little piece of un-crowded paradise. They have surfed in places from the Arctic Circle in Norway to the islands of Fiji and Indonesia. 

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
Surfing Australia Level 1 and  Level 2 coaching accreditation, APOLA Beach lifeguard certification, Advanced senior first aid and Advanced CPR certifications, Sydney University accreditation in Bus and Coach Operator, Working With Children’s Check, University degrees in Primary school teaching. 

Coaching Career Highlight
Sean’s and Shelley’s coaching highlight’s have been:
Teaching 100’s of children with disabilities how to surf and catch their very first waves. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrYOR_K7VIk

Sean started his business in 2009 by himself with only 6 soft boards, a mobile phone and a booking sheet, fast forward 7 years later with the help of his wife Shelley it has grown into a regional business that employee’s 20 local staff and has licences to teaching surfing in Byron Bay, Tweed Heads and Ballina Shires with a brand new surf hostel and surf hire store in the most central locations in Byron Bay.  

Taking Andre 3000 from Outkast  on private surf lessons 3 days prior to his Splendour in the Grass show and hanging backstage at their concert. 

Working along side some of the best surf coaches from around the world in multiple countries learning a variety of styles of surf coaching to develop and improve Soul Surf School to where it is today. 

Coaching Expertise
Sean and Shelley donate some of their time to the Far North Coast Disabled Surfers Association teaching children with disabilities how to surf! They also love taking intermediate surfers on private lessons and seeing their progression and the enjoyment they get from improving their surfing skills. 

Sean has worked really hard to develop the best coaching techniques and staff training manuals to ensure that his new and current staff can provide the best lessons possible to Soul Surf Schools cliental. 

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Will

Business services manager

Years surfing 16
Years coaching 12

Surfing passion
Wills passion is surf exploration and to date he has travelled to over 20 countries searching for perfect waves.

Coaching qualifications/experience
ASI Level 1 coaching accreditation, Apply first aid, OSSCA, Working With Children’s Check

Coaching career highlight
Will is passionate about making surfing accessible for all backgrounds and he launched a community surf club In the UK that enabled over 100 disadvantaged teenagers access to surfing on a weekly basis. Will is currently involved with launching a community surf project that will train 8 local young people over a year project with the view to enabling them to achieve there surf coach accreditation plus offering a gateway to employment in the thriving surf coaching industry. This project is the first of its kind on East Coast of Australia and will offer an opportunity for young people from a disadvantaged background.

Coaching expertise
Will enjoys teaching total beginners and brings lots of energy to the sessions but he also thrives on technical intermediate 1 on 1 sessions.

 

tommy

Tommy

Surf School Manager

Years surfing 16 years
Years coaching 10 years 

Surfing passion Surfing new and challenging waves across both Australia and abroad 

Qualifications
level one surf ASI Coaching accreditation, Apply first aid, Ossca, Working with children’s check

Coaching Highlights
Working with kids from America over a period of two months on a weekly basis and seeing them progress from total beginners to competent surfers. At the end of the two month experience they were able to catch decent size unbroken waves and perform committed turns on rails. The sense of satisfaction was fantastic knowing I had given them the skill set to make this possible.

Coaching expertise
providing in-depth  critical analysis to functionally help progress surfers of all abilities to the next level. I pride myself on my coaching and lead my team by example all with the aim of providing industry leading surf experiences for everyone who attends a session with us.

 

Rosco

Ross

Senior Head Coach

Years surfing  16 years
Years coaching   8 years

Surfing Passion
My surfing passion is travelling the world immersing myself in different cultures and searching for uncrowded perfect waves.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
ASI Level 1 surf coaching accreditation, APOLA Beach lifeguard, Working with children check.

Coaching Career Highlight
My coaching career highlight would be working with surfers with disabilities. I thrive on the challenge of completely altering my surf coaching delivery and the reward and sense of satisfaction I receive from these sessions is unparalleled from anything else I have achieved in my working career.

Coaching Expertise
As one of the head coaches at Soul Surf School I love coaching both private technical sessions and groups of surfers ensuring that everyone is progressing at a fast rate. I love working with guests who are doing week long courses as we can see the amazing progress from day one to the end of the week.

Rod

Rodriguez

Senior Head Coach

Years surfing 20
Years coaching 6

Surfing passion
Sunset sessions with good friends, lefts and party wave with dolphins. I love seeing all of our students progress and the stoke that surfing gives them.

Coaching qualifications/experience
Level 1 Surfing Australia Surf Instructor

Coaching career highlight
When I tandem surfed with Jiggy our surf school dog for the first time. Coaching expertise I like to teach people who wants to take surfing as a lifestyle coz the best surfer in the water is the one having the most fun!

Rob

Rob

Private, Performance and Assistant Group Coach

Years surfing 45
Years coaching  24

Surfing Passion
I have a strong connection with Indonesia and one of my main passions is travelling through this wave rich region in search of perfect waves and new unridden waves.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
ASI Level 1 coaching accreditation

Coaching Career Highlight
Over the last 15 years I have helped to develop the individual surfing of my daughter and two sons who are now competing on the WSL World tour. My daughter Tyler is the current WSL Female world surfing champion. It has been amazing travelling the world with them to world renowned surf events following their careers.

Coaching Expertise
I have a strong passion for helping to develop surfing within the community and I have worked with Culburra SLSC where I ran the Water division and surfing. This was a struggling club but it is now a very established talent pool of local surfers. I am currently working with a very talented group of up and coming surfers who are all members of the Le Ba Boardriders. Who knows we may have a future world champion on our hands !!!

 

Michael

Michael

Private & Assistant Coach

Years surfing 13
Years coaching 2

Surfing passion
Finding perfect waves to be able to ride various board designs from short boards to logs. I regularly travel the east coast in search of uncrowded perfection and I love travelling throughout Indonesia. I am an aspiring clubbie and have competed both at interstate and on a National level. I recently competed in the Aussie titles and and progressed to the final and achieved a 5th place Finnish in my event. This was competing against the best elite athletes from all over the country. Other notable achievements include completing the Coolangatta Gold 2016.

Coaching Qualifications/experience
ASI Level 1 surf instructor, Bronze medallion, apply first aid, advanced first aid 

Coaching career highlight 
Scoring a job with would surf school, the best team in Byron bay !! Team work makes the dream work

Coaching expertise
1st day lessons is where I currently see myself as I love to teach the basic steps of surfing and love to see the instant progression as people stand up for their very first time.

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Tommy G

Private & Assistant Group Coach

Years Surfing 14
Years Coaching 5

Surfing Passion
Surfing has been a big part of my life since a very young age… It has taken me all over the world and given me countless experiences and opportunities. By far my biggest addiction.

Best Surfing achievements:

10th place 2015 European Pro junior tour
3rd place Lacanau Pro junior 2015
5th north shore Sunset Hawaii Pro junior 2014
1st Ripcurl national gromsearch final 2012
3rd Australian junior surfing titles 2012
7th ISA world junior surfing titles 2012 

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
ASI Level 1 surf coaching, First aid at work and Resuscitation, APOLA Beach lifeguard

Coaching Career Highlight
Probably when I got requested for 10 private lessons as a Christmas present for 3 grommets. It was great, stoked!

Coaching Expertise
I love my job and love coaching all abilities from complete beginners to more technical advanced lessons. This makes my job very varied !! I love coaching anyone that has a very positive attitude and is keen to learn all aspects of surfing.

Matt

Matt

Private & Assistant Group Coach

Years Surfing 20
Years Coaching 5

Surfing Passion
I really enjoy teaching students that have a desire to get into surfing. Showing techniques that they can use on their own. This is all geared towards hopefully them progressing to a point where I could see them surfing with me.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
Level 1 Surfing Australia certification, APOLA beach lifeguard

Coaching Career Highlight
There have been so many highlights, however I would say helping a young boy from North Queensland that had unfortunately lost half of his leg to catch waves and stand up with a prosthetic leg was inspiring and stands out.

Coaching Expertise
I specialise in coaching all abilities I have run Grom programmes before to help develop young surfers and I thrive when coaching technical private lessons. I feel I am a very versatile coach who loves the day to day challenge involved with coaching all abilities and seeing the stoke be it from someone’s first wave or a perfected turn.

Zac

Zak

Private & Assistant Coach

Years surfing  9
Years coaching

Surfing passion
there’s nothing better than getting barrelled also travelling the world to surf amazing waves. I have aspirations of turning professional and I’m currently competing at select WQS world tour events.

Coaching Qualifications/experience
Level 1 surf coach, first aid.

Coaching career highlight
helping people each day to stand up for the first time on a surfboard with the best crew! 

Coaching expertise
total beginners and progressive beginners to intermediate surfers.

 

Tim

Tim

Assistant Coach

Years surfing 12
Years coaching 3

Surfing Passion
I grew up on the Mid North Coast of NSW, Australia and have always spent time in and around the beautiful beaches in the area. One of my favourite things about surfing is when you roll up to a surf spot you’ve never surfed before, meet a heap of new people out in the water, and surf until after sunset.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
ASI Level 1 coaching accreditation, Apply first aid, Silver Medallion Aquatic Rescue, Advanced First Aid

Coaching Career Highlight
Seeing all the smiles on people’s faces after they catch their first wave, and seeing them still grinning after an epic wipeout.

Coaching Expertise
The best thing about learning to surf is that it is so much fun to do. My favourite people to teach are the ones who come to lessons super excited to learn a new skill, try hard and have loads of fun doing it.

Mick

Mick

Assistant Coach / Photographer

Years Surfing 10
Years Coaching 3

Surfing Passion
My Passion is travelling around the Coast of Australia in search of perfect waves. I also love my job and passing on my surfing knowledge is incredibly rewarding. I also have a keen interest in surf photography and I love capturing all of our guests first epic rides and the occasional wipeout’s they certainly add to the end of session show reel.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
ASI Level 1 Surf coaching qualification, First Aid at work qualification, APOLA Beach lifeguard certification, Working with children check

Coaching Career Highlight
I really enjoy coaching the groms as they are a challenge and you have to alter your coaching methods to constantly keep them engaged, something that I thrive on.

Kelly

Kelly

Shop Staff / Coach / Reservations Team

Years Surfing 18
Years Coaching  8

Surfing Passion
I grew up surfing local breaks with my best mates and brothers Luke and Chrisin a little beachside town called Fingal Bay, Port Stephens. Eighteen years ago they threw me an old board and said “You surf in here sis, we’re going out the back!” From that day I was hooked and have never felt more comfortable then when I am in the Ocean.

Coaching Qualifications/Experience
Level 1 surf instructor, Senior first aid, 200 Hour Yoga TTC, Diploma in children services, Vast experience coaching in Australia and overseas

Coaching Career Highlight
Managing the surfing side of a busy Surf&Yoga retreat in Sri Lanka last year. This involved teaching the locals and tourists about the importance of caring for our ocean, animals and each other and the impact humans have on our ocean and earth through the surfing community.

Coaching Expertise
I love coaching full stop however I love mixing it up with a variety of different cultures from around the globe and different levels. This keeps my job very varied. I have a special interest in hanging with the groms and developing their surfing which I love.

I am a qualified Yoga and meditation teacher which I feel really compliments surfing. The stretching, breathing and focus essential for yoga only makes you a stronger and more focused surfer.

I have been teaching in childcare for 20 years and more recently primary schools so I feel I have some useful transferable skills to bring into my surf coaching.

I have a great interest in Ocean conservation and have worked with a few non for profit organisations in marine debris clean ups, educating people on plastic pollution and also helping to manage mental health issues through yoga and surfing. Surfing is the cure for anything!!!

 

Frak

Frauke Vogt

Reservations team

Years surfing 11

Surfing experience

I have been the head of Soul Surf Schools reservation team for the last  6 months and have been loving it! If you book an experience with us you are likely to speak to me at some point either by email or over the phone. 

I love this job because I think we are a great team and have made it our daily goal to help customers get the surfing experience that they want. I’m always happy to answer any questions that our customers have and I try and consider any individual wishes to make their experience as unique and enjoyable as possible.

I have a masters degree in management and leadership and a degree in human resources management and I draw upon my experiences at university as well as previous work experiences in the field throughout my daily work.

Surfing experience- I have been surfing for 11 years and I am passionate about helping to organise people’s surf trips because I know what the stoke of your first waves feels like! 

 

At Soul Surf School we pride ourselves on the delivery of the lessons we offer, we run monthly in-house staff training sessions where we workshop new ideas, techniques to maintain our high standards. This in turn maintains great progressive daily surf lessons 

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