What is Surfing

Surfing involves standing on a specially designed surf board and riding a breaking wave.

There’s nothing quite like the experience of catching one of nature’s forces, the breaking wave. You are able to harness that power to speed you along the wave and perform a variety of manoeuvres.

ASI provides the skills, knowledge and framework to help you develop your surfing skills, pursue a career as an outdoor recreation instructor or sports coach, or become a professional competition surfer.

ASI can help you get there !


Surfing is generally acknowledged to have originated in the Hawaiian Islands about 200 years ago.  

Early European explorers observed people paddling on in the water on wooden planks then catching a wave, standing up and riding it back to shore. 

Since those early sightings, surfing has come a long way, with people taking up surfing on just about every country in the world with a coast and waves. 

Types of Surfing

Shortboard Surfing 
Uses a small board usually under 7ft.  It is very unstable but is very manouverable allowing the surfer to perform manoeuvres more easily. 

Longboarding /  (Malibu Surfing)
Use long wide board usually 9ft over in length.  They are a stable board, making it easier to ride, but less manoeuvreable.  Surfers use special longboarding manoeuvres such as “hanging ten”.

Traditional Surfing
Defined as pre 1969 surfing style criteria and includes all board styles and types, including" 
Old Mal / timber
Early 70’s twin fins. 

The surfer is focussed more on continual motion, style and grace.