Established in 2004 as Redhead Mobile Surf School offering the smallest group sessions in town, Owner Miles Niddrie changed the surf school’s name to Learn to Surf Newcastle in 2012 to better reflect the school’s Newcastle-wide area of operation

Licensed with Surfing Australia, which oversees over 80 affiliated surf schools Australia wide and local council approved. We’re open all year round including winter. Our surf school was the 1st in Newcastle to offer smaller class sizes and lower coach to surfer ratios in 2004. The school has always been a mobile operation to provide quality surf instruction at the most suitable beaches around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Primary locations are Blacksmiths, Caves and Stockton beaches and we have licences for beaches from Stockton to Catherine Hill Bay with loads of options to choose from.

As no beach in Newcastle is “safe” all the time we may need to travel to find the right beginner wave for your lessons. It is not as simple as just going to any beach and paddling out. Every surfer will tell you its all about the tides, the swell direction, the sandbanks and the wind just like fishing you need a plan.

Miles grew up in Aviemore, Scotland with ice hockey and snow skiing his favourite sports, arriving in Newcastle in 1977 his passion for surfing began and has never stopped. There were no surf schools back then and surfing was a self-taught sport. Luckily we now have surfing instruction available for everyone to get proper education on water safety and surfing safety. Surfing looks easy but is not easy to do. Miles has coached for over 12 years and developed his programs for all ages and fitness levels. Advanced coaching as well and just like a golf swing your surfing can always improve with some technique adjustments!

I also offer birthday parties, Team building groups and Hens/Bucks shows.

Our Team


Coaches & Staff

Miles Niddrie

Owner, Head Coach

Jim Hughes

School Manager

Kelly Slater

Marketing Director

Coaches & Staff

Hyun-jin Ryu


Scott Kazmir


Joc Pederson


Kenta Maeda

Senior Coach

Corey Seager

Senior Coach

Chase Utley

Senior Coach

A. J. Ellis

Assistant Coach

Clayton Kershaw


Adrian Gonzales

Wetsuit Organiser

Dave Roberts

Surfboard Cleaner

Pedro Baez


Yasiel Puig

Senior Coach

Andre Ethier

Senior Coach

Justin Turner

Office Manager



Open Positions

Senior Coach

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Junior Coach

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