Beginner Surf training PRogram

Develop the fundamentals of surfing

A Surf training program designed for beginners to not just teach you the technique and provide drills, but to deeply explain why and allow you to better understand and read the ocean so you can have more fun and catch more waves.

Launching 10th of March

6 Weeks of Weekly Training

That fits in with your schedule

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Land-based Training

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Water-based Training

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Simplify the learning process and focus on what actually matters.

Starting out surfing can be complicated and there is so much to take in. The Beginner 6 Week Surf Start Program makes that an easier process but introducing what you need to know and how to work on those things each week.

Each week buils upon the next and you will start building confidence, experience and having more fun. This program is for anyone learning to surf, hasn't progressed past the early stages or is looking to surf. We go through everything.

Surf Schools only get your surfing so far...

Most surf schools don't teach you much other than the bare minimum to try to get to your feet. They aren't worried about the long term learning path for your surfing or anything once you leave the school.

So we do things differently. This program goes from never having surfed to connecting the dots to becoming an intermediate and arming you with all the knowledge training needed to keep working on your surfing.

On top of that, you also get access to a community doing the program along side you and coaches through the group feedback and Q&A sessions twice a month to go over the training and connect with the coaches.

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The Training Method

Each week you have a surf coaching structured plan, easy to follow land drills, guidance and a progression path.

Each session you’ll create small wins in your surfing, subtle changes and over the full 6 session, these wins will add up and create a lasting change in your surfing.

Every session builds off of the previous sessions' training and continues to develop style, technique and confidence.

It is more succesful and easier to work on small isolated areas of your surfing rather than going gung ho and trying to work on everything at once. Doing that, will only end up in frustration and slower progression.

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Everything included in the price

Structured Surf Coaching Program
Group Surf Coaching and live Q&A with the coaches twice a month
Access to the Surf Start Community and contact with the coaches
Detailed explanations, insights, breakdowns and drills
A proven method to improve your surfing
Access to the biggest surfing community
Priority Access to upcoming Coaching and Boat Trips
Member only perks and discounts

Learn from the best

Taught by Clayton Nienaber who has been a pro surfer, shaper & surf coach that’s worked with some of the best surfers on the planet.

Clay's unique talent is being able to break down surfing into more easily understood methods and movements, with explanations that connect with the average surfer.

This is surf coaching for the average surfer, not surf coaching by a pro that doesn't know your struggles.

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Money Back Guarantee

Try the program, use it, practise at home and if you don’t feel the program has provided you any value or isn’t helping you, simply contact us and we’ll sort it out. It’s that easy.


What's included?

The Surf Start program comes with the following included:

  • Surf Start Training Program
  • 2x Monthly Live Group Surf Coaching Sessions & Q&A
  • Access to the Surf Start Community and meet other beginner
  • Priority Access to upcoming events and boat trips

Is this the right program for my skill level?

The program is designed for beginners or anyone who wants to go back to foundations and relearn the basics.

That will suit anyone:
- New to surfing
- Learning to surf
- Has been surfing for years but hasn't progressed beyond a beginner and is looking to improve to an intermediate surfer

I am an intermediate surfer, is this right for me?

If you struggle with the pop up, catching waves and the fundamentals of surfing, this program will help you greatly with overcoming those problems and explaining them in the easiest way to understand.

Where does this fit with the Surf Smart 12 Week Program

You can do both programs, with Surf Start setting the foundations to help you improve and then Surf Smart 12 Week Program creating a structured pathway to level up your surfing beyond the basic intermediate surfer and provide more training beyond Surf Start.

Can I go at my own pace?

Yes, you can ignore the structure and only move on what makes sense for you. These are only there to guide you as the fastest pace we recommend and do not need to be followed. You can slow down and go at your own pace, working on your weaknesses and moving on when you are ready.

Can I repeat the programs?

You can repeat all of the programs as many times as you like. They are designed with the idea that you will revisit them over time.

Do I have access to the program forever?

Yes, the program is yours.

How does the training work? What type of training is it?

The training is a mix of land-based and water-based training drills, as well as theory. The programs will walk you through the theory, establishing a why to all of your training, allowing you to understand what you will be training and how it impacts your surfing. The drills will establish the how, and show you how to exactly replicate the drills.

All of the drills will be accompanied by aiming for the feeling. This will explain when to know you are doing it right or if you need to keep working on the drill. The training is not set out as do X number of reps as everyones starting point and learning process is slower. It is all about do it until it feels natural.

What if I'm landlocked or only get to a beach every so often?

That is fine. all of the programs are created with that in mind. If a program includes water-based training, simply save it up until you have the chance to get to the beach.

How does the land-based training work? Shouldn't I just surf more?

The land-based training is designed to break patterns and add in the repetitions. This is vital in building the muscle memory and neurological pathways to learn and develop skills. The idea is by simulating surfing on land, we can rapidly develop these systems. When we enter the surf, we can further build upon them and allow our bodies to follow the muscle memory we have been training.

Yes, surfing is great but the amount of training in a 2-hour surf is minimal compared to 30 minutes of land training.

How does the water-based training fit in?

After you have been developing the muscle memory on land, you will need to start converting the training to replicating it in the water. The best way to do this is to set on focus and work on one change in your surfing and not several. Simplify it and allow yourself to see an improvement in one area.

The next best thing to do is to let go, don't bring stress into the ocean. Focus on having fun and trying to automatically repeat the muscle memory. Tension is the enemy of good technique and style.

I have been surfing for years and years, how do I replace my bad habits?

One at a time. The programs will help identify the bad habits, replace them and introduce a vital part of your training: trigger words. These are pattern interrupters that help you associate movement with words. As you say a trigger word and connect it to a movement, you are teaching your brain and body to repeat a movement based on that word. As you enter the surf, repeat these trigger words and slowly correct the bad habits.

Do I need any equipment to do the programs?

Nope, just your surfboard.

How do I access the Program?

You will be given a login and can either access the programs on our website or via our app.

Your progress in the program is synced between both platforms and you can jump between both.

How do I get the OMBE Surf App and is it free?

You can download the app to your phone, simply search for OMBE Surf via the app or play stores.

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Is there a difference between the App and the website?

No, the content is exactly the same. The only difference is how you view it.

Can I repeat the programs?

You can repeat all of the programs as many times as you like. They are designed with the idea that you will revisit them over time.

Do I have access to the program forever?

Yes, the programs are yours.

What is the OMBE Community

The beating heart of OMBE is the community. We're proud to help a worldwide community of surfers at all stages of their surfing, get better and have more fun. Our ethos is to pay it forward and to do things differently, together.

I don't have social media, do you have your own platform?

We also need a detox from social media. We have everything within our own web and mobile apps.

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How does the 14 Day money back guarantee work?

We believe so strongly in this program and it has helped thousands of surfers improve their surfing that we are happy to offer a 14 day money back guarantee for you to try it out.

This is a game changing program and we want you to feel like you can try it out without fear of it being a waste of money.

Try the program, use it, practise at home and if you don’t feel the program has provided you any value or isn’t helping you, simply contact us and we’ll sort it out. It’s that easy.

What payment options are available?

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