opening in NOVEMBER 2019

The  Salt Shack Surf School is run by brother and sister duo, Jay and Holly Quinn, world class surfers and qualified Surfing New Zealand coaches. The siblings dominated the national and international surf scene in the 2000’s. After Holly moved to the Coast she recognised the lack of surfers in the water here. Together the Quinn's are now focussed on growing the sport they love through the Salt Shack Surf School. Their passion for surfing, combined with their elite knowledge of the sport and professional skills as qualified Surfing New Zealand instructors make the Salt Shack Surf School the perfect destination for anyone wanting to learn to surf on the Kapiti Coast.

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Holly moved to Waikanae Beach to raise her two sprogs 5 years ago after working internationally as a designer. She volunteers her Sundays as a coach at the local surfing club.

  • 2nd Place World Junior Champs

  • Multiple NZ Women's National Champion

  • NZ Team Representative

  • Current Wellington Surfing Champion 

Jay is currently travelling around Europe surfing, and Surfing for the Welsh Surfing team. He will be ruinning lessons in NewQuay, Cornwall.

  • 2001 World Junior Champion

  • Multiple NZ Surfing Champion

  • Current Welsh National Champion

  • Current European Champion

  • Current British Champion 

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Group Lessons run on weekends at Peka Peka Beach or Waikanae Beach, Kapiti Coast. All equipment is provided, you will learn surfing skills, good technique, paddling skills, water and beach safety. Weekly times are released via facebook each week. Private lessons can be booked by email.. The Salt Shack Surf School team will have you standing up and riding waves in no time - you won’t be able to keep the smile off your dial.

Adult Lesson: $70pp - 1.5hrs
Private Lesson: $95pp - 1.5hrs
Kids Lesson: $60pp - 1.5hrs

Qualified professional surf coaches • Tailored lessons to suit all levels • Group and private lessons available • All equipment provided • All ages and abilities welcome

If you can swim, you can surf

Please call us on 021715558 or email quinnsaltshack@gmail.com for available lesson times.
Note: Kids Age 7-16yrs. If there is no swell on the day you will be credited for another session



This program covers all surfing equipment • Designed for children and teens aged 7-18 • Coached by qualified Surfing Instructors •  For complete beginners to intermediate surfers •  2 levels of sessions available. 


SALTY SESSION: Learning to surf is a fantastic way to teach children confidence in the ocean and to gift them with a passion they can carry on all through life. The program covers all surfing equipment, you will learn surfing skills, ocean & equipment knowledge, paddling skills, water and beach safety. Pre booked times are required at sign up.


SHRED SESSION: During an improver lesson you will learn skills required to take your surfing to the next level. If you are competent at catching white water and standing up you are ready to improve! Reading waves, catching unbroken waves and trimming across waves are some of the skills you will learn to up-skill from a learner to enrich your surfing experience. Pre booked times are required at sign up.

Note: These sessions are limited numbers, and will close once filled.


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(November - March)

$30 - 2 hrs
$60 - Full Day

If you don't require coaching but would like to hire a board, please call us to arrange board hirage. 
These can be collected down at the Waimea carpark. Wetsuits also available.

Surfing is a sport for the whole family, from tiny grommets to grannies. So grab a board and come surfing with the Salt Shack Surf School.


group coaching (april till october)

CONTACT JAY ON:07985346716

Salt Shack group coaching sessions are for anyone looking to improve their current level of surfing in a group setting. Sometimes it’s just more fun to surf with a few friends!
Sessions are priced per person and are available booked as a closed lesson or an individual looking to join a group session. 
We will always try to match you with surfers of a similar ability as group sessions always work best this way. 

Details: 1.5 hours. Filmed session, Venue analysis and peak positioning rundown, Video review, Identification of problematic areas, Technique correction methods, Board equipment and advice.




ADULT : £60pp


ADULT: £55pp 



ADULT: £50pp




Salt Shack private coaching session is for anyone looking to improve and/or develop technique and ability in a one on one situation. Filmed sessions allow for technique breakdown and instruction on how to fix and improve any problematic areas. 

Details:1.5 hours, Filmed session, Venue analysis and peak positioning rundown, Footage review, Identification on problem areas, Technique correction methods, Equipment evaluation and advice


YOUTH - £65; ADULT- £80


                    Please call Jay on: 07985346716