|“Noosa is a dream compared to Manly in terms of water temperature. Here we only use wetsuits 3 months of the year and board shorts for the rest – it’s just too good,” he says.
After almost a decade of professional touring with his board, Merrick had an opportunity to relocate permanently to Noosa, working at his girlfriend’s family operated resort.
From there he took over a fledging surf-school operated by Surfing Queensland and turned it into his own professional surf school, now operated by his family and a closely knitted team.
Learn to Surf Noosa operates at Noosa West Beach, just west of the ‘Groin’ rock wall on the western end of Main Beach.
Johnathon Free is one of several expert surf instructors working with Merrick Davis, teaching people from all over the world to gain their confidence in the water.
According to Johnathon, this part of Noosa is one of best places to learn to surf anywhere along the coast, for a number of reasons.
“You have the protection of the Bay, so generally that means slightly less elemental exposure and the banks are really consistent here”, says Johnathon.
“That’s something we look for when we are teaching – nice even sand banks with waves breaking more consistently than our other beaches.
“This area allows you to catch waves at waste height and it’s away from the main swimming area. Generally, this means a safer and more fun lesson”, says Johnathon.
While having one lesson is a great start to get a handle on the basics, Johnathon recommends that if people are really keen, then more than one lesson is ideal.