Learn to surf in Gisborne New Zealand
Call: 022 313 0213

Meet the Team

All team members of WOW Surf School Gisborne are passionate surfers keen to share their love of this radical sport with you!


Liz Alder

Surf Instructor

Liz is a local Gisborne girl who has gathered significant experience working for Surf Schools in Australia. This experience coupled with the joy of helping beginners on to their first wave is what led her to start WOW Surf School here in Gisborne.
Liz has a great approach, she is extremely enthusiastic, patient and will ensure you will be having as much fun as possible! See what our customers are saying about Liz’s coaching.

Favourite Surf Spot: Gizzy Pipe, Bells Beach, Jan Juc.
Best Surf session: Bells Beach Australia at Dusk, low tide my first baby Barrell-yeeeew.
Favourite Beginner moment: The first time you race along the wall of a wave with your fingers cutting lines in the water-magic!
Why do you Surf: Because just paddling out makes me feel alive and empowered. To be in the ocean is a privilege, to ride a wave is the ultimate blessing.
What else is fun: Skateboarding, swimming and eating oranges.

Qualifications: Level One Surf Coach, International Surfing Association qualified instructor, Community Surf Life Saving Certification, First Aid.
Bachelor of Commerce – Product Manager with experience in marketing and helping to run Surf Schools and clubs in Australia.

Phone: 022 313 0213


Advanced Technique Advisor

Matt is a keen kiwi-native surf nut. Like all of us, he is absolutely passionate about surfing and has been surfing for many years. Matt is also great at analyzing and giving advice to surfers who wish to improve, beginners, intermediate, advanced surfer always greatly benefit from his tips.

Favourite Surf Spot(s): Aramoana, Craps rights, Point X Taranaki, Wainui beach
Best Surf session: Hard to pick just one but probably at point X (above) with super clean pristine glassy conditions and just a few mates out. We got tonnes of waves and had heaps of laughs. Mean day!
Favourite Beginner moment: Every little milestone gets you super stoked as a beginner but probably the first time surfing the face of a wave without falling straight off and getting some speed up. I was absolutely hooked from then on.
Why do you Surf: It’s such an epic feeling riding waves and there’s a fresh experience in almost every wave. But it’s actually probably the anticipation that really gets me going; whether it’s seeing the charts lining up, turning the last bend before the beach or looking down the line while paddling into a nice one, the excitement is immense.
What else is fun: Whanau time, good tunes, good mates.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce. First Aid.

E-mail: Coming Soon

Find us

WOW Surf School
Gisborne, New Zealand.
Mobile: [+64] (0)22 313 0213