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Currumbin Alley Surf School began from humble beginnings in 1993, when founder Tracey Chilcott decided to combine her love of the ocean with her passion for helping others. What started as a hobby soon developed into a thriving little business and those wanting to give surfing a go would flock to see Tracey to see what it was all about.

As the popularity of surfing began to grow so did Tracey’s customer base and she soon found herself teaching a vast diversity of people from Japanese tour groups to national football teams and from 5 year old kids to 80 year old grandmas. Schools eventually started incorporating surfing into their curriculum and Currumbin Alley Surf School provided the platform where local kids could learn and develop their surfing skills.

In 2009, Tracey handed over the reigns to son Sam, who had been teaching surfing since 2002 and had just returned from a 3 year stint overseas where he taught at surf schools in California, England, Ireland and Morrocco.

By this stage Sam had completed his Bachelor of Exercise Science at Griffith University and had planned to further his studies by undertaking a Masters of Physiotherapy but after much thought decided that sharing what he loves most with others was where his passion lay.

Sam is a Currumbin local who caught his first wave at the Currumbin Alley at age 4. Despite having surfed all over the world, Sam rates Currumbin Alley as his favourite wave, always feeling a special affiliation with the spot that has served him so many good memories over the years. So who better to surf with at Currumbin Alley than Sam and the team who have grown up in the area and know the wave and conditions as well as anyone!


Although the popularity of surfing has grown dramatically over the years, Currumbin Alley Surf School has stood firm to it’s roots and we still maintain a strong passion for sharing what we love with others, while also educating people about surf safety and surfer etiquette.

It is for this reason that we have developed the reputation as one of the Gold Coast’s most popular surf schools who do all we can to make sure our customers experience with us in unforgettable.

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