Kia Ora, welcome to West Coast Surf!

For authentic surf lessons with an NZ surf legend in a stunning natural environment

What can we do for you?

Come and experience surfing at a stunning location on the West Coast of the South Island. Tauranga Bay! This beach provides both first timers with a safe and invigorating environment to learn in as well as providing some world class waves for the more experienced surfers. We offer lessons for new surfers and coaching for the more advanced levels looking to up their skills in the water.

Whatever your needs Mark will provide a unique, safe, fun and informative experience for you.



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Your Coach

Mark Perana (Puke)

Mark being interviewed on CTV

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Mark is a previous NZ team coach, past NZ title holder and a current level 2 supervisor coach with the International Surfing Association (ISA) and Surfing New Zealand (SNZ). He is also a registered Level 3 International Head Judge with ISA and SNZ and can often be found running the judging team on the South Island surfing circuit.

Click the picture on the left to view Mark being interviewed on CTV's presented by Reanna Smith.

Real Testimonials...

"Best lesson I have ever had, Mark is an incredible teacher, he wont hold back on telling you everything you need to know to improve, Ive had another surf lesson in the past and it was no where as in depth and well thought out as this! We had such a great day. Thanks Mark!"
Leonora Hansen.

"Great Lesson! would 100% go back! Well worth it! Mark is awesome!Three of us got a lesson with him and he made us so comfortable and taught us so much! He's so calm and really makes it so enjoyable. Would definatley go back."
Racheal R.

"Amazing lesson... Mark is a wealth of knowledge and an excellent communicator. He gives you the skills, knowledge, safety and confidence to surf on your own.After having 2 lessons elsewhere this was by far the best and most insightful experience! Thanks Mark.......highly recommended! Would definetly come back when next in NZ."
Georgie B.

Our Area

Tauranga Bay is surrounded by beautiful walks and hosts a seal colony that has an excellent viewing platform and views out to the Tasman sea. The cliff top walk takes you along the edge of the coast line to the light house and beyond to Cape Foulwind and the Star Tavern. There are numerous accommodation options in the area including our own place West Coast Surf Retreat where we can offer package deals on surf and stay.

Time and Tides

The best time to go surfing is generally on an incoming tide, from about 2 hours past low tide is ideal but any time can be worked with.

Here are some websites for Tide information (or just ask us! because we will know :-)


Want an idea of what the weather is going to do? Try these websites.

Contact Details

Lessons 10am & 2pm Daily from in front of the houses...




Location of Lessons:

IMPORTANT: Lessons 10am & 2pm Daily are from WCSurf van at the bay in front of the houses

See you

Tauranga Bay is an idyllic surf beach in a stunning setting, tucked into a sheltered bay on the untamed wild west coast. It has a long sandy beach and is free of crowds. This creates a unique experience to learn to surf from and Mark provides a fun, safe environment to facilitate this.

Physical address:

299 Tauranga Bay Road,
West Coast
South Island, New Zealand

Postal address:

PO Box 393
Westport 7866
New Zealand



Lets Go Surfing!
Helping surfers, Tauranga Bay, Cape Foulwind, Westport, Aotearoa. Since 1998

West Coast Surf for surfing, coaching, hire and repairs at Tauranga Bay on Cape Foulwind, 20km south of Westport