Warrnambool...  "now boarding".

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Warrnambool... "now boarding".

King Island Surf Safaris have teamed up with South Coast Air to provide surf and flight packages to King Island directly from Warrnambool.

Our aircraft is based at Warrnambool Airport, which dramatically reduces your travel time. Flights direct from Warrnambool to King Island is approximately 45 minutes… saving you a day in transit, traffic, parking, buses, flight delays, lengthy check-in times, security screening, baggage check-in & collection, you get the picture… you end up surfing 1 day out of a 3 day weekend!

Our Piper Navajo twin engine charter aircraft based at Warrnambool and Portland airports can get you and your friends to any destination in Australia within the day, operating in all weather being a twin engine aircraft.

Our King Island Packages pricing is based on the entire aircraft, accomodation, 4WD, local surf advice, and maps of the island and surf locations.

The aircraft can take up to 7 passengers and their baggage in comfort, however we remove 2x seats to load your surfboards making the aircraft a maximum of 5 passenger capacity.

Not just limited to King Island, maybe you want to surf Flinders Island, Kangaroo Island, Lord Howe Island.. anywhere that has a runway in reasonable nick and is 1000 metres long is accessible to our Piper Navajo.

Call Eddie on 0409 864 055 to get an idea of where, how much and when we can help you get somewhere. Fast.

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Surf Guide / Coach

Part time / contractor

Get paid to go on a surf trip to King Island, surf sick waves and share the stoke with other people. Yep, that’s pretty much the job.

King Island Surf Safaris are looking for someone to guide our guests around King Island in search of the best waves to surf. As well as being the surf guide you will be the team leader and surf coach, making sure our guests get the complete surf package as well as having a great time.

Based / flying out of Barwon Heads Airport the job will be around one weekend per month but may vary as the role develops. We are searching other remote island destinations around Australia which would mean the possibility to guide groups to explore these new locations.

As well as making sure our groups are on the best waves and having a great experience, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to get your own surfing fix. Around half your time will be spent coaching and rest of the time free surfing with the group as guide / leader. Again, your role will be fine tuned and develop as we find the best possible solution to making sure our guests needs are met.

About you.

  • You must be an absolute surf frother.

  • Accredited surf coach with experience - would be good but not essential.

  • Team leader.

  • Lots of energy.

  • Full Drivers license.

  • First Aid certificate.

  • The following skills are not essential but would be highly regarded. photography, video, 4WD driving experience, mechanically minded, general maintenance.

  • Have your own ABN working as a contractor.

About the role.

  • The role will be flexible to suit you and our groups regarding dates and times.

  • Roughly one weekend per month but may change depending on popularity of the trips.

  • You will organise dates and work with our team on promoting selected “guided tour” dates via our online and social channels.

  • You will be in charge of taking bookings and managing these trips in our calendar system.

  • Contacting our guests and managing their expectations and needs for the trips.

  • We are offering an attractive pay rate which is negotiable depending on experience ect.

  • You are keen to learn all facets of the island; surf spots, history of the area, local fauna and flora, create local contacts to best serve our customers accurately and promptly.

  • Ultimately you’ll take ownership of these guided tours and set out your own itinerary for the groups.

  • Remembering your primary role is to ensure guests have a safe and memorable surf adventure.

The below is a “example only” of what the trips itinerary may look like:

DAY 1

  1. (start) Meet with our group around 7:30am at Barwon Heads Airport.

  2. Depart at 8.00am onboard our 7 seater aircraft with the group enroute to KI.

  3. Drive our guest’s in our 4WD vehicle - parked at King Island Airport.

  4. Grab some breakfast

  5. Have a free surf in the morning with the group.

  6. Lunch.

  7. Film / coach the group surfing in the afternoon.

  8. Dinner at pub or other.

  9. Back to your accomodation for debrief, watch video footage, coaching tips and sleep.

DAY 2

  1. Breakfast.

  2. Free Surf with the group in the morning

  3. Lunch

  4. Take photos of the group surfing.

  5. Depart KI around 4PM

  6. Arrive Barwon Heads around 5PM

  7. Email photos to customers (finish)

To apply:

Please email your resume to Eddie at info@kingislandsurfsafaris.com.au

Applications close 1st August 2019


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Erebus Wetsuits visit King island.

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Erebus Wetsuits visit King island.

Back in August the crew at Erebus Wetsuits gave us a call looking to photoshoot their new range of wetsuits on King Island. Like most groups do, the guys at Erebus asked “When is the surf going to be pumping at Martha? we’ll book it then…”  As I say to most people, “Just lock in a date now we will find you some good waves somewhere on the island.” So they did, and low and behold it coincided with a good size swell.

I meet up with the local team (Lachie Kerney, Darcy Day, Jonny Teague and Ed Sloane the photog) at  Barwon Heads Airport, the guys were super stoked to be going over, a couple of the lads had already visited King Island many years ago so they were excited to go back. 

Style master Darcy Day with Jonny T watching on the shoulder and Ed Sloane getting the in water shot.

Style master Darcy Day with Jonny T watching on the shoulder and Ed Sloane getting the in water shot.

The guys planned to have 3 days shooting at a few different locations exploring around the island. Flying over to King Island late afternoon we coped a fairly nasty cold front that hit us mid flight but we could see the swell was building quickly, landing and unloading the boards at the airport was typical KI style cold, wet and windy style - Welcome to King Island guys! 

A lot of photoshoots I've been part of there is normally a lot preparing, setting up, waiting around, and bossy creative / photographer types than there is actually surfing. But thankfully the Erebus team were far less fussy and more keen of getting some good waves and having a great time than they were about getting the perfectly constructed shot. Schedule out the window we first set off to try and score one of the islands rarest and best kept secret waves and instead managed to get ourselves bogged for 3 hours on the way. We finally got the 4WD out of the muddy bog with 10 minutes left of daylight, no time to suit up we could only watch through the 3ft barrels draining along the sand with the high beams on our 4WD. The next day the winds shifted NW so we headed down south to Red Hut beach track and Ed got some great shots of the lads surfing from in the water with some beautiful afternoon light shots. 

Day 3 we got some mix surfing and lifestyle shots around Phoques beach and other parts of the island but unfortunately the surf was slightly onshore and didn’t cooperate for great surfing photos.

Kicking back that evening frothing on some of Ed’s shots we checked the swell and wind forecast… a big swell with SW winds due to hit the day after we were leaving. All the boys were keen to stay on the extra day so they rang their bosses and girlfriends to extend their leave passes by a day. Darcy had a pile of surfboard shaping orders mounting up so he couldn’t stay on unfortunately, Ed had to go back for a wedding shoot, fortunately we had a plane flying back over early the next morning so Ed could jump onboard and fly to Barwon Heads, shoot the wedding that night, jump back on the plane first thing in the morning and make it back to shoot pumping Martha the next day - Sorted.

As we waved farewell to Ed and Darcy. Jonny, Lachie and I were looking forward to scoring Martha’s the next morning. Waking up at dawn we headed up North Road straight to Martha, it wasn’t as big as we’d hoped but still looking pretty damn fun at 3ft. As we were suiting up we saw Ed flying over head on his way back… “shit, who’s going to the airport to pick him up?” We pretended not to see him and all went for a quick session before someone draw the short straw to go collect him from the airport. While we were in the water we saw an old beaten up Manga struggling to drive up the sand dunes along Martha’s 4WD tracks… Sure enough it was Ed. He’d found himself a ride and along with him was young Torquay local boy Xavier Huxtable who jumped onboard for the day. The crew back to together we scored a fun sized day at Martha with plenty of laughs along the way and got a few photos to boot.

Thanks to all for crew coming along and the guys at Erebus Wetsuits - was an absolute pleasure showing them around. 

For those of you in the market for a new wettie the guy’s at Erebus have kindly offered all our guests and friends 15% off their entire range. The price is already great value so add 15% off and free shipping and you got yourself an awesome deal on an awesome winter wetsuit! I’ve been wearing their Ultimate 4/3 steamer this winter and its by far one of the best suits I’ve ever owned. Check’em out at www.erebuswetsuits.com.au bloody amazing suits at a great price. Keep up the good work guys.

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Martha - How big does the swell need to be?

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Martha - How big does the swell need to be?

This is one of most common questions we are asked when people are looking to book their surf trip to King Island.

Photo: Tom Hosking ©

Photo: Tom Hosking ©

Most of our guests are often one-track minded on surfing Martha Lavinia, which is understandable considering the manysurf photos published of Martha and it being voted as one of the best beach breaks in Australia by many surf magazines.

It is easily the most photographed wave on the island with its perfect “A” frames breaking along the 5KM sandy stretch of Martha Lavinia nature reserve, crystal clear waters backlight from the Northern sun makes it extremely photogenic wave. It is enough to make any surf frother put Martha on their bucket list of waves to surf before they die.

And yes, Martha is one of the most perfect waves I’ve seen in my life. However, King Island is certainly not all about Martha! I sometimes feel like I’m talking to a brick wall when I say that, “there are many other amazing waves around the island”. Just not as well known, or other secret spots that we are obliged not to speak of. One of my most memorable surfs last year was at Phoques beach with just my good friend out in the water, a 100metre barrelling left hand bank that just kept getting bigger and hollower all day. Many of our guests have also been coming back saying they had the "best surf of their lives" at Red Hut beach. If you take the time explore King Island you will undoubtedly find some gold all to yourselves and be left asking the question, “Where is everybody?“ Chances are they are probably surfing another spot that you haven’t found yet.

OK so back to Martha. Martha needs a meduim to large size swell to break, enough to wrap around both sides of the island to form those perfect A frames. When trying to forecast Martha we generally look for swell to be 4ft and above on Swellnet’s surf forecast at Barwon Heads (Victoria) with a SW wind - this is usually a good indication Martha will have some great waves around the 2-3ft range. Although it can still break when Barwon Heads is 3ft on Swellnet’s surf report. Note, swells hit King Island about 6 hours before hitting Barwon Heads. Martha is usually best on a low tide when the sand is shallower, on high tide it can often be too full to break properly on smaller swells. Martha can have more mood swings than my boss, it can be pumping one minute and quite the next, it’s worth packing your lunch and fishing rods and spending the day there if you know there is good swell about as it can switch on pretty quickly.

Don’t be fooled though, Martha may look like the perfect barrel but it’s by no means easy as it looks;) If you are lucky enough to get into a Martha barrel and then fortunate enough make it out, it will leave you smiling for weeks.

I hope this helps some of you keeping an eye on the weather reports hoping to catch this great wave. King Island and Martha Lavinia beach is such a special place just to be.

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