Body Boarding! October 3rd

Last Thursday, our awesome students gathered in front of the school to all head down together to the beach for an afternoon of Body Boarding.

It was a quick walk along Byron Bay’s main street to the Lets Go Surfing shop.

When we arrived, we met the awesome team and had a crash course in the basics of body boarding. We were each given a board and a wet suit if wanted one.

Now it was time to hit the waves..

As soon as we arrived at main beach we spotted a pod of whales <3 This time of the year the whales are migrating with their new born calves. It is very common to spot them breaching and splashing not far from the shore. No matter how many times you see them, it is always magical!

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We decided to take our boards out in between the flags, as this is the safest area to swim because it is always patrolled by lifeguards.

It was a great afternoon, thanks to our friends at Lets Go Surfing for providing the equipment! 😀

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An afternoon of Bodyboarding! 14 March

Yesterday we headed down to the beach for some Bodyboarding!

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Summer is still here and it was beautifully warm in and out of the water 🙂

We collected the boards from the wonderful team at Let’s Go Surfing, then I gave the students a quick demonstration on the beach before they headed into waves!

The waves were pretty small but they all managed to catch a few and had lots of fun, which is the important thing!

 

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Surf Lesson! February 13th

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Last Wednesday we hit the beach for our February surf lesson! We met at reception at 10am and had the lovely Blake from Lets Go Surfing pick us up and drop us to their beach-side shop location. Students got their wet-suits, tops and sun cream here and were fitted with a long surfboard.

Here is everyone learning all about surfing, before hitting the waves!

 

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Ready for waves!! 🙂

 

And they’re off! 😀

Keep an eye on next months calendar and sign up for your place for our next surf lesson! See you there 🙂

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Morning Surf Lesson! January 9th

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This morning we all set off at 10am for our first surf lesson of 2019! 😀

The class booked out quickly, with only 8 available spaces per lesson (so make sure to book early next time to avoid missing out!). The small numbers mean that lots of expert help is available for everyone from our pro instructor, Blake, from Lets Go Surfing.

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Everyone got sorted with their wet suits, boards and sun cream (don’t be fooled by the clouds, it was very, very hot out there!!). Two of our group had tried surfing before but to everyone else, it was a first time experience. Blake took them through all the safety info first, followed by his many surf tips.

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Everyone ready to go 🙂

The sea was pretty rough today but everyone seemed to catch waves pretty quickly, with Silas standing up on his board almost immediately!

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Nice one, Silas! 🙂

We have a surf lesson for our Lexis students every month, so be sure to check our activities calendar regularly and book early for our next lesson! 🙂

 

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5 reasons you should learn to surf today!!

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1. You can’t explain the feeling you get when you ride a wave until you actually experience it, so get out there and give it a go and feel the ‘stoke’.

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2. Surfing increases your strength, balance and fitness, not only that but simply spending time in the ocean positively impacts your health.

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3. Along with becoming fit you will also become confident. Learning to surf, you will need courage to take on different conditions and grow your confidence!

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4. Make new friends and become apart of the surfing community. Enjoy time together in the water catching some waves, having a laugh and most importantly having fun.

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5. You never regret a surf!

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Photos and words courtesy of Let’s Go Surfing. You can book discounted lessons with them through me at reception or for more details check out their website: https://letsgosurfing.com.au/

 

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Surfing! 8 February

Last week we had our 1 hour surf lesson special with Let’s Go Surfing!

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This 1 hour taster class is a great way of finding out if you’d like to book onto a longer lesson!

Don’t worry if you missed out,  we’ll be offering another one in March, or you can book the 2 hour lesson any day for the discounted price of $50!

Let’s Go Surfing offer lessons in the morning and afternoon; come see me in reception to book!

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Bodyboarding! 5th January

Last Friday we had free bodyboard hire courtesy of the wonderful team at Let’s Go Surfing!

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The waves weren’t very big but this was perfect for the students, as it was the first time any of them had tried bodyboarding!

The sea looked so beautiful and inviting  ❤️

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It was a hot summers day and the water was lovely and warm, so the students didn’t hesitate in rushing into the ocean for some fun in the waves!

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Let’s Go Surfing – 1 hour surf lesson special! 14th September

Last week a number of our Lexis students took advantage of our $20 1 hour surf lesson special with Let’s Go Surfing!

We had 6 students on the morning session and 9 on the afternoon session. Here’s a picture of the afternoon group after they’d caught some waves!

Most of you probably already know, but Byron Bay is a fantastic place to surf! If you haven’t tried yet, or want some more tips, you can book a 3 hour lesson (2 hours in the water) with us at reception for just $50, or next month we will do another $20 special!

 

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Let’s Go Surfing – Surf Pics!

On a recent surf lesson Let’s Go Surfing snapped some great shots of our students on the waves!

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Remember you can book a surf lesson any day with me in reception! $50 for 2 hours in the water! We also have our $20 1 hour monthly special coming up next week on the 22nd!

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Soccer Match against SAE College! 28th April

Last Friday we had our big Soccer Challenge against SAE, another local school in Byron Bay!

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After defeating them back in September, the pressure was on to keep the trophy firmly in Lexis’ hands.

Those who stepped up to keep our championship title were: Christian, Mauricio, Felipe, Angelo, Shogo, Gareth, Timo, Oliver, Helder, Tito and Juan!

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With Helder doing an excellent job as team captain!

The boys all played amazingly and worked together brilliantly as a team,

so it was no surprise that WE WON!!!!

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The final score was 4 – 3, with Helder, Juan, Felipe and Timo all scoring goals!

They couldn’t have done it without the skilled footwork of their team though and the support of their adoring fans on the sidelines!

Even a little bit of rain couldn’t dampen their spirits and the boys pushed on as the fans took cover, staying for celebrations after the final whistle!

We were even treated to a beautiful rainbow over the pitch as the game entered it’s final minutes 🙂

Both teams headed to the Bowls Club for drinks post match, where the competition with the two schools continued at the pool table!

Everyone was in great spirits and it was the perfect way to end the week and start the weekend!

Well done boys, you were all incredible and everyone at Lexis is so proud of you for keeping hold of our title!

Also special thanks to Let’s Go Surfing for providing the T-shirts for our team kit!

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Surfing! 19th April

Yesterday Jang, Jessie, Hanna, Nami and Elena went on Lexis’ special 1 hour lesson for just $20 with Let’s Go Surfing!

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We do this $20 special monthly so if you haven’t tried surfing yet it’s a great and cheap opportunity to give it a go!

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Byron Bay is one of the best places in the world to surf so I definitely recommend everyone give it a go while you’re here; you’re guaranteed to have fun!

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You can also book 3 hour lessons (2 hours in the water) for $50 through me or discounted packages if you’d like to do a few lessons!

 

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Surfing! 28th March

On Tuesday Yuna, Yoko, Sandra, Sayaka, Celine, Christian and Maika enjoyed a 1 hour surf lesson with Let’s Go Surfing!

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The weather was beautiful and the waves were perfect for beginners!

This 1 hour lesson is great way for our students to give surfing a try! We’ll be doing another next month for anyone else who’d like to give it a go 🙂

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You can also book 3 hour lessons (2 hours in the water) for $50 through me or discounted packages if you’d like to do a few lessons!

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Byron Bay is an amazing place for surfing; stunning location, good waves and the chance of seeing dolphins, so I’d highly recommend it to everyone!

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Learn English in Byron Bay. Lexis English students study General English, IELTS, FCE, CAE and English plus Surfing or Yoga in a friendly and professional school right in the heart of Byron Bay and only 15 minutes from the beach.

Let’s Go Surfing!

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Name:

Blake Whittaker

Age:

29

Job Title:

Let’s Go Surfing, Byron Bay Manager

What you actually do:

Teach surf lessons, take bookings, organize lessons and manage the day to day running of Let’s Go Surfing Byron bay.   

Surfboard you ride and why:

5’4 Hayden Lewis twin fin. Twin fins have great flow down the line and get a little loose during turns, which I love.

Wetsuit you wear and why:

O’neill Fuze 2mm short sleeve, long legs. The techno butter has great flexibility and the short arm make for less resistant when paddling.

Best tip for beginner surfers:

Your first board should be above 7ft  . You will catch more waves, stand up more often and progress quicker. Too many beginners buy short boards and can’t ride them.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life:

My Girlfriend. She is a legend and has a really positive outlook on life.

What kinds of things really make you laugh:

Kevin Hart, the man is hilarious.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world:

Byron Bay, it’s beautiful and has amazing waves. What more can you ask for.

What’s your biggest goal in life right now:

Buy a house in or around the Byron area .

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why:

Being able to fly. Imagine the adventures!

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Relaxed, Adventurous, Stoked on life

 

 

Katie

Name:

Katie Else Hookings

Age:

30!

Job Title:

Senior Coach

What you actually do:

Spread the love!

Surfboard you ride and why:

5’6 diamond tail on a small day, 5’11 on the big days! Short boards only for me , long boards are too slow!

Wetsuit you wear and why:

Winter, 3’2mil steamer o’neill psycho.Spring/Autumn spring suit, summer tails swimwear.

Best tip for beginner surfers:

Sri lanka, easy waves , awesome culture , cheap.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life:

Mum of course, the biggest legend on the planet!

What kinds of things really make you laugh:

Whenever Blake wipes out!

What’s your favorite place in the entire world:

Home, Cornwall … the waves, the cornish pasties, the cider and mum.

What’s your biggest goal in life right now:

To start my swimwear company …Tails swimwear.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why:

Teleportation , so I can travel and surf all around the world …forever!

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Fun, energetic, trustworthy

 

 

Serena

Name:

Serena Adams

Age:

44

Job Title:

Surf School Director

What you actually do:

I teach surfing and manage programs for the community.

Surfboard you ride and why:

5’4″ carbon fibre bat wing, not sure why, I think the board chose me, Hee hee.

Wetsuit you wear and why:

I prefer C Skins, great fit, very warm and comfortable materials.

Best tip for beginner surfers:

‘Big Board Small Waves’ too many time we see beginners do the opposite, surfing is an art and takes time and practice to become competent and safe in the ocean.

Who has been the biggest influence in your life:

My life partner, Matt, he has a great outlook on life and supports me in my passion for teaching surfing.

What kinds of things really make you laugh:

Happy people, the iconic characters of my town, Byron Bay, from clowns to a man twirling a hoop shaking pineapples singing, we get all sorts and I think they are amazing.

What’s your favorite place in the entire world:

Home in Byron Bay with my husband and our two kids. We do live in a beautiful part of the world.

What’s your biggest goal in life right now:

My goal is to focus on Women’s surfing, Ability Surfing and introduce surfing to Cultural Groups and of course be grateful to be able to do this.

If you could choose one superpower, what would it be and why:

Amazing arms so I can paddle through the waves quick and catch more waves.

How would you describe yourself in three words:

Fun, caring,  happy.

 

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English + Surfing with Dominique and Manuel!

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Dominique and Manuel are from Switzerland and spent four weeks with us here at Lexis Byron Bay. They enrolled in the English in Action – Surfing course for two weeks, followed by another two weeks of General English.

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Manuel has always dreamed of visiting Australia. He also loves to surf, having done a surf camp in Portugal, and he enjoys the hippy culture and lifestyle. Byron Bay was the obvious choice for him to visit! Dominique was interested in spending some time overseas to practice his English, and thought that Manuel’s plan sounded pretty good, so came along with him!

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For both of them, their favourite things about Byron Bay includes the lovely, friendly, polite people, although Manuel said they can be a bit too relaxed at times (for example, when they are making your to-go coffee and it takes a good ten minutes!). Dominique also enjoyed the Lighthouse and being able to watch the whales swim past in the ocean, while Manuel loved the beaches, the lifestyle and the positive attitudes of everyone he met.

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Dominique and Manuel felt that they absolutely made improvements to their English skills while they studied here at Lexis Byron Bay. Their teachers were very, very good and were friendly and helpful at all times. They found that the teaching style here is quite different to what they have experienced in Switzerland, which was very helpful in learning new English concepts.

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In addition to improving their English, they also improved their surfing! For Dominique, it was his first time ever to try surfing. Manuel, on the other hand, had tried surfing before at a surf camp in Portugal. Compared to that experience, the lessons he had here with the team at Let’s Go Surfing Byron Bay  were outstanding. The classes were much smaller here, allowing a more personal and attentive method of coaching. Their instructors were great teachers, very motivated and clearly love what they do, which all came together to make a positive and fun surfing experience!

Overall, Dominique and Manuel would definitely recommend the English in Action – Surfing course to anyone considering studying English and learning to surf in Australia!

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After completing their studies at Lexis Byron Bay last week, they were flying straight back to Switzerland the day after their graduation. They would have liked to stay in Australia for a longer period of time, but unfortunately had to be back at work this week. Manuel plans to continue his English studies and will be completing the Cambridge CAE course next year in Switzerland, and is hoping to study Law at university, which is a bilingual course. He also hopes to return to Byron Bay in the next few years!

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We truly enjoyed having you both here at Lexis Byron Bay and hope to see you back in Australia again one day! All the best for whatever your futures hold 🙂

 

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English+Surfing with Alessa!

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Alessa is from Switzerland and studied at Lexis Byron Bay for two weeks on the English in Action – Surfing course. During those two weeks she studied English in the mornings and learnt to surf in the afternoons.

Her first visit to Australia was in January of this year, when she spent a month travelling with her family. She loved the country and the people so much that she had to come back!

 

She arrived in Australia with an Intermediate level of English and, although her time at Lexis Byron Bay was short, she feels has learnt more and improved her English language skills.

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Alessa (back row, on the right) with the other new students on her first day at Lexis Byron Bay

Alessa had never surfed before, so was quite nervous for her first lesson! Over the two weeks she had eight lessons with the team at Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay who taught her the basics of surfing and helped her to improve. By the end of the eight lessons, she was feeling very good in her ability to surf and hopes to keep surfing when she returns to Europe.

One of Alessa’s favourite things about Byron Bay was the people. In particular, she enjoyed meeting all the people at Lexis Byron Bay and the friends she has made from all  over the world.

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Alessa (second from right) enjoyed the Coffee Lounge conversation activity with other Lexis Byron Bay students

Alessa said she would definitely recommend the English in Action – Surfing course to anyone thinking of studying English and learning to surf in Byron Bay. She said the team at Lets Go Surfing Byron Bay  are really nice, very motivated, always have a smile and make the lessons really fun!

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Alessa (centre) with her Lexis classmates on graduation day

Now Alessa is enjoying two months of travelling around Australia. After Byron Bay she is off to Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and then Perth before  flying back to Switzerland.  We hope she has a great time travelling around the country and continues to practice both her English and her surfing!

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Surf Lesson! October 6

Today we had two surf lessons with the awesome team at Let’s Go Surfing Byron Bay: one in the morning for the students studying in afternoon classes, and one in the afternoon for students studying in the morning classes!

Four students joined the morning class with instructor Johnny, and twelve students joined the afternoon class with instructors Blake and James.

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Noori, Julie, Mara, Astrid, Jules, Yuki, Pauline, Lucile, Clara, Anna, Jane and Maria at the afternoon class

They first learnt the basics of surfing on the beach before heading into the water to put these skills into action.

The conditions were perfect both in the water and out, and it was a great day for beginners to learn how to surf. After falling off a few times, getting some more tips from the instructors and refining their skills a few more times, the students all caught some waves and had a lot of fun learning to surf!

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Ana, Corinne, Fanny and Leticia at the morning surf lesson

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October Activity Calendar!

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Next week is the start of OCTOBER and we have an exciting month of activities planned in the mornings and afternoons especially for our Lexis students!

Every Monday you can stretch out and relax doing Yoga with Stef in the garden from 11-12 and with Fee in Room 8 from 2:15 to 3:15. Don’t forget that the 3rd of October is a Public Holiday, so there will be no school next Monday!

On Tuesdays we have Coffee Lounge, which gives our students the opportunity to practice their English and get to know each other while enjoying great coffee and yummy TimTams!

On Wednesdays we will start the month with a Table Tennis Tournament to find this month’s Lexis Champion. I have noticed a lot of students using the new table, practicing for the next tournament so there is sure to be some good competition! The following week we have Flavio coming by at 11am to teach us how to Skateboard and Chloe will be here at 2pm to run a Mindfulness meditation for our students. Later in the month we are getting into the kitchen to do some Thai Cooking, exploring the delicious flavours of Thailand while making a traditional Green Curry. Then to finish off the month we have Pizza and Pictionary in the morning, which wi