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Meet The Crew

Get to know the Get Wet Surf Team!

Kerri Jekyll

Kerri Jekyll

Managing Director

Growing up on the Central Coast of NSW and it was all about surfing. I loved the beach, my girlfriends and I would ride our horses to the beach at sun up and swim and play till sun down. Unfortunately, back then there were no surf school’s so you just had to borrow a board and knock yourself out till you got it right. I moved to the Gold Coast when I was 18 where it is all about surfing.

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I still love the beach although these days I am surfing the internet more than anything else. I love the surf school, I love the lifestyle, I love the crew that we work with, I love that my children are all growing up on the beach and getting all the benefits of the healthy lifestyle that surfing provides and most of all I love being able to deal with people who are here enjoying their holidays and enjoying their surfing experience with us.

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Kerri’s tip: Be good to your mum she is most likely the one who will buy you your first surf board.

Sami

Sami

Program coordinator/ Surf Instructor

I have been so blessed to grown up surrounded by the surf school since I was 6 years old.

I started working on the beach helping out when I was 10 and by 16 I completed my level 1 Surfing Australia Surf Instructor along with first Aid and Surf Rescue. During high school I completed a Certificate III in Tourism and Diploma of Business and upon completing school I have also completed a Certificate in Training and Assessing so I can write the surf program content.

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My passion is working with children, I love teaching little grommies and it gives me such a thrill to see the look on their faces when they catch their first waves. Working outdoors with such an awesome group of people and being able to help people on their surfing journey, Best Job in the world!

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Sami’s tip: Commit to the waves!
Emma

Emma

Office manager/ Reservations

I’m in my final year of a double Business degree, majoring in Tourism Management and International Business. I’m super passionate about the tourism industry and sustainability.

I’ve lived on the Gold Coast since 2011 and have really loved being able to work at the beach and helping to show people how amazing the Gold Coast (and surfing) is.

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Working at Get Wet has provided me such a great opportunity to put into practice what I’ve learnt during my degree as well as network with some amazing people in the local, regional and state tourism industry. The best thing about Get Wet is that we are a small, family-owned business and the community we have.

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Emma’s tip: You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Monica

Monica

General Manager/Marketing

Hey I’m Mon! I’ve grown up on the Gold Coast for the majority of my life. After high school, I found myself standing at a crossroads, overwhelmed by all the possibilities for my future and wanting to do so many things at once, with so little time. The pressure of picking a single path to follow for the rest of my life was daunting, so my uncertainty led me to explore a bunch of different things to figure it out!

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It wasn’t until 2021 when the pandemic threw a curveball and unexpectedly cut my snow season adventure short, I found myself back on the Gold Coast and left wondering about my next move. That’s when an opportunity at Get Wet came my way. At first I didn’t think much of it, but it turned out to be one of the most rewarding decisions ever. The team at Get Wet is like family and the support here is unmatched- Plus, who wouldn’t want to work at the beach everyday.

Working here has introduced me to the behind-the-scenes magic of the tourism/marketing industry, and I’ve developed a deep love for it. I’m constantly learning and expanding my knowledge thanks to Kerri and the incredible network she’s connected me with. I’ve been presented with opportunities past Mon didn’t even know existed, so I’m grateful for the journey and excited for what’s to come.

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Mon’s tip: Don’t compare yourself to others- Everyone’s running their own race at their own pace. You’re not too late, you’re not too early, you are very much on time.

Jason

Jason

Senior Surf Instructor

I was Born in Malaysia and I grew up in Western Australia. I started surfing at 13yrs, a lot of that was surfing at my home town of Mandurah and around the Margaret River region. Apart from surfing I’ve always been around the Ocean, Diving, fishing, wakeboarding but surfing is my 1st love. it has been a huge part of my life and has taken me all around Australia and Indonesia.

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Surfing has given me so much in my Life and I am truly grateful that I can give back with coaching. I’ve been coaching since 2016 and no other career has giving me the fulfilment and reward that teaching surfing does so now I’m coaching full time. I love working with Get Wet, an awesome family run business with great crew. I have been teaching all over the Gold Coast but the Spit is hands down the best place on the coast for beginners and one of my favourite places to surf on the Gold Coast.

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Jason’s tip: Love what you do, and do what you love.

Darryl

Darryl

Senior Surf Instructor

Hey guys! I’m Darryl, and I’m from Cronulla originally. I spent most of my life down there but the Gold Coast called me because I was ready for a change in life and wanted to mix things up a bit. I’ve been riding waves for over 40 years and teaching the art of surfing for 20 of those. My journey into surfing began with my brother and a deep love for the water. 

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When it comes to picking a favorite surf spot, it’s a tough call, but I’m partial to anywhere uncrowded. Indonesia and the South Pacific have treated me to some amazing waves, making it even harder to choose just one spot. As a surf instructor, the best part is witnessing the joy on people’s faces and sharing my profound passion for surfing. It’s about introducing folks to a beautiful lifestyle, not just a sport. 

 

Working at Get Wet Surf School is a daily highlight because the positive vibes are contagious, whether it’s the awesome team or the nervous yet excited beginners. Every day is the best day here! If I had to offer a little tip,  it would be to emphasize the importance of positioning and patience in the ocean. To all the future surfers out there, keep those questions coming, and keep that thirst for learning alive. It’s what makes the surfing community so special.

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Darryl’s tip: Slow down your mind, live in the present, and don’t rush it.

Riho

Riho

Office Crew

I was born and raised in Japan, but my adventurous spirit has taken me far beyond its borders. During my high school and university years, I had the opportunity to live in both New Zealand and Los Angeles as an exchange student. Traveling has always been one of my greatest passions, but after graduating, I found myself immersed in the world of wedding planning, leaving little time for my adventures. However, my longing for new experiences eventually led me outside of Japan, and here I am on the stunning Gold Coast! 

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The reason I chose the Gold Coast? Simple – the beach! It’s as if fate guided me here. The weather, the people, the lifestyle – I’ve fallen in love with this city. Working at Get Wet has really made me believe great people gravitate towards each other. The team here is nothing short of amazing, with warm hearts and a genuine friendliness that makes every day special.

I love the beach, and while I’m not afraid of the water, I’m still a beginner when it comes to surfing. Nevertheless, being here is great to learn and grow. With practice and determination, I hope to become an awesome surfer. After all, you can’t visit the Gold Coast without trying out surfing! I’m genuinely excited to meet all of you and share in the joys of this beautiful coastal paradise.

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Riho’s tip: Live the life you love, Love the life you live.

Jack

Jack

Senior Surf Instructor

My name is Jack and I’ve spent the last 6 years between surf and snow working mainly as an instructor. I grew up surfing on the Gold Coast and north coast of NSW since I was about 8 years old and have grown as a person from all my experiences both in and out of the water.

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Surfing has been a great teacher and I am grateful for everything it has done for me, even the big scary wipeouts. This has lead to me becoming a qualified surfing instructor and coach wanting to share the experience and getting people hooked or at least have a chance to experience what I love and is a massive part of my life. See you guys out in the surf!

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Jack’s tip: Everything in moderation, including moderation!
Blake

Blake

Surf Instructor

I first learned to surf at age 12, I have always loved the water and was naturally drawn to water sports. I grew up in Coffs Harbour on the NSW coast and moved to the Gold Coast when I was 18 to Study at Griffith University.

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I was introduced to Get Wet by my mate from back home, Nathan, in 2017 and he encouraged me to become a surf instructor. I gained my level 1 Surfing Australia Qualifications with the help of Get Wet and I have loved every-day coaching here since then. It is great to see so many keen people wanting to surf, and to see their face once they finally stand up is one of the most rewarding experiences.

It has been such a joy working with such a fun team while completing my studies. Surfing and working with the team at Get Wet gave me a sense of release from the busy week of studying.

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Blake’s tip: It’s Not Whether You Get Knocked Down, It’s Whether You Get Up.
Sam

Sam

Surf Instructor

I had my first surf lesson at 14 whilst on holiday in Fiji and was totally hooked. I moved to the Gold Coast at the start of 2020 and started coaching with Get Wet. I pretty much surf every day before and after work and it’s the addictive nature of noticeable improvement that has me hooked.

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I love acquiring new skills and being able to pass them on to other keen frothers is extremely rewarding to me. I studied aviation and a commercial pilots licence at Uni but I have a feeling surfing will have a long standing place in my life, whether it‘s instructing or a hobby. Surfing truly makes you appreciate nature a whole lot more than on the shore.

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Sam’s tip: Just grab a shovel and have a dig, persistence is key.
Kelly

Kelly

Surf Instructor

I grew up in a small town near the Coffs coast in NSW and started surfing at the age of 12. My dad gave me my first second-hand surfboard and like any other Tom boy I was keen to try it out.

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There weren’t too many other girl surfers around, so I started competing in the local Boardriders club in the U14 boys division. Not too long later I was given the opportunity to represent NSW in the Australian surfing titles.
Competition surfing allowed me to travel and surf at many other beaches I may not have otherwise. I have now surfed up and down the eastern and western coasts of Aus as well as Indonesia and the Mentawai Islands. I no longer surf competitively, but I still love travelling to explore new surf breaks.

I started working with Get Wet Surf School in 2014 while I was studying Exercise Science at Griffith University, and now I am working full time as an Exercise Physiologist but still love helping out over the summer as a surf instructor at Get Wet as I love being involved with the family and crew.
Coaching at “Get Wet Surf School” allows me to pass on the excitement and Stoke of surfing to anyone who is keen to give it a go.

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Kelly’s tip: The best surfer out there is the one having the most fun!
Chen

Chen

Surf Instructor

Hey guys, this is Chen and I was born in China, and moved to Queensland in 2016 to study Exercise Science at Griffith University. As soon as I arrived I did my first ever surf lesson with Get Wet and it has been the most unforgettable experience in my life.

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I was so hooked on surfing that I started working with the crew as an assistant coach, helping our crew with translating and coaching to ensure our international students and visitors are having the best surfing experience.

I Now work part time as an Exercise Physiologist and part time as a surf instructor and it’s the perfect balance. It is an honour to work with Get Wet. They showed me the passion for surfing and coaching. I was too afraid to start surfing now I am too scared to leave. Surfing showed me the real beauty of the ocean, respect its power and protect what we have! Living the dream or dream of living!

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Chen’s tip: Every day is a new day, every wave is a new wave!
Pepe

Pepe

Surf Instructor

“I am an Ecuadorian surf journalist that came to Australia to get a degree in Surfing Studies in 2014.

While I was studying at Uni I got my level 1 surf coaching certificate as part of one of my courses. Since then I got hooked up with surf coaching!

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Coaching has influenced my writing and improved my own surfing. I have now also studied disability support and I work with special needs children and adults and an adventure support worker and I love introducing them to surfing as well.

What I love the most about this job is the rewarding feeling of seeing the ‘stoked-ness’ of a kid standing up for the first time and knowing that he/she will never be the same …because I just turned him/her into a surf junkie…

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Pepe’s tip: Fake it till you make it.
Nathan

Nathan

Surf Instructor

I am from a small suburb near the Coffs Coast in NSW and started surfing at age 13. Even before this age I was always doing something in the ocean to satisfy my love for the salt water and sun. Whether this was swimming, bodyboarding or wave skiing, it didn’t matter to me, as long as I was out there.

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Once I learnt to stand up on my board there was no going back. There’s something about surfing that gives me a sense of release from my busy week, which I cannot get from any other water sport.
I have been working as a surf instructor since 2017 although it doesn’t seem like work at all. It is great to see so many keen people wanting to surf, and to see their face once they finally stand up is one of the most rewarding experiences.
I started coaching with Get Wet whilst studying at Griffith University on the Gold Coast and when I’m not working as a Dietitian I am surfing or surf coaching.

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Nathan’s tip: Just remember: a bad day surfing is better than a good day working.
Thomas

Thomas

Surf Instructor

I was born and always lived on the beautiful Gold Coast so the beaches have been a major part of my life. I couldn’t even imagine a life without surfing and how different I would be.

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I have been addicted to riding waves since I was 11 years old and I am a proud member of North End Boardrider’s. As a kid I played all sorts of sports (AFL, tennis, golf, etc.), but as soon as I caught my first good wave it was all I thought about. Surfing has given me a way to forget the daily problems of a busy schedule, but also connect with nature and be more mindful of myself. Since 2018, I have been a surf instructor at Get Wet Surf School, and I love every minute of sharing my passion of surfing with others.

Throughout my childhood, I had been driven to study and learn in school. As a hard worker and unfortunately a perfectionist, I became an academic high-achiever. I am currently studying Bachelor of Medical Science at Griffith University, and strive to become a doctor. I am excited to work in a profession focused on helping people and making genuine impact in the lives of others.

However, surfing is truly the only thing that has kept me sane throughout.

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Thomas’ tip: Stop what you are doing and just go for a surf. You will be happier.
Kalani

Kalani

Surf Instructor

I grew up in a coastal town South of Sydney called Cronulla, and moved up to the Goldy at the end of 2022 with my family for a change of scenery and lifestyle, which has been very nice.

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Since I was a bubby I’ve always been around the ocean, mainly catching waves on my surf mat and boogie board. It wasn’t until I was about 7 or 8 when I started to get into surfing, and then in 2021 I started teaching in Cronulla.

Since growing up across the road from the beach and being surrounded by surfing within my family and friends, it kinda came naturally that I started surfing as I was brought up into it. However, the real reason I started surfing was because I lost my boogie board flipper one day out at a spot called Shark Island. I went on a sketchy wave, got smashed, hit the reef with my foot and my flipper came off. I was pretty rattled and didn’t want to boogie board anymore without my flipper, so I made an equipment change and that’s when I started surfing. Maybe the best thing that’s happened to me was losing that flipper haha!

My favourite surf spot… I have a few in mind, but I just can’t say one of them is my favourite. There’s a few reef breaks around Cronulla that I will always have a soft spot for, and on their day I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else in the world but there. Then I’ve spent a fair bit of time in Indonesia, and the surf spot G-Land on the island of Java, is a stand out to me. That place is magic; Warm water, a perfect left, isolation in a jungle and always an orange/purple sunset, it’s just like something out of a cartoon or video game, the place is crazy. Then Gold Coast wise, South Straddie and the back beachies down south are usually my go too, and the odd surf out the points when there’s a bit of size.

The ocean is my happy place. Whether it be surfing, diving, fishing, teaching or anything involved, I just love being a part of it and it’s what I’m most passionate about in life. What I love about being an instructor is seeing that passion I have for the ocean grow onto the people I teach. Seeing them stoked and understanding the joy, beauty and amount of fun you can have not only surfing, but by just being in the ocean, is why I love teaching.
A highlight for me is working with the best crew ever!!!!! Everyday is just way too much fun, such a great atmosphere to be a part of and I feel like I’m just laughing all day at everything. So thankful for how welcoming the team has been and feel very lucky to be a part of the crew!

Surfing will provide the most amazing lifestyle for you. It will take you to some unique and crazy places you would never even think of, you will meet some of the most interesting characters around the world, and will bank up a few wild stories over the years. Just keep at it, have fun and enjoy the ride it takes you on.

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Kalani’s tip: Keep it fun.

Beau

Beau

Surf Instructor

I’m a born and bred Gold Coast local through and through and I’ve been surfing as long as I can remember. For the past two years, I’ve been coaching others in the sport while finishing my last years of high school.

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​​Surfing has always been something that hasn’t left my family, with my dad and even my grandad catching waves before me. When it comes to my favorite surf spot, it’s gotta be Straddie- It’s where I got my very first barrel!

Get Wet is actually where I got my start as a surf instructor and I love it. Helping someone stand up on their first wave is such a great feeling and the happiness is contagious. We’ve also got a crew that knows how to have a good time, both in and out of the water. Sometimes, you’ll be surprised by what the ocean has to offer. After that first wave, I can almost guarantee you’ll be hooked on the sport.

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Beau’s tip: If the surf’s no good, go out anyway.

Matt

Matt

Surf Instructor

I’m Matt, originally from Hobart, Tasmania. I arrived here on the Gold Coast a couple of years ago to pursue architecture studies at Griffith University. I’ve been surf coaching for about five years now, starting in Tassie and now here on the Gold Coast!

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The ocean has always been a part of my life, thanks to my parents. While there are countless amazing spots out there, Friendly Beaches back home in Tasmania will always be one of my favorites. Being a surf instructor is incredibly rewarding, especially when I witness people falling in love with surfing, just as I did. Working here at Get Wet Surf School has been a true highlight, thanks to the fantastic crew I’m fortunate to be a part of. My message to all future surfers is simple- stay stoked!

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Matt’s tip: Consistency is key.

Emilio

Emilio

Surf Instructor

Hey Team!!! I’m Emilio, originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I’ve called the Gold Coast home since 2019. My journey here began with a desire to travel, study, and shift gears from being a mechanical engineer to pursuing a career in personal training and surf coaching.

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Surfing has been a part of my life for over a decade now, with four years dedicated to teaching the sport.

My passion for outdoor sports, like rock climbing, naturally drew me to surfing. Spending time at the beach throughout my life, I sought the thrill and action that surfing offers, enhancing my love for the ocean. When it comes to favorite spots; Straddie and Sumbawa hold special places in my heart.

What I find most rewarding about being a surf instructor is the happiness and joy we can bring to every student. At Get Wet Surf School, the family-like atmosphere and incredible vibe make every day a highlight. There’s a saying I firmly believe in: “The best surfer is the one having more fun.” It’s not just about skill; it’s about enjoying the experience to the fullest. To all future surfers, embrace the process and perseverance is key. 

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Emilio’s tip: Don’t give up, keep pushing forward, and remember that every wave, whether conquered or not, is part of the incredible journey of surfing.

Milo

Milo

Surf Instructor

I’m Milo Langford, originally from Southern Tasmania, and my move to the Gold Coast was driven by attending Griffith Uni. Surfing has been a significant part of my life for a dozen years now, and I’ve had the privilege of coaching others in the sport for five years. My journey into surfing started when my parents booked me a surf lesson with the local surf school, and from that very first wave, I was completely hooked.

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While I’ve had the chance to surf in various places, my favorite spot remains on the south coast of Tasmania. There’s nothing quite like heading out into the bush and catching waves with just your mates around. As a surf instructor, the best experience comes from sharing the stoke with everyone I teach. There’s a special moment when someone stands up on a surfboard for the first time, and it’s a privilege to be a part of that experience.

Working at Get Wet Surf School has been an absolute highlight. The location is incredible, and the people I work with are nothing short of epic. It’s an awesome feeling to be part of such a fantastic team at one of the best surf locations on the Gold Coast.

To future surfers, remember that as your skill level increases, so does the amount of fun you’ll have in the water. So, keep pushing yourself, enjoy the journey, and ride those waves with a big smile on your face!

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Milo’s tip: You don’t know until you have a go!

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I had such a good time. This was my first time trying to surf and the instructor was very helpful and knowledgeable. It was a lot of fun and i look forward to coming back!

Ellanne

Toronto, CN

Had an absolute blast with Get Wet! Had never been on a board before, and they built me up with so much confidence, I didn't want to get off! Great atmosphere, friendly staff!

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Brisbane, AU

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