My name is Eli Morrogh. I'm from a town in the far north in New Zealand called Ahipara, which is famous for its many surf breaks scattered around Tauroa Point or better known as Shipwreck Bay. I've been lucky enough to grow up and live there for the past 20 years and experience all kinds of great waves. Some of my interests include rugby, gaming, teaching and obviously, surfing! I am currently a full time student at AUT, studying Sport and Recreation on the Northshore of Auckland. It's unfortunate that I won't be able to surf my home break for awhile but I'm looking forward to the challenge of University, a chance to better my future and getting out to find some new waves. My first experience as a surf instructor (other than teaching little cousins) came when Diana contacted me through her Brother.
I arrived at the Pataua Surfpad to find an awesome town right on the coast with pumping waves and with the nearest city about 30 minutes away, I felt right at home. The school we taught was Epsom Girls year 10's and the thought of teaching 400 girls can be both daunting and exciting for a 16 year old boy but Di made sure everything was done very professionally. Soon after, I gained my level One NSA Surf Intructors certifcate which allows me to teach locally and internationally. Four years later, Di has (almost) put me in charge of running her week long Epsom Girls surf camp and made me a part of several other camps for schools of all ages. The experiences I've gained from working for the Surfpad have giving me the best job I've ever had and so much confidence in teaching and public speaking which has sparked my interest in a career in those areas.
I would highly recommend the Surfpad and Pataua as an ideal and very enjoyable experience to any person of any age who wants to learn to surf. Shaka braaaaah!!
Arrin is of Ngatiwai and Tainui decent and is as local as you can get, with direct lineage to Manaia and the Ngatiwai people. Arrin is a true Aquarian and is well versed with the local area, the
prevailing conditions and is well respected as a local waterman in a variety of disciplines. Arrin has facilitated a variety of activities and outdoor experiences with young people for 20 years and is an accomplished outdoor instructor with many qualifications and experience behind him. But mostly, he enjoys sharing his passion for the ocean he likes to be in, on or under.
Arrin manages his own company Ara Moana Adventures, but is available to give Surfpad his expertise when needed. His has a special passion for paddle boarding and kayak surfing.