Our Team

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Ariel Hodgson

Trainee Instructor
Ariel has been with us since 2016. She brings surfing experience, lives locally and is always doing something constructive. This year she underway with Surf Lifesaving Bronze Medallion, is regularly working with her cadet group and now part of the Aotearoa Surf team assisting with afterschool surfing, school holiday programs. Its great to see a young women into our industry and thriving! Watch out for kids smiling and laughing you can probably find Ariel somewhere amongst it!
Cameron Lambert

Cameron Lambert

Trainee Coach
Cam is resident local here at Te Arai. A passionate surfer and wants to share his love of the sport with everyone. He has surfed since 2011 when he moved from Australia. He Surfs longboards, shortboards and paddleboards. Cam has been with Aotearoa Surf since 2016 and works closely with children in our After school and school holiday programs.. If your at Te arai over summer your likely to spot him down at the beach hiring surfboards, booking lessons and assisting with surfing programs..
Ben Leese

Ben Leese

Coach
Ben has been working at Aotearoa Surf since 2015 and has established himself as a cornerstone of our day to day operations. Ben brings a long history of board sports and working with children and young adults. Fully qualified instructor and a wealth of experience,  Ben has over 3000 participants under his belt Ben is fundamental to all our large group programs in addition to regularly taking group and private lessons.
Nick Davimes

Nick Davimes

Coach
Nick is surf! This is his passion. Surfing for most his life and coaching new surfers around the world, Nick brings the best of local and international surfing knowledge to the beach. From beginners to improvers or the more experienced surfer wanting to take it to another level, Nick has you covered..
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Che Burnett

Coach
Che is the owner and director of Aotearoa Surf School. He lives in Te Arai and is passionate about sharing the thrill of surfing with newcomers to the sport.
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Kirsty and Jodie Vuletich

Coaches
Identical twin sisters Kirsty and Jodie Vuletich have over 15 years surfing and ocean experience and have been coaching surfing for 4 years.
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Mitch McRae

Coach
Mitch McRae has been an instructor with Aotearoa Surf since 2012. He lives at Te Arai and grew up near the ocean.