Clay on the Surf Mastery Podcast
Ex-Pro Surfer, Master Shaper and Professional Surf Coach Clayton Nienaber shares his unique perspective on advanced surfing techniques, surfboard function and reading waves correctly.



Successful surfing is about developing you mind/muscle connection to the point that you do not think about the movement, it has become autonomous. By the time you enter the water it’s to late.


Learn one of the best kept secrets in surfing. How to decipher a wave by looking at the power zones which give secret instructions to an informed surfer, it lets you see what they wave is about to do before it happens.


Most surfers drop in and race as fast as they can down the line, mid face, and never set anything up. Learn to use the whole wave face.


Correct surfing technique maximizes the turns using the strength and flexibility in the body effectively to ride more vertically and stay in sync with the critical parts of the wave.


Understand that every design aspect in surfboards from the rails, bottom contours, outlines to fin placements are all engineered one thing. Turning.


Breakdown the technique and movement form behind the best manoeuvres in surfing, the major traps and apply trigger word training and key insights to embed them into your next surf.



The insight centre is where Maven Surf documents some of surfing knowledge and training that the very elite surfers are doing.  You can learn earn and analyse  at your own pace what is efficient versus inefficient movement for advanced surfing. Here we will break down what the pros are doing that 80% of surfers at your local beach are not doing


Surf training is best performed in a simulated environment where you can repeatedly train your muscles memory. Thus we have developed training program for instinctive muscle memory in correct movement patterns through high repetition that entrench effective body movements and correct bad movement habits


High performance surfing starts with knowing your strengths and weaknesses. Video feedback from a professional is the fastest way to identify your strengths and weaknesses in your surfing. Analysing your video clips, Maven Surf will identify your strengths and weaknesses in your surfing technique and give you practical and real solutions that you can take into your next surf


By the time you enter the water you should not be thinking about any training or coaching, because by that time it is to late.

You should do your training outside the water to build up your muscle memory for a certain maneuver to a point where you can find one trigger word that induces all of that technique.


  • My coaching experience with head coach Clayton made a huge positive impact on my surfing! Clayton has a keen eye for flaws in technique and he corrected a bunch of mistakes I was making and I wasn’t even aware I was doing them. This led to having more fun free surfing, better results and way fewer injuries.

    Travis Logie
    Travis Logie WCT Surfer
  • Without Clayton as my coach I would not have come close to making it onto the WCT. He has a really unique style of coaching and explained things to me in such simple terms (although sometimes brutally honest!). To this day I still use techniques that I learned from Clay.

    Ricky Bassnett
    Ricky Bassnett WCT Surfer
  • Working with the team at Maven Surf has seriously boosted the level of surfing progression in our club. Learning the tips and tricks of the pro surfers, identifying bad habits, correcting our technique and training our muscle memory with a number of training drills and exercises for surfing at our highest level. Without the help and support from Maven Surf we would not be competing at the uni games surfing tournaments.

    QUT Surfers
    QUT Surfers University Surfing Club
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