Gee Cormack

Gee Cormack

Owner & Founder/ high performance coach of Chix Surf School | Head Coach specialising in beginner/ intermediate, Advance & Professional Surfing

Hi, my name is Gee Cormack  founder/ owner & head coach here at Chix Surf School and can I just say a quick Thank You for checking out the site!

As we are a school that works very closely with our clients getting them to their dream surfing ability through teaching them to understand fear, breaking down technique and empowering through progression it is important to get to know our coaches and how we fell in love with surfing and helping other women surf.

A little background about me:  I have been surfing since I can remember, since I was a little kid getting in the water before and after school with my big brother. I was also a nippers kid so learning about everything the ocean had to offer was what we loved to do most.

I moved away from the ocean at a young age for about 10 years following my other dream which was snowboarding, i trained and travelled with the Australian Snowboarding Olympic Development team which was such an amazing time in my life and it taught me so much about focus, discipline, independence, courage, fun, adventure and one of the most important things, I learnt was to believe in myself and what i was capable of achieving. These things I will carry with me through my life and I am so thankful for that time and that adventure.

After I retired (due to injury) I had to learn to believe in my body again and heading back to the ocean was where i had to be. I got my surf stoke again so I went to Bali on a girls surf trip and…. Never left, well not for 9 years. There I fell in love with the sport again and my whole world became about the waves and the journey. I was coming and going from Australia and Bali coaching and competing and meeting so many girls who were falling in love with the surfing life as well. I moved to a very small village up the north west coast and would spend 8 months there and the rest in Australia on the south coast running a surf camp and building up my coaching skills,

After many years of teaching I have been able to bring my past skills from my snowboarding days into the way I coach surfing. Using the tools my old coaches used and creating a new holistic way of allowing people to really connect with the water when they are out there.  I would always get women coming up to me saying how they loved having a female instructor and how they felt more comfortable and free with me in the water and it made me realise what is missing in the surf industry, a women’s only surf school.  So here it is, a progressive surf school where it’s not just about being on a board or riding the biggest wave. It’s about the feeling surfing gives you, the joy and freedom of dancing with the waves, it’s about learning to give in to the ocean and connect.

I want to show people what surfing has given me in my life and use my skills and passion for the ocean to allow other women of all ages and abilities to fall in love with it too.  Gee Xx

Ashleigh Browne

Ashleigh Browne

Coach specialising in Beginner/Intermediate/ longboard Surfing

Hey there, my names Ashleigh & I am a coach Specialising in beginner/ Intermediate coaching as well as advanced longboarding and mid-length board riding.Hey there, 

I was introduced to the ocean at a young age growing up on the northern beaches of Sydney. Both my parents are surfers and along with my 3 sisters we spent a lot of our upbringing down the beach enjoying the waves and ocean. We were encouraged to simply enjoy and gain an appreciation for the ocean and waves, no matter the form; surfing, bodyboarding or bodysurfing, developing an individual understanding of its beauty and power.

My dad grew up surfing and diving, his passion was palpable, I spent years absorbing his knowledge and with his gentle guidance and many hours in the ocean I developed my own love for surfing. I shied away (from surfing but never the ocean) during my teenage years as my focus turned to other sports and common adolescent insecurities arose . However when I finished high school and began travelling the east coast of Australia I discovered the forgiving beauty of the point break set up and returned strongly to my love for riding waves. My focus was on long boarding for many years until my travels took me overseas to Mexico where I had the chance to surf uncrowded, bigger, more powerful waves which demanded shorter crafts, increased agility and an appreciation for deeper calmer breaths when faced with challenges.

Over the past 8 years, in-between travels, I have worked in surf schools in Manly as well as Noosa heads. I have also completed my 200 hour yoga teacher training and my certificate III in fitness, I have an interest in body movement and all facets of health. I love encouraging other women to gain more confidence and understanding in the ocean, sharing my passion and knowledge on how to identify the oceans subtle hints to its changeable nature is my goal. Learning to surf is challenging, let alone dealing with the fears that often arise when being challenged or facing fears, having a coach by your side to guide you and encourage you through the learning is invaluable. I often get told by women that I have taught how comforting it is to have another female by their side explaining, motivating, encouraging and teaching them in the water.

The joy I get to be able to serve others combined with being in the ocean is an ultimate gift, that I am so grateful for and I hope to be able to coach you in the water soon.

 

Millie

Millie

Coach specialising in Beginner/Intermediate Surfing

Hi Everyone! My name is Millie and I am a Chix Surf School Coach specialising in Beginner/Intermediate surfing.

I started surfing when I was 13 years old (I am 28 now) in a little town in Argentina. One day my brothers started shaping surfboards and opened a surf school, where I began teaching. After coaching for a couple of years, I came to the realisation that I love to see people smiling, feeling challenged but having heaps of fun, connecting with nature and following the dream of riding eternal waves.

When I was 20 I decided to do a surf trip to Brazil, where I lived for one year. I spent lots of time by myself in the ocean, surfing a lot of new places I had never been to before. Every new beach I went out surfing was like diving into a different corner of my soul! I ended up understanding so much about my self, my rhythm, my weaknesses and my strengths; and since then, the ocean has been my place to be. It is where I  deeply connect to myself and feel filled with gratitude and confidence. I am super excited to go on this journey with you!

It has been 5 years since I came to live in Australia and I am super stoked to call this place HOME. I am also so stoked to be part of a school like Chix Surf School, that provides all the fundamentals for women’s wellbeing and feels surfing the way I do!

With joy!
Millie xx

Jules

Coach specialising in Beginner/Intermediate Surfing

Kia ora everyone! My name is Julia and I am a Chix Surf School Coach who specialises in Beginner/Intermediate surf lessons.

I grew up surfing alongside my Dad in the vibrant seaside town of Raglan, the surfing hub of New Zealand’s North Island and blessed with beautiful left hand point breaks.

Ever since I was young, I have always felt a special connection with the ocean. Surfing allows me to connect with nature in its purest form and express myself in a way that I haven’t encountered in any other sport.

The person who has had the biggest influence on my surfing is definitely my Dad. He has been on the sidelines for some of the best waves of my life or right beside me pulling on his own wetsuit before a freezing surf session in the middle of winter.

The bond we’ve created through surfing is something I will always hold really close to my heart.

When I was 17, I moved to South America and worked as a surf coach in the capital of Peru in Lima’s coastal Miraflores. It was there I combined my love of surfing with the Spanish language and had the opportunity to share my passion for surfing with people from all walks of life. Since then, I have coached in various regions around New Zealand and worked as a Head Surf Coach in New Zealand’s Far North.

Chix is passionate about getting people back to the core values of surfing and teaching others how to use the ocean as a form of individual expression. Being able to empower women through the art of surfing is an absolute privilege and one I hope I can share with you.

See you in the water soon,

Julia xxx

Emily Dawson

Coach specialising in assisting with Beginner Surfing & Beginner On Land training.

Hi everyone! My name is Emily, and I am a coach at Chix Surf School specialising in beginner surfing and beginner On Land training coaching.

I was introduced to the ocean as a kid growing up around the beaches, and participating in nippers. I absolutely loved surfing and playing around with my brothers in the ocean, from when I was a toddler to now. It is, and has always been, a place that calms and grounds me, as well as challenges me, but it never fails to put a smile on my face. 

 

I started with Gee as a student 4 years ago during high school, looking to reconnect with the ocean and surfing, as well as using it as a release from the stresses of studying and HSC. I instantly fell in the love with the ethos of Chix Surf School, and benefitted from the guidance Gee provided me in the water, including her ideas of ocean therapy. Having someone by your side in the water encouraging you to push yourself and with a shared passion for the ocean is amazing, and that’s what Gee gave me, as does every coach at Chix.

I can’t explain the excitement I get out of seeing the absolute joy on someone’s face when they stand up on a wave or master a new manoeuvre on the SmoothStar. I’m lucky to be able to work in the water, my favourite environment, and help others share the experience!