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OMBE surf is a collaborative project between a number of surfing coaches and industry partners.

OMBE is a surf training system and community where surfers can meet and train with leading surf coaches, other surfers and learn from their cumulative experience. Whether learning to surf or a seasoned veteran,OMBE nation will help you progress if you follow the foermula - this knowledge has taken multiple generations to acquire and should be treated with the same respect and intensity of training you would practice in any other organised sport or martial art. Advanced surfing is primarily all about learning skilled movement patterns. These motor skills need to be fluent, coordinated and perfectly timed with the wave. They require constant repetition until they become encoded in the neuronal networks of the brain as learned automatic muscular-skeletal responses of a calmly-focused mind. In english, that means surfing, like any other sport, is as much a mind game as it is a physical skill. Combining the two – skilled physical movement patterns and a calm well-tuned mental approach – is the key to surfing success. Flat footed, straight line, shoulder hoping, mid wave face surfing is a real thing in the intermediate surfing world with over 80% of surfers at any given beach falling victim to it. Being based on the Gold Coast, Australia the OMBE Surf trains and collaborates with some of the best talent in the surfing world. As most of these high-level surf athletes and coaches can only work with a handful of individual surfers each year, this platform aims to expose the latest in surfing insights, training routines, tips, tricks, and hacks.

All the best, The Wet Dream Team

Meet Team OMBE


Clayton Nienaber

Head Surf Coach

Clay is most famous for his brutally honest feedback known affectionately as ‘Claytonisms’. Besides being an all round good guy he has spent more than 30 years accumulating a wealth of surfing knowledge having been a professional surfer, shaper and a high-performance surfing coach for over 15 years and has coached some of the best surfers in the world including Travis Logie, Ricky Basnett and Jordy Smith.

Jeremy Dean

Head of Growth

Jeremy is a digital product and marketing professional with extensive experience in tech consulting and SaaS industries. Clayton thinks he is the ‘IT guy’ but really his primary focus is on growing the OMBE Surf community.

Anthony Laye

Surf Presenter

For years, Anthony has been captivating audiences around Australia and on TV with his mind blowing ability to seemingly read peoples thoughts and control their choices as a professional mentalist. At OMBE, he has shifted gears, bringing the main energy and questions to get the very most out of the community and surfers.

Kym Bancroft

Surf Psychologist

Kym is surf psychologist focused on developing surfers high-performance mindset for surfing and life. In the Mind Surfer module Kym shows you how to accelerate your surfing progression toward achieving that same flow state that Tom Carroll and so many other surfers describe.


Cris Mills

Surf Strength Coach

Cris is the man behind Surf Strength Coach and has helped thousands of surfers improve upon themselves in the water and out. Whether you just want to be able to surf more, or need help getting in shape or becoming injury resistant to the rigours of surfing and life, Cris can teach you how to actively look after yourself and surf at your peak.


Twiggy Van Ryan

Surf Instructor

Twiggy brings 40 years surfing experience, former regional, state titles competitor and Masters Champion in Australia. Twiggy is the owner of a surf charter boat in the Mentawai Islands where he has been working as a surf guide since 2012. Twiggy helps surfers on our guided surf trips and online in our community to improve their technique and correct any bad habits that have formed in your approach.