About Us

This is not your typical “learn to surf” surf school experience 

Who We Are

Next Level Surf Coaching is owned and operated by Linton Fafie, a former junior competitive surfer turned international elite surf coach based in the Byron Bay area. Since starting his surf coaching career in 1999, Linton has developed programs for novice, intermediate and advanced surfers in Margaret River, Coffs Harbour, Northern NSW, Bali, G-Land and the Mentawai Islands.


  • Surfing Australia Level 2 Coach and SUP Instructor
  • Surf Lifesaving Australian Professional Ocean Lifeguard Association (APOLA)
  • Senior First Aid
  • Underwater Breath Enhancement Training
  • Certificate 4 in Tourism
  • Diploma of Sports Development

Meet The Team at Next Level Surf Coaching

Choppy Somjee

Choppy Somjee

Strength & Conditioning - Elite Sports Coach

Integrating principles of Osteopathy, Strength Conditioning and Genetics into sports injury and athletic performance.

Jan Hutnan

Jan Hutnan

Movement Specialist & Health Coach

Jan facilitates and empowers you to reach optimal performance through a variety of movement, strength & conditioning and health strategies dedicated and designed to achieve specific outcomes whether its surfing development, health or personal training goals.

Erin Tetarenko

Erin Tetarenko

Mind + Body Leadership Coach & Yoga Instructor

Enhance your life experiences, psychological flexibility, performance capacities, and overall well-being. Erin’s integrative approach is a reflection of over a decade of working in health and personal development with athletes of all ages and backgrounds.

Chantel Gough

Chantel Gough

Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner

As well as an accredited Pharmacist and Kresser Institute student, Chantel specializes in a functional medicine approach to optimising peoples health, through nutritional and lifestyle based solutions.

High Performance Surf Coaching for the Everyday Surfer

Northern NSW | Gold Coast | Coffs Harbour | Sydney | Margaret River | Indonesia

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