Chris Drapes has over 40 years of surfing experience and has lived in Indonesia for the past 20 years (as well as surfing Indo for over 30 years!). In his personal life and coaching experience he has had a strong working relationship with a Master Coach, Cheyne Horan (Australian World Champion Surfer).
He has previously worked specifically for Cheyne as the head coach for Quiksilver Bali Surf School for many years. Chris has not only delivered, but trained others in coaching also. He now coaches surfing levels from beginner to advanced, (focusing on one-on-one coaching),who have had previous surfing lessons or are already surfing competently but want to go to that next level.
Chris also has a coaching background in swimming for over 30 years. From his surf coaching and swim coaching experience, he is able to specifically tailor and deliver programs for the individual in either a group or one-on-one setting. Not only does he provide coaching in Bali, but he also often works with experienced surfers and coaches on the Gold Coast in Australia with Cheyne Horan School of Surf.
He is fully accredited with Advanced First Aid, OSSCA and Level 1 Coaching with Surfing Australia. He also has many years of experience in providing surf skills associated with Level 2 coaching.
Chris' aim is to develop a surfer’s skill set from the basic paddle out, deep water drills, taking the drop (surfing green waves), progressive training through the basics of turns that can be developed into high performance techniques, and linking surf skills together.
He is able to develop a curriculum depending on each individual’s ability and can progress a surfer’s skill all the way up to getting barrels! He also provides surf education regarding ocean knowledge, how to read the ocean, planning your surf and picking surf locations. This knowledge comes from years of experience!