Captivated by the ocean from a young age, Matthew Hart started surfing the many different breaks on the Bluff in Durban at the age of 9.

Paddling out on his own from a young age soon made him realise that surfing was in his life path and he spent many a day, down on the beach pushing himself to surf harder and better all the time.

As he grew up, Matthew Hart always knew that surfing would be a part of his life plan, and as time went by, he knew that some day he wanted to pass his vast knowledge of the sport on to other people and teach others how to surf.

With 34 years of surfing experience under his belt, in 2015, he set up Living the Dream Surf School, along with his partner Kim on Durban’s beautiful beach front, teaching people how to surf in perfect beginner conditions in the surf city of South Africa’s perfect waves. He loves what he does and it shows in his teaching methods. Matthew is a qualified surf instructor has achieved his SSA Level 1 Surfing Instructor Certificate, is in possession of a Lifeguard Award and has a Rescue Certificate.

Qualified Instructor

  • Nicole, The Netherlands
    "Matthew and Kim were wonderful hosts. They made us feel at home straight away. Although I have never surfed before, I stood for a long while on my last wave. Hoo Haa. The lessons were clear and simple and FUN. I was amazed how Matthew managed to give everyone in our group personal attention at all different levels. They are an easy-to-be-with couple always willing to adapt to the holiday-goers time frames. We'll be back again in December 2017. " - January 2016
    Nicole, The Netherlands
  • Kyle, Connecticut
    "Look no further! Matt and Kim have arranged fantastic surf lessons over the past few weeks for me. I've started out as an absolute beginner and Matt has been extremely helpful in getting me to learn the basics such as standing up and catching waves on my own. They are both extremely friendly and kind making me feel right at home from our first time meeting. Best of luck on your surf lessons... you're in good hands with these two! "- February 2016
    Kyle, Connecticut
  • Graham, Christchurch New Zealand

    "Just finished my first surf lesson with Matt. He is brilliant. Nice clear concise instructions on shore for 10 minutes, than 50 minutes in the water. Nailed it first time. Two things I liked most about Matt's teaching style: 1. he doesn't over complicate matters 2. Encouraged us to enjoy the overall ocean experience. Have proven you never too old to learn to surf . Really looking forward to my next lesson next Saturday. "  - March 2016

    Graham, Christchurch New Zealand
  • Kristofer, Stockholm
    "We are a family from the cold Sweden that went to Durban to try surfing for the first time. As total beginners we would never have thought we would be able to surf, but the whole family were with Matt´s good and supporting instructions able to stand up and surf waves the very first day. His partner Kim is a great help and as a team they are perfect. He does the surfing and she is in charge for bookings and keeping track of everything. We can certainly recommend them and will definitely come back next time in South Africa." - March 2016
    Kristofer, Stockholm
  • Mahesh, Durban
    "Matt is an awesome instructor, he kept his instructions simple and encouraged spending more time in the water. He got me standing up on my first lesson which is testament to his skill. I have been training with him on a few occasions now and have got progressively better. Both Kim and Matt are such great people and I am really glad to have learnt to surf with them. I would recommend Living the Dream to any person of any age, just take the leap and they will surely get you hooked on surfing! A+" - February 2016
    Mahesh, Durban
  • Berino
    "Had my surfing lesson this morning and thoroughly enjoyed it. Matt, our instructor, was great. He clearly loves what he does, and his calm yet enthusiastic manner made the experience all the more enjoyable. Kim was very helpful and considerate when booking the appointment, and checked and advised on the weather beforehand. Overall definitely an experience and a team to recommend." - March 2016
  • Jacqui Stoltz
    "Matthew and Kim from living the dream surf school made our experience of surfing absolutely amazing. My 9 year old son and I had a blast. Matthew is patient and encouraging. Booking with Kim was a pleasure. Thanks for making our dream a reality. We will be back. "- March 2016
    Jacqui Stoltz
  • Christa, Germany
    "3 times out in the water with Matt in a 4 day visit to Durban was so much fun. As a 50+ surf beginner Matt really got me going last year and I couldn't wait to get back to Durban for some more lessons. Had the best experience this morning: got picked up at 6 at my friends place in their neighbourhood and had a really nice lesson just before the wind turned. Once Matt finished other lessons he even took me with all my luggage straight to the airport. Matt and Kim really are stars! Fully recommendable." - March 2016
    Christa, Germany
  • Nafiseh_Abroad
    "We had a few lessons with Matt which was an amazing experience. He is patient, experienced and a good instructor. Not to mention that it feels welcoming communicating and planing with Kim as she is so nice and helpful. If you are goning to visit Durban don't miss the chance to surf and don't forget these guys." - May 2016
  • "I've had an amazing surfing experience with Living the Dream Surf School. First of all, I got a warm welcome by Kim and soon I was wearing a shorty to hit the waves! I had never surfed before, but with some very clear instructions from Matthew I could soon stand on the surfboard and ride some waves. Matthew was very patient and friendly which made my first surfing experience amazing and unforgettable. Thank you very much, can't wait to surf again with you guys again! "- June 2016
    Eline F
  • Sarah B, Durban
    "My daughter and I met Matt and Kim on the beach one morning and enquired about surf lessons, before we knew it we were in the water and having the best time! Such a great bonding session for my daughter and I, the smile on her face when she got up on the board was priceless. Matt is such a patient and fun teach and Kim is just lovely. Cant wait for our next session :) "- January 2016
    Sarah B, Durban