Seven surf schools for beginners
Surfing is every bit as much fun as it looks and the true Cornish experience is not complete without riding the waves. Here are seven surf schools worth checking out if you are planning to visit
Keep safe: Make sure you check out our top safety tips too.
Harlyn Surf School –Padstow
With its reputation as one of the safer beaches in the county, the crescent shaped bay is popular with novice surfers who can learn to master the waves. Harlyn Surf School has friendly professional surf instructors, bringing you everything you could want for your surfing lessons. The school is ideal for children, adults, groups and families and boasts a fantastic range of surf courses.
Extreme Academy – Watergate Bay
Watergate Bay is a 2 mile stretch of beach at low tide, a few miles north from the beaches of Newquay. Here the Extreme Academy offers surf lessons for all abilities in either groups or one-to-one, with the latest Gul wetsuits and all the equipment you need to get you started. Make sure to check out Jamie Oliver’s famous Fifteen restaurant on the beach too.
Located just outside Bude, Freewave Surf Academy is a surf school with over 15 years’ experience in taking small groups, families and individuals on aquatic adventures. Their small team of instructors are made up of local watermen and ladies. They will tailor your experiences to meet the needs of the individuals in your family or group. This way, everyone that comes to visit leaves with a smile and a sense of achievement.
Escape Surf School – Newquay
These guys have been teaching people to surf for over 15 years. Their base on the Newquay Cliff Top, overlooking the spectacular Towan Beach and Newquay Bay, is fully equipped with showers, changing rooms and bar & restaurant. The whole team are dedicated to ensuring you have the best possible time learning to surf with them. This is achieved by our innovative teaching methods for beginners which involves holding the tail of the board, whilst the surfer gets to their feet. This helps stabilise the board until the surfer is standing, then they release, and you enjoy the amazing feeling of riding the surf!
Elemental UK - Newquay
Based in Falmouth but using the dramatic north coast of Cornwall to take advantage of the drama and the waves for surfing. Transport is provided to wherever the best waves are within Cornwall and all equipment is included such as wetsuits and boards. Our famous Kids’ Club welcomes children aged from six years upwards who want to have fun in the water and learn some new skills.
Outdoor Adventure - Bude
Outdoor Adventure is a residential activity centre in an almost unimaginable setting on the cliff top at Widemouth Bay. They have a 30 year proven track record of delivering high quality surf lessons that are suitable for individuals, families as well as groups. The coaches are excellent, being highly experienced and fully qualified, they are also great surfers.!They tailor their tuition to the differing levels within the group and ensure everyone receives one to one coaching.
FlowRider – nr Padstow
Something different... Now you can surf where there's a wave every day! FlowRider Cornwall, based at Retallack Resort and Spa, is the county's only FlowRider and allows people of all abilities to surf every day of the year no matter what the conditions are like.
Surfing safety tips
- Never have your board between yourself and the coming waves.
- To avoid collision with others, keep a safe distance, say fifteen feet or the length of you, your leash and board combined.
- Beginners should always wear a leash or leg rope tied to their surfboard.
- Every Beginner surfboard should also have a safety nose guard to prevent dangerous impacts with the surfboard nose.
- Beginners should always surf with a buddy for safety, plus it is cool to share your surf experiences with.
- When you come up, try to be facing the oncoming waves and look for your board's location immediately. Loose boards in the ocean are very dangerous objects for swimmers.