We teach surfing lessons in Cornwall for all abilities on our beach in Polzeath and Watergate Bay. If you’ve never tried it before and are keen to take the first leap to your feet or you’re looking to master a manoeuvre or perfect your style, we can help.

  • For kids surf lessons in Cornwall, minimum age is 7 years old, however any age during a private lesson.
  • All equipment is included (no extra hire costs!)
  • All sessions are 2hrs - both private surf lessons and group

Booking Line

07969 660014

Our Surf Lessons in Cornwall

We’ve been teaching the sport that we love since 2002, and over the years we’ve learnt one important thing: that everyone learns to surf differently

Our experienced surf coaches will tailor their instruction to your individual needs. They'll start by showing you the essential 'pop-up' before hitting the waves. This is the perfect way to learn surfing in Cornwall for beginners.

You'll have fun paddling the turquoise waters and catching waves as they head to shore. You'll soon catch the surf bug and will be throwing shakas before you know it!

We think everyone should be able to share in the joy of riding waves. It’s what we call: “surf stoke”. Gift vouchers are also available to buy online.

Gift Vouchers for Surfing Lessons in Cornwall





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  • Max 8 people per group
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  • From £25 for each additional family member
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We have Cornwall surf schools at two of Cornwall's most beautiful beaches - Polzeath and Watergate Bay - some of the safest and most reliable Cornwall surf spots.

The award winning Polzeath beach near Wadebridge attracts a multitude of surfers due to its easily accessible location and long slow breaking consistent waves. If you're lucky you might even spot a dolphin or two (or take one of our Cornwall boat tours for an even better chance to see one!).

Just outside of Newquay, the incredible beach of Watergate Bay spans for two miles of the Atlantic coastline. No need to carry your board from the car park or down the coastal path, we're right on the sand and into the sea.

Our professional photographers will be on-hand to capture your surfing triumphs - and your classic wipe-outs!


What level are you?

Surf Lessons for Beginners

Our experienced instructors will start with the basics on the beach: surf safety, the features of the board and how it works, how to catch a wave and the technique of ‘popping up’ to your feet. Then you’re ready to get wet! In the water, you’ll always be under the watchful eye of our team, and we’ll have you riding the whitewater waves and controlling the board in no time. We’ll work to find the best methods for you, so that we can get you up on your feet by the end of the lesson. Expect wipeouts along the way… they’re half the fun!

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We’ll stick largely to the whitewater but we’ll get you catching waves independently and standing up on the majority of them, and we’ll help you to master your stance and control your speed and direction. Our aim is to enable you perfect your “trim” turns, so that you can turn your board easily in both directions. And then… you’ll be well on your way to becoming a surf icon.

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This group is for you if you can surf unsupervised, if you are comfortable with paddling through the whitewater to catch unbroken waves “out the back” and you can stand up on the majority of them. If the surf is pumping, we’ll get you tackling some solid, shoulder-high waves. Are you in?

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Advanced Surf Lessons

Our advanced adult surf lessons are customised to suit your surfing ability. We’ll work with you to design a lesson plan and we’ll use creative coaching techniques to help you perfect the skills that you want. We can teach you how to pull off tricky manoeuvres, like Off the Top/Lip, Cutback, Floater, Re-entry; or on a Longboard we can show you how to Cross Step and Hang 5.

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Surf Lessons for Beginners



Advanced Surf Lessons


There is no definitive answer to this question as everyone is unique. However, we would hope to get everyone standing and getting a bit of a feel for the sport that we love so much in the first session. We suggest though having a number of lessons to improve on stability, control, turning and length of ride.

Within a private session we have had as young as 3! However, we would recommend 6 or7 is a good age for starting out. We do have an age restriction on our group lessons of 7 years old to allow the Instructor to spread their time more evenly across the group. During a private lesson we can accept any age. We also ask that a parent or teacher is available on shoreline for younger students.

We would highly recommend sticking to bigger foam boards until you have learned how to turn left and right on a smaller green waves. Moving onto smaller boards too soon can really hinder and hold back the speed of your improvement.

Our sessions will go ahead whatever the weather however, in the unlikely event the beach is red flagged for safety reasons by the lifeguards or we feel that it is unsafe, we will postpone your session to a time that suits you or offer a refund.

Yes, we provide all equipment and leaving extra time before your session to get ready is recommended.

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We both had a great session with a good grounding of the basics and some technical tips. Lovely beach location.

Roseanna Leighton- Crawford
Surf Lesson 18/6/21

Really great lesson, everyone was super friendly and our instructor was great. Would highly recommend!

Michael Penny
Beginner Private Surf Lesson 21/6/21

Two fantastic improver lessons with Meg! Thoroughly enjoyed both lessons, learned bundles and feel like I really progressed!

Thom Bingham
Improver Surf Lesson 30/5/21