For many, a trip to Cornwall wouldn’t be complete without heading to the water and hitting the waves. As a sport that is synonymous with the county there are a wide variety of surf schools available around Cornwall, making it an easily accessible activity to try.

So whether young or old, if you’re looking for things to do during your visit, why not give it a go?

As you might expect Cornwall is packed full of great surf schools – here are just a few of those available:

Surf Sanctuary

Located within the grounds of the Headland Hotel, the Surf Sanctuary holds most of its lessons at Fistral beach – one of the most popular locations to surf in Cornwall.

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall - Fistral Beach

Gwithian Academy of Surfing

Located at Gwithian beach, renowned for its year round rideable surf and slow breaks - both beginner and improver lessons are offered by the academy.


Cornwall Surf Academy

With lessons catering for all, The Cornwall Surf Academy runs throughout the season at Holywell Bay Holiday Park in Newquay.

Campsites in Cornwall - Trevornick Holiday Park

Wavehunters Surf School

Located at Polzeath – one of the safest beaches in Cornwall, surfing lessons are available for all levels and abilities and run daily.

Beaches in Cornwall - Polzeath

O’Neill Surf Academy

Located at Watergate Bay, the majority of surf lessons available are for beginners – offering a safe environment to learn and progress.

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall - Watergate Bay

St Ives Surf School

A popular area for many visitors, St Ives Surf School offer a wide range of surfing lessons for all abilities, from beginners to advanced surfers.

Porthmeor beach St Ives

Big Blue Surf School

Situated at Bude in North Cornwall, Big Blue Surf School offers lessons for all abilities as well as providing tuition for disabled children and children with autism.

Places to visit in Cornwall - Bude

Porthtowan Surf School

Offering the opportunity for you to have ‘the time of your lives’, Porthtowan Surf School offer lessons for all abilities.

Beaches in Cornwall - Porthtowan

Kingsurf Surf School

Located at Mawgan Porth, Newquay, lessons are provided for all abilities from taster sessions for beginners to week-long progressor courses.

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall - Mawgan Porth

Blue Surf School

Based at Newquay View Resort, lessons take place at Watergate Bay which is just a 4 minute drive away.

Beaches in Cornwall - Watergate Bay

Harlyn Surf School

Located near Padstow, Harlyn Surf School is ideal for both children and adults. Lessons run daily and are offered for all abilities.

Beaches in Cornwall - Harlyn Bay

Shore Surf School

Based at St Ives Bay, this mobile surf school offers lessons for all abilities – seeking out the best surf in the area with their mobile unit.

Blue flag beaches in Cornwall - Porthminster Beach

Extreme Academy

Located at the popular Watergate Bay beach, Extreme Academy offers both introductory lessons to surfing as well as improver sessions.

Watergate Bay beach in Cornwall

Perranporth Surf School

Catering for individual needs of surfers, lessons are available for those 7yrs and up and cater for all abilities.

Beaches in Cornwall - Perranporth

Newquay Activity Centre

Based at Fistral Beach - Newquay Activity Centre is a certified Surfing GB Centre of Excellence, offering sessions for all abilities.

Dog friendly beaches in Cornwall - Fistral Beach

Already surfing and looking for the best beaches to head to in Cornwall? Take a look at our blog; 'Surfing Cornwall - the best beaches to head to this summer'