Adventures / Adventure School

Learn to Surf in Cornwall

An immersive surfing weekend for beginner and intermediate surfers on the Cornish coast and overnight woodland camping experience. 0 days off work.

I'M UP FOR
Adventure School
DURATION
1 Night
DIFFICULTY
Open-To-All
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
United Kingdom
SEASON
May, June, September
NEAREST AIRPORT

An awesome surfing weekend covering everything from the basics to the pro skills; your lessons will be tailored to your skills, so you know you’ll get the best from them. As the surf fatigue sets in, you’ll head to a private camp in the Cornish woodland to kick back and wild camp beneath the stars.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 3 surfing lessons and 1 theory session
  • 1-night woodland wild camping in bell tents
  • Experienced, certified surf instructor
  • All surfing equipment
  • All camping equipment
  • Breakfast

Perfect for

Anyone looking to take some time out to reconnect with nature. If you’re a surfer, you’ll love it; if you’re a novice, you’ll love it. You’ll be coached as an individual according to your skills; everyone is welcome.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Travel to/from Newquay
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation before/after the trip
  • Transfer to the wild camping
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a maximum of 12. The instructor-to-surfer ratio will not exceed 1:8.

If you’re new to surfing, you’ll learn the basics in two comprehensive lessons. Start with safety, then learn to paddle, catch waves and steer the board. When you’re ready, your instructor will teach you to pop up and ride a wave back to shore.

While it can’t be guaranteed, your instructors are highly confident that you’ll be standing up and surfing by the end of your lessons.

In addition to the above, you’ll join a surf theory class to reflect on today’s performance.

More than just a place to sleep for the night, the fully-hosted surfcamp is a place to immerse yourself in the peace of an untouched forest, learn bushcraft skills or just have a good chat around the campfire.

Hone your campfire BBQ skills, challenge your friends to an axe-throwing contest, and practice your balance on the slack line. You’re welcome to do as much or as little at you want. Relaxing in your bell tent with a good book is always an option.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Your host recommends to pack:

  • Surfing: Swimwear, shoes for the beach and a towel. If it’s sunny we recommend suncream and a bottle of water.

  • Food and Water: 1 litre of water per person, BBQ food for your evening meal, your favourite drinks (this can all be picked up after your surf session from the supermarket across the road before head to the wild camp.)

  • Clothes and Equipment: Rain jacket or Mac, spare warm clothing, sleeping bag, warm hat, spare socks, suitable footwear for a night in the outdoors (walking boots or wellies - *please note the farm entrance can be muddy!)

  • Toiletries: Toothbrush and toothpaste

A basic level of fitness is needed to enjoy a couple hours at a time of surfing. You need to be able to swim 25m. No previous surfing or camping experience is needed.

Yes, children are from the age of 8 are welcomed to join this trip, if you’re booking as a private group.

Each surf session is roughly 1.5 hours long. You’re welcome to keep the board after the lesson to surf on your own if you like to.

If you feel that you will struggle to see without your glasses then yes please do wear them. We suggest securing them to yourself with a piece of string so as not to lose them. Daily throw away contact lenses are the best option for surfing.

All equipment is included except for a sleeping bag:

Surfing: Surfboard and full-length wetsuit

Camping: Tent, sheets, sleeping mat, pillow

The surf lessons take place at our central base in Newquay. The wild camping is located a short drive out of town for which we can help you organise car sharing, or arrange a lift with your camping host if you don’t have a car.

Travelling from London:

Newquay is a 1-hour flight, 5-hour drive, or a 5+ hour train ride from Paddington Station in London. Because of the early start on Saturday we recommend you arrive Friday and enjoy a night in Newquay.

Summer in Newquay is cool and sunny. From May to October temperatures range from 16 – 21 °C during the day, and cool off to 10 – 14 °C at night. Days are usually sunny and clear.

Full-length winter wetsuits are provided even in the summer to ensure you stay nice and warm while in the water.

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Location

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Your base is in the heart of the UK’s surf capital. You’ll be surfing on Newquay’s famous beaches and soaking up the local surf scene before heading out to the peace and quiet of your host’s private Cornish woodland wild camp.

Newquay (pop. 20,000) is a seaside resort and fishing town in Cornwall. It’s widely regarded as the surfing capital of the UK. With several beautiful sand beaches—each with its own unique surfing conditions—you’ll always have a place to catch waves.

Fistral Beach is a long, wide, sandy beach backed by coastal dunes. There’s tons of space for beginners to learn how to surf at one end while experienced surfers catch big waves at the other end.

Towan Beach is a sheltered beach right in the heart of town with perfect beginner waves and easy access to restaurants and beach bars for lunch.

Start point

Fistral Beach in Newquay - 11:00
Your adventure begins at your host’s surf shop at Newquay’s Fistral Beach at 11:00. The easiest way to get there is by car. If you arrive by train it’s only a 15-minute walk (1.2km) from the station to the start point.
Alternatively, you can also travel by plane and ask your host to arrange an airport pick-up. Please ask for accommodation suggestions in Newquay or availability in your host’s camp if you’re planning to arrive a day early.

Finish point

Fistral Beach in Newquay - 13:00
Your adventure ends at your host’s surf shop at Newquay’s Fistral Beach at 13:00. A drop-off at Newquay Airport (NQY) can be arranged upon request.

What to Expect

Saturday: Hit the Beach

You’ll meet your host at their surf shop in Newquay at 11:00. Wetsuits on, you’ll head straight to the beach for your first of two surfing lessons today. Each lesson will last around an hour and a half, with a break for lunch and a meander around Newquay in between.

The lessons will be tailored to both the group and you as an individual; whether you’re a first-timer or looking to build on your skills, your coach will make sure you get the best from your time on the waves.

As the surf fatigue sets in at around 16:00, you’ll head up in convoy to the woodland wild camp for a surf theory session and your chance to ask those nagging questions from the day.

Bring all the food and drink you like (there’s a handy supermarket across the road from the beach) and get ready for a night of barbequing, games and laughs; learn some basic bushcraft skills or even try your hand at axe throwing. At the end of a packed day, you’ll retire to your cosy bell tent for a much-needed good night’s rest.

Sunday: Practice Makes Perfect

After breakfast this morning, you’ll head back to the beach. You’ll recap on yesterday’s lesson before getting back in the water.

Today will be a longer surf session, giving you a great opportunity to surf at your own pace and recognise how much you’ve learned.

You’ll be handed your towel at around 13:00 as a great weekend adventure comes to an end. You can officially say ‘I surf’.

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.

Also fancy some outdoor yoga in the Cornwall woodland? Combine the two in our Surf and Yoga Weekend.

Accommodation

You’ll wild camp on untouched private land 11 miles outside Newquay. Luxurious bell tents are arranged in a woodland connected by festive banners and twinkle lights.

Each bell tent sleeps 4 people. Air mattresses, clean sheets and pillows are provided; all you have to bring is a sleeping bag.

There’s a composting toilet on site, and fresh water is provided for washing up, but otherwise, you’ll be without facilities in the peaceful countryside.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Private 4-person Bell Tent Payable Before Departure
Private 4-person Bell Tent · · ·
Pair of Wellingtons Payable Before Departure
Pair of Wellingtons · · ·
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off Payable Before Departure
Airport Pick-up & Drop-off · · ·