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Learn to Surf in Cornwall

Catch waves on some of the UK’s best beaches and then wild camp in the woods

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Adventures / Adventure School

Learn to Surf in Cornwall

Catch waves on some of the UK’s best beaches and then wild camp in the woods

DURATION
1 night
LOCATION
United Kingdom
ANNUAL LEAVE
0 days off work
SEASON
May—Sep
GROUP SIZE
Up to 12 people
MEETING POINT
Newquay
ACCOMMODATION
Wild camping
DIFFICULTY
Easy

No surfing experience is needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim for 25m in open water.

COVID-19 Information

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Learn to surf from the experts on legendary UK breaks like Fistral and Towan

Progress fast with every lesson tailored to your individual abilities, from the basics to pro-skills

Stay in a private surf camp in the Cornish woodland and kick back beneath the stars

Included

Guides

Experienced and certified surf instructors

Accommodation

1-night of woodland camping in luxury bell tents

Equipment

All your surfing and camping equipment

Meals

A basic camp breakfast

Not Included

Travel to and from the start point

Some meals as described

Personal expenses

Travel insurance

The Area

Logistics

Starts

Host's Base, Central Newquay

11:00 on Day 1

Ends

Host's Base, Central Newquay

13:00 on Day 2

Transfers

Your adventure begins at your host's base in central Newquay which is easily accessible by car or train. 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 air to Newquay Airport, and get a 20 minute taxi to the start point. If you're arriving early or staying on after you trip - feel free to ask your local host for accommodation suggestions in Newquay.

Your adventure ends in at your host's base in central Newquay at 13:00.

Travel options

There are regular trains and flights to Newquay from across the UK.

What about all the carbon?

We mitigate 4x the carbon generated by all our customer flights annually through our partnership with Cool Earth.

Day 1

Wild camping · Mixed dorm

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Newquay has a range of restaurants for any budget, as well as a supermarket across the street from the surf shop. You'll need to buy ingredients for dinner at the camp - simple is best as you will be BBQ’ing and cooking over the camp fire. Given the diversity of food available in town, all dietary requirements can be accommodated including vegetarian and vegan diets. You will be provided with a basic camp breakfast that should be enough to keep you going but please bring some extra snacks if you're an extra hungry morning person.

What is the accommodation like?

Wild Camp

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.

Day 1

Hit the beach

Surfing

3hrs

Head straight to the beach and take the first of two surfing lessons today. Each will last around an hour and a half, with a break for lunch and some time in Newquay in between. Lessons will be tailored to your level - whether you’re a first-timer or looking to build your skills, either way your coach will make sure you get the most from your time on the water. Drive into the woods, learn bushcraft skills, try your hand at axe throwing and get the barbeque going before settling into your cosy bell tent for the night.

Day 2

Practice makes perfect

Surfing

2-3hrs

Recap on yesterday’s lessons and then it's time to get back in the water. Today will be a longer surf session, giving you a great opportunity to surf at your own pace and put everything you’ve learned into practice. Catch a final wave into the beach and then its time to go home. Congratulations, you can surf.

Please Note

All our adventures take place in wild places. Things can go wrong in wild places. Your perfectly planned itinerary may change a bit (or a lot) if the weather turns, someone gets hurt, or a volcano erupts. Usually though, changes make it all the better.

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What's included?

  • All your surfing and camping equipment (including sheets, sleeping mat, pillow)

What do I need to bring?

  • Swimwear
  • Shoes for the beach
  • Towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunblock)
  • 1 litre of water per person
  • Rain jacket
  • Spare warm clothing and a hat
  • Sleeping bag, warm hat, torch
  • Suitable footwear for a night in the outdoors (the farm entrance can be very muddy - wellies can be hired on site)
  • Toiletries, toothbrush and toothpaste
  • BBQ food and drinks for dinner (this can all be picked up after your surf session from the supermarket across the road)

You’ll learn the basics of surfing in two comprehensive lessons, starting with safety, then paddling, catching waves and steering the board. When you’re ready, your instructor will teach you how to pop up and ride back into shore.

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

No surfing experience is needed, just a basic level of fitness and the ability to swim 25m in open water.

Sure can! Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Each surf session is roughly 1.5 hours long. You're welcome to keep the board afterwards and surf on your own if you like.

The surf camp is a place to immerse yourself in the peace of an untouched forest 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.

Your camp has a large covered BBQ area suitable for cooking in all weathers. There’s also a basic camp cooker and all the utensils, plates, cups etc.

Summers in Newquay are 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.

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

We’ve teamed up with the guys at World Nomads to offer insurance designed for adventurous travellers across 140 countries that includes overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities. To get yours sorted, click here.

We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book the trip, just to cover you for any last minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

All of our group adventures are especially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded.

"I cannot recommend this highly enough! The people on the trip were amazing. Easily the best trip I've ever been on!" Charlotte, 2019, Trustpilot.

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