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.
Newquay Cornwall Airport
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dates & Prices
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There are currently no planned group departures. Please contact this host to request a quote for a custom trip.
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