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Established in 1996 by Devon native Darren Burrett, Surf South West is an award-winning surf school based in Croyde Bay – the first UK surf school to be designated a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by Surfing England, acknowledging its fantastic standard of surfing coaching.

The school is now run by John Ellis and is an internationally recognised provider of surfing courses. Added to that, Croyde Bay is one of the best areas in the UK for surfing – so much so that the beach has hosted the British Surfing Championships three times! Known for its excellent surf and spectacular scenery, this stunning area keeps customers coming back to Surf South West year after year.

Surf South West offers an extensive range of surfing coaching options, going from half-day sessions that are suitable for complete beginners through to group coaching for schools, businesses, and even stag and hen parties! The school caters for surfers of all ages and levels of experience; its expert instructors work flexibly with customers to give them the best possible coaching tailored to their ability.

Packages of lessons are also available for beginners and intermediate surfers who want to quickly develop their surfing skills. A half-day session costs just £35, and all lesson packages come with a discount. Two lessons, either on the same or separate days, cost £65, and a comprehensive five lesson package is available for £130. Surf South West also provides a weekend course of three lessons taken over one and a half days and designed for rapid improvement, costing £95. All prices include all the equipment necessary to make the most of the surf.

Private lessons can be arranged too – a safe way for young children to get into the surf for the first time, or for improving surfers to get the maximum benefit from their coaching. Lasting for two hours, private lessons allow the instructor to take customers to waves that will best suit their ability. Prices for private sessions operate on a sliding scale, from £120 for a one-to-one session or £35 per person for private groups of eight or more. Young children can also enjoy a shorter one-hour session at a 50% discount.

Surf South West doesn’t limit itself to surfing; amongst other activities, it also offers coasteering sessions for customers who are looking for a new challenge. The North Devon coastline offers an inspirational environment for taking on this thrilling activity and getting adrenaline pumping. The school’s experienced and qualified instructors are on hand to guide customers over rocks and through gullies, tailoring the course to suit the ability of participants and ensure the safest possible route. Coasteering sessions last 2.5 hours and all the necessary equipment is provided, with the experience costing £40 per person.

Surf South West’s variety of lessons and experiences include something to suit surfers of any level, turning a weekend in Devon into an unforgettable surfing adventure. With years of experience behind it, Surf South West is synonymous with top quality surfing coaching for any age and ability.

Surf South West

Croyde Burrows Beach Car Park, Moor Ln, Croyde, Braunton EX33 1NZ

01271 890400