Welcome to Global Boarders Surf School and Lizard Adventure,

We want to share with you our love for Cornwall and passion for the ocean, whether you are looking for a fun family day out, exhilarating adventure or a bespoke package. We center our attention on you, creating the perfect atmosphere with instructors who are both entertaining and informative, capable of transforming an ordinary day into something extraordinary.

Global Boarders

Surfing is not just our passion; it's our joy to share it with others. Whether we're assisting you in standing up for the first time or offering inspiration to experienced surfers, our goal is to help you reach your full surfing potential. With easy-to-learn techniques, low student-to-coach ratios, and high-quality equipment, our surf schools at Gwithian Towans and Praa Sands provide the perfect setting for your surfing journey.

Lizard Adventure

Feel the buzz and elation of kayaking on the ocean, paddleboarding to secret beaches or coasteering the cliffs. Watch seals diving, cormorants cruising overhead and spot basking sharks swimming in the deeps. We have an activity to match all types of customers. From thrill seeking families, school groups and those looking for a more relaxed summertime adventure. Our 4 watersports activities are run across multiple locations, simply choose your location when placing an online booking.

What the experts say

"At Global Boarders, our love for the ocean and Cornwall is contagious. Our journey has spanned 20 years and we are now delighted to operate across 8 wonderful locations with a team of amazing coaches and guides, many of whom have been with us for over a decade. Our goal is to create the perfect coaching environment, ensuring our valued customers leave with unforgettable memories of their experience with us."

Company Director
Surf school Gwithian

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Thea Schuler
Thea Schuler
We went kayaking with Matt and we had the best time on the water. Matt was able to tell us so many stories and sealife details. He also showed us a lot of caves and we were lucky to see a seal, lots of jellyfish and even some mackerels. Thank you Matt for making it so much fun and taking the time!
Sarah S.
Sarah S.
Had a surf lesson with Ian, who was a skilled and thoughtful teacher, encouraging and hilarious. Made all of us first time surfers ranging from mid-forties to seven, extremely comfortable, counting it as one of our favorite days on a family holiday. Thank you to the team!
Wendy McFarlane
Wendy McFarlane
Another amazing lesson with Justin in Hayle 😊 He’s very good at guiding and helping you better your kayaking skills and he is very knowledgeable about a lot of things! I would highly recommend Justin, this is my 3rd lesson with him and have booked my fourth, can’t wait 😁
Melissa Drayson
Melissa Drayson
A fun paddleboarding adventure on a beautiful afternoon at Mullion Cove. Stephen was a great guide, who looked after our mixed ability group well and taught us lots of new techniques. We saw seals and cormorants at Mullion Island and enjoyed a bit of complementary coasteering, swimming through one of the many caves along this stretch of cliff.
James Wray
James Wray
Went coasteering with Global Boardriders and Chris with my two sons, 12 and 15. It was a private booking, so just the four of us. It made for a great day out and was tailored to our abilities. Loads of interesting info and a really unique perspective on the coastline. It was the boy's favourite day of the trip, and my youngest was very happy he'd made the jumps. Highly recommended, I would do it again.
Nicola Everett
Nicola Everett
Great experience. We paid £40 for a 2 hour beginner lesson including equipment hire for our son. First and foremost we had a friendly, welcoming service from the lady in the reception area and we were really pleased that the 2 hour timer began when the lesson started, once on the beach! The instruction was a thorough induction to surfing! inparticular a shout out to a great teacher Louie! To top it all off they included a free hour of surf board use after the lesson. My son thoroughly enjoyed it!

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Beginner Surf Lessons

We take great pride in providing an unparalleled customer experience. Achieved through unmatched coach-to-student ratios, we ensure each surfer receives ample one-on-one tuition. Benefit from our exclusive amenities, including private changing rooms, toilets, and onsite food and drink courtesy of Sunset Surf Cafe.

In 2024, enjoy an additional hour of surf hire for free after your lesson. Minimum age requirement is 8 years old (private surf lessons available for children aged 6-9). With an average ratio of 1:6.

  • Beginner Surf Lesson – £40 per person.
  • Choose between our surf school’s at Gwithian or at Praa Sands.
Coasteering Adventures

Experience the rush of adrenaline and discover why coasteering is the UK’s fastest-growing outdoor activity. Your instructor will lead you through one of Cornwall’s most breathtaking coastlines at your own pace. Throughout your adventure, you’ll encounter jumps, sea swimming, climbing, bouldering, exploring vast sea caves, and floating through gullies.

Minimum age requirement is 10 years old (private adventures available for children aged 6-9). Enjoy a complimentary adventure water photography package capturing your session. With an average ratio of 1:6, get ready for an unforgettable coasteering experience.

Family Surf Lessons

Experience the ultimate family activity in Cornwall with surfing. Whether it’s the exhilaration of everyone catching a ‘Party Wave’ together or the amusement of witnessing each other’s spectacular ‘Wipeouts,’ surfing creates unforgettable moments for families.

In 2024, enjoy an additional hour of surf hire for free after your lesson. Minimum age requirement is 8 years old (private surf lessons available for children aged 6-9). Benefit from an average ratio of 1:6 for personalized attention and guidance.

  • Group £40 per person, private from £50 per person.
  • Choose between our surf schools at Gwithian or at Praa Sands.
Family Coasteering

Discover the thrill of coasteering as the ultimate adventure for families in Cornwall. Explore the rugged coastline like never before, guided by our experienced coasteering instructors who prioritize safety and fun.

Your coasteering session will be customized to suit your family’s ages and water confidence levels. Whether it’s spotting local wildlife, bravely swimming to the back of the ‘Ghost Cave,’ or capturing moments of excitement during big jumps, your experience is guaranteed to be a highlight of your holiday.

Private Surf Lessons

Progress faster and book a private surf lesson.

The private surf lesson packages cater to beginner to improver surfers seeking to accelerate their learning progress. This is achieved by creating a personalised environment tailored to each surfer’s specific needs.

Whether it’s assisting your child in standing for the first time, enjoying group party waves with friends, or opting for sessions filmed with subsequent video analysis, we customize every private lesson to suit the group’s preferences. Each lesson spans 2 hours, with an additional hour of free surf hire included in 2024.


Sea Kayak Tours
Embark on a journey through emerald seas, discovering hidden bays and caves while gaining insights into local wildlife and natural history, all from a unique perspective.

Our top-quality single and double sit-on-top kayaks ensure stability and are suitable for all skill levels. Equipped with a wetsuit, buoyancy aid, and helmet, you’re ready for adventure.

Tours typically last 2.5 to 3 hours, with all necessary equipment provided. We recommend bringing a drink and sunglasses for added comfort. Plus, enjoy complimentary water photography throughout your kayak tour.

Schools Out Summer Surf Camp

The boys and girls summer surf camps are back by popular demand for 2024. The surf camps will run from our Gwithian Surf School beach beach, where you can find us at Sunset Surf Cafe. The surf camps take part every Thursday and Friday during the summer holidays from 10am – 4pm and are for at children from 8 to 16 years old.  The 2 day surf camp is made up of four, 2 hour surf lessons. If conditions allow we will also include a Mega SUP session and surf lifesaving skills.

  • £95.00 – Price for the 2 day Surf Camp.
  • All equipment is included.
  • Open for children aged between 8 and 14 years old.
Paddlebaord Tours / Lessons

The guided paddleboarding tours from the Lizard Peninsula run from Mullion Cove and Cadgwith Cove or Hayle Harbour, where you will explore the surrounding areas of Hayle Estuary and St Ives Bay.

  • 2.5- 3 hours tour length.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Group – £50 per person, private from £60 per person.
  • All guided paddleboarding tours include free water photography.

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