Cornwall Surf Lessons | Learn To Surf in St Ives, Cornwall

*Surf School and COVID-19 Update 01st June*

Dear friends, customers and wider surfing community.

It is such a fantastic feeling to be able to enjoy the ocean once again alongside the beautiful beaches that make this part of the world so special. Whilst you do enjoy yourself, please be very mindful of where and when you surf, and always take into consideration that the lifeguards service is limited to just 7 beaches in Cornwall.. Do not place yourself in a situation that is beyond your ability to manage. This responsibility is on your shoulders, no one else.

Despite surfing now being accessible to all, and our NGB Surfing England allowing for 1:1 coaching to become operational, we feel that the time is not right to open our doors to the public and therefore the surf school and boardriders club will remain closed until early July. Hopefully by then there will be further guidelines allowing for manageable group lessons whilst maintaining the integrity and quality of the lessons we are able to offer. Being able to fully understand how we can micro manage this pandemic in and out of the water is something that we need further assurances and understanding about to ensure we are still able to deliver the quality of lessons to the best of our ability, whist keeping all our customers and staff as safe as possible.

We will give another update in the middle of June to what, and if, there are any further developments regarding the surf school industry. Should you wish to enquire about all types of lessons from July onwards then please contact us. Until then enjoy the water and be responsible!

Global Boarders Surf Co delivers professional surf tuition to tourists and locals alike. We work across many of Cornwall’s spectacular beaches, including Praa Sands, St Ives Bay, Newquay and Gwithian. Not only are we one of the only surfing schools to be open all year round, we also boast an award-winning reputation, and a skilled set of professional coaches ready to take your group or individual surf lesson to the next level! Based at both Praa Sands and Gwithian since 2006, we teach all ages and abilities, so whether you’re a seasoned surfer looking for tips or a group of total beginners hoping to catch some waves, we have the course for you!

We are very proud to have been awarded the highest surf school rating ‘Centre of Excellence’ for three years running. Presented by ‘Surfing England’, the governing body of surfing, we are one of only two surf schools in Cornwall that holds this prestigious accolade! The award recognises the highest level of coaching, equipment and facilities being offered to our wonderful customers to use year round.

Surfing is our passion, and whether it is at our prime setup at Sunset Surf Cafe, Gwithian, or our mobile base 15 minutes away at Praa Sands, we pride ourselves on our expert local knowledge, committed approach to customer service, and providing an ultimate surfing adventure! We’re the only surf school in Cornwall that is completely mobile, delivering unbeatable surf lessons at multiple locations.

We can provide bespoke packages for group surfing courses in Cornwall, perfect for school / university groups, corporate team building activities, and even the occasional stag or hen do! We have excellent links in the local area around Gwithian & Praa Sands to great accommodation and activity providers, and can tailor course packages to create your perfect group surf trip. Contact us today to find out more about our surfing packages, and let us know about your group requirements. We’re confident that we have something to suit everyone, and create unforgettable surf experiences!

We keep a close eye on the weather before your class so as to assure that if it is unsuitable or unsafe to surf at our Gwithian base, we can just move to another of Cornwall’s magnificent beaches:


We are the only Surf School with a permanent base at Gwithian Beach, where we have teamed up with our friends at Sunset Surf Cafe to offer everything from Surfing, Stand up paddle boarding, Bodyboarding lessons and hire to delicious coffee and cake and freshly made breakfast and lunches. Gwithian is one of Cornwall’s more secluded locations, boasting an incredible three miles of golden sand, a local colony of seals, and warm, mellow waves, perfect for all water activities. Gwithian is also a RNLI lifeguarded beach, who operate from April – October 10am – 6pm.

Praa Sands

Our main base on the south coast of Cornwall, we are the only licensed surf providers at Praa Sands, which is quieter than other, more famous destinations, and is home to some of the best beginner – improver waves around, and we’re big fans of the local shops, accommodation and campsites here who all offer fantastic amenities for both surfers and non surfers alike. Like Gwithian, Praa Sands is also a RNLI lifeguarded beach, who operate from April – October 10am – 6pm.

St. Ives Bay

Once the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s To The Lighthouse, St. Ives Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in Cornwall. Located near Gwithian, our team operates just minutes outside the popular town of St Ives. Our private and group surf lessons at St. Ives Bay are perfect for those wanting to see the most famous of Cornwall’s holiday locations!

Check out our list of surfing classes across Cornwall now and book your course today through our website, we look forward to sharing waves with you soon!