Beginner surf lessons from Gwithian and Praa Sands.

At Global Boarders surf school, we promise an unforgettable beginner surf lesson experience. Whether you’re with family, friends, or a solo traveller, it’s the perfect choice for everyone. Our dedicated team of surf coaches want to give you the best introduction to surfing. Our passion, enthusiasm and love for teaching people how to surf is infectious, we’ve got the surfing bug and we want to pass it on to you!

NEW for 2024 – All beginner lessons include an additional 1 hour surf hire after the lesson for free!


A guide to a beginner surf lesson

We have two fantastic beach front locations at Gwithian, where we are based at Sunset Surf Cafe, and on the beach at Praa Sands.  We pride ourselves on our unbeatable 1 coach to 6 students average ratio. This guarantees each surfer more 1-to-1 coaching and provides a safer learning environment for everyone. All of our equipment is kept to the highest standards and is no more than 2 years old. Enjoy our private facilities including heated changing rooms, toilets and lockers.

What the experts say

"Teaching people how to surf is fun because you get to share the excitement of riding waves. I love helping beginners go from never lying on a surfboard to standing up on their very first wave."

Danni Wright
Senior Surf Coach
Beginner Surf Lesson coach.

Here's what our wonderful customers are sharing

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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Introduction to Surfing 1 SURF LESSON

The ‘Introduction to Surfing’ course is for people who have never surfed before or had a few lessons months / years ago and need a refresher! Your lesson will be divided into 3 parts ‘A, B & C’ firstly; on the beach you will learn about safety, your equipment, how to catch waves and get to your feet! Then it’s time to hit the surf and put it all into practice.

  • Beginner surf lesson length – 2-3 hours.
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Group – £40 per person, private from £50 per person.

This ‘Hit the Surf’ package includes two 2-hour beginner surf  lessons from Gwithian or Praa Sands. After learning the art of ‘standing up’ on your first lesson we will focus on ‘staying up’ during the second lesson. The 2 day course will also cover the pro pop-up and speeding up / slowing down techniques. You will also be introduced to your first reform / green wave.

  • Beginner surf lesson length – 2-3 hours.
  • Number of lessons – 2
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Group – £75 per person.
The Surf Experience 3 SURF LESSONS

The Surf Experience course is our most popular beginner surf lesson package from Gwithian or Praa Sands. You are now surfing towards some of the most exciting skills to learn as a beginner. By lesson 3 your coach will introduce you to the art of ‘trimming’ your surfboard along a wave along with how to read waves and then ride them left or right. Your coach will also look at moving you onto an improver surfboard from lesson 3 onwards.

  • Beginner surf lesson length – 2-3 hours.
  • Number of lessons – 3
  • All equipment is provided.
  • Group – £105 per person.
5 Reasons to choose us
  • Established in 2005, we have been running beginner surf lessons from Gwithian and Praa Sands for almost 2 decades and have unmatched experience at each of the locations.
  • Our coaching team has a wealth of experience teaching all ages and abilities, with our head coach also managing the ‘Great Britain National Team’.
  • We are the only ‘Centre of Excellence’ accreddited surf school and both Gwithian and Praa Sands.
  • We are ranked #1 for ‘Things to Do’ at both Gwithian and Praa Sands on Trip Advisor and Google.
  • All of our surf coaches are highly trained lifeguards.
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