Falmouth Surf School

Surf lessons for families, groups and adults near Falmouth.

Welcome to Global Boarders Surf School, where we’ve been offering unmatched surf, coasteering, kayak and paddleboard lessons to both locals and visitors to Falmouth since 2005.

Falmouth is known for its sheltered location, which means waves are rare in the area. While Maenporth and Gyllyngvase beaches are the surfing spots in town, they typically only have waves during the storm season from December to March.

For surfing and watersport enthusiasts, the nearest beaches with consistent waves are Gwithian Towans on the north coast, Praa Sands on the south coast or the Lizard Peninsula on the East Coast. The 3 locations are just a 20-30 minute drive from the town center.

At these locations, our Watersports Centres offer surf, kayak, paddleboard and coasteering lessons as well as equipment hire.

Check Out Our Reviews

"Had a lesson with Alfie this afternoon , for myself my dad and my daughter , we are all beginners and he was excellent with us .
Knowledgeable and fun would highly recommend this surf school to anybody in the area.
For the price everything is provided for you and it’s a 2hr lesson , incredibly good value for money. All of the staff were friendly and at no point do you feel silly or uncomfortable.
Hopefully be back soon!"

Sarah L
July 30, 2021
Beginner and Improver Public Surf Lessons

We pride ourselves on small beginner and improver surf lessons with unbeatable coach to student ratios. The average surf lesson ratio is 1:4 with the maximum being 1:8. This guarantees each of our customers more 1-to-1 coaching. The 2-hour surf lessons will be staggered throughout the day, therefore minimising the number of people using the facilities and reducing the crowds in the surf.

  • 3 Lessons (Most Popular) – £105.00 per person
  • 2 Lessons – £75.00 per person
  • 1 Lesson – £40.00 per person

Find out more about our Beginner Surf Lessons  and Improver Surf Lessons 


Progress Faster book private

The 2-hour private surf lesson packages are aimed at beginner to improver surfers looking to increase the speed of their learning curve, this is achieved by being able to create an environment that is tailored towards a surfers specific needs. We are proud to have a 95% success rate on getting you to your feet on your first lesson with no minimum or maximum age. Whether it’s helping your child stand for first time or you coach filming the session and running through video analysis afterwards, we will personalise every lesson to suit those in the group.

  • Private 1-on-1 Lesson – £90.00 per person
  • Private 1-on-2 Lesson – £70.00 per person
  • Small Private Group Lesson, ideal for families (3-5 people) £60.00 per person
  • Large Private Group Lesson, (6-8 people) £50.00 per person
  • Under 8’s 1-hour Taster Lesson (1-on-1 / 1-on-2) – £70.00 session price

Visit Private Lessons for multiple session packages

Coasteering Adventures Mousehole and Praa Sands

We run daily Coasteering Adventures just 30-45 minutes from Falmouth at Mousehole and Praa Sands. Ignite your adrenaline and enjoy the fastest growing outdoor activity in the UK. Your instructor will guide you along one of Cornwall’s most spectacular stretches of coastline, during your 2 hour lesson you will experience cliff jumping, belly-flopping, climbing, bouldering, exploring caves and you may even get to play with one of the friendly local seals.

  • 2 Hour Open Group Coasteer – £45.00 per person
  • 2 Hour Small Private Group Coasteer (3-5 people) – £60 per person
  • 2 Hour Large Private Group Coasteer (6-8 people) – £50 per person

Find out more about our Coasteering Adventures here.

Surf & SUP Hire Prices

We have a great range of quality surf equipment available from our beach bases at Gwithian and Praa Sands.

Can’t get to us, then we’ll deliver direct to you, whether you are staying on a campsite, in self catering accommodation or in a hotel. Our door to door service makes life easier for you and gives maximum flexibility to take the equipment to the beaches you fancy at the times you want. Avoid inflated beach prices, wasted time in queues and guarantee that you’ll get the equipment suitable for you.

We will be following strict government guidelines to ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each use, please respect social distancing on arrival and we appreciate your patience during busy times.

If you are hiring for 2 days then we’ll add a 10% discount to your package and for any surf hire for 3 days or more you will receive a 20% discount.

A full list of our hire options can be viewed here.


Guided Stand up Paddleboard Tours Gwithian & Praa Sands

If you’re after something a bit slower paced than surfing, why not give stand up paddleboarding a go? When the water’s a bit calmer, we can guide you out toward the neighbouring secret coves of Rinsey and Kenneggy where you can really feel the tranquillity of the ocean. The paddle gives you much more control over the board than surfing does, and when you’re ready to come in, you can let the waves draw you back to shore at a much gentler pace.

  • 2 Hour Private 1-to-1 Lesson – £90.00
  • 2 Hour Private 1-to-2 Lesson – £70.00 per person
  • 2 Hour Private Group Lesson (3-6 people) – £60.00 per person

For more information on our Guided SUP Tours click here


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