Award Winning Surf School GWITHIAN BEACH

Gwithian Surf School

Gwithian Beach Surf School. Beginner and Improver surf lessons from our base at Sunset Surf Cafe.

Gwithian is highly regarded as one of the best places to surf in Cornwall, nestled in the heart of the Towans nature reserve Gwithian remains timeless and unspoiled.  Recently listed by the Sunday Times in the ‘Top 10 Surf Locations in England’. Gwithian is part of St Ives Bay’s famed ‘three miles of golden sand’, and is the longest and most spacious beach in Cornwall.

You can find us based at the Sunset Surf Café, where we have excellent facilities for all our surfers, including heated changing rooms, toilets and showers. All of our equipment is kept to the highest standards and is no more than 2 years old. We will also guarantee warm winter wetsuits and boots for everyone. All you will need to bring is a towel, swimsuit and lots of energy.

On arrival our friendly team will tailor the lesson to suit your needs, whether it’s your first surf lesson or if you are looking to take your surfing to the next level. Offering family, private and individual lessons, we are open 7 days a week, all year round. As part of our COVID strategy we are staggering our groups across the day to guarantee low numbers both at the surf school and in the sea at any one time. Therefore giving each of our lovely customers a more personalised and safe experience.

New for 2021 –  Check out our new Coasteering Experiences from Praa Sands, and  all terrain eBikes from Gwithian. These new exciting activities can be booked online alongside surfing lessons or separately.

Find Us –  Global Boarders at Sunset Surf Cafe, 10 Gwithian Towans, TR27 5BT

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 – £60.00 per person
  • Small Private Group Lesson, ideal for families (3-6 people) £50.00 per person
  • Large Private Group Lesson, (7-10 people) £40.00 per person
  • Young Guns Under 8’s 1-hour Lesson (1-on-1 / 1-on-2) – £70.00 session price

Visit Private Lessons for multiple session packages

Guided Coasteering Adventures

We run daily Coasteering Adventures just 20 minutes from Gwithian at or sister site 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 ‘Max’ Praa Sands very own friendly seal.

  • 2 Hour Open Group Coasteer – £40.00 per person
  • 2 Hour Small Private Group Coasteer (3-6 people) – £250.00 session price
  • 2 Hour Large Private Group Coasteer (7-12 people) – £450.00 session price

Find out more about our Coasteering Adventures here.

5 Reasons to CHOOSE US
  • We are the only Surf School & Hire in Gwithian with a premises offering facilities including toilets, heated changing rooms and showers
  • Based at Sunset Surf, Gwithian’s only Beachside Café & licensed bar. Where you can enjoy a well deserved, post surf hot chocolate as the sun sets across St Ives Bay.
  • Our lessons are held on the vast golden sands of Gwithian beach on St Ives bay. This part of the Cornish coast is known for its mellow and consistent waves all year round. It’s also one of the only beaches, due to it’s spaces to remain dog friendly throughout May – September.
  • Established in 2005, we are Gwithian’s longest running Surf School.
  • We hold the highest surf school rating ‘Centre of Excellence’ Presented by ‘Surfing England’, the governing body of surfing, which recognises the highest standards of coaching, equipment and facilities.
Go eBike Hire

Launching April 2021 we will be launching ‘Go eBike’ offering brand new all terrain eBikes from our activity centre base at Gwithian Towans, the northern point of the famous St Ives Bay. As a long established surf and coasteering school we are thrilled to now offer a healthy land alternative to experiencing the 400 + miles of coastline Cornwall has to offer.

We have teamed up with leading eBike specalists Rad Power bikes to offer unique all terrain eBikes. These high end eBikes allow you to take routes that no other bikes can, whether it’s opening the throttle and cruising along Gwithian’s famous ‘3 Mile Beach’ or maybe the 10 mile coastal ride from Marazion to Mousehole there is not another eBike on the market with the same features.

  • £40.00 per eBike per day (including helmet and bike lock)
  • £195.00 per eBike per week (including helmet and bike lock)

Find out more about Go eBike here.


We have a great range of quality surf equipment available from our base at Sunset Surf Cafe, Gwithian. Choose from surfboards, paddle boards, adult and children bodyboards and full length wetsuits to hire.

  • 1 Beginner or Advanced Surfboard, 1 Full Day – £20.00
  • 1 Advanced Bodyboard, 1 Full Day – £15.00
  • 1 Stand up Paddle board, 1 Full Day – £30.00
  • 1 Full Length Wetsuit, 1 Full Day – £10.00
  • 1 set of boots / gloves – £5.00

For more information on hire at Gwithian and to reverse your surf equipment please visit Gwithian Surf & SUP Hire 

If you can’t make it to Gwithian or if you are looking for overnight hire then check out our new Door to Door hire service

Stand up Paddle board Tours ST IVES & GWITHIAN

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 into the bay 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 – £60.00 per person
  • 2 Hour Private Group Lesson (3-5 people) – £50.00 per person

For more information on our Guided SUP Tours click here


Check Out Our Reviews

What our clients say ...

"From their great communication, perfect choice of location and wonderful coaching we couldn’t have hoped for more! Our girls (ages 4 and 6) surprised us with their sheer stamina and enjoyment in the surf much of which was thanks to Penny’s professionalism, confidence and warmth....thanks so much - we will be back! X"

Sally Pellen
July 27, 2020

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