Gwithian Surf School

Our award-winning Gwithian surf school is nestled in the corner of the beautiful St Ives Bay. The picturesque beaches of Gwithian Towans and Godrevy are one of Cornwall’s more quiet and secluded surf destinations.

You can find us based at the Sunset Surf Café in Gwithian, where we have excellent facilities for all our surfers, including warm changing rooms and toilets.

Our highly trained team will tailor the lesson to suit your needs, whether you are a complete beginner or are looking to take your surfing to the next level. Offering group, private and individual lessons, we are open 7 days a week, all year round.

Sunset Surf Cafe, 10 Gwithian Towans, TR27 5BT

Surf Lesson Prices AT GWITHIAN
  • 1 Lesson – £35
  • 2 Lessons – £60
  • 3 Lessons – £80
  • 4 Lessons – £100
  • 5 Lessons – £110
  • Private 1-on-1 Lesson – £75
  • Private 1-on-2 Lesson – £100
  • Private Group Lesson (3-5 people) £45.00 per person

Full use of our equipment and facilities are included in the price. All of our qualified coaches are also trained lifeguards and first aiders. We have also reduced our ‘Group Lesson’ ratios from 1:8 to 1:5 to fall in line with COVID-19 Coaching Guidelines.

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5 Reasons to CHOOSE US
  1. We are the only Surf School in Gwithian with a premises offering facilities including toilets and changing rooms
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Established in 2005, we are Gwithian’s longest running Surf School.
  5. We hold the highest surf school rating ‘Centre of Excellence’ Presented by ‘Surfing England’, the governing body of surfing.
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We will be running daily surf hire on behalf of our friends at Sunset Surf Cafe, Gwithian from the 09th July. Where we will be following government guidelines to ensure all equipment is thoroughly cleaned after each use. 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 Surfboard / Bodyboard , 1 Full Day – £20.00 OR 1/2 Day £10
  • 1 Advanced Surfboard, 1 Full Day – £25.00 OR 1/2 Day £15
  • 1 Advanced Bodyboard, 1 Full Day – £15.00 OR 1/2 Day £10
  • 1 Wetsuit, 1 Full Day – £10.00 OR 1/2 Day £5
  • 1 SUP, 1 Full Day – £35.00 OR 1/2 Day £20

For more information on hire at Gwithian please visit the Sunset Surf Website


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 – £75
  • 2 Hour Private 1-to-2 Lesson – £100
  • 2 Hour Private Group Lesson (3-5 people) – £45 per person
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