Award Winning Surf School GWITHIAN BEACH

Gwithian Surf School

Our Surf School base at Gwithian is nestled in the corner of the beautiful St Ives Bay. Recently listed by the Sunday Times in the ‘Top 10 Surf Locations in England’. Gwithian, part of Hayle’s famed ‘three miles of golden sand’ is one of Cornwall’s most spacious beaches with plenty of room for beginners and advanced surfers alike to share in the rolling waves.

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. 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 and gloves for everyone. All you will need to bring is a towel, swimsuit and lots of energy. The Day before your lesson your coach will contact you by text to confirm your booking and any important information.

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. Our 2 hour group lessons run daily during December at 10am, with our private lessons running from 10.30am & 2.30pm. 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 giving each of our lovely customers a more personalised and safe experience.

Check out our new Festive Surf Lesson at Gwithian and enjoy a complimentary mince pie and hot chocolate with every booking this December.

Sunset Surf Cafe, 10 Gwithian Towans, TR27 5BT

Surf Lesson Prices AT GWITHIAN
  • 1 Lesson – £40
  • 2 Lessons – £75
  • 3 Lessons – £105
  • 4 Lessons – £125
  • 5 Lessons – £145
  • Private 1-on-1 Lesson – £90
  • Private 1-on-2 Lesson – £60 per person
  • Private Group Lesson (3-5 people) £50.00 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 updated our surf school operations to fall in line with government guidelines, staggering all our lessons and only running small groups. For more information on our COVID-19 response please click here

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5 Reasons to CHOOSE US
  • We are the only Surf School & Hire in Gwithian with a premises offering facilities including toilets and changing rooms
  • 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.
  • 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.
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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 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


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
  • 2 Hour Private 1-to-2 Lesson – £60 per person
  • 2 Hour Private Group Lesson (3-5 people) – £50 per person
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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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