Gwithian Surf School

Gwithian Beach Surf School. Beginner, improver and family surf lessons from our base at Sunset Surf Cafe.

Welcome to Global Boarders surf school located at the stunning Gwithian Towans beach. Your experience is our priority; we take great pride in creating the perfect surf school atmosphere, with fun, engaging and informative instructors who can transform an ordinary day into something extraordinary.

We have a passion for surfing and teaching others how to surf. Whether it’s the excitement of helping you stand up for the first time or providing inspiration for seasoned surfers, we’re dedicated to helping you reach your full surfing potential. With easy-to-learn techniques, low student-to-coach ratios, and high-quality equipment, we ensure a rewarding surfing experience for everyone.

Introducing our newest offering for 2024 – all surf lessons from Gwithian now include an extra 1-hour surf hire after the lesson, absolutely FREE!

Book a lesson for £40.00 per person.

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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!

What the experts say

"You will love learning how to surf with us at Gwithian beach. Being Cornwall’s longest beach, there's waves suited for every skill level and plenty of space in the water. At Global Boarders, you'll find fantastic facilities including heated changing rooms, a huge selection of wetsuits and surfboards, and the fantastic onsite café, Sunset Surf."

Ian Williams
Head Surf Coach
Gwithian surf school

Our most popular activities from Gwithian

Beginner and Improver Surf Lessons

Beginner surf lessons from Gwithian beach. We guarantee you’ll stand up on your first lesson, or receive 50% off a second lesson booking!

  • 1 Lesson – £40.00 per person.
  • Full equipment hire included.

Find out more about our Beginner surf lessons , Improver surf lessons and Family surf lessons.


Private Surf Lessons

Families, parent-child pairs, and groups of friends seeking a fully customised experience will find our 2-hour private surf lesson packages from Gwithian to be the perfect fit.

  • Prices start from £50.00 per person.
  • Full equipment hire included..

Explore our Private Surf Lessons page to discover more about our various private coaching options.

Family Surf Lessons

Gwithian beach is renowned as one of Cornwall’s most family-friendly spots for surf lessons. Learning to surf together is the perfect way for our family groups to bond and create amazing memories of holidays in Cornwall.

  • Book a lesson with other families for £40.00 per person.
  • Book a private family surf lesson for £60.00 per person (based on a family of 3-5 people).

Visit our family surf lessons page to find out more.

4 Reasons to CHOOSE US
  • Established by local surfers Chris and Steve in 2005, Global Boarders Gwithian Beach surf school stands as one of Gwithian’s longest-running surf schools.
  • Global Boarders Gwithian surf school proudly holds the prestigious ‘Centre of Excellence’ rating handed out by ‘Surfing England’, the governing body of surfing.
  • Based at Sunset Surf Cafe, Gwithian’s only beachside café & licensed bar. Where you can enjoy a well deserved, hearty breakfast or super-duper hot chocolate with unbeatable views 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.
Other Activities Coasteering

For an adrenaline-fueled adventure, look no further than our coasteering adventures from one of our three sites at Praa Sands, Mousehole, and the Lizard Peninsula. Join us to experience the exhilaration of exploring Cornwall’s rugged coastline.

  • Book a group coasteer for – £45.00 per person.
  • Book a private coasteer (3-5 people) – £60 per person.

Check out our coasteering adventures page to discover more about the fastest growing adventure activity in Cornwall.


Other activities Sea Kayak Tours

Explore Cornwall’s wild coastline with our guided Sea Kayak Tours. Embark on adventures from both Hayle estuary and the Lizard Peninsula, where you’ll uncover secret beaches and hidden gems unknown even to the locals.

  • Book a group kayak tour for – £50.00 per person.
  • Book a private kayak tour (3-5 people) – £60 per person.
  • No previous kayaking experience required.

Visit our sea kayak tours page to find out more.


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