Praa Sands Surf School

Praa Sands Surf School. Learn to surf at the most famous beach on the south coast of Cornwall.

Welcome to Global Boarders Surf School, located on the stunning Praa Sands beach. We strive to create the perfect surf school atmosphere, led by instructors who blend fun, engagement, and knowledge, transforming ordinary days into extraordinary experiences.

Praa Sands is renowned as the premier destination for watersports on Cornwall’s south coast. With over two decades of experience, we’re delighted to provide surf and coasteering activities at Praa Sands, promising an unforgettable adventure for everyone that visits us.

In order to stop cancellations and ensure the best experiences, we relocate our lessons from Praa Sands to the more exposed Gwithian beach when waves are too small, and for coasteering, we shift to the sheltered bay at Mousehole when waves are too large.

Exciting news for 2024 – all lessons now include an additional 1-hour surf hire after the lesson for FREE!

Find Us – Beach Car Park, Castle Dr, Praa Sands, Penzance TR20 9TG

Check Out Our Reviews

Check out our reviews

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

"Discover the joy of learning to surf with us at Praa Sands beach. Since 2005, we've been creating unforgettable experiences at the premier surfing spot on Cornwall's south coast. Conveniently located near two beach cafes, we offer a fantastic range of wetsuits and surfboards. Our passion is sharing the thrill of surfing with everyone we teach."

Chris Brown
Head Surf Coach
Praa Sands Surf School

Activities at Praa Sands

Beginner and Improver Surf Lessons

Beginner surf lessons from Praa Sands beach.

  • 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

Our 2-hour private surf lesson packages are ideal for families, parent and child pairs, as well as groups of friends seeking a completely tailored experience.

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

Visit our Private surf lessons page to find out more our different private coaching options.

Family Surf Lessons

Praa Sands beach is renowned as one of Cornwall’s most family-friendly destinations for surf lessons. There’s no better way for families to bond and create lasting memories in Cornwall than by learning how to surf together.

  • 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 Reason to CHOOSE US
  • We are the longest running surf school at Praa Sands with 2024 is our nineteenth season.
  • Located just 20 minutes west of Praa Sands, our surf school base at Gwithian on the north coast offers another fantastic surfing destination. With two amazing surf locations at our disposal, we can ensure flexibility to minimize cancellations and provide you with the best ocean experience possible.
  • Head coach ‘Chris Brown’ was the head coach and manger for the Great Britain National Team.
  • Global Boarders Praa Sands Surf School is one of the only surf school’s in the UK to be awarded the highest rating ‘Centre of Excellence’.
Other activities Coasteering

Join us for a coasteering adventures from Praa Sands, Mousehole, and the Lizard Peninsula. Experience the thrill of exploring Cornwall’s rugged coastline with us.

  • 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 activity that everyone is talking about in 2024.

Other activities Kayak Tours

Explore Cornwall’s coastline with our guided Sea Kayak Tours, departing from both Hayle estuary and the Lizard peninsula.

  • Book a group kayak tour for – £50.00 per person
  • Book a private kayak tour (3-5 people) – £60 per person

Visit our sea kayak tours page to find out more.


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