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Surfing Lessons In Newquay at Newquay Activity Centre - Award Winning Individual, Family and Group Surf Lessons

We’ve been delivering surf lessons in Newquay, Cornwall for over 20 years. We’re the longest running surf school in Newquay and are headed up by former British and European champion and English Team coach Rob Barber.

Join us surfing at Newquay’s Great Western beach or world famous Fistral beach. If your looking to learn to surf, you’ve come to the right place!

Check out our range:

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Beginner Surf Lessons


2 hrs

Learn to surf at our Newquay Surf School in Cornwall and prepare to get highly addicted....

Family Surf Lessons


2 hrs

Are you seeking something a little more exciting on your annual family holiday? Or are you...

Surf Lesson & Hire


6 hrs

Learn to surf and pack in stacks of water time with our Surf Lesson and Hire...

Private Surf Lesson


2 hrs

Learn to surf with Newquay Activity Centre and our expert team of instructors. Our Private 1:1...

Intermediate Surf Lessons


2 hrs

Improve your surfing with Newquay surf lessons. Our Intermediate Surf Lessons are aimed at anyone who...

Advanced Surf Lesson


2 hrs

Our Advanced surf lessons are a 1:1 surfing experience with personalised coaching to really improve your...

Discount Surf Lesson Package


2 hrs

Our Discount Surf Lesson Package is perfect for those who want to book multiple lessons. You...

Private Surf Lesson & Video


2 hrs

A private 1:1 lesson with our experienced instructor and get filmed in water tearing up the...

VIP Kids Surf Camp


3 Days

Our VIP Kids Surf Camps are incredibly popular. The reason is quite simple: your young surf...

Why Surfing Lessons With Us?

The Best Newquay Surfing School

Newquay Activity Centre is Newquay’s longest running surf school, located right in the heart of the action, and perfectly positioned for accessing all of  Newquay’s beaches including Fistral beach.

Newquay Surf Lessons

We have surf lessons to suit all abilities, ages and group size. Whether you’re a total beginner surfer wanting to go surfing in Newquay for the very first time, or you’re an intermediate surfer  wanting to progress on to green waves, or perhaps move onto more advanced surfer moves we’re the perfect surf school for you!

Learn to Surf in Cornwall

Rest assured there is nothing to be nervous about, our lessons are zero pressure and super fun! We’ve been teaching surfing in Newquay, Cornwall’s most iconic surf town, for over 20 years and love what we do. We know the beaches like the back of our hand and will adapt the lesson to match your ability.

Choose your Surf Lesson

We have both individual and group lessons available, so you can choose whether you’d prefer to learn 1:1 with an instructor, or alongside your friends and fellow students. Regardless of the lesson type, we’ll have you up on your feet and riding waves in no time.  We also have dedicated family surf lessons and options that include video of you surfing to take away with you!

Unsure What Surf Lesson To Book?

You can learn about surfing ability levels in our guide or take our What Level Surfer Am I Quiz

Beginner Surf Lessons Newquay

All Surf Lessons Include

Warm showers, heated changing rooms, toilets and lockers for your valuables

All equipment: wetsuit & surfboard (and boots and gloves in winter)

Qualified and experienced surf instructors

Safety briefing

2 hour Newquay surf lesson (at Fistral or Great Western Beach)

10% discount on additional activities: coasteering, SUP, kayaking or bodyboarding

Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)

Discount at our on-site Newquay surf hire centre

Surf Hire Equipment

Our Surf Hire

Wetsuit hire, we have toasty warm 5/3mm during the winter months

Flexible 3/2mm summer wetsuits for those warmer water days

Huge range of foamies, in 6ft, 7ft, 8ft and 9ft lengths

We also stock intermediate and advanced softop and hardboards in single and 3 fin configuration

Wetsuits boots to keep your feet warm in winter and great for walking over pebbles

Wetsuit gloves keep your fingers toasty on the coldest days

A wetsuit hood can keep the wind off and prevent ‘ice cream headaches’ in winter

What Do People Say About Our Surfing Lessons?

We pride ourselves on making every surf lesson special and our reviews are testament to that.  We have over 3,000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews alone!

Our Most Popular Lessons

Our Instructors qualifications

We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay.

Understand what these outdoor activity qualifications mean for your safety and enjoyment.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:

  • International Surfing Association Level 1 or Level 2
  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • In house trained to use GoPro’s and to deliver specific Newquay Activity Centre lesson packages
  • Instructors have followed our 3 week Intensive Surf Instructor Course or our 3 month long Outdoor Activity Instructor Academy Course
  • Many of our surf instructors are also signed off in house to deliver video analysis and surf skate training

Professional, Safe and Fun

See what hundreds of surfers get up to each year!

About Us

The Perfect location for Surfing Lessons in Newquay

Newquay Activity Centre is ideally situated to access some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches. We run the majority of our lessons at Newquay’s extremely user friendly and safe Great Western Beach. The waves are consistent  and ideal for learning, so we are privileged to experience 350+ days of surfing in Newquay each year. If we want to look for different conditions or surf at another stage in the tide then we are just a few minutes walk from the international surfing mecca that is Fistral beach.

Surf School Newquay

Newquay Activity Centre is purpose built and has toilets, heated changing rooms, lockers for valuables, hot showers and storage space for your personal items. We are just a few moments from the centre of town and its abundance of great coffee joints, eateries and surf shops. We’ll supply you with a discount card after your lesson which will give you some great discounts at local businesses around town.

Our glowing credentials

Newquay Activity Centre have been delivering surf lessons in Cornwall for over 20 years, and we’re proud to be the longest running provider of surfing lessons in Newquay. We’re proud of our number 1 ranking on trip advisor and we are two time winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards and gold winners of the South West Tourism Awards.

We are proud to have been recognised and sponsored by Rip Curl; they are a leader in surfing equipment, apparel and wetsuits, and have recognised Newquay Activity Centre as a centre of excellence in the Cornwall surf school scene.

We also coach the Army and the Navy surf teams and are proud to be a recognised centre for Help For Heroes.  This means we regularly organise military adventure training packages that meet their high standards. Their core values of teamwork, developing leadership and other personal qualities is necessary to withstand the rigours of operational service.


Top of the range Equipment 

To enjoy your time in the ocean and progress as much as possible during your lesson, it’s important to be kitted out with the right equipment. That’s where we come in…

Beginner Surfboards

To learn to surf, you must have the right equipment. This will make a big difference to your enjoyment and success when surfing in Newquay. A common mistake is trying to learn to surf on a board that’s not suitable for your level, height, weight or type of wave. Yes, the board might look cool under your arm, but it’s frustrating when you’re unable to ‘catch a wave’ or ‘pop up to your feet’. At Newquay Activity Centre we don’t just give you any old surfboard to ride; we choose one that is most suitable for you. So the first step is to determine what size board fits your height, size and surfing experience level.

For our beginner surf lessons we are committed to using Alder and Softech boards for our new surfers. Though more expensive to other beginner boards, they offer unrivalled stability and buoyancy. Super stable boards, though not the coolest in the quiver, are much easier to paddle, will get you into waves quicker, and are made of soft foam for safety. When you’re learning it’s all about wave count, and these foamies are the ideal boards to get you up and riding and progressing up the ranks. What’s more, at the end of each season we are able to re-skin the boards, and so we’re not sending old boards to landfill.

Improver Surfboards

If you’re looking to take a step up, we offer three stages of progression surfboards which you can experiment with. The best board is the one you’re having the most fun on!

Children’s Surfboards

Newquay Activity Centre is the only surf school in the area to offer an exclusive range of children’s surfboard and kids surf lessons. Please ask us for details.


Our guests are provided with top of the range, well fitting and flexible wetsuits that are appropriate to the season. Being warm and comfortable in the water is super important as it enables you to fully concentrate on learning and having fun for the duration of your surf lesson.

Surfboard Hire Newquay 

If you’d like to bolt on additional surfboard hire to your lesson then we are delighted to offer you a discounted rate. You can either stay in the water after your lesson or return to the centre for lunch before heading out to surf your socks off all afternoon. If you’d like to hire equipment after your lesson to surf at Fistral Beach, Towan or Great Western, then please select the surf lesson with bolt on Newquay surf hire option.

About Newquay

About Newquay Surfing

With seven beaches on our doorstep, Newquay has earned the title of the UK’s Surf City for good reason. It would be sacrilege to visit the birthplace of this iconic sport without considering taking surfing lessons in Newquay. With our top of the range equipment, industry leading credentials, enthusiastic and experienced surf coaches, and access to Cornwall’s most famous surfing beaches, we will have you up and riding in your first session.

So what are you waiting for? Get in touch, book your newquay surfing lessons and start catching waves.

Newquay Activity Centre is open 7 days a week all year round. You can book online or call us on 01637 877722 or pop into our centre at 60 Fore Street, Newquay, TR7 1LW to book a lesson today!