Individual and group surf lessons Newquay, Cornwall.

Join us for surfing at Newquay’s Towan beach or world famous Fistral.  Looking for surfing lessons in Newquay?  Look no further, we’ve been offering surf lessons in Cornwall for over 20 years, we’re the longest running surf school in Newquay.

Check out our range of surfing lessons below and find the perfect one for you:

Learn to surf with the Newquay Activity Centre Surf School.  Whether you just want to try the sport for the first time, a beginner looking to improve fast, or a family looking for the perfect activity for you all to get involved in, we have a lesson for everyone!

Be coached by the best

Our surf lessons in Newquay are run by Surfing England qualified and experienced surf lifeguards and coaches including British Team Coach, Rob Barber, and English surfing champion, Johnny Fryer, who are specialists at taking surfers to the next level. In our surfing lessons, they’ll have you standing up in no time or mastering some epic moves depending on the level of your ability.

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Surf Lessons Newquay; Excellence

Newquay Activity Centre Surf School is a double award winning school. Furthermore we guarantee the highest level of tuition and safety in the industry during your surf lesson.

Our centre is a short walk from Fistral and Towan beaches. We benefit from good surfing conditions everyday, regardless of most wind and weather conditions. With seven beaches on our doorstep Newquay has earned the title of surf city for good reason! We use the best equipment, with a huge range of surfboards and warm wetsuits.  Our lessons are unique as we have small group ratios. Most packages include free surf photography.  We are permanently ranked number one on Trip Advisor and are two time winners of the Cornwall Tourism Awards.

If you are completely new to surfing we have our taster surf lesson.  If you want to improve your skills over a surf coaching weekend we have you covered.  We have surfing lessons in Newquay suited to all abilities and cater for age 8-80!


You can’t go to Newquay, the birthplace of surfing and not try this highly addictive, life changing sport! With our team of enthusiastic and experienced coaches, admirable credentials, first rate surfing equipment, small class sizes, and access to Cornwall’s most famous surfing beaches, we will have you up and riding in your first session.

Our credentials

With over 20 years of experience, we boast a number 1 ranking on trip advisor, we are two time winners of the Cornish Tourism awards, two time silver winners of the South West Tourism Awards, and the longest running surf school in Newquay. What’s more, we have an exceptional team of coaches and are the only surf school in Cornwall that uses a 1:5 ratio of teachers to students. With us, you really are in the right hands!

We are also proud sponsors of the Army and the Navy surf teams, and so regularly organise military adventure training packages that meet their high standards and core values of developing leadership, teamwork and other personal qualities necessary to withstanding the rigours of operational service.

Our surfing instructors

We pride ourselves on having the very best surf instructors at the Newquay Activity Centre. Our head coaches include former British Surf Team coach Rob Barber, and former British Surfing Champion Johnny Fryer. All of our coaches are ISA level 1 and lifeguard trained, but most importantly they are passionate about surfing, the ocean and giving you the best surfing experience in the area. We take our coaching seriously; we are not a ‘surf shepparding’ outfit, we see your surf lesson as the beginning of a journey. By giving you the right foundations, first rate instruction and equipment that you’ll develop into a capable surfer over time with us.

IAM bands

In accordance with our ethos of leading you on a surfing journey, we have teamed up with

iAM Bands – The independent Ability Measure [iAM] in Surfing represents the 10 colour milestones along your surfing journey. From your very first surfing lesson all the way through to becoming an international surfing Icon… we are there for the whole ride. What colour are you?

In addition to one off surfing lessons, we also offer a range of packages, coaching weekends and surfing holidays in the UK and abroad – we’re a one-stop shop for your surfing progression!


The Newquay Centre is ideally situated on Newquay’s Towan Head Peninsula offering access to some of Cornwall’s best surfing beaches. We run the majority of our lessons at the world famous and super consistent Fistral beach. We are privileged to 350+ days of surf each year, and so only have to postpone 2 – 3 lessons a year. And if the waves are too big at Fistral we can find shelter on the other side of the Peninsula and surf the fun waves of Towan beach.

Our centre comes with clean heated changing rooms, ample locker space for valuables, a hot shower and a base for your gear if you are down for the day. We are also just a short stroll from the centre of town and its abundance of great eateries and surf shops.

The right equipment

We believe that to really learn to surf, you must have the right equipment from day one.

Too often we see guys and girls learning to surf on boards unsuitable for their level, height, weight and the waves. Yes, the board might look cool under their arm but makes for no fun when they are unable to pop up to their feet or catch a wave. 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 lessons we are committed to using Swell 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 more forgiving when you are popping up.

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.

For a pre-intermediate rider then the correct board is usually the one that has one hand palm over your head. Though if you are only riding small waves, then a longboard or mini-mal would be your better option. We offer three stages of progresser surfboards, which you can experiment with. Also remember that the best board is the one you’re having the most fun on!

What’s more, the Newquay Activity Centre is the only surf school in the area to offer an exclusive range of children’s boards.


We are proudly sponsored by Rip Curl, a leader in surfing equipment, apparel and wetsuits, for achieving above and beyond in our industry. And so all our clients are suited up in top of the range, warm and comfortable wetsuits. Being warm and comfortable in the water enables you to concentrate on and really enjoy your surfing.

What’s included in your Surfing Lesson?

  • A maximum of 4 other people in your lesson. Close quarters tuition!
  • Allocation of equipment, Rip Curl wetsuit, rashie and surfboard
  • One two-hour surfing lesson in Newquay (Fistral or Towan beach)
  • Consolidation of skills
  • Photography of you in action
  • English Surfing Federation Surf Progression Log
  • 50% discount on half-day hire of surfboard and wetsuit for practice after your lesson
  • 10% discount for a coasteer or bodyboarding experience with us
  • 10% discount at The Boardroom and Rip Curl Concept Store
  • Official surf ability grading using the iAM Bands Scheme

Start your surfing journey here and call us today on 01637 877722. Whether you’re coming for an individual or group lesson, check out our wide range of surfing lessons Newquay and find the right one for you. But be prepared, surfing is highly addictive!