St Ives Surf School

If your looking to learn to surf in Cornwall then you’ve come to the right place. Situated on Porthmeor beach in the heart of St Ives, and a stone’s throw away from the iconic Tate Gallery is St Ives Surf School, the first and only surf school in St Ives. We are open 7 days a week, all day long and provide a wide range of Surf Lessons, SUP Lessons, Sea Kayaking and Coasteering for all ages and abilities.

Our Sea Kayaking, SUP and Coasteering activities all operate from our beachfront Watersports centre on the ‘Blue Flag’ Porthminster Beach. Overlooking St Ives Harbour, Godrevy Lighthouse and the Island, it is hard to imagine a better location to enjoy watersports in Cornwall.


Amongst our team at the surf school this year are pro surfers Jayce Robinson (British Tour Champ), Harry De Roth (UK Junior Champ) and Jordan Roberts (UK U23 Ocean Paddle Champ), despite their busy schedules you can regularly find these guys either training in the crystal clear waters of St Ives, coaching down at the school or just relaxing with an ice cream on the beach.

All of our coaches are fully qualified instructors, CRB checked and trained beach lifeguards. Throughout all of our activities we maintain a safe, fun and enjoyable ocean experience that you will never forget.

St Ives Surf School is highly regarded as one of the best places to learn to surf in Cornwall. At St Ives Surf School not only do we run fantastic surf lessons we also provide SUP, Coasteering and sea kayaking activities from our beautiful beach locations in the heart of St Ives. Our aim is to provide an unforgettable ocean experience in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

St Ives is a hip and happening place in the summer. An influx of visitors mingle with locals to create a vibrant, party atmosphere. As well as its beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and a town bustling with first-class shops, restaurants and pubs, you can enjoy scores of interesting and entertaining artistic, cultural and sporting events.

In celebration of the summer, local holiday accommodation provider Carbis Bay Holidays presents its pick of the ten best must-see events in St Ives in 2014.

One: Surf Cinema on the Beach
Make sure you visit Porthmeor Beach on the evening of Friday 20th June when St Ives Surf School will present a big screen cinema showing the latest surf lifestyle films created by Rhythm Clothing. This chilled-out local event is free for everyone to attend. Get there at 8pm for free pizza, followed by surf film screenings from 9pm.

Two: Tate St Ives 21st Birthday
Explore your artistic side by joining some of the special events at Tate St Ives to mark the gallery’s 21st birthday. During the weekend of 20th-23rd of June, you can attend free tours and talks about famous St Ives artists, or join one of the special creativity workshops.

Three: St Ives Surf School Swellboard Shootout
If there’s one event you must not miss this summer, it is this one. Join St Ives Surf School staff, local surfers and supporters on Sunday 22nd June for the Swellboard Shootout on Porthmeor Beach. You can expect fun and frolics in this most light-hearted of surf contests, as contestants take to the water in fancy dress to show off their surfing finesse – or lack of – on the waves. This charity event is an entertaining way to spend a summer Sunday.

Four: St Ives Pilot Gig Club Regatta
This regatta celebrates St Ives’ connection with the sea, as pilot gig rowers from all over Cornwall battle it out in the annual Carbis Bay to St Ives Harbour race on Sunday 29th June. This is your chance to witness this very Cornish sport derived from the times when rowers used to race out to ships for a chance to win the gig to pilot them back safe harbour. The race promises an awesome spectacle.

Five: St Ives RNLI Sportive
Forget the Tour de France. There’ll be some hot cycling action right here in St Ives on Sunday 6th July as hundreds of cyclists depart from the two for a gruelling yet scenic ride around the coast before returning to the St Ives Lifeboat Station. This fun and friendly cycling race is a charity event raising funds for the RNLI.

Six: St Ives Biathlon
Join the mayhem as crowds of competitors depart from St Ives for the annual running and swimming race on Saturday 12th July. This event organised by the St Ives Surf Life Saving Club attracts lifeguards, surfers and athletes for the race to Carbis Bay and back; while novices and juniors run as far as Porthminster Beach before swimming back to the harbour. If you’re not up for the challenge yourself, hang-around for the inevitable after-party around the harbour.

Seven: St Ives Raft Race
More shenanigans can be expected as the whole town gets together for the St Ives Raft Race. The date is yet to be confirmed but takes place each year in August. Here you can join in or spectate as hundreds of people attempt to race their home-made rafts across the harbour in colourful fancy dress. It’s a fun, charity event which also turns into one big party.

Eight: St Ives Lifeboat Day
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the RNLI does or how it works, here is your chance to find out at the St Ives Lifeboat Station open day on Thursday 07 August. You will get to see the lifeboats in action as well as a joint demonstration with a Search & Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. There will also be a BBQ, cake stalls and local goodies on sale to raise funds for the RNLI.

Nine: St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival
After a long summer of sporting and cultural events, we’ll all be looking forward to a good old knees up. And the St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival on the weekend of 9th-10th August seems like the perfect opportunity to get together for a pint or three of Cornish beer or cider. Supported by St Ives Brewery with music and entertainment, the festival looks set to be one of the best parties of the summer.

Ten: St Ives September Festival

This is the big one. Here you will see local and national artists on stage or on the streets for a two week festival of concerts, films, comedy gigs, plays, workshops, gallery visits and other cultural happenings from 13th-27th September. Major acts booked for this year’s festival include Seth Lakeman, The South, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars and The Miracle Theatre Company’s performance of The Tempest.

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