Surf School


Our surf school is ideally based just a short walk from the beautiful Gwithian Beach on St Ives Bay, which offers mellow and consistent waves all year round.  The perfect location for catching those first rides and improving your surfing skills.


We offer a range of surfing experiences, suitable for all levels of surfer looking to achieve a variety of surfing goals.  Our main emphasis is on maintaining a fun and positive teaching environment with a strong focus on safety, while developing your surfing knowledge and experience.


All of our team are experienced surfers and watermen, are qualified surf instructors & RLSS beach lifeguards and insured members of Sports Coach UK.  They have a fantastic knowledge of Gwithian beach and the surrounding area, and above all they are all excellent teachers and communicators.  We absolutely love what we do, and hope that a little of our enthusiasm for surfing rubs off on you!


Our purpose-built surf facilities allow us to offer the safety and privacy of year-round indoor changing rooms with hot showers, access to secure lockers for your dry kit and valuables and of course our awesome beachside cafe and licensed bar for the all-important post-surf refreshments!


We have a huge selection of high quality C-Skins wetsuits and accessories for children and adults, and a large fleet of Swell beginner surfboards.  For those returning to us to improve your surfing skills we have a range of Surftech Soft-Top Surfboards, featuring performance fin set-ups, to take your surfing to the next level.


We believe that each and every student should have the very best chance of standing up and riding as many waves as possible during the time you spend with us.  For that reason we work to a strict instructor to student ratio of 1:6 for beginner groups and 1:4 for improver groups.  This is far below the ratio most surf school operate on, meaning your surfing experience with us will be much more personal.  We take a friendly and fun approach to our lessons, we’re here to make friends and help you enjoy an awesome day learning to surf with us!


1 lesson                                  £40

2 lessons                              £35 each

5 or more lessons            £30 each

Our pricing structure is very simple. The more lessons you book in advance, the cheaper it gets! You can choose to surf twice in the same day (only recommended if you’re very fit!) or can spread the lessons out as it suits you.  With our small groups you can be assured of plenty of focussed attention from your instructor and real progression and improvement should you wish to surf day after day…

We can also offer personalised surf experiences in the form of a one to one lesson, a private small group lesson, a family lesson or a large group lesson for that special occasion (stag/hen parties, birthday parties, team building, etc.  Contact us for further details.


We provide you with the hire of a wetsuit (and any other wetsuit accessories you might need) and surfboard to suit your ability as part of the lesson price.  All you need to bring is a towel, swimming costume (to wear under the wetsuit if you wish) and warm dry clothes to put on after the lesson.


  • Booking required for ALL lessons
  • Gift vouchers available for lessons
  • Minimum age for group lessons is aged 8
  • Discounts available for large families / groups / schools / colleges / universities / corporate days / clubs & community groups
  • Price includes the hire of all required equipment, use of our purpose-built changing facilities with secure lockers & hot showers, professional surf coaching and a free hot chocolate from our beachside café after the lesson
  • All major credit cards accepted
  • £10 deposit per head required for advanced bookings

For further information or assistance making a booking, ask for a member of the Sunset Surf School Team now on 01736 752575 or 01736 755007 or email us at