Surf Lessons

Learn to surf on one of the most beautiful beaches in Cornwall…

We’ve been teaching surfing for nearly 10 years & love every minute we spend in the water!

Our lessons include all the equipment you need, use of our awesome indoor changing rooms & hot showers – as well as an epic Sooper Dooper Hot Chocolate to warm you up afterwards!

Check out the details below…

Surf school students on beach


Sunset Surf is a fully insured and accredited surf school, 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.


Our surf school is based right here at Sunset Surf, making your time surfing with us as easy as possible.  Our permanent base allows us to provide you with indoor changing rooms with toilets, secure valuable storage and of course our beachside café and licensed bar for the all-important post-surf refreshments!

All of our coaches are experienced surfers, qualified surf coaches & beach lifeguards, and are insured members of Sports Coach UK.  Above all they are all excellent communicators, being experienced in coaching a range of other sports.

We’ve been taking surf lessons here at Sunset Surf for nearly 10 years & absolutely love what we do, and hope that a little of our enthusiasm for surfing rubs off on you!

Sunset surf lesson running on Gwithian beach
Surf students in the sea


We have a huge selection of C-Skins wetsuits and accessories for children and adults, and a large fleet of Swell beginner surfboards for catching those first waves.  For those returning to us to improve your surfing skills we have a range of Surftech Soft-Top Surfboards perfect for taking your riding to the next level!

At Sunset Surf 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 maximum coach to student ratio of 1:8 for beginner groups and 1:4 for improver groups…

We take a friendly and fun attitude to our lessons, we’re here to make friends and help you enjoy an awesome day learning to surf with us!


We take out beginner surf lessons pretty much every day at 10am & 2pm throughout the summer (July & August – conditions depending) & we can arrange beginner & improver surf lessons at any other time of the year with enough notice.  Just get in touch…

Beginner Surf Lessons are £30 per person (max 1:8 ratio)

Improver Surf Lessons are £40 per person (max 1:4 ratio)

The lesson price includes all required equipment (surfboard, wetsuit & wetsuits boots), surf coaching, use of our indoor changing facilities, hot showers, secure valuables storage & the all-important Sooper Dooper Hot Chocolate after the lesson!

Private surf lessons are available on request.  Please contact us for more information & pricing…

Sunset surf rash vest
Child enjoying surf lesson with Sunset Surf


Booking your surf lesson with us couldn’t be easier!  There’s loads of ways to get in touch & get surfing…

Drop by the Surf Shop @ Sunset Surf

Call the Surf Lesson hotline on 01736 752575

Email us direct at or click the button below & fill in the booking request form. We’ll get back to you straight away to confirm your booking request!


Please ensure you arrive 30 minutes before your lesson start time to allow enough time to complete the registration process & get changed into a wetsuit…

(9:30am arrival for the 10:00am lesson)

(1:30pm arrival for the 2:00pm lesson)

All participants must complete a Surf Lesson Registration form by an individual over the age of 16

Gift vouchers are available for surf lessons – contact us for further details

Discounts are available for groups (over 5 participants), schools, colleges, sports clubs & universities

Payment by credit/debit card or cash in the Surf Shop


Sunset Surf lesson surfing
Surf school learners in the water


Our high definition webcam streams live images of St Ives Bay, covering Gwithian, Godrevy & Hayle Rivermouth.

Perfect for checking out the surf & weather conditions, tidal movements and how busy the car park is!

Thinking of coming down for a surf?  Then get on the webcam first to see what the surf is doing…