Surf School

Learn to surf in the beautiful waters of Gwithian. Lessons include all your equipment and use of our changing rooms, as well as a luxury hot chocolate to warm you up afterwards!

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Surf Hire

We have a large selection of boards and gear to suit any level of surfer. From our novice Swell surfboards to the more advanced Surftech ones, hire a wetsuit too and get out in the water.

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Surf Shop

From dry bags to buckets and spades, our shop caters for serious surfers getting out on the water and excited kids on a day at the beach. Make sure you get your hands on one of our Sunset Surf tees, too!

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Surf School

Group Walking Down For Surf Lesson On Gwithian

Learn to surf at Sunset Surf

Our fully insured and accredited surf school is ideally based below Sunset Surf Café, just a short walk from the vast golden sands of Gwithian beach on St Ives bay. This part of the Cornish coast is known for its mellow and consistent waves all year round, making it perfect for catching your first rides and honing your skills. We offer a wide range of surfing experiences suitable for all levels and ages of surfer.

SUP Gwithian

Learn to SUP at Sunset Surf

If you’re after something a bit slower paced than surfing, why not give stand up paddleboarding a go? When the water’s a bit calmer, we can guide you out into the bay where you can really feel the tranquillity of the ocean. The paddle gives you much more control over the board than surfing does, and when you’re ready to come in, you can let the waves draw you back to shore at a much gentler pace.

View Along Gwithian Beach

Surf lesson prices

Two hour beginner surf lessons begin at £30.00pp, and include all equipment hire, use of changing rooms and even include a post-surf hot chocolate! SUP lessons are £30.00pp for 1.5 hours, and tours and private lessons are also available. Give us a ring on 01736 752575 for further enquiries and to book your lesson!

Surf Hire

Girl Waiting For Surf Lesson At Sunset Surf Cafe

Our Facilities

Our indoor changing facilities have everything we need to deliver the very best surf hire and lesson experience possible. We have four full-sized changing rooms, each with a fold out seat and plenty of space to change. There is also space for you to leave your belongings while you’re out in the water, and a safe in the shop for valuables.

Wetsuits for hire Gwithian

Our Wetsuits

We have a wide range of C-Skins wetsuits for hire. Starting at our super tiny quadruple XS (baby-sized & extra cute!), all the way up to our men’s 3XL (for the larger dads out there), we’ve got you covered in both 3mm (‘summer’ = May-October) and 5mm (‘winter’ = November-April) all year round! We also have a huge selection of sizes in C-Skins wetsuit boots, gloves and headgear for those colder days in the surf!

Kneeled Up

Surf Hire Prices


Cleaned and checked for damage after each session. Our wetsuits will keep you warm when the Cornish seas are cool!

Wetsuit Gear

For when it’s super cold out, we’ve got you covered. Literally. Hire a hat, boots and gloves to keep you snug.


Bodyboard Fancy barrel rolls all the way to the beach? Hire a body board for some super streamlined fun.

Bodyboard Fins

Get some extra paddle power on your body board with a pair of fins. These will help you catch the best barrels.
£5.00/2 hrs

Soft-top Surfboard (Swell)

For first timers and fun lovers. Get stuck right in without fear as these are the safest boards around.

Soft-top Surfboard (Roxy/Surf Tech)

Try something a little different, or upgrade from a Swell if you’ve tried your hand at surfing a few times for some extra fun!

Surf Shop


Surf Shop

Head over to our shop and find all the necessities for a day at the beach. Whether you’re after a bucket and spade or bat and ball to keep the kids entertained while you catch some rays, or you forgot your sunnies, everyone looking to laze on the sand is catered for in the shop. For those serious waveriders, we have some great professional products, both local and international, from surf wax and leashes to techy drybags, making us the perfect place to update your gear!