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Taster Surfing Lesson in Bude
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Taster Surfing Lesson in Bude

By Freewave Surf Academy
Recommended by 100% of travellers
100% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
Whether you are surfing for the first time or looking to improve your technique, a surfing lesson at Widemouth Bay in Bude with an experienced instructor, is a great way to give you the skills and confidence you could be looking for! By far the best way to start surfing or to improve your ability is to get instruction from skilled and experienced coaches. It is amazing how simple it is to get riding waves when provided with appropriate instruction, practical knowledge and the right equipment. When you’re up on that surfboard riding your first wave, it will be one of the most exhilarating experiences you’ll ever have! Whether you’re an absolute beginner and want to try surfing for the first time, or you’ve surfed before and want to improve your skills and technique, our friendly instructors will get you surfing with confidence. Our lessons are held in small groups that allow for more personal attention. All equipment is included and the sessions are around 2 hours in length.
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Ages 8-88, max of 6 per group
Duration: 2h
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Live guide: English
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  • A warm wetsuit and suitable surfboards are provided


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  • Freewave Surf Academy - Surf School in Widemouth Bay, Bude, Widemouth Bay, Bude EX23 0AD, UK
    Please meet at the Freewave Surf Academy trailer in Widemouth Bay carpark. Please DO NOT go to Blackrock carpark. Our trailer is located at the entrance to the beach. You will need to arrive 15 minutes before your session start time. One of our instructors will be there to meet you.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 379884P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers

    • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 379884P2

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    • audreypetunia
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      A great adventure at any age
      Had a great time on our first ever coasteering experience - both of us 60 this year and up for an adventure! We would definitely do it again. We felt very safe with our guides Glen and Monty who were always there to help if we needed them but happy to just let us get on with it if we were. Guidance on safety and technique was given when it was needed rather than all t once, so it was easy to remember. After a trip into a cave with the waves rushing in and out we scrambled over some rocks (practising what we'd learnt about how to fall into the sea) and through some tight spaces as well as jumping off into the sea. And then a lovely long swim back to shore and a stiff walk up the cliff meant we were tired and happy at the end. Happy to recommend.
      Written 24 June 2024
    • Escape820761
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      First time SUP Boarding
      Such a cool and fun time for my first ever lesson for paddle boarding. My instructor(I forgot what his name was, I’m kinda bad at names, sorry) was really friendly and chill. It felt like I was on a lesson and at the same time on a guided tour of the Bude Canal. He taught me what I needed to learn and gave me lots of confidence to be able to do them. I kept saying I was nervous as I’ve never tried paddle boarding before, but he kept reassuring me that I would be alright and always kept giving me tips along the way. Highly recommended for beginners especially if you’re quite nervous like I am. They make the experience fun and not stressful. Thank you so much Freewave Surf Academy(and of course to my SUP instructor)😁 🤙🏼
      Written 23 June 2024
    • W6754DTandrewk
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Patient and calm instructor
      Such a great experience for my daughter's birthday celebrations with her family and friends. A lack of experience and confidence from those taking part didn't phase the instructor who was friendly, patient and calm throughout, even allowing us extra time to get back to base over the allocated 2 hour slot. Highly recommended
      Written 18 June 2024
    • Alicebradshaw
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Glynn and James were awesome
      Glynn and James were absolutely top notch guides on this epic coasteering adventure! Can’t rate them highly enough - patient, friendly guys who made our experience feel exciting and safe in equal measure. Thanks!
      Written 10 June 2024
    • 492Leah
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Brilliant fun trip out
      Fantastic fun morning out with experienced guides who made you feel really safe. Such a beautiful coastline to see from this unique angle.
      Written 1 June 2024
    • Flyer656817
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Taster surfing lesson Widemouth
      We had a family taster surfing lesson with Robin and Ned. They were brilliant with us all in some challenging conditions, with ages from adult to 11. We all felt safe and really enjoyed the session. So much so we booked another session the next day with James who was equally brilliant. The kids are itching to book more sessions. Couldn’t recommend them more the session were fun and engaging. We will definitely be back for more.
      Written 31 May 2024
    • Tombennett750
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      Coasteering with Freewave Surf Academy
      This was a brilliant experience. 12 of us took part in coasteering for a stag do and was brilliant fun. Robin is extremely knowledgeable of the local area and took us on a really good route and went at a pace that was alighted to our groups ability. I would definitely recommend doing any activities with Robin and the crew. They were easy to find with very clear instructions and were super relaxed that we were 20 minutes late which made the experience easier for me as I was organising it. If you’re about Bude and looking for something to do, definitely look at booking an activity. It’s definitely worth it.
      Written 13 May 2024
    • RMButtery
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      Friendly, helpful and encouraging surf school, highly recommended
      Wonderful experience for the whole family. James and Alec were great tutors, really encouraging and friendly, gave good clear instruction. Freewave were very good at arranging the best surfing times around the changeable weather that week. Highly recommend the photography service - Charlie Hookway took excellent pictures, capturing us all brilliantly, and helpful with getting them sent to us. The whole experience was a great taste of surfing and really made our holiday. Widemouth Bay was a lovely place to do this, fantastic waves.
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    • Julian B
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      Fun Surf Lessons
      We had two surf lessons over the weekend. The instructors were all very friendly and easy going - we spent most of the time with James, who was particularly encouraging and gave helpful feedback. Would definitely recommend - thanks for a fun weekend!
      Written 23 October 2023
    • Dingles1980
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic Paddle Board lesson
      I bought my nieces and nephews a paddle board lesson each for Christmas greatbidea. Was a fantastic afternoon when on holiday in Bude and we were all together. Apologies forgot his name but he was fantastic and the kids lived it! Even convinced them to try surfing. See you August 2024.
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    • alicox1982
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      SUP - So. Much. Fun!!
      I’ve been wanting to try SUP for a little while and booked a taster session with Freewave on a recent visit to Bude. Although the sessions can have up to around 6 people on them, I was lucky that on this day I was the only one so I did feel the benefit of that. A wetsuit was lent to me, and very clear and thorough instructions were gone through before I was allowed anywhere near the water. The instructor (Glyn, apols if spelling is wrong) was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. He also encouraged me to try standing as soon as I felt brave enough. One visit in the canal later I did stand up and from there we were off! He stayed with me while I found my feet and then after a period of time I was allowed to have some time paddling my myself which was a lot of fun. And all in lovely surroundings on the canal. A really enjoyable experience and I can’t wait to go again- thank you so much.
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      Written 25 September 2023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
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      Really great teacher who explained how to Paddleboard giving us the confidence to go all the way down the canal to the locks. Picked up lots of tips. Lovely location to have the session. Would highly recommend.
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    fuzzybearuk
    Woking126 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Great taster session at Widemouth Bay with instructor Alec. First time a couple of us had been surfing and this was a great location to learn some of the basics. Alec did a great job explaining how to surf and was very supportive in the water. Tired, knackered and happy. Thanks!
    Written 2 August 2023
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    Maow2012
    Hong Kong, China28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Family
    If you are looking to have a surfing lesson I cannot recommend Freewave enough, they were brilliant from the inital enquiry, the welcome on the beach and looking after us in the water - it was brilliant.
    We went as a family (youngest is 8) and we all loved it, the instructor James was really enthusiastic and cheerful, he gave us all the belief that we could all do it - and we did! Thank you, we cannot wait to get out on the water again.
    Written 4 June 2024
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    Stuart
    Windlesham, UK1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing experience, Robin is an excellent surfing coach and quickly built our confidence. We had a mixed group (2 < 12 year olds, 2 teenagers and 2 adults) and he made it fun and engaging for all of us.

    We were all able to progress to standing in the first session and Robin did an awesome job of spotting everyone in the group and tailoring his approach and level of support so that we all progressed at the speed we wanted to.

    Location and facilities all worked really well too, plenty of parking and a nice cafe on site
    Written 26 August 2023
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    DayTrip07499703094
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2024 • Friends
    Stag weekend activity. Booking and comms were excellent. We’d originally planned a coasteering session but there was too much swell for it to be safe to run. Robin called in advance and had already arranged a surf session as a fall back option given the waves were good. Excellent session with Marco and Monty who were great instructors. Everyone got waves and everyone stood up. Highly recommended.
    Written 18 June 2024
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    Stenners77
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Family
    Absolutely loved the beginners surfing lesson for my children, 15yr and 11yr. Alex and Sally were lovely, very helpful and very experienced. I would definitely recommend this for 1st time surfers, they were standing up by the end of the session!
    Written 17 August 2023
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    Elderly Parents
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2023 • Solo
    Huge thanks to Freewave for an excellent taster surfing lesson last weekend. Everything was well organised and Marco, the instructor, was superb. He was enthusiastic and his teaching was top class. He took a lot of time and trouble to give a lot individual attention to each member of the class, which made the whole experience highly enjoyable. I am well past retirement age, not that fit and had never previously touched a surf board. The fact that, by the end of the session, I was able to stand up, even if not for very long, is a great tribute to his teaching skills.
    Written 14 September 2023
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    Jonathon Sheppard
    Woking, UK1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    We really enjoyed our taster surfing lesson with the Freewave team! Alec was very clear in his instructions and helped us both to stand up by the end of the lesson, which was unexpected! Would thoroughly recommend Freewave to anyone considering surfing!
    Written 23 August 2023
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    Christina W
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023 • Family
    My husband and our sons (8 and 10) had their very first surfing lesson yesterday with Robin and were more than happy about it (best teacher ever the Boyz rated you, Robin). They even stood up a lot of times, although wave conditions weren't so good. As it was so fascinating to see how fast they learned, we came back today and I joined for my 1st lesson, too. Marco and Glyn did a pretty good job as well, so we will keep brilliant memories of our stay at Widemouth Bay. Thx to all of you.
    Written 2 June 2023
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    Even the old dog (Robin) can still deliver a good surfing lesson. We are very pleased that you guys chose to come and have fun with us in the waves during your holiday.
    Written 4 June 2023
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    Rhys J
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Family
    I went for a surf lesson with my 2 kids 8 and 11 years old. None of us had really surfed before and Marco was great making sure we all had a good time and managed to catch some waves. We went on last day of holiday otherwise I'm sure we would have booked in for another session!
    Well organised, great fun, would definitely recommend. Thanks Marco and team.
    Written 31 May 2024
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    nikki h
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2024 • Couples
    Had a two hour surf lesson with Marco on Sunday, we were VERY hungover and it was pouring but he took us through everything, safety, how to surf, how to progress to knees and standing even! In spite of dodgy heads we thoroughly enjoyed all of it! Thank you so much!!
    Written 6 May 2024
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