Big Blue Surf School
Big Blue Surf School
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About
As Bude's original surf school, established in 1999, we have taught over 30,000 men, women & children. We are proud to be a Surfing England and International Surfing Association accredited surf school. We cater for everyone from beginners to advanced, focusing on superb coaching, great service and lots of fun. We aim to be fully inclusive offering 1:1 Adaptive surfing sessions for people with Autism/disabilities. Our qualified coaches/lifeguards are chosen for their knowledge, passion and in-water experience. All equipment is provided. You won't find a better surf school.
Bude, Cornwall, England

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Travellers' Choice
2023

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Stuart P
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Jan 2024 • Solo
A really great morning of getting to re-love being in the sea and trying something new!

Firstly, I have to give props to the whole team - trying to find anyone willing to go into the sea in January and provide a session is tough but when I enquired, Cyril put me in touch with Gill who was amazing at quickly checking if they could work in a session for me and went through what to expect and asked about equipment and within the day we had a session sorted and booked.

Based out of the wonderful Summerleaze Beach in Bude, they had gone out of their way to bring some additional wetsuits, gloves, boots and a wetsuit hood given the conditions which they certainly didn't have to do but they genuinely cared that I was well protected against the elements where I didn't have the equipment myself. Similarly, not having a board available myself they were able to provide me with a board perfect for what I needed for the session.

For the session itself, I had the pleasure of surfing with Dylan who was just excellent. Clearly passionate about surfing but also incredibly knowledgable and was a great tutor in getting me started, running through the basics all the way through to the little tips you could only get from someone who really knew it inside out. Throughout the session he was supportive, engaging and happy to answer any of my questions. His teaching was delivered in the perfect manner - clear and to the point but not without giving you a great encouragement to keep you motviated.

After the session, we debriefed and they made sure I had all I need to get sorted again. They were also really helpful in recommending how to find some of the gear I'd used throughout the session as someone who isn't au fait with the terms and brands.

Overally, I'm really grateful for the session and its empowered me to want to get back in the sea as quickly as possible and do it again! Would highly recommend to anyone thinking of taking to the waves 🏄‍♂️
Written 28 January 2024
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Alex81
4 contributions
Aug 2023 • Solo
Everything about the Big Blue Surf School was amazing. I hadn't surfed for years so I was practically a beginner again. My lesson with Logan was excellent, he was very patient and engaging with me and the rest of the group and it was thoroughly worth it.

Cyril, Logan and Oscar were all brilliant towards me and having had one lesson to learn the ropes, I decided to hire a wetsuit and board on five other occasions during my stay in Bude, it was great fun to say the very least.

What I loved about the lesson is we were also taught how to properly warm up before we went surfing, along with other important safety aspects such as how to spot rip tides and how to choose where we should and shouldn't be surfing - it was a fully comprehensive lesson, it was a massive help and I think it gave us all in the group a lot more confidence for when we were in the water.

Overall, the service was highly positive in every aspect, everyone I came across contributed towards me having a great experience and it's safe to say that I have caught the surfing bug again! Many thanks to you all, I shall definitely be back when I next come to Bude.

Best regards and best of luck in the meantime - Thank you!

Alex
Written 30 August 2023
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Mieke F
5 contributions
Aug 2023
We had an amazing time learning to surf with the Big Blue Surf School. We were all beginners and already managed to surf some waves in the first lesson. All staff members were super friendly and still recognised and acknowledged us in the days after our lessons.
After our lessons, we just hired the boards from the surf school, which was located on the car park next to the beach, so not far to walk. They were reasonably priced.
We would definitely recommend the surf school!
Written 25 August 2023
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Laura H
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Jul 2023 • Solo
I spotted a sign for "adsurf, accessible surfing" as we were leaving a busy carpark at summerleaze beach in bude. I emailed that night and by the next day arrangements were made for me to be able to come along and have an accessible surfing lesson. Surfing had been on my bucket list for ages but i wrote it off as something id never be able to do with my level of strength and the way my disabilities affect me. I was so nervous when I arrived but I was put at ease really quickly, everything was explained to me and they checked in with me regularly to make sure I was happy and comfortable. By the end I rode a wave solo and made the best memories which will stay with me forever. I can't wait to go back and do it all again! Thankyou so much!
Written 30 July 2023
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martin S
1 contribution
Jun 2023 • Family
Three lessons on three consecutive days, great instructors, lovely to talk to and a great school for future lessons. This was a birthday present for my 22 year old so, who was up on the board in on the first lesson. I cannot recommend this company enough. When booking they told me to hold off for a couple weeks as the sea was quite flat and not suitable for surfing. A big thank you to the Big Blue Surf School.
Written 25 June 2023
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Regina
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May 2023 • Couples
I went to my first lesson having never surfed before and not expecting to even stand up. I was amazed how much I was able to learn, thanks to the inspiring teacher Dylan. After 2 lessons I was addicted to the fun of it and confident enough to rent gear for 3 more days and go to the sea on my own. I’m so thankful for this new skill I never thought I could have🏄‍♀️👌🏻
Written 7 May 2023
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Family on tour
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Oct 2022
Really well run family business. The instructors were attentive, friendly and very knowledgeable. On a visit to Cornwall for October half term they managed to get a 10, 13 and 55 year old standing on their boards after one lesson - smiles and happy memories all round. Highly recommend Big Blue - a really lovely bunch.
Written 25 October 2022
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Kim D
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Aug 2022
Big Blue Surf School
Bude
A superb experience
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We have just returned from our family holiday in Cornwall and the highlight, without any doubt were the two surfing lessons our two sons (Euan, aged 14 and Callum, aged 12) attended at Big Blue Surf School. Our family needs are unique as Callum is autistic, epileptic, non verbal with profound learning difficulties, therefore we required a specialised adaptive lesson, whilst Euan is able to attend the public lesson.

After much searching on the internet, Big Blue Surf seemed to be able to meet our needs and I sent an enquiry email. Within an hour, Gill called to gain an in-depth understanding of Callum's needs and immediately confirmed Cyril would definitely be able to ensure Callum enjoyed a successful time surfing. Gill was also intuitively empathetic to meeting Euan's needs at the same time and understood the importance of both of the boys enjoying an activity at the same time. From the word go, there were no barriers and we all felt excited about the prospect.

Our experience was special and exceeded our expectations. Cyril and the team provide a truly inclusive experience where there are no barriers. Callum was valued and as a result he thrived under their instruction and care. Euan also learnt to surf in a lesson and absolutely loved it! Trying to summarise the impact of our experience with words is tricky,

Thank you to Cyril and the Big Blue Surf School Team and we highly recommend you book a surf lesson if you are in the area. Huge thanks, Kim and Hamish.
Written 27 August 2022
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LiamL
Camberley, UK3 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
Fantastic experience today with Oscar and Rosie.

Had a great time and would definitely recommend and return. Thank you!
Written 20 August 2022
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J H
7 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Very impressed with the experience our teen (13 and 15) daughters had with Big Blue Surf School yesterday. Friendly and welcoming as soon as we arrived. Took care to ensure thermal rash vest provided for 13yo who gets very cold very quickly. Clear on beach instruction given, but no time wasted before they went into the waves. Then the instructors worked hard constantly going between different members of the group giving guidance and help. They were really positive and encouraging. Highly recommend.
Written 20 August 2022
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