Freewave Surf Academy
Freewave Surf Academy
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Surfing & WindsurfingBoat ToursWater Sports
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Freewave Surf Academy provides surfing lessons, stand up paddle boarding experiences and coasteering adventures to small groups, families and individuals in and around the Bude, Cornwall area.
Bude, Cornwall, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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Rob and Moyra Buttery
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written 4 November 2023
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Thank you for your time spent in reviewing your surfing lesson experience with us while on your visit to the Bude area. We are stoked to hear your wonderful comments and I will be sure to pass on your thanks to Alec and James :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Julian B
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
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
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We are so very pleased that you had such a fun time with us. Hearing about peoples surfing lesson experiences with us warms our hearts. Thank you :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Dingles1980
Carlisle, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written 22 October 2023
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We are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your Stand Up Paddle Boarding experience with us in Bude. What a great gift idea for Christmas. Experiences will last a lifetime and we are honoured to be part of this present :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Alicox1982
Northamptonshire, UK35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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.
Written 11 October 2023
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Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience. Yes, our group sizes go up to 6. These small group sizes give us the perfect for giving everyone enough space coupled with the right amount of attention/tuition. Thank you :)
Written 13 November 2023
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John S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
I received a voucher for Christmas for three surfing lessons with Freewave - what an amazing present! Booking was easy and (because it was out of peak season) Robin was really accommodating when I needed to move some dates around. The actual lessons were fantastic, small groups meant lots of attention and I went from no experience to standing in a single lesson. Subsequent lessons built on this learning, rather than using a ‘cookie cutter’ lesson format, enabling me to get better and better. I now have enough confidence to go and surf by myself. I would only say don’t do this if you don’t want to catch the surf bug! Overall an amazing experience.
Written 7 October 2023
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Experience gift vouchers are a wonderful present. The memory of doing something new and active will last a lifetime. Thank you for choosing us for your special gift. :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Steffi K
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Robin and Marco were amazing surf coaches! They have really clear instructions, helpful advice and kept us safe in some more challenging conditions. They were super friendly and kept things lighthearted and fun. We’ve had other surfing lessons before, and this has definitely been our best experience. If you’re looking for surf lessons at Widemouth Bay or the Bude area, these are the guys for you!
Written 30 September 2023
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Oh shucks! Thank you (blush...) We are especially please to hear that we are the best experience that you have had out of many previous lessons. We really do try our best to provide a top class service in small group sizes and pitched at the level that a=is appropriate to each individual. Thank you again for your kind words :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Stephanie S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Lovely late morning paddle boarding experience. Plenty of time to go through how to use it, wet suit provided. Time with the professional and on my own. No pressure to stand up. Great experience.
Written 25 September 2023
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Thank you for your review :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Catherine G
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
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.
Written 25 September 2023
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We are very pleased to hear that you had a 'Great Experience' with us while on a visit to the beautiful Bude. We are very lucky to be able to use Bude Canal. It provides us with a relatively shallow and sheltered flat water area for you to be able to try our activity without being exposed to the wind. We hope to see you again soon :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Emily S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
Not the fitest person so Marco had his work cut out for him! But he was super patient and really encouraging. Would reccomend to a friend! I’ll get fit and come back next year. ✅ VG!
Written 21 September 2023
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Marco is a legend and I will be sure to pass on your thanks. We look forward to seeing you again next year :)
Written 13 November 2023
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Rebecca D
Hook, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
So much fun! Marco was such a good teacher and had us standing up (in tandem!) by the end of the session. Highly recommend 😊
Written 16 September 2023
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10/10!! Thank you so much :)
Written 13 November 2023
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