The North Devon Surf School

The North Devon Surf School

The North Devon Surf School
5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
The West Country's No1 award winning Surf School! Awarded the 'Centre of Excellence' by Surfing England, The North Devon Surf School strives to offer the very best that there is in surf lessons. We are a purpose built Surf School just 50 metres from Westward Ho! beach and rated 'Excellent' for our facilities, you simply wont find better! Group and private lessons available daily (between February half term and the 31st October) as well as a large fleet of surf and bodyboard hire. Opening times vary due to tides so please call or email for more info.
Westward Ho!, Devon, England

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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(73 reviews)

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Angela T
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
I can’t recommend North Devon Surf School enough. I’m a 55+ who has had very little experience of being in the sea, never mind surfing. The Instructor Team led by Steve have been patient, calm and very professional. They have encouraged me to get in the water, get on the board and give it a go. Their enthusiasm is infectious to the point that I find myself in the sea in December.
Thank you Steve, Stuart, Sam, Ben, Dave and Tommy.
Absolutely brilliant 🤩
Written 14 December 2023
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Danni L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
What an absolute little gem the North Devon surf school is! Every member of staff is so lovely, welcoming and great with the children. We were lucky enough to be given Sam as our instructor and he was incredible. As a parent watching from the shore I felt so relaxed knowing Sam had eyes on both our children (age 10 & 7) at all times. He was so enthusiastic and encouraging, giving them the time and support they needed to be able to ride the waves. I could not help but grin the whole time listening to them whoop in delight when they stood on their boards and Sam was just as ecstatic for them. After our first lesson we managed to get 2 minutes away from the surf school before the children were begging for another lesson (with Sam!) so we went straight back and booked for the next morning and once again it did not disappoint. Our two mornings can only be described as pure magic. The children say this is our best holiday ever and surfing has been the reason why. Do not think twice about booking a surf lesson with the North Devon Surf school, I know we have two children who cannot wait to come back!

“My surf lesson was super amazing. My best bit was standing on my board. Sam is the best surf teacher ever in the whole world” - Harry age 7

“I loved my surf lesson it was really fun, I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever done. I loved catching the waves. It was an amazing experience. Sam was a great teacher and helped me get in the right position and helped me to strand when I kept falling off. I can’t wait to come back and do it again.” - Mia age 10
Written 1 November 2023
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Dave B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Fabulous time...Great instructions and care taken.. lots of amazing banter especially from Steve the star instructor...though all of them are great of course!

Highly recommend to anyone even thinking of trying out surfing
Written 28 October 2023
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ANNA J
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
I’ve had the pleasure of surfing with the wonderful team at North Devon Surf School once a week since April ‘23.
They have been teaching a fantastic group of parent carers- giving us all the time out we need from what can be a really stressful life.

Each week we head out with
Steve (we love you- unique and funny as you are- always be you 💗 )
And Stuart - who knows how to deliver tips filled with positive praise- despite my repeated effort to make up my own way of managing to get up.

Michelle is super responsive in the office and goes above board to help us with any special request we may have.

They have a team of super freelance surf coaches who are all unique and special and give us the tips we need to progress.
Each and every one has a wealth of knowledge and experience and all really care about the job.

We are always warmly welcomed, super supported and well cared for.

I have seen some previous negative reviews and completely disagree with the content- the method of getting to our knees first is the best way to teach newbies as if we were all expected to be able to pop up first lesson then we would have quit on week one.

As soon as the instructors see you are ready to pop up they will encourage it- and they do show us both methods so we are aware.

The fist in the air being the signal for help us perfectly fine and understood and was the exact same signal we used in scuba diving for the past 25 years.

So here is my message-
The team are great.
The instructors each have their own unique qualities and we love them for that.
The beach is super safe with no rip currents and lots of lifeguard present- so you are in very safe hands.
They will help you progress at a rate that suits your fitness, ability and attitude.

We love seeing the instructors do funky things on their surf boards- they are having fun and reminding us that as well as getting fit and enjoying the sea- we are also here for pleasure and we love to see them also enthusiastic about their passion for surfing.

Thank you Team NDSurf School
We positively love you all
And have deep gratitude for your continued effort to keep us smiling.

It is positively the highlight of my week. 💗🌊💗

Wishing every staff member a wonderful season
Know that you are truly loved and appreciated by all the parent carers group.
Anna James
@calmcavecreations

Written 25 October 2023
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Marianne H
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
Highly recommend, fantastic professional staff.
Having group lessons, made lots of new friends lots of laughs and we all leave with big smiles and looking forward to the next lesson.
Thanks guys your the best!

Written 25 October 2023
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Experience798133
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
North Devon Surf School are without a doubt one of the very best surf schools. They go over and above to ensure you have a good experience, and manage to accommodate all levels of ability within the group. The instructors are genuinely stoked when you succeed - giving advice on how to improve and correcting as you go - all with a sense of fun and good humour. One of the best surf school experiences Ive ever had....
Written 25 October 2023
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AKT44
Winkleigh, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Steve. Such a laugh - what a great chap! And the absolute epitome of a super happy and chilled surf dude. Exactly what any surf school needs for us Groms 🤩 Thank you to each of the amazingly kind, inspirational and professional instructors and of course Michelle on comms. You’ve been and continue to be life-changing for me
Pictured said Steve, and also my Sarah and I. Sarah elongated her holiday in Devon to be able to come surfing a second time with me! And she aced it
Written 25 October 2023
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Lois wright
Monmouth, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We had a lovely family group lesson. Ben was great and really helped us all feel confident. We all excelled so much in just the one lesson. Everyone was really helpful. I would highly recommend a visit.
Written 16 October 2023
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Tasha C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
I had the best week with North Devon Surf School!
I have been going to Westward Ho! for years now however I decided to dedicate a week to improve my surf skills and had 6 lessons with the surf school.
I was lucky enough to have surfed with 5 different instructors who each taught me something different.
I had Ben, Steve, Tommy, Stu and Sam. They were all very professional and encouraged me to keep pushing myself to improve.
They are able to read everyone’s ability, identify areas of improvement and provide feedback throughout the session to make you feel confident and excited for the next wave.
I definitely have the surfing bug and already have planned for 4 more trips with them for 2024!
🏄‍♀️
Written 14 October 2023
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markinnepal
Worthing, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Really impressed by the school, beach, equipment and tutor Ben. He explained the technique clearly on the beach and was helpful and encouraging in the water. Cheers 👍😁
Written 1 October 2023
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