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Alive Surf School

Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
+44 7935 952532
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Awesome experience

We booked a weekend away with the kids on the 5th May 2017 staying in Hilltop Caravan Park with... read more

Reviewed 16 May 2017
gpwarnock_88
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Belfast, United Kingdom
Great highly recommend

My sister and I had a SUP lesson with Hanno. It was a great day and he was great help from first... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Alexandra O
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'Winner - Best Family Activity Provider in Northern Ireland 2011, 2012 adn 2013 ! 'Alive Surf School is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and has taught over 11,000 people of all ages, shapes and sizes how to surf! Our simple philosophy is to 'be safe and have fun', we excel at both of these goals and our lessons start from only £20 per person.All lessons last for 2 hours and include all equipment, a drink and snack for afterwards there are even free hot showers at the beach. Our instructors are all fully qualified beach lifeguards, surfing instructors and some have even surfed for Ireland......Book you place now for a really awesome day out!
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Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
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+44 7935 952532
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Reviewed 16 May 2017

We booked a weekend away with the kids on the 5th May 2017 staying in Hilltop Caravan Park with surf lessons included on the Saturday. On arrival for our lessons we were greeted and made welcome from the start. Unfortunately the waves weren't great at...More

Thank gpwarnock_88
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2017

Dear Michelle, Thank you very much for taking your time and sharing your feedback with everyone. I am happy you all enjoyed it so much. Fingers crossed we will get another amazing sunny day on your next visit.

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

My sister and I had a SUP lesson with Hanno. It was a great day and he was great help from first enquiry- we had originally wanted to take a surfing lesson but he informed us that the conditions would be better for paddle boarding...More

Thank Alexandra O
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Thank you so much for your fantastic review, Alex, very appreciated. Great to hear you two enjoyed yourself and had a good time (and liked the coffee :) It would be fantastic to take you guys out to the caves next time.

Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Just finished our first ever SUP lesson with Hanno, and still buzzing! Such great fun and a brilliant instructor- helped us the entire way and made it super easy to get the hang of! Can't wait to go out again 🤗

1  Thank Tori W
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2017

Hi Tory, Thanks a lot for your great review. I'm glad you two had a great day. Next time into the caves :)

Reviewed 30 April 2017 via mobile

Came with a group of students and had a fantastic day. Excellent instructors who ensured all students were safe and understood what to do. All had a fantastic time including some who were quite nervous. Definitely recommend.

Thank s_new1988
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Had a great individual lesson with Jonny this afternoon. My first time surfing but he was really patient and knowledgeable, adjusting the lesson to my ability. I'm really pleased that I picked Alive for my lesson! Met Hanno at the start of the lesson too-...More

Thank John G
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Great session with Hanno - we are 2 adults and 3 kids (ages 7-13). Despite starting out as a cold and wet morning, once in our wetsuits and in the water everyone warmed up and had a ball. Really good fun.

Thank Ian C
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Hi Ian and thank you for your feedback - very appreciated. Looking forward to taking you out on another fun session :)

Reviewed 12 April 2017

I must say my nephew had a great day with Alive Surf, he was so excited, on the way to Portrush he keep saying how many more minutes. I guess for a child of six he didn't understand that we had to travel almost 45minutes...More

Thank diver53
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you very much for your great feedback. So good to hear RJ had a great time and enjoyed himself so much. Looking forward to seeing him again :)

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Get yourself down to Alive Surf School on West Strand beach in Portrush for surf and SUP lessons. Always service with a smile from Hanno and tips on how to stay safe in the water. Great quality and range of body boards, SUPs and surf...More

Thank BeachBlondie67
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Thank you for your review - greatly appreciated. It would be great to get you guys out to explore the caves next time :)

Reviewed 8 April 2017

Joined up with Hanno from Alive this afternoon for some paddle boarding which then turned into body boarding due the lovely waves which came in. We asked to switch boards from SUP's to bodyboards and Hanno got us sorted out quickly with no probem and...More

Thank Laura A
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 24 April 2017

Hi Laura, Thanks for your time to leave a review, very appreciated. Glad you enjoyed the surf and hopefully you'll get to go out on the SUPs next time.

Reviewed 23 March 2017

My girlfriend and I have just got back from our first ever surf lesson with Hanno today in Portush. Absolutely fantastic experience. We thought it would be a bit cold seeing as it was only 8 degrees out but the equipment provided by the Alive...More

Thank Barry R
HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 3 April 2017

Thank you for a great review Barry. It was good having you guys with us. Let us know when you feel the itch to head out again :)

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Kivamc87
Hi we are hoping to be in the area in late November. Do you still operate at this time of the year? Could you send me prices, packages etc. Many Thanks Caoimhe
3 October 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi Caoimhe, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, we operate year round. In fact, the most consistent season for waves is the winter time. Apart from toasty wetsuits, we will then also provide boots and gloves to keep you nice... More
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cjcopes
Hi what age group do you take lessons from?Am heading to Portrush on 30July for a week and think that surfing lessons would be something my 2 kids would enjoy. They are aged 12 and 7,
3 July 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi, we start taking kids from the age of 5, so 7 and 12 are perfect age. The kids camps are really great for the kids as they have others of similar age around them, boosting their confidence and contributing to overall fun... More
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olenairl
Hello, how far are you from airport , any shuttle bus goes to Natur-Med Thermal Springs and Health Resort?
25 February 2015|
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Response from Alive S |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delayed reply, we must have missed your enquiry unfortunately. We are about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Belfast City airport and 40 minutes from the Belfast... More
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