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“First surf lesson couldn't have been better”

O'Neill Surf Academy
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Owner description: If you're going to learn to surf, or you've already got some great skills you'd like to improve on - head to The O'Neill Surf Academy at Watergate Bay. Our professional and experienced surf coaches and incredible facility just yards from the beach is not to be missed! We offer a range of surfing lessons for children aged 6+, Adults, Families and Individuals with both Group and Private Tuition available year round. Our convenient location at one of the UK's very best surfing beaches. Our fantastic facilities include: Indoor heated changing Secure storage Surf shop and hire Restaurant, cafe, bar Shower facilities We also offer a fantastic selection of accommodation with our Surf N Stay breaks, with camping, luxury lodges, backpackers/surflodge and luxury Self Catering options. Join us at Watergate Bay for the surf experience of a lifetime!
Reviewed 24 October 2012

I was only aware of the Extreme Academy at Watergate Bay. They were fully booked so we needed an alternative + found O'Neill. Thank you Dom, the surf was amazing this weekend, but to have one of us standing up a few times + the other riding the wave for several seconds including doing a 180 was more than we expected after a first lesson. Great instructor- patient and enthusiastic on one of the best beaches in Cornwall - Can't wait to return!

Thank MrsJackRabbitSlim
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Reviewed 17 October 2012

My stay was part of an organised weekend over 2 days.
O'Neill Surf Academy supplies your wetsuit, (gloves and boots if needed), board and great instructors and is run by longboard rider, Ashleigh Bennetts.
Safety is paramount, all instructors are qualified lifeguards.
After kitting up we headed to the beach (2 minute walk) and warmed up. We were then split into small groups according to our abilities.
A short lesson on 'surf language', how to pop up, paddle, sea safety (rips, currents, wind etc) safety signals followed, then we hit the water.
Dom and Chris, both excellent surfers, joined us in the water giving good advice and tips as we splashed around. Often catching the same wave and 'coaching' us 'on the wave'.
The afternoon on the last day was more fun with a group competition, following proper rules!
Our package included an evening meal at The Phoenix. This is a great surf hang out and the food and service was great. Live music is also on the menu during the main season.
Overall, a great place to learn to surf for both young and old.
Our class ranged from 12 - 50+ yrs old and everyone stood up. If you want to surf come here.

1  Thank SD887
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Reviewed 13 September 2012

Our son has been to lessons with O'Neill for 2 summers now and loves them. Very happy to recommend them to others. Very friendly staff and good bunch of people! What other 7 year olds can say they have been coached by a world class top pro surfer!

Thank Adam P
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Reviewed 26 August 2012

What can I say, these guys are just Awesome. They know their stuff and they know it well. I have had 4 lessons with them and am hooked! My main instructor was Chris, great guy with much patience. If you are keen to learn to surf and want some fun at the same time look these guys up, you wont be disappointed.

Thank Rob N
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Reviewed 16 August 2012

Got cheap voucher through Travelzoo and had a great day with two surfing lessons, board and wetsuit hire for a bargain price

Thank Traceywit
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