Surfing tuition and guidance.

We teach you the basics of surfing in under an hour confident in the fact that you will be safe and knowledgeable in the water to enjoy your first days surfing.

Once suitably ‘boned-up’ on surfing technique you can hire a wet suit and board and be on the beach trying out your new skills in under 30 minutes. We are only a stones throw away from the Esplanade in Portcawl or a short journey to Rest Bay.

We’ll teach you the best ‘Pop-up’ techniques. This is how you get to your feet on a surfboard! To make the popup easier we’ll practice several popups on dry land to will build up your arm strength and give you some muscle memory. When it comes time to do it on a surfboard you’ll have a much easier time.
We can organise more in-depth courses and tuition for those that need that extra push or boost to their confidence before hitting the water. Call 01656 783310 for details

Get the right mindset

surfing is all about the journey, whether you are just starting out or have been doing it for years and its great fun. From the first time you pop-up from a prone position, to the first time you steer the board even a little, to the first time you ride the face…it’s truly an experience. People from all ages can successfully learn to surf! even those well into their 80’s, some of the best surfers in the water are the older folks.

Surfing generally favors those with a “try try again” attitude, so try to adopt this mentality. The only way to get better is to keep practicing! Ask any surfer and they’ll tell you it is NOT an easy sport to learn but with a few simple tips you can start learning straight away, in the water – on the job.

Safety in the Water:

With the proper knowledge and experience, surfing is very safe.
When considering safety be aware of the following:

It’s helpful to have a rough idea of the day’s predicted weather patterns so you don’t get caught in a sudden storm, however in the UK the weather can be ‘read’ and with a bit of commonsense you will know when its not safe to enter the water.

The waves
Even small waves can pack quite a punch and can knock you around quite a bit. Beginners should look for crumbling waves which occur when the beach has more of a gradual slope. This allows the wave more time to unload its energy, and thus results in a slower, weaker wave. Slower, crumbling waves are ideal for beginners. Hollow waves are formed when the beach goes from deep to shallow very quickly the result are some very powerful, very hollow waves. They’re fun to surf for the advanced, but not for beginners.

When wiping out it is advisable to fall away from your board, and try to land in the water flat on your back with your arms outstreched to avoid striking the sea bottom.

The beach – features including rocks, cliffs etc
Ask other surfers on the beach if you are unsure about under water conditions, offshore reefs, submerged rocks etc. Beginners should only surf on known, safe beaches. If you’re surfing at a rocky break, don’t carelessly jump off the board. Beginners should avoid surfing near cliffs.

  • Sandy bottom beaches are much easier on your feet and board, especially for beginners.
  • Don’t try to learn to surf where the waves are very steep and hollow.
  • Don’t go where the more experienced surfers are. You’ll only get in the way, create dangerous situations, and annoy everyone.
  • When you’re just starting to learn to surf, find a peak to yourself if possible.
  • If you’re very new, make sure there’s at least some people around. Sometimes you can surf near a lifeguard, but don’t surf between the lifeguard’s flags.
  • Watch out for surfing restrictions in certain areas. Some places will not let you surf during certain hours of the day.

Be aware of any currents running on the beach – they can be both useful and dangerous if you don’t know about them. Ask around for the best advice.

Other Surfers
Make sure you know the rules of surfing etiquette and obey them. This is probably the first rule in surfing safety. A guide to surfing etiquette can be found on the BBC website

Your swimming skills
Surfers need to be good swimmers too. If you lose your board while surfing due to leash breakage, you must be comfortable in the sea or you’ll panic and put yourself in danger.

Your Board

A surfboard isn’t a personal flotation device—it’s a piece of sporting equipment that can be accidentally separated from you even if you have a leash. You cannot rely on your board for safety. Also keep your board close, always use a lease as a loose board is a danger to other surfers.

Starting off with the right board will make things a lot easier in the long run, if you are hiring or buying from us we will give you the very best advice on the right board for you. The best board for learning is the lightest, widest and thickest board you can find. In recent years many surfers have realized that larger, wider, more bouyant boards are not only easier to learn on but are also more fun to ride in small or weak waves.

The BBC has a great deal of in-depth information and tips on surfing, check out their site

Here are the BBC’s answers to some Frequently Asked Surfing Questions

And here is the BBC guise to Surf Speak – get the lingo

Visit our shop in the heart of Porthcawl to find out more:
49 New Road, Porthcawl, CF36 5DH