All Cornish Riviera Holidays guests receive a 10% discount on surf lessons and coasteering. This discount code can be found through your guest portal, check-in information letter or you can, of course, contact the office for this code.

St Ives Surf School

Learn to surf with highly-trained and dedicated watermen and women in a safe, fun and friendly environment. Their Surf School is located on the blue flag awarded Porthmeor Beach, just a stone’s throw away from the heart of St Ives. Porthmeor is the ultimate surfing playground and they cannot wait to get you acquainted. Nestled on the West facing side of St Ives, they benefit from a unique combination of exposure to Atlantic swells and good protection from the prevailing wind. The clean conditions this creates, provide an absolutely ideal environment for learning to surf.

Learn to Paddleboard or take part in their Kayak tour at Palm-fringed Porthminster beach. One of West Cornwall’s most photographed spots, its balmy micro-climate wouldn’t be out of place in the Caribbean. Thanks to its unique Easterly facing aspect, the crystal clear water here is usually the calmest in the area. Combined with panoramic views of St Ives harbour and Godrevy lighthouse, you couldn’t ask for a better location for a Water-sports Centre.

Some extra information regarding St Ives Surf School bookings:

Any children under the age of 10 will need to be accompanied by a NON-surfing adult for the duration of the sessions. The adult will be provided with a wetsuit Free of Charge.  The youngest they can take in the water is 6 years old.

The minimum age for Coasteering, SUP and Kayaking is 12 years old. They can take under 12s kayaking if they’re accompanied by an adult in a double kayak.

General surf hire at Porthmeor Beach is open 7 days a week. They cannot offer Surfboard hire during high tides. Please contact St Ives Surf School on 01736 793938 for more information on timings.

Porthminster Water Sports Centre for kayaking, paddle-boarding and coasteering is open 7 days a week from April 2024. Their main safety factor here is wind, occasionally hire may be closed for the day if they deem the conditions dangerous

Group bookings

Group surf lessons are 2 hours long. All other activities are approximately 1.5 hours long. All equipment is provided

1 activity – £45

2 activities – £85

3 activities – £120

4 activities – £150

5 activities –  £180


These rates are for a single person doing all of the activities/lessons and are not transferable between different people

They offer a reduced rate for groups of four plus which is £40 per person.

Private lessons

Private surf lessons are 2 hours long. All other private activities are approximately 1.5 hours long. All equipment is provided and the price tariff is as follows.

1:1 – £100

1:2 – £145

1:3 – £190

1:4 – £235

1:5 – £280

1:6 – £325

Accommodation perfect for watersports

We have plenty of properties close to the beach with space for your boards, kayaks and wetsuits.  Some even accept short breaks throughout the year so you can nip down for a few days to enjoy the waves!  For example, check out the following: