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We began writing this website to serve as a place with cool information about Surf Camps, Surf Schools and general information on the internet for people to find stuff out about surfing.

Hello World! We began writing this website to serve as a place with cool information about Surf Camps, Surf Schools and general information on the internet for people to find stuff out about surfing.

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Why Surf Camps?

Surf Camps are one of the most affordable and fun ways to have a surfing holiday. Owing to the fact that the accommodation is usually a pop-up camp retreat or lodge nestled in a wooded area just off of the beach it has a really atmospheric feel to it. Surf camps tend to then have a synergy that bond surfers and the Earth even more so!

Even better – stupidly cheap surf camp packages show up everywhere now: Europe, USA, Asia and more elsewhere. It’s ideal if you’re looking to spend 100% of your holiday catching waves but the best surf camps surfers choose to go to have a good mix of the best surf and the best base to unwind and relax after a day catching waves. Some surf camps and surf schools offer wooden-built shacks, typically of the French surf camps hugging the Atlantic coastline. Surfers at these surf camps often tend to find themselves losing count of the days… the days that tend to cost no around £33 just for the experience!

The surf camps at these retreats are run by fellow surfers that love the lifestyle. Alongside the surf camps they tend to run surf schools and social events for those staying. Surf schools will offer surfers of each level the opportunity to up their game in the water and raise the bar.  Social events can be as crazy or relaxed as the group or surf camp dictates! From volleyball tournaments, to drinking games to karaoke nights. There is a great variety of stuff on off for when you are not out on the water.

 

Why Surf Schools?

Surf Schools are the doorway to surfing. All the pro’s have been in surf schools since they were kids, but surf schools are for anyone. Whether you’re an expert looking to improve your shredding techniques or you’re back out on the waves after a couple of years rest.

Most surf schools start beginners off easy. Beginners start on what are called ‘foamies’ which are a type of surf board much more elongate and thick. Foamies make it easier for learner surfers taking surf lessons to ‘pop-up’ with ease and learn to gauge their balance. Surf schools groups for beginners tend to be about 8-12 people in size. The instructors don’t often let the group go to far into the sea where the rip-tide is a risk of taking people out into the ocean.

Surf schools will start people on learning to body board into the coastline from the sea. It’s a pretty fun and easy way to learn how to distribute your balance and weight on the board. Soon after you’ve mastered that and got some confidence, the trick will be learning how to pop up! The key to doing this is not too jump up, but move fluidly on the board. Bringing your knees up to your chest, maintaining a central stance over the surf board as you place your feet and then raising your body – all whilst keeping your head facing the direction that you want the surf board to go!

That being said, learning to surf is one of the most fun experiences any surfer will have and once it’s mastered, there’s so much more that can be built on to that foundation that will help you progress.

Introduction to Surfing, Surf Schools & Cornwall

Nevertheless, Cornwall offers some of the best waves. Others might prefer a more fair weather climate and choose to surf Portugal or to take a long-distance trip down under and visit a surf camp in Australia.

Surfing is a popular hobby. Many enthusiasts learn at local surf schools at surf spots in their own countries before embarking on surfing holidays with friends.

Popular destinations to learn how to surf and to take surf lessons at surf schools in the UK is Cornwall. Cornwall has a renowned coastline in the South West of the UK famous with surfers and fans of the sport.

The surfing industry has evolved Cornwall’s economy and many people have built their business’ on it. Surf school’s are a very famous trade in Cornwall.

It’s a true Cornish experience too. For some, the idea of visiting Cornwall to get involved in a star surf camp when in the south west wouldn’t cross their mind. They would rather chew on a Cornish pastie, visit the beach, perhaps have some ice cream and visit the mines!

Nevertheless, Cornwall offers some of the best waves. Others might prefer a more fair weather climate and choose to surf Portugal or to take a long-distance trip down under and visit a surf camp in Australia.

 

If you are a novice to surfing, have no equipment or have never put on a wetsuit before, there are plenty of surfing shops available. Surf shops are about as common as any other shop in Cornwall. If you are a beginner and you will be looking for surf lessons, let the people in the surf shop know. They can help to give you all the surfing equipment you require. This can consist of

  • Wetsuit
  • Boots
  • Rash-vest
  • Surf board

You don’t always need a rash-vest when you go surfing, but it helps. The first few times you are out in the water you might find that the wet suit rubs against your neck, this is wear the vest can come in handy!

Most surf shops will be able to tell you where to book lessons, it’s really important that you do take surf lessons before you go surfing.

Lots of people watch surfing videos, buy surfing equipment then go straight out on the water and try to surf. This can be quite dangerous for people that have never been in the water because each surf spot is different and the sea can be dangerous.

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In Cornwall, they have a FLAG policy on the beaches that highlight how dangerous the sea can be for surfers. Sometimes, surf schools get cancelled due to poor weather.

What to remember when you go to the beach?

FLAGS

F – Find the red and yellow flags and swim between them

L – Look at the safety signs

A – Ask a lifeguard for advice

G – Get a friend to swin with you

S – Stick your hand in the air and shout for help if in difficult

There will be another blog published on surf safety. The best time of year to go surfing in Cornwall just after summer. The Cornish summer is popular with people all over the UK so they often think that surfing will be popular and indeed it is, surf schools are often booked out but the waves are not as good as they are in late-September/October time. There is a reason why the weather is better just after summer in Cornwall for surfing but we will publish a blog about this later on.

In the meantime, please enjoy the rest of the site and submit any questions you have about surfing in the comments.