Beginner surfing catching a green wave and surfing along, Widemouth Bay, Bude Birds eye view of a beginner surfer catching a wave Intermediate surfer completing a top turn while surfing at Widemouth Bay Surf coach teaching learner surfers with a surfer riding a green wave and students in the white water OA Surf Club

Learn to Surf with OA Surf Club

With over 25 years’ experience of surf coaching we're a highly trained team of experienced instructors.

We specialise in working on sessions with small groups so there is an excellent student to instructor ratio and that guarantees more 1:1 coaching. If you are looking to surf for the first time or even to improve your technique with a surf lesson then OA Surf Club is the perfect place to learn, whether you are on your own, in a family or in a group. We are a Surfing England Accredited Surf School.

Our friendly and experienced team are fun and enthusiastic and are dedicated in giving you the best experience in the water. They are superb at coaching beginners or if you have surfed before and you want to work on your technique.

If you are comfortable catching waves and are looking to progress your skills then we can tailor our sessions to accommodate you or for the best experience you can book a private session with one of our instructors.

Join us for a fun filled surf lesson in Bude.

Our surf lessons are £35 per person and are 2–2.5 hours long, all equipment is provided.

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Surfing England is the recognised National Governing Body for the sport of Surfing in England and OA Surf Club is proud to be accredited by them to run surf lessons. All of our instructors are qualified surf coaches and are beach lifeguards.


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Season start - 29th March 2021 - Sessions running daily

First Time Surfing? No Worries.

The first time in the sea with a surfboard can be quite daunting but don’t worry our instructors will guide you every step of the way.

We take time on the beach to run through everything you need to know, ready for when you hit the water.

Everyone wants to stand up straight away but the most important thing is learning how to catch a wave and ride it to the beach – the best way to learn is to start off by lying down on the board to ride a wave, this is called Prone riding.  This gives you all the experience of catching a wave and learning the feel of where to position your weight and also how to steer the board once you’re on a wave.

A beginner surf lesson having coaching on the beach at Widemouth Bay
man irding wave whilst standing up on surf board and have a surf lesson near Bude

Once you have perfected catching a wave then comes the bit that everyone wants – standing up!!  With all our years of experience we have plenty of tips and tricks to enable you to progress to your feet as quick as possible.  Our coaches can pick up on the slightest mistake and advance you past that and onto your feet in no time!

“Excellent surfing lessons. Really helpful instructors, hints, tips and advice. Lots of time in the water and lots of fun! Highly recommend.”

Ruth Greenaway-Robbins

Equipment? We've Got You.

We provide all the specialist equipment; we have a great selection of Softech surfboards that are ideal for learning to surf on, they are wide and have plenty of volume. Staying warm is also important, we know if you are cold you won’t be enjoying your session.  We make sure of this no matter what time of the year as we use Gul wetsuits and can supply gloves and boots for either end of the year. When you are warm and on the right surfboard learning to surf is a breeze.

group riding the wave during a beginner surf lesson at Widemouth Bay


We meet at the OA surf club beach base which is in Widemouth Bay car park (EX23 0AW) Our trailers are opposite the lifeguard hut in the middle of the car park.  We will have some flags and banners up so you can spot us easily.

Widemouth Bay is a fabulous location to learn to surf, it has consistent waves that are perfect for beginners but also great for perfecting your manoeuvres.  Widemouth Bay is close to Bude but just far enough away to escape the crowds.  It is a long open, sandy beach that has plenty of space for everyone and is a blue flag winner for water quality and facilities.

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