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Alive Surf School

Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
+44 7935 952532
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Ranked #1 of 18 Attractions in Portrush
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: 'Winner - Best Family Activity Provider in Northern Ireland 2011, 2012 adn 2013 ! 'Alive Surf School is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and has taught over 11,000 people of all ages, shapes and sizes how to surf! Our simple philosophy is to 'be safe and have fun', we excel at both of these goals and our lessons start from only £20 per person.All lessons last for 2 hours and include all equipment, a drink and snack for afterwards there are even free hot showers at the beach. Our instructors are all fully qualified beach lifeguards, surfing instructors and some have even surfed for Ireland......Book you place now for a really awesome day out!

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Although there were a few factors outside of Alive's control that led to an enjoyable time (good weather, quiet beach), I thought my surfing instructor Steven did a great job teaching the group and helping us all catch waves. I wanted to keep the gear for a little longer and although it wasn't a standard option, my instructor called the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

Thoroughly recommended. Our son Ben had a 1:1 lesson with Ricky and enjoyed every minute! He can't wait to get back on his board.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

These guys taught me how to surf! Lovely group of guys, very well qualifies, felt safe in their hands. The lesson is good fun and they are very helpful in the water for beginners who havent a clue how to catch a wave, never mind pop up on the board! Well organised, they supply all the equipment and usually have... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

I got a group lesson and was very impressed with the standard of instruction. I would definitely recommend to beginners as I was standing most waves towards the end!

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

I booked several lessons with Alive Surf School to improve my surfing skills during my week-long stay in Portrush and I couldn't be happier with my choice. Ricky is a natural teacher, kind and easy to communicate with. He's fun and very encouraging, and so is Ash, very accomodating and supportive. Surfing was lots of fun, and at a very... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

My boyfriend and I had a surf lesson with Ricky and Thomas - it was great fun, would definitely recommend!

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Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Daughter wanted to learn to surf, after looking at reviews of schools in the area, we went with Alive Surf School. So glad we did, the initial booking was easy and the communication was excellent. We booked 2 hour lesson and the price was very reasonable. The instructors on the day, Matt and Ricky were very friendly, patient , helpful... More

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Dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Really enjoyed my surfing lesson. The instructors Ash and Aaron were great and made the lesson really fun. It was my first time surfing and although it was sunny that day it was cold and windy. However the wetsuits were really warm. I think this is an activity that could be enjoyed at any time of the year. I will... More

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Fantastic surfing lesson with Alive for a friend's 40th. It was my third lesson with these guys and I would totally recommend them to everyone. The warm up and beach lesson with our instructors (Ash and Aaron) was great craic and everything was explained in an easy to understand way. They ensured we all all had a great time catching... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

It is obvious why this attraction is number one in Portrush. On Monday afternoon we met Ricky for our surf lesson. As the sea was clam he advised us to try paddle boarding instead and happily rearranged our surf lesson. This was an excellent afternoons activity and would be suitable for all ages. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing Portrush from the... More

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