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Lahinch Surf School

Main Street - Shop/Cafe, Lahinch, Ireland
353 87 9609667
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Ranked #2 of 10 Activities in Lahinch
Type: Surf Camps, Adventure
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Owner description: Lahinch Surf School is about Friendly, Safe, Fun in the surf.Established by John McCarthy, three times Irish Senior Surf Champion, John established Co.Clare's first Surf School to share his love and 'stoke' for surfing. Lahinch Surf School has stayed true to that dream ever since. When we're not surfing big waves at the Cliffs of Moher (the wave John named "Aileens"), you'll will find us at our 'Surf Centre and Cafe' on main street, Lahinch or at our Beach hut on the promenade.The positive ions are infectious dude!Courses: Outside of doing a single two hour lesson any day of the year, our most popular courses are the 'Weekend Surf Course' for adults, which is 3 fun lessons over the weekend and our Kids(9-12), Teens(13-18) and Grom(5-8) Camps in school holidays.You are welcome to come join the fun at Lahinch Surf School.
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Galway, Ireland
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

What can I say? What a great experience! Mixed group of people some of who had surfed before and others who hadnt. The guys were great instructors and made sure we were all safe and happy. Special thanks to Eddie who kept an eye on me and helped me because I cant swim and am actually terrified of water....and I... More

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Greystones, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We've surfed twice in Lahinch, both times with John's company. He and his staff could not be any friendlier. Both times, the instructors were excellent and gave us loads of time. John also made sure to ask us how we got on. It's a great way to spend a day or a weekend all year round.

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London, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I've surfed before but wasn't able to do so this trip. My friends were lucky enough to be able to meet John in advance of their lesson. What a great person! Oskar was wonderful and I played camera person as they both went from face plants to standing tall. A perfect location and surf for beginners. The price was right... More

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Berlin, Germany
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Our Kids 10 and 12, loved 5 days of Surfing lessons in August , and now want to go back evey year . Eddie, Nils ,John and all the staff were great. Can only be recommended!!!

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3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The is a warning on the wall of the surf school that 'surfing is addictive' and my children emerged from their two hour lesson to declare that this is most definitely true. A great experience ( even for their watching and nervous mother) Will definitely be back

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Berlin, Germany
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

My girlfriend and myself were touring Ireland and found our way to Lahinch (or is it Lehinch...) by accident, we had great breakfast at Joe's and then wen't to the beach where we came across the small surf shack which was the Lahinch Surf School by John McCarthy. My girlfriend surfed a couple of times before so I had some... More

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Buncrana, Donegal, Ireland
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

My 12 year old son and I surfed for two days. Really really enjoyed the experience. It was my first time and I found the instructors to be helpful and friendly. The waves the second day where massive! I took a bit of a battering but managed to stand up a few times. Equipment was first class too! We will... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

12 & 15 year old kids for a 2 hour lesson. Instructor took great care of both kids. Great fun & learned a lot in one lesson. Would thoroughly recommend this company. Safe & relaxed attitude.

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Cork, Ireland
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17 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Katie & Millie really enjoyed their lesson today. They were nervous to start off with but this didn't last long. The instructor was excellent. The changing in the car park was a little akward, I didn't have the car with me when I dropped them off (we walked) but I made sure that I had the car there for them... More

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Dunboyne, Ireland
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5 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The staff were fantastic with the kids (and there was no hidden extras in the price i.e. hire of wet suits/shoes etc). The lesson was 2 hours and they asked at the start of the lesson at the Health & Safety briefing who had surfed before. I noticed that they paid special attention to those children. If your children want... More

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