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“Brilliant surfing weekend” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lahinch Surf School

Lahinch Surf School
Main Street - Shop/Cafe, Lahinch, Ireland
353 87 9609667
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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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“Brilliant surfing weekend”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012 via mobile

Myself and a friend drove down from Dublin for a weekend of surfing. Booked into John McCarthys surf school. John was there to greet us and he was so friendly. Equipment was brilliant and wetsuits really did the job as it was mid October. Ended up just myself and my friend and the instructor Stephen in the class. We learnt so much from our instructor and he actually surfed along side us to tell us how to better our positions on the board. Amazing day. Second day the swell was huge and it was so much fun. Dan was our instructor and he was just as good. Thought me how to turn the board when riding the wave which I never thought I'd be doing so quickly. Best surfing weekend of my life and would highly recommend it to everyone. Dan then told us to go up to the cliffs of moher to watch the pro riders ride aileen after the lesson. Wow what an experience. I'd go back to lahinch surf school in a heartbeat. Really friendly instructors and a great company. Couldn't of had a better experience. Thanks guys - ill be back!
Ciaran.

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LahinchSurfSchool, Public Relations at Lahinch Surf School, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thanks for your stoked review, October although it can be a bit chilly is a great time for surfing as great swells come in!
Stephen and Dan are both great instructors, love the water and are very helpful when teaching lessons. They are both great surfers themselves so they know the tricks to a tee!
Great to hear you also got a chance to see the pro's off the cliffs, such a great experience!
Hope to have you here again!
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“Kids camp excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

My two daughters aged 7 and 9 did surf camp here on holiday last week it was the hi light of our trip. They loved it. They had never surfed before. The instructors were great fun and had them surfing as soon as the class started. We ll defiantly plan a holiday or weekend in Clare again just to go to this.

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LahinchSurfSchool, Public Relations at Lahinch Surf School, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
We are stoked to hear that your kids had such an awesome time surfing! It's a great experience and always great to start young!
Look forward to having you here again! :)
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“Can't be praised highly enough : )”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

Would heartily recommend the Lahinch Surf School to anyone visiting Lahinch or the surrounding area. Immensely professional set up; friendly and helpful staff, great value for money and most importantly, great fun! Our two kids (14 and 16) had three lessons there last week and it was the absolute highlight of their holiday in Ireland. The instructors were fantastic - friendly, skilled and good and making sure our non-native English speaking kids understood what was going on.

The lessons also represent fantastic value for money as all equipment is also provided and the classes are quite small so there is a lot of one-on-one tuition over the course of the two hours. There were a few 'extras' included such as little lessons about how waves are formed etc that all go to show just how passionate the staff are about their job. There was also a clear and very professional focus on safety throughout the three days - parents with small children should feel happy and relaxed about their kids taking part.

In short, I can't praise the place highly enough. Anyone, from kids and teens to parents and stag/hen parties, would do well to book a lesson.

We'll definitely be back next year!

Visited August 2012
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LahinchSurfSchool, Public Relations at Lahinch Surf School, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thanks for your awesome review! We are always glad to hear of it when someone had a great time at the surf school :)
It's great that your kids had such a fantastic time surfing. We are very lucky to have such a great team of instructors who are all passionate about their job and are friendly and skilled !
Look forward to having you here again this summer!
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“Brilliant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2012

My two kids attended aged 7 & 11 they were so good with them , great fun but highlighted all safety issues . We will go again .

Visited July 2012
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LahinchSurfSchool, Public Relations at Lahinch Surf School, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thanks for your review! Glad that your kids had a great time here. We love to have fun at Lahinch Surf School but don't do so without highlighting the importance of safety in the water :)
Hoe to see you again!
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“Fantastic Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

My 3 teenage daughters took a surf lesson during our trip to Co. Clare and they said it was the highlight of our trip. Its very well organised. There was 11 in the class with two instructors. During the two hour lesson everyone got individual attention. All 3 of the girls managed to ride a few waves. They cant wait to try it again.

Visited July 2012
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LahinchSurfSchool, Public Relations at Lahinch Surf School, responded to this review, April 20, 2013
Thanks for your review! Great to here that your three girls loved surfing, all got standing and were keen to come back and give it another go !
Hope to see you again.
Lss :)
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