Northside Surf School
Northside Surf School
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Surfing & Windsurfing • Water Sports • Stand Up Paddleboarding
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Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Learn To Surf / Stand Up Paddle lessons and courses for all ages, with Quality Surf / SUP coaches. Lessons on various beaches along Northumberland coast...KIDS Bodyboarding / Surfing / SUP parties, STAG & HEN parties, GIFT vouchers available. Wetsuit,surfboard, StantUpPaddle and bodyboard Hire available. surf / StandUpPaddle vouchers...
Amble, Northumberland, England

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jacob
Dollar, UK1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Family
Cannot recommend John and Northside Surf School enough!!

Me and my brother were staying in Bamburgh and fancied a bit of surfing while we were there. Spoke to John about fitting us in for lessons (as on website there was nothing available for our dates due to us not booking till last min), and John was more than happy to help.

He offered us a number of lessons, fitting us in despite there being low availability, and catered for both my brother, a total beginner surfer, and myself, who already had some experience. We then enquired about whether it would be possible to hire equipment too, and John was incredibly helpful.

He sorted us out with wetsuits, hoods, boots and gloves, as well as a fantastic 8’2 hard board surfboard for myself and a bodyboard for my brother.

After a day of bodyboarding and then his first surf lesson, my brother was hooked and wanted to swap his rented bodyboard for a surfboard. John literally handed us one at the end of the lesson with no hassle, and for a tiny extra charge.

Our lessons were amazing, my brother was standing up after his first lesson, and has now become addicted to surfing thanks to John! Super chill teaching, great fun and banter in the water, and really inclusive of everyone’s abilities.

For our final lesson, the waves were incredible! Big clean faces and incredible local knowledge from John gave us about 1.5/2hrs of stunning surfing - best waves and teaching I’ve ever had, no word of a lie.

Can’t recommend the man enough, he’s catered to all our questions, requests, and has helped my brother go from total beginner to being hooked on surfing. He has given me superb tips on how to improve my stance, wave positioning, and plenty of recommendations for surf spots across Northumbria.

If you want the best local knowledge, lessons for total beginners, intermediates, or absolute shredders, Northside surf school is absolutely gold. Superb hire equipment, incredible prices!! friendly, and caters to all requests, ages and abilities.

Thanks John!

Jacob
Written March 28, 2023
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Julian S
Portsmouth, UK1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
John taught six of us in our family for complete beginners lessons in stand up paddleboarding. He was more than helpful at every step and all of us (including four children aged between 9 and 17) had a great time, managing to paddle a couple of miles up and back along the river. All kit was provided for and the wet suit was handy when I fell in a couple of times. It was a fantastic start to our last day and a great finish to a wonderful holiday in Amble.
Written August 14, 2022
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Andy
5 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
We are doing ‘60 things for 60’ this year. Neither of us have paddle boarded before. So glad we tried it ....we loved it. Northside surf made it simple, safe and fun ... they were brilliant. Parking was tight so give yourself a bit of time and if you are struggling it’s easy to walk down from the castle car park. Everything you need is provided and within minutes you are paddling on your knees and when you are ready up you pop. The river is calm and wide enough for traffic to pass. The 2hrs passed quickly. Highly recommended
Written August 30, 2020
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Anna E
19 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Great fun surfing in a group lesson. Jon and Liam were very attentive and positive instructors, celebrating our small triumphs each time, and always smiling. The instruction was lovely and clear, and they focussed on individual feedback. Our family of four had a really great time.
Written August 15, 2020
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Patrick M
1 contribution
Jul 2022 • Solo
If you want to learn to surf or you want to improve your surfing then book a session with Northside surf. I had a great session with John, Amber and Dan. I am trying to move from catching the broken wave to catching clean water and booked a lesson as part of a group session. The team were really friendly and helpful, it was easy to book, the gear was great and in great condition and the craic was brilliant.
Thanks Amber for the beach lesson and thanks Dan for the final wave. A special thanks to John for the pointers of what I need to work on and thanks for the enouragment to get out the back and bag my biggest wave ever! Next time I'm back over in the north east I'll be booking again.
Written July 27, 2022
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Mrs Fowell
Bristol, UK3 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We are on holiday in Northumberland and wanted to do something other than castles and ruins. A quick google search and Northside was the result. We are a family of two over 50’s, one 23 and a 15 yr old girl. We booked a two hour session and we were not disappointed. A quick tutorial and we were off, a few falls on the way but we quickly got the hang of it. The weather wasn’t kind but this did not in anyway spoil our fun. You won’t be disappointed if you give paddle boarding a try.
Written August 18, 2020
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Veselin K
5 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
I had an amazing time surfing at Bamburgh besch right next to Bamburgh Castle with scenic views and good waves. All surfing instructors were very professional, helpful and friendly. I really enjoyed the whole experience and would highly recommend it. Definitely doing it again in the future.
My second lesson got rescheduled and I was no longer able to make it and J was kind enough to refund me which was very much appreciated.
Once again thank you very much for the amazing experience.
Written June 7, 2022
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Gordon Robertson
East Kilbride, UK1 contribution
Jul 2020 • Family
Jon and Liam really looked after us for a mixed family group and friends (11 of us) trying Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). We paddled on the river at Warkworth and the wee ones really loved the Mega-SUP which can take 6 of them with guidance and support from Jon onboard. Jon couldn’t have looked after them better and they all had a great time. The grown ups loved the individual SUPs and by the end of the stession we had all had a try of both. 2 years prior Jon had introduced my daughters and I to SUP on Druridge bay - we couldn’t wait to try it again with a group and we certainly weren’t disappointed. We’ll be back again for more or maybe surfing!
Written July 16, 2020
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Karen
2 contributions
Aug 2022 • Family
Great time Stand Up Paddle-boarding with the family, 2 adult’s & a teenager. Very well organised. Excellent instruction from Jon on land before getting in the water.
Everyone was away & having fun. Conditions were challenging with the wind but felt very safe. Standing was a challenge to far for me but great fun trying! Teenager was up & away in 10 minutes, oh to be young.
Myself & couple of others were struggling paddling upstream into the wind, never fear Dan was there. Calm, reassuring & so friendly popped a rope on & guided us. Dan you’re a star! A special mention for Amber who was backwards & forwards amongst everyone checking everyone ok.
I can’t recommend this company highly enough. Great fun for 2 hours & terrific value.
Verdict teenager loved it, himself also enjoyed it. Myself? Great fun, I’ve ticked it off my bucket list, my skills lie elsewhere…
Written August 15, 2022
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Jo C
1 contribution
Aug 2020 • Family
Our family group enjoyed paddle boarding sessions both on the sea and the river plus surfing lessons. The equipment was superb and the price was great value. Most of all though, the staff were fantastic. Thank you for an incredible week. We can't wait to return!
Written August 20, 2020
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