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Address: Watergate Bay, Newquay TR8 4AB, England
Phone Number: 01841 520052
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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If you're going to learn to surf, or you've already got some great skills...

If you're going to learn to surf, or you've already got some great skills you'd like to improve on - head to The O'Neill Surf Academy at Watergate Bay. Our professional and experienced surf coaches and incredible facility just yards from the beach is not to be missed! We offer a range of surfing lessons for children aged 6+, Adults, Families and Individuals with both Group and Private Tuition available year round.

Our convenient location at one of the UK's very best surfing beaches. Our fantastic facilities include: Indoor heated changing

Secure storage

Surf shop and hire

Restaurant, cafe, bar

Shower facilities

We also offer a fantastic selection of accommodation with our Surf N Stay breaks, with camping, luxury lodges, backpackers/surflodge and luxury Self Catering options.

Join us at Watergate Bay for the surf experience of a lifetime!

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This morning my son attended the kids only surf lesson it was brilliant! He is 6 years old, it was his first time and he really enjoyed himself. The instructors Lucy and Joel... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
DonnaEN1
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This morning my son attended the kids only surf lesson it was brilliant! He is 6 years old, it was his first time and he really enjoyed himself. The instructors Lucy and Joel were very good with the children. My older son attended the afternoon surf lesson and also had a great time we will choose this surf school again... More 

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Thank DonnaEN1
westcoastsurfari, Owner at O'Neill Surf Academy, responded to this review

Thanks for your fantastic review - Im glad they both had so much fun yesterday - despite the rain! We look forward to surfing with you all again in the near future. Ashleigh @ The O'Neill Surf Academy More 

London, UK
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

My 7 year old daughter had a blast learning to surf in the lovely setting of Watergate Bay.This is a great set up for kids to learn to surf and at £20 a lesson,very reasonable too, compared to competitors. Give it a go!

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westcoastsurfari, Owner at O'Neill Surf Academy, responded to this review

So glad she had a wonderful time at Kids Only Surf School with us! We look forward to surfing with again soon. Ashleigh @ The O'Neill Surf Academy More 

2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A little last minute trip away was helpfully and easily accommodated by the O'Neill team. Simon kindly found me a great place to stay just up the road with no notice and no hassle! My 3 surf lessons were held by 3 different instructors over 3 days, giving me the chance to learn slightly different hints and tips from them... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

My children, 7 & 8 joined O'neils for their first surfing lesson. They were both made to feel very welcome, the lesson was good fun, their instructor relentlessly encouraged them and kept them safe. I really can't recommend them highly enough and the kids can't wait to come back! Thank you so much for a fantastic afternoon.

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Thank Gemma B
Accrington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Had a very enjoyable time with the O'Neill Surf Academy who offer a friendly and flexible surfing experience. Booked a 5 half day course of lessons over the the last two weeks of September while we were staying in Watergate Bay. Had 3 different instructors over the 5 sessions, all of whom were very good and consistent in their advice... More 

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Matty was our private instructor for the morning and we were in the water within what felt like 15 minutes! We were more than happy with making it onto our feet few times each as this was far more than we were expecting, and put this entirely down to Matty's expertise and help. Great experience and we can't wait to... More 

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Thank LDN100
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

My Son turn 6 whilst on holiday and he wanted to learn to surf. We were able to book him onto the children's surf lesson. The instructors were excellent with the kids very supportive, attentive and they encourage them all of the time. Ethan can't wait until next year when we go back for more lessons.

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Thank Jo K
Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Booked a surprise lesson for my 6 and 8 year old (never surfed before). The Academy Impressed from the start with their warm and friendly welcome and the girls really liked the cool instructors. They grouped students by ability and we were very lucky that the girls ended up in a class with 2 instructors (4 students). There were 10... More 

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We had a surf lesson booked in for five of us. Luckily the weather was really good. We had Matty as a trainer and he was just perfect. We were all dreading getting in to wetsuits, but after a tussle or three we were all in and made our way to the beach. After about 20 minutes beach tuition, we... More 

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

Having had a couple of lessons in the past and never having managed to stand up I didnt hold much hope of getting it this time But under the friendly and very competent teachings of Matty my wife and I were surfing within 30mins of being in the water!!! Great team of people and really good quality equipment. We will... More 

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