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Alive Surf School

Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
+44 7935 952532
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Kids surf lesson

Thanks to Bernardo for making this surfing experience so much fun and one to remember! 11yr and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
lil s
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Kid's camp fun

My two boys aged 10 and 9 had a fantastic week at the Alive kid's camp. They improved every day and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne L
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'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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Thanks to Bernardo for making this surfing experience so much fun and one to remember! 11yr and 14yr booked for 1 surf lesson. The small group were very well supervised in the water, great warm up games and they enjoyed the rough waters more than...More

Thank lil s
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My two boys aged 10 and 9 had a fantastic week at the Alive kid's camp. They improved every day and their confidence definitely increased. Thanks to Hanno and the team.

Thank Anne L
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks Anne, very glad the boys had a great time 😀

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Had an afternoon lesson with friends as a birthday treat on Saturday with Hannah and Stevie. Great lesson, really friendly instructors and loads of time in the water. Stevie in particular was great at helping us perfect our 'technique' to ensure we got on our...More

Thank SharonHarryK
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Sharon, Thanks for your feedback. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed the lesson. Unfortunately our camera took on water yesterday and is out of action at the moment.

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

My 2 girls along (6 & 7) with my niece (9) just attended the four day surf school and absolutely loved it! One of the girls (7) is not a natural ‘water baby’ and was a little unsure on the first morning but the instructors...More

Thank awaybride
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your comment and also for the brilliant surprise gift. It was great to have you guys with us and hope to see you all again. Awesome to hear that they had a real blast :) Thank you, Hanno

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was my 12 year old son and my first experience of surfing. We were both apprehensive but Hanno and his team put us at ease straight away with their friendliness. We both had a fantastic time and, with their instruction, were soon up on...More

Thank katepine80
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi Kate, Thanks so much for your comment. Very happy to hear you two had a great time and we are looking forward to seeing you again soon :)

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Our kids had a great time this week at the morning session of the surf school. Staff were very friendly and encouraging with the kids. It ran Mon-Thurs, 10-12, kids looked forward to it, the weather was a mixed bag, but it didn’t put ours...More

Thank Richard T
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Kids had a great time-thanks to Hanno & all the staff for their professionalism & fantastic instruction & patience! We will definitely be back!

Thank PeterTopping
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Peter, fantastic to hear they all enjoyed it. There will be more pictures from this week uploaded onto the Alive Facebook page later on. Looking forward to seeing you again. Hanno

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Booked kids into 2 day sessions, and they had a blast. The instructors were so encouraging and enthusiastic with the kids. They cannot wait to go again. A big thank you to all staff involved.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A massive thank you to Jill for being so great and patient with my 6 year old son during a 1-1 lesson. He had so much fun he actually went back for a second lesson. He absolutely loved his surf lessons and I was really...More

Thank StephP29
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Reviewed 1 week ago

So we had 3 children 11, 9 and 8 booked into the school. Not having surfed before i was a bit apprehensive that they wouldn't all stay in the class every day. But in fact they did. Hanno, Bernardo and team were really thoughtful, patient,...More

Thank Vivienne H
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome - Thank you very much Vivienne. It was great to have you guys here and share some waves and smiles with us :) Best wishes, Hanno

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Kivamc87
October 3, 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi Caoimhe, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, we operate year round. In fact, the most consistent season for waves is the winter time. Apart from toasty wetsuits, we will then also provide boots and gloves to keep you nice... More
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cjcopes
July 3, 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi, we start taking kids from the age of 5, so 7 and 12 are perfect age. The kids camps are really great for the kids as they have others of similar age around them, boosting their confidence and contributing to overall fun... More
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olenairl
February 25, 2015|
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Response from Alive S |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delayed reply, we must have missed your enquiry unfortunately. We are about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Belfast City airport and 40 minutes from the Belfast... More
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