Woolacombe Surf Centre
Woolacombe Surf Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Woolacombe Surf Centre is Woolacombe's highest rated & qualified surf school / water sports provider! Professionally run & based in the heart of Woolacombe, North Devon. WSC is accredited as a ‘Centre of Excellence’ by Surfing England, the highest attainable level. All our coaches are fully qualified instructors & beach lifeguards with many years coaching experience with a true passion for surfing and watersports. We operate our surf lessons on the beautiful Woolacombe Beach, awarded the best beach in the UK 2015 & 2016. With 3 miles of golden sand facing the Atlantic we have a great learning environment for surfing. Our kayaking and coasteering trips are hosted on the breathtaking coastline of North Devon. We also offer top quality surf hire equipment, from surfboards, bodyboards, wetsuits right through to stand up paddle boards (SUP'S) and kayaks. All sessions are 2.5 hours long which include all equipment required and coaching throughout, we also take photos (FREE) with our in water camera to immortalise you finest surfing moments!
Woolacombe, Devon, England

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Insulinaddict92
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Solo
Great surf school!
I had a lesson here last week with instructors Rosie and Ted.
Although I was still unable to pop up at the end( more for the fact that I'm not in shape or very flexible) I gained some great advice on how to improve my chances of popping up.
They took care of use during the lesson, ensuring we were all okay :)
I'll be returning to this surf school quite often now to hire out Boards as they have very good prices by far!
Written August 2, 2021
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Awesome! thank you! glad you had fun surfing with us, it was our pleasure :) thank you for the review
Written August 3, 2021
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SuenA2014
London, UK63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
I booked two lessons for my partner who absolutely loved them both. Ollie was great and his delivery was as perfect for a 52 year old beginner as it was for the young children in the group.
Looks like he has a new hobby so more visits to Woolacombe are likely which is pleasing 😀.
The online booking process was fine and Gary was very helpful and dealt with my problem promptly.
Thankyou very much for a fabulous experience.
Written September 13, 2020
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Awesome! great to hear thank you! it was our pleasure :) hope your foot heals quickly! :)
Written September 14, 2020
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Finlay W
Otley, UK5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Woolacombe Surf Centre is a great place for all ages. I went with my younger cousin twice during a week and both times our instructors were incredibly helpful and encouraging and we learnt so much (We had Jess and Ollie and we had such an amazing time with both of them and I can’t express how much they contributed to the experience). Having had no previous surfing experience I am now able to easily stand up and surf waves naturally thanks to the help of Jess and Ollie. Because of Woolacombe surf centre I am now completely hooked on surfing and plan to do it much more In the near future

Thank you so much to Woolacombe surf centre and Jess and Ollie for giving us this fantastic experience
Written July 16, 2020
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Awesome, thanks glad you are now hooked, its so much fun. thanks fro the great review, much appreciated :)
Written July 17, 2020
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martyngabriel
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
Easy to book, super friendly on arrival, made us feel really welcome . Introduced to Ted and Sam who proved to be awesome teachers. Son was reluctant, after two hours was hooked- shows what engaging teachers do!!! . Can see why this is the best beach in the U.K. would recommend this school to anyone -Facebook photos are a bonus.
Written July 19, 2021
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Fantastic! great to hear :) Glad you enjoyed it, it was our pleasure . thank you for the review :)
Written July 20, 2021
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Neil C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Ok as I promised last year, I returned for more lessons with the gang at Woolacombe Surf Centre. I was a bit later in the month than last time which meant some of the crew had already finished for the season but fortunately Sam was ready to put me through my paces and check out my specific style of gangly waving arms technique which sometimes and somehow keeps me on a surfboard.
Once again I have nothing but praise for the knowledge of my instructor Sam, the quality of the equipment in use and the way I was treated like an old friend returning after a long absence.
I would also like to say a big thank you for the way you looked after my stepson Jordan who thoroughly enjoyed his morning session but failed the longevity challenge of an afternoon session.
We will be returning next year only hopefully leaner, fitter and slightly greyer but even more motivated to conquer the gangly arms and maybe try one of those out back waves.
Written September 23, 2022
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Longevity challenge, Love it! Really good to hear Neil, as always it was absolutely our pleasure, we have a great job that is made even greater when we get to share it with awesome people like you :) thanks for the lovely review, we really appreciate them, have a great winter and we look forward to welcoming you back in 2023 for some more surfing fun!
Written September 24, 2022
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laura_mm12202012
Winnersh, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I had a great surf lesson with Woolacombe Surf Centre. I signed up for 4hrs of group lessons but turned out I had the morning half to myself, with my fabulous instructor Ray who rocked. He explained everything perfectly, full of energy and encouragement! The shop was super friendly, relaxed, organised and made you feel part of their culture as opposed to a customer. I'd 100% recommend here for lessons!
Written July 15, 2020
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Ah awesome, really cool to hear, glad you had fun surfing with us it was our pleasure Laura. Good luck with your big plans too! thanks for the review, much appreciated :)
Written July 15, 2020
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hannahfdanks
Worcestershire, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
It was super easy to book online. The Instructor (Olly) was great, very supportive and encouraging. It was my first time trying to surf, I would definitely recommend the surf centre for anyone looking to try it out.
Written September 24, 2020
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Brilliant, so good to Hera, glad you enjoyed surfing with us, it was our pleasure :) thanks for the review, much appreciated :)
Written September 25, 2020
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Norwich Jim
Norwich, United Kingdom3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Had a private family lesson with Ollie on 16/8/22. The surf centre was well organised and provided all equipment. Despite the rain we had a really good time; Ollie was excellent at explaining everything we needed to know and helped out whilst in the surf, both with great advice and assisting the kids. We all even managed to stand up to varying degrees of success! Had a blast and will definitely be going back for more lessons.
Written August 22, 2022
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Awesome, really good to hear! glad that you had fun surfing with us at WSC, it really was our pleasure! Thank you for your lovely review we really appreciate them. Hopefully see you guys again :)
Written August 23, 2022
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Richard B
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
My eight year old son had a lesson with Ted and Lotti (I think). The instructors were great with him, took time to get to know him, really encouraged him and gave him challenges as he got better throughout the lesson.

He was buzzing at the end as he had such a good time.

They take photos throughout the session that are made available on Facebook free charge. I was expecting to spend thirty quid on a photo key ring, so them being free was a nice touch.
Written August 21, 2022
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Amazing, thank you. Great to hear he had such fun surfing with us, sounds like he caught the surfing bug! :) thanks for the review and hopefully see you guys again :)
Written August 22, 2022
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alex f
Leeds, UK6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
Booked a full day surf lesson for my two boys age 12 and 15. Parry was their instructor and was lots of fun and helpful especially with building confidence. They had a great time and by the end of the day we’re both standing up and riding a wave for 10+ secs. Thanks Parry and Woolacombe Surf Centre!
Written September 2, 2020
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Awesome, well done lads, great progress there! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for the review :)
Written September 3, 2020
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