North Devon Surf School

The highest rated surf school in the UK since 1988.

North Devon Surf School

North Devon Surf School, established in 1988, is the highest-rated surf school in the UK. Situated just 50 meters from Westward Ho! beach, this family-run business is a “Centre of Excellence” as recognized by the UK surfing governing body. Known for its safety, coaching, equipment, and facilities, the school has also earned the Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” award for five consecutive years.

The surf school offers a range of surfing lessons, including single lessons, two-lesson packages, and three-lesson packages, catering to various skill levels and objectives. All lessons include necessary equipment, ensuring that students have everything they need to learn and enjoy surfing.

In addition to high-quality coaching, the North Devon Surf School provides heated changing rooms, toilets, hot showers, and a wood-fired pizza café to ensure the utmost comfort for all surfers. As a great gift idea, the school also offers gift vouchers for surfing lessons.


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Address: 1 Pebbleridge Rd, Westward Ho!, Bideford EX39 1HN, UK

Sophie Day avatarSophie Day
4 months ago
I've wanted to surf for over 20 years, but never felt fit enough and also live in the landlocked Midlands! I turned 40 in August, so my sister agreed to have a lesson with me on holiday. Steve was an incredible instructor, and we were lucky enough to have him all to himself. We were both really nervous, but they made us feel so comfortable (including the other guy at the school whose name I've forgotten). We were buzzing afterwards and now both have the surfing bug, thank you! 🌊😍
R Harris avatarR Harris
4 months ago
Really great group of instructors. I went back last week after a brilliant lesson last time we were in Westward Ho! The session was just as brilliant with Tommy this time, and we had a great time. He was so friendly and welcoming and gave us some great tips. Went back to rent boards the next day. Super chilled, showers afterwards and parking really close. Great learner waves on that beach. Thanks guys, we will be back!
Claire L avatarClaire L
3 months ago
My daughter and I had our first, definitely not last, surf lesson today. Tommy, our instructor, was incredibly welcoming and because of the small group size, was able to offer really great advice and tuition. A great morning learning something new, and most importantly, having lots of fun!!
Zoe Huxtable avatarZoe Huxtable
4 months ago
We had a brilliant lesson at the surf school. Stu was really great to shuffle around his existing bookings and fit us in with under 24 hours notice. Everyone was very welcoming. Our instructor was really knowledgable and great at giving pointers which enabled us both to make some great progress in our lesson. Would really recommend!
Loo Loo Moakes avatarLoo Loo Moakes
4 months ago
Wow!!!! Just had the Best morning surfing with North Devon Surf School – instructors Steve and Tommy Brilliant- instructions very clear, great tips, massively enthusiastic and encouraging, patient with safety always paramount. Equipment all lovely and new too!! Last week I had a lesson with Stu and Jamie and they were Fantastic too. Experience so Brilliant my daughter has enrolled for surf lessons too. A visit to North Devon Surf School is Highly Recommended and an absolute must for visitors and locals to WWH!
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