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A Truly Authentic Surf Camp Experience

Here at Base, we focus on providing true quality instead of maximising on quantity. This is why we have totally moved away from the typical hostel and surf school model, and instead provide only exclusive surf camp packages for our guests. Only a few years ago did we have 24 guests staying at Base, some might have been surfing and others not. Now we have reduced our numbers down to 12 and every one of our guests are sharing the same amazing surf experience together.

Stone Barbecue in Tropical Garden - Base Surf Lodge
Tropical Garden Barbecue

Over the 13 years of running the lodge, we have always strived to provide you with the ultimate place to come and surf, and each year we are always improving and adapting our service to make your time with us as perfect as possible. With our surf camps, we offer way more than just surf lessons and a bed. Base Surf Lodge provides you with all the necessary home comforts plus the best location in Newquay for a hassle-free and super enjoyable holiday. Our 4 guest bedrooms are designed with a natural and minimalist feel. While our cosy living area is the perfect place to relax and get to know your new surfing buddies. The tropical garden catches the morning and daytime rays and offers a lovely, natural space to take in the fresh sea air. With only 12 guests in total our boutique bathrooms are clean and peaceful, with power showers that will quickly warm you up after a nice dip in the Atlantic.

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The New Movement Room

New for 2022, we have redesigned a guest bedroom and turned it into our very own Movement Room. With full access, you can use this space to have fun and practice land-based surfing movements with our balance boards, wobble boards, yoga matts, massage balls, hanging bars and more. This room is also a space for you to unwind and relax after a long days surfing.

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Beginner Surfers Having a Blast

During your stay with us you will have a group surf lesson each day, with our expert in-house instructors. You will also get video coaching of your surfing, which allows us to analyse your performance and help you improve even quicker. You will have digital photographs of your surfing to take home and show friends and family your new skills. Plus, one evening you will be treated to a delicious feast, cooked on our Mediterranean style stone barbecue.

Whether you are wanting a mini-break or a 5 day adventure holiday, our Surf Camps are designed to give you the most laidback and enjoyable time as possible. We welcome beginners, progressors and intermediate surfers. Plus, we encourage couples, families and small groups of friends as there’s nothing better than sharing life’s adventures.

For the ultimate balance of relaxation and adventure, simply choose from our 3, 4 or 5 Night Surf Camps:


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Healthy Living

Healthy Living For Surfers and All

Your Body is a Temple!

Our body is what physically enables us to surf, ski, swim, walk and live the active lives that we could only dream about without it. It gives us the life we know today, but even still it can be extremely hard not to take our body for granted. With our busy lives it can be easy to push aside the importance of healthy living, which is why we need to keep reminding ourselves that our body is a temple!

We are born with a heart that keeps us alive and an intelligent brain which enables us to control our thoughts and movements. Plus, despite having certain demands, our bodies are amazingly forgiving and adaptable. So by looking after ourselves with a healthy lifestyle, we can truly take advantage of our incredible potential. If however we chose to ignore our health, we will be limiting our capabilities throughout our lives.

Healthy Living is for Everyone

To be healthy means eating well, staying hydrated, being physically fit and mentally strong. It is in our nature to want to be healthy as it effects our day to day lives as well as our future. However with certain societal pressures like jobs becoming more demanding but less physical, we need to work harder to stay on top of our health.

Surfing for Fitness

Physical fitness is an important part of living a healthy lifestyle. They say by just walking 20 minutes a day we can reduce our risk of heart disease, increase our lifespan, improve our memory and lose weight. Imagine the benefits of surfing 1-2 hours a day. Surfing has the benefit of being outdoors and in the ocean which is great for clearing your head, especially with that first refreshing duckdive. Surfing is also a great way to stay fit and strong as it perfectly combines endurance with strength and flexibility. Plus it is enjoyable and sociable making it more likely to be sustained.

Healthy Eating as a Way of Life

Healthy eating is not a diet that lasts a couple of months or maybe a year. It should be viewed as a way of life. It is something which needs to be sustainable and definitely enjoyable, to enable us to fully reap the rewards. Luckily for us, with endless delicious recipes online and a wide range of health foods now available at our local supermarkets, healthy eating has never been easier.

Food for Fuel

As surfers, we need to always make sure we have enough energy, so our surfing doesn’t suffer. Carbohydrates are the obvious answer, but the real key is a balanced diet. Carbs for paddle fitness; proteins for pop-up strength; slow-burning healthy fats to keep us going till sunset; vitamins and minerals to keep the cold away; fibrous foods for that healthy gut feeling; and natural sugars to give that extra burst, just when we need it!

Hydration is Everything

Staying hydrated is the best thing we can be doing for our bodies. We are unable to function properly when dehydrated. Our muscles get tired quicker and can cramp up, we can get light headed and even our co-ordination can be affected. When surfing or exercising in general, we use up more water through sweating, making it even more important to stay on top of our water intake.

  Top Tip: Save the beers for after the surf!

Mind Over Matter

After a long sunset surf, there is nothing better than popping to the local fish and chippy, and collapsing on the sofa with a beer. Although there is absolutely nothing wrong with indulging once in a while, it is important to be able to resist temptations before they become habit. We have found the best way to do this, with food especially, is to plan ahead. For example, if we are going for a late surf we will pop something in the slow cooker beforehand. Planning ahead for your hydration also works well. Having a daily routine of drinking in the morning, before meals, before and after surfing and before bed, makes staying hydrated effortless.

Finding time in our day to exercise can often seem tricky, but by choosing something like surfing, which we can enjoy with our friends, we are more likely to stick with it. Therefore benefiting our health in the long run. Healthy living is a full time job, which if made enjoyable is no chore.

So remember, it’s up to us to look after ourselves as everyone else is busy looking after themselves.

We will be sharing with you all of our favourite pre and post surf recipes, tried and tested strength and exercise training for surf fitness and the latest news in ‘should we be vegan?’, plus an insight into our sustainable living!


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Eco-Friendly… Because it Just Makes Sense

Here at Base Surf Lodge we are taking on the most important challenge of all. To become eco-friendly. We not only want to reduce our own footprint on this planet, but we also strive to be a positive influence to all our guests, family and friends alike. This is in hope that together we can turn our small changes into a huge positive outcome for our environment. Our aim over the course of the next few years is to look at all aspects of the business and our home life to see how we can start turning ideas into reality, for a greener future.

Green Energy

One of the major issues we face as a guest house is the amount of electricity we use. The lodge sleeps up to 24 guests per night, 26 with myself and Rob living upstairs. For one household that is a lot of phones which need charging, a lot of kettles boiling and a lot of lights being switched on. With energy efficient light bulbs, communal lights on a timer and a more efficient kettle we are reducing our electricity usage, but this is simply not enough. We have accepted that our energy bill will always be high but what we cannot accept is that our money goes to the big energy companies who completely push aside the importance of our planet. With this in mind our first thought for greener energy is to get solar panels for the lodge.

Solar Success

Living in Cornwall we are very lucky to be surrounded by countryside where positive changes can be seen daily. Solar panels on roofs, fields and fields of green energy solar farms and even our local pub is off-grid. For good reason, solar power is becoming increasingly popular. When building our DIY campervan we put a solar panel on the roof and it amazes us still that our phones get charged from the sun and that we can be self-sufficient in the middle of nowhere. With solar panels having been in the market for many years now, competition has made them better with more power and efficiency. Unfortunately, however, with the government cuts on green energy subsidies, the initial investment in solar power has increased. Therefore this is something we will need to save up for. In the meantime we are looking for an immediate positive change.

Lightbulb Moment

Through the powers of social media, we came across Bulb. A green energy company with our planet in mind. Bulb ensures 100% of the electricity they supply is renewably sourced and for every unit of electricity used, a unit is produced and put on the grid. This alone was enough to make us want to change to Bulb. Not only, though, do Bulb offer an immediate solution to our own green energy, they are also the cheapest energy providers for us and many other homes. They stand above other green energy suppliers as they invest in new technology to make cheaper green energy and then give the discounts to us, the public. This truly shows that they care about the environment as they want more and more people to be a part of the ‘renewable energy revolution’. And above all, they did all the hard work for us. We were signed up in 2 minutes online. They contacted our previous energy provider for us to cancel our policy and even paid our cancellation fee. It could not have been easier. To top it off, Bulb offer huge incentives to spread the word about their greener energy alternatives. You receive £50 off your bill for every person you recommend to use Bulb. Each person recommended also receives £50 off their first bill. This is obviously great for their business, to get as many people on board as possible, but more importantly it’s helping protect our planet.

Having changed to Bulb, we can rest assure that all lights left on, phones left on charge and kettles twice boiled are powered by renewable sources. We do know, however, that there is still loads we can be doing to reduce our carbon footprint. Our next big challenge is to tackle the amount of plastic ourselves and our guests waste weekly.

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Picture Organic Clothing

As surfers and skiers, we are always on the look out for the best gear. Wetsuits need to be warm, flexible, and durable. Outerwear for skiing needs to be waterproof, tough and comfortable. Style, fit and price tag are also important factors, but what about the impact on our planet?

The beauty of surfing and skiing, is the constant connection you have with nature. Whether you are gliding down a wave or floating over fresh powder, you are immersed in a natural phenomenon. The sad news however, is the natural world as we know it is changing rapidly. From pollution in our oceans to climate change affecting our snowfall, we are seeing these drastic changes first hand. Using paper straws and re-usable coffee cups is certainly a step in the right direction but it’s simply not enough.

Picture Organic Clothing - Base Surf Lodge

Well known ways to be more eco-friendly include taking less plane journeys, cutting down on single-use plastics and using renewable energy, but do we stop to think about what we wear. The impact of our clothes, wetsuits and technical gear on the planet is not often acknowledged. In fact, the majority of wetsuits are made from petrochemicals and most ski jackets are covered in PFCs (perfluorinated chemicals). These chemicals, which wash off into lakes and rivers, are found in 95% of Americans. These are just two examples of many unknown, brutal truths. Therefore if we truly want to help protect our planet, we need to consider an eco-alternative for our everyday attire.

Picture Organic Clothing are a French brand who make eco-friendly clothes for mountain and ocean lovers. Their slogan ‘Ride, Protect, Share’ says it all. As snowboarders, surfers and paragliders, the three Picture Organic Clothing founders have created a brand for people to enjoy the outdoors with minimal impact on our planet. They are whole heartedly focused on producing good quality, technical clothing and gear, which is as environmentally friendly as possible, but still affordable.

Since Picture was created, our desire was to offer eco-designed products, keeping up in prices with the competition who offer no eco-friendly option. – Picture Organic Clothing

Understandably they have encountered difficulties in being 100% perfect, like us all. However, in 10 years of being established they have done some amazing things. All of their technical products are minimum 50% recycled polyester or 95% organic GOTS certified cotton (remaining 5 % is recycled cotton). Any of their recycled polyester is essentially old plastic bottles (approx. 50 water bottles/men’s large ski jacket). For the majority of their wetsuit foam, they use old car tyres. They use 100% recycled polyester for the inside and outside lining. Plus they are using eco water-based glue. So, when wearing a Picture wetsuit you can rest assure that you are doing your bit to protect the oceans.

An organic farm produces 94% less carbon emissions than conventional. – Picture Organic Clothing

Being a relatively small business in the market has meant Picture can afford to take more risks. With this, they are extremely innovative and are always pushing the limits of what’s possible in the outdoor sports industry. Examples of their efforts include, making their whole range PFC Free, creating bio-sourced mid-layers which are completely biodegradable (see below), using scrap fabrics to minimise their waste, and many more.

Today, our goal is to be fully committed to being responsible with the whole cycle of our products: the design, raw materials, the making, the use, the 2nd life and end of life. – Picture Organic Clothing

As well as doing their bit for the planet, Picture Organic Clothing’s products are also amazing quality and look the part. Their wetsuits are extremely comfortable and flexible, especially compared to other environmentally friendly options on the market. Picture’s ski/snowboard gear is highly technical. They use eco-friendly waterproofing, recycled and even recyclable shells. Plus a clever I-Fit System in the pants to make them last longer. In all of their lines, they have a great range of designs, from the bright and colourful to the more simplistic. Plus they have an amazing range of everyday clothes and accessories. So, as well as helping protect our planet by choosing an eco-friendly brand like Picture Organic Clothing, we can also look and feel good doing the things we love.

Base Surf Lodge x Picture Organic Clothing

Here at Base Surf Lodge, we are extremely proud to have partnered up with Picture Organic Clothing and to be working as ambassadors with them. To be representing such an amazing brand with values which reflect our own, is an absolute pleasure. We will be hosting some of the Picture Family this year at Boardmasters. During which, you can test their wetsuits out for yourselves, just head to their stall on Fistral Beach.

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Learn to Surf

Be A True Surfer From Day 1

Are you totally new to surfing? Have you surfed a little and would like to refresh? Or are you experienced and keen to take your surfing to the next level?

From your very first day with us, we will give you all the tools and information you need to be a true surfer, no matter what your level. This doesn’t just mean learning how to standup on a board or ride across a green wave. We will teach you the all the foundations, for you to then take your surfing as far as you desire. After 3, 4 or 5 nights with us, we guarantee you will leave here with more confidence, more awareness of your own body, a greater understanding of waves and the ocean, plus you will have developed your surfing skills to be able to take it to the next level.

As super passionate surfers ourselves, we are constantly adapting and improving our coaching techniques to give you the best possible surfing experience. Our lessons are dynamic and based on a modern approach of learning to surf. We use training tools such as balance boards and surfskates. We incorporate a lot of land-based training and movement skill practice into our surf camps. Plus, we use video coaching to take a closer look into your individual performance, giving you a greater understanding of how to improve in your next surf session.

Have Fun Falling In

Surfing is by the far the most enjoyable and wholesome way to spend your day, yet every surfer knows it can be frustrating at times. The surf and weather conditions are always changing, your energy levels rise and fall and even your present mood has an affect on how you surf. With this in mind, our surf camps focus a lot on land-based surf practice, so that you can get the most enjoyment out of your time surfing in the ocean.

Land-based surf practice gives you the opportunity to learn each phase of surfing in a controlled environment. As generally we all spend more time on land than in the ocean, this approach will open up way more opportunities for you to improve your surfing, than you ever thought possible. No matter what stage of surfing you are at, we will teach you the correct movement patterns for you to practice and perfect any surfing manoeuvre. With a focus on maintaining good form, we ensure these stages of learning will stay consistent as your surfing progresses. By taking your time and repeating each phase, you will develop muscle memory and gain a sense of what it should feel like in the water. Then, once a single movement is mastered on land, you can begin to link into the next movement and slowly build up your land-surfing repertoire. This will keep you one step ahead of the rest, when taking it from land and into the waves.

In the ocean, the conditions are always changing, so there is naturally a lot more to think about. If you try and learn a totally new skill in this open environment, it usually takes a longer time and is harder to perfect. Whereas, if you have already developed the muscle memory on the beach, you will immediately receive your own feedback as to whether it feels good or not. Also, by keeping the emphasis of learning on the beach, you can go into the ocean with a more relaxed mindset and focus mainly on having fun. And this really is the key to success, as when we are happy and in a playful state, i.e. having fun, we are relaxed and more likely to try new things. When learning a new skill, the more attempts you make, the more opportunities you give yourself to succeed. Highlighting the importance of having fun falling in.

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Our Plans To Be More Eco-Friendly

Why being Eco-Friendly is important to us.

At Base Surf Lodge we want to be more eco-friendly, quite simply because we love and care for our environment. As a couple we spend our lives outdoors surfing in the summers and skiing in the winters. Living by the sea and in the mountains means we are lucky to always be surrounded by nature and wildlife. The unspoilt, snow-covered landscapes and the feeling of wilderness in the mountains is what draws us back year after year. While spending the summer months surfing in the ocean gives us a real sense of freedom and a true passion we cannot imagine life without. Hence why our appreciation for the natural world grows each day.

As skiers and surfers we are always excited for perfect conditions, whether that means a bluebird powder day or perfect crystal clear waves. Sadly, what is becoming more and more of a reality is how environmental issues are impacting the world we live in. During the last few winters in the French Alps, we have had many days of rain in months you would always expect to be below freezing. Also you only have to watch David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II to know the world’s oceans are filling with plastic. More and more environmental issues are being brought to light with the help of social media and the news. However the most eye opening reality check is seeing it for yourselves. From the top of Scotland to the tip of Cornwall and all over the world, environmental issues are a growing problem and we want to start taking action to help.

Small things make a big difference.

Here at Base Surf Lodge we know that, at the moment, we’re far from perfect. This is why we are taking action. From now on we will always be looking for practical ways to reduce our carbon footprint and our plastic usage to be more eco-friendly.

The aim is to share with you, our successes and challenges in moving towards a more sustainable life. This is in hope that we can join together and fight for a ‘greener’, more sustainable future.

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Sustainable Living

Join the Fight for a Sustainable Future

Here at Base Surf Lodge we are taking action to be more eco-friendly. Our aim is to find practical, affordable and sustainable ways to reduce our carbon footprint in both the business and our personal lives. We will be sharing with you our successes and any challenges we face.

Earth-Conscious at a Low Cost

In the lodge, we already have a few things in place which are sustainable actions towards becoming eco-friendly. All of which are affordable and can easily be implemented in homes and businesses alike.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle  

By simply reducing plastic usage, swapping disposable for reusable and recycling all that cannot be reused, together we can have a huge positive impact on our environment.


Turning old bunk bed slats into raised beds is just one example of how we try to repurpose things here at Base. By giving things a new purpose we reduce our costs and our waste.

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products 

We use Ecover who are a leading brand in eco-friendly, plant-based cleaning products. From their business model to the ingredients they use, Ecover are on a mission to save the planet, while giving us the chance to be truely CLEAN.

Hanging Out  

The many benefits of hang drying instead of tumble drying include longer lasting and fresher smelling clothes. But more importantly, saving pennies and the planet!

Energy Efficient Windows  

We have double glazed windows which are more energy-efficient due to their better insulation. This reduces our heating bill but more importantly our carbon emissions. A cheaper alternative is using insulated blinds, which also work well for temperature control.

Bamboo is Best  

We have swapped to bamboo toothbrushes, as an easy way to reduce our plastic waste. We have also got into wearing bamboo socks as they are incredibly soft, naturally anti-odour and eco-friendly. Our personal favourites are Sexy Socks as their designs are all so jazzy!

At Base Surf Lodge we strive for continuous improvement, therefore this is just the beginning!

Learn How to Surf with Base Surf Lodge, Newquay

Boots Off This May Bank Holiday

Learn how to surf with…

Quiet BeachesRolling Waves and Fresh Sea Breeze

While the beaches are quiet and the swells are frequent, this May is the perfect time to come and learn how to surf. And what better place to do so than on Fistral Beach, the home of British Surfing.

With two bank holidays we are offering you two chances to treat yourself this May, with our Boots Off Bank Holiday surf and stay package.

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Vanlife Dream, Base Surf Lodge, Newquay heads to Scotland surfing
DIY Vanlife

The DIY Vanlife Dream

Living in Cornwall, we are no strangers to a campervan or two. Thousands of holidaymakers flood down each summer in motorhomes the size of a house, family filled caravans and cosy campers. Plus many locals and a few close friends live in their vans year round and call it their home. After hiring a vehicle for 2 weeks in Japan and doing a proper, schedule-free van trip, we knew vanlife would definitely be for us. We loved the freedom it gave us to go and be anywhere. As a couple of surfers and skiers, to have this freedom would be perfect for chasing waves and snow. So when we got home, we immediately started looking at what we could get for our money. We decided that we wanted a vehicle we could both comfortably sleep in, one that could fit all our surfboards and skis inside, and something which we could live in for a couple months at a time. We also, like everyone else, wanted something reliable to sustain our vanlife dream.

The Big Decision

Our previous vehicle, The Batmobile, was a black ford focus estate. A perfect surfer’s car with all the space in the boot for boards and the occasional night’s sleep. Many good trips to France and Scotland were had, but to afford our van dream we sadly had to sell it.

The options were buy a second-hand campervan or convert one ourselves. Having never built a home in a van before our first thought was to buy second-hand as it would be a lot easier and definitely quicker. However, after months of online window shopping for our perfect van, we soon realised that it would be extremely hard. Finding a vehicle itself which was in good nick was tough, but to find one with an already made conversion that would suit us, seemed to send us on a wild goose chase. We also noticed that the price difference between two similar vans, one being an empty shell and the other converted, was crazy. Realising the upmarket of an already converted van got us first considering doing the work ourselves. Plus, if we decided to build it, we’d have the freedom to design our perfect van!

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Size Matters

We had a budget of £6000 between the both of us, which needed to include the conversion. So we were soon back online, this time looking at empty “builders’ vans”, hoping to find something with potential. First thing we were deliberating over was the size. Rob, being 6″2, wanted to ensure he could sleep comfortably, which meant sleeping across the width of any van was not really an option. For me, as a 5″2 tiny person, this would not have been an issue. Either way you can never have a bed too big. This meant a mid-wheel based van would be our shortest option to allow space for a bed and kitchen area. Once we started making rough plans for our interior we soon decided that for the small price to pay in the initial cost and fuel, a long-wheel base would give us a lot more space inside. Plus more storage for all our surfboards and other activities. As for height, our aim for the van was to go away for extended surf trips, up to 2 months at a time. Therefore being able to stand up properly, may be seen as luxury for other van-lifers, but vital for us. This meant we were looking for a hightop, long-wheel base van to convert into a home on wheels.

Time to Compromise

After reading a few online articles which reviewed the most reliable vans, we found that Mercedes and VW were regularly at the top. They both have similar models of vehicle but the difference in their engines meant Mercedes took the lead by a fair way. Online prices definitely reflected this, so we were looking for a compromise. We found many Mercedes Sprinters which looked amazing but were way out of our price range. We called up and looked at a couple we could afford, but decided pretty quickly on both viewings that they were not up to scratch. One was rusted through and the other had suspicious sounds coming from the engine. We were disappointed not to have found our perfect van but we took it as a hint that maybe we were shooting too high. VW crafters were our second option and there were a few which caught our eye but had too many miles on the clock. Something which seemed to be a regular occurrence when van shopping.

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Our Lucky Day

A month passed and we were no closer to finding our perfect van. We had a quick look online at Mercedes Sprinters again, just to tickle the taste buds. Never thinking we would find one we could actually afford. However our luck must have changed. Shining at us on the screen was a 2008 white, high-top, LWB Mercedes Sprinter in great condition with only 80,000 on the clock. That may seem a lot, but for a van that is nothing, as they are built to run. With the build still to pay for, it was out of our price range, advertised at £5800. However, it was noticeably better than anything else we had seen even up to £8000. Plus it had only been online for 3 days, unlike the 6 month eBay regulars. It maybe seemed too good to be true, especially when we saw it had a new MOT with no advisories. So we went and saw it for ourselves and got goosebumps when we signed the deal at £5600. The guy was getting rid of 5 vehicles because his business was going under. Hence the reasonable price for a quick sale. We couldn’t believe our luck.

Still a little apprehensive about whether or not it was too good to be true, we took it to a mechanic friend in Newquay who checked it over before we spent any money on the build. He gave us the all clear, changed the oil and wax-sealed the bottom, ready for us to start the conversion.

The dream had just become a reality!

We will be sharing with you our journey to vanlife, including all our successes and difficulties in the DIY van build itself.