UK Surf Camps
Make the most of Newquay with the best UK surf breaks right on your doorstep, including Fistral beach and Towan, which both offer a great variety of conditions for all levels.
Achieve your own surfing goals in our fun and progressive surf camps with visual and interactive coaching from our instructor Lou.
Enjoy delicious food with healthy breakfasts and a wood-fired barbecue, home-cooked using carefully selected fresh, local and whole foods, by our own chef Rob.
Relax and feel at home with us at Base Surf Lodge. With only 11 other surf campers to enjoy your time with, we offer the most intimate surfing experience.
- A very warm welcome by your hosts Rob and Lou.
- Comfortable and homely accommodation in the best location in Newquay
- A healthy & hearty breakfast each morning.
- A daily group surf lesson (2hrs each) on either Fistral or Towan Beach, including:
- An introduction to surfing, water safety and surf equipment.
- Basic movement training and a surf specific warm up each lesson.
- Expert, technical coaching for beginners, progressors and intermediate surfers.
- Individual guidance with a step-by-step breakdown of each movement, to help you progress smoothly.
- Regular feedback giving you the feel of a private lesson but with the fun of being in a group.
- Full day surf hire for the whole duration of your stay.
- 1 x Evening meal – a delicious feast cooked on our wood-fired bbq, using carefully selected fresh, local and sustainable produce.
- Free tea and coffee in the cozy living area, anytime of the day.
- Plenty of free time to make your holiday your own, with no need to rush around.
- Expert advice on the perfect surf equipment for your individual surfing level, so you can progress with ease.
- The opportunity to share our intimate knowledge of the local area and discover how much is truly on our doorstep.
- Peace of mind, knowing you’ve chosen to stay in a place that’s devoted to sustainability and powered by renewable energy.
Coaching you to become a better surfer
You’ve never surfed before or maybe tried it just a few times and want a total recap. You’ve seen lots of surf schools at the beach but want to make sure you pick the right one. Well you’ve come to the right place. At Base Surf Lodge our main priority is quality, not quantity. As a small independent surf school, our group sizes are always small too. This allows our surf coaches to really focus on each individual in the group and give tailored feedback. From years of experience, our coaches are masters of being able to adapt their coaching techniques to give each of you your best chance of smooth progression.
We will supply you with the perfect beginner surf equipment to get you started. Once you’ve received your wetsuit and surfboard, the equipment is free to use throughout your stay. This gives you the opportunity to stay longer at the beach after your lessons, or head back down later in the day, if you just can’t get enough. After all, practice makes perfect!
**WARNING** Once you start surfing you may be hooked for life!
You’ve surfed a good few times before and have found a new love for the sport. You have pretty much mastered standing up in whitewater and riding to the shore. You’ve seen surfers out back riding along waves and are now super keen to be out there with them.
We know this is such an exciting stage of learning to surf and, as every surfer knows, the first green wave you ride along will be in your memory forever. This is also the most critical time in your surfing career to learn the correct fundamentals. With the right knowledge and skillset you will be able to progress your surfing safely, effectively and efficiently, without creating any pesky bad habits.
This is where we come in. In our surf lessons you will learn proper technique for paddling out, positioning, wave reading, surfing etiquette and how to take off on unbroken waves. Get these right and your progress will fly through the roof.
Surfing is no longer just an occasional hobby, it’s sneaking in to becoming part of your life. You’ve devoted all holidays to the ocean and can’t stop scrolling surf media. You are starting to catch green waves and ride along in one or maybe both directions already. You may even be able to link some turns but you are super keen to get better and fed up with typical surf lessons being all the same. We hear you! From years of experience working for many surf schools we know the deal. That’s why we have focussed our energy into creating the perfect intermediate lessons. We’ve taken inspiration from some of the best: Chris Mills aka Surf Strength Coach; the legend that is Taylor Knox and the surf guru Brad Gerlach (If you haven’t heard of them, look them up as they all have incredible home surf workout programmes which definitely compliment our coaching).
From constantly training and learning ourselves, we are able to adapt our coaching to suit every individual’s learning style and ability. In our lessons we incorporate a lot of land-based training and basic movement skills. This enables us to consistently practice our surfing without always having to wait for the perfect wave. With this land-based training we are able to work together and take a closer look at your technique then focus on specific areas of your surfing which need improving. Through taking a deeper look into your own ability, you will also gain valuable knowledge and a much better understanding of why things go well or not so well when in the water.
In each lesson, we use our time in the water to focus on fun practice. We aim to use what we’ve learnt on the beach and put it into practice without putting too much pressure on ourselves. The focus is more on combing our knowledge of safety, board control, wave reading and muscle memory from the beach to select good waves and have fun trying new things.
So whether you are wanting to improve your pop-up, generate speed along the wave, or perform a solid bottom turn to top turn, we will coach you to become a better surfer.
In the 12 years we’ve been running Base Surf Lodge, our aim has always been to provide the best place for you to come and experience surfing life. We welcome all level surfers, so if you are new to surfing and feel adventurous, or you’re experienced and want to improve your skills, you’ve come to the right place.
In true surfer style, we focus on being flexible and relaxed, giving you the opportunity to make our surf camps, your own. If we go on a surf trip ourselves, we want everything to be as hassle free as possible and can only imagine you’d want the same. We also like to be able to enjoy the area we are visiting and want time to explore, rather than having a cram packed schedule with no time to chill. So, we have designed our surf camps to be hassle free and to give you the freedom to do whatever makes you happiest on your holiday, whether that’s relaxing in the sun or staying in the water till your surfed out.
With private and shared* dorm room options you can choose your perfect getaway. Our shared dorm style rooms are ideal if you are travelling alone and would like to meet other like-minded surfing guests. While our private options are great for couples, small groups of friends and families.
Our communal bathrooms are newly renovated with a modern and boutique feel. The cozy living area provides you with a space to relax with a freshly pressed coffee or to make use of the free wifi and catch up on some work from home.
If you can’t get enough of the outdoors then head out into our tropical garden to soak up some rays and take in the fresh sea-breeze. While you’re there, why not test your green fingers and see how many veggies you can name that are growing in the raised beds.
*Our shared dorm room options are currently unavailable due to Covid-19 government restrictions. If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch on 07766132124.
Base Surf Lodge is located in the most perfect location, at the heart of British surfing. Newquay boasts a thriving surf culture with a beautiful coastline. Fistral and Towan beaches are both just 5 minutes walk away from where you will be staying. These beaches face the Atlantic Ocean in different directions, providing a variety of great surf conditions for all abilities. Sainsbury’s supermarket and all the amenities of town, including top quality restaurants, small independent shops and cafes, are all within walking distance.
For all the adventurous souls Newquay has endless great options to keep you busy:
- beautifully rugged coastal walks
- visiting the local octopus at the aquarium
- launching yourself off cliffs while coasteering
- stand-up paddle boarding on the Gannel Estuary
- fishing on a boat trip from Newquay harbour
- scuba diving with marine life including the resident seals
Our small team of experienced surf coaches are here to give you the knowledge and skillset to enjoy the power of the ocean and ride its waves in style. Whether you are totally new to surfing or experienced and keen to learn more, we guarantee to help you become a better surfer.
As fully qualified and highly trained surf coaches, we offer you much more than the classic ‘just copy me’ style of lesson. We give each of you in-depth and technical coaching, both on land and in the water. No matter what your level or which movements you may need help with, our coaches are masters of breaking each phase down so you can progress with ease.
As a team, our goal is to share our knowledge of surfing with you and to leave you empowered with valuable life skills. During your surf camp, we will discuss how to safely avoid or manage rip currents. You will learn how the daily surf, tide and weather conditions affect the waves and how this differs on each beach. Together, we will go through a surf specific warm-up with basic movement training and breath control. All of this is really important to maintain a healthy and long-term relationship with surfing. Because who doesn’t want to be surfing when they’re 80?
Our Surf Camps are designed with FLEXIBILITY to give you the FREEDOM to create your own perfect surf trip.
- No set dates.
- No set duration.
- No re-arranging your schedule to fit in with us.
- No stressing about getting unwanted time off work.
Arrive any day of the week and stay as long as you like.
Our 2 Night Surf Camp runs through May, June and September.
All our other camps run from early May through to the end of September.
Here at Base Surf Lodge we are doing everything we can to meet current government guidelines to be able to open and operate safely for the 2021 season. With all the current uncertainties we are remaining flexible but hopeful that this summer will be great for us all. If you have any concerns or questions regarding our Covid operating procedure please feel to get in contact on 07766132124.
All bookings made directly with us are COVID-SECURE. Meaning we are offering full refunds of deposits for all Covid related cancellations*. For example if we are unable to be open or operate under Government Restrictions; or if you are unable to come and stay with us due to Covid, we will offer you a voucher or simply refund your deposit.
For all bookings made via online booking agents, such as BookSurfCamps, please check their own cancellation policies as they all differ. We are more than happy to help with communications if necessary, however they have total control of your deposits, not us unfortunately.
*This only applies to UK residents who are travelling to us from within the UK.
The Best UK Surf Camps?
Here’s what our guests are saying…
“Base offers a really excellent surf school experience for both beginners and intermediates. I’ve been to several other schools and found that they struggle a lot with pitching lessons at the right level, but Lou is an amazing instructor who knows how to assess individual skills and tailor her lesson plan and individual instruction to the level that’s needed. Also, this is the only surf school I’ve been to where I felt that the instruction on the shore and exercises we did on the beach actually helped everyone to improve in the water (yes, even for someone who can already functionally ride a board). The school is really well located with access to both Fistral beach and the harbour, so there are great options for a really wide range of surf conditions. Also, the accommodation is really nice and the vibe is very chill :)”
– Rachael Meager