8 Of The Best Surf Camps For Total Beginners | Where To Go For Your First Surf Lesson

The Best Surf Tuition In The Most Beautiful Locations...

Have you been dreaming about surfing in tropical destinations like the pro surfers you follow on Instagram?

Or maybe you’ve spotted your friend’s photos on Facebook of them surfing somewhere sunny in the world and now you want to give it a shot to see what all the fuss is about, stand up on your first wave and have just as much fun as they are.

We think you should go for it! However, it is important you find the best surf schools for your first surf lesson to ensure you don’t learn any bad habits. If you’re not quite sure where to go for your first surf lesson, don’t worry because we’ve got it covered.

We have put together a list of our favourite surf schools all over the world for you to choose from…


The South West of England is renowned for its waves and surf scene. Newquay is a particularly lively surf town, with its own unique/skate surf vibe and has many different surf camps located within the town.

Newquay has been at the heart of UK surfing for over 40 years and Newquay is the perfect place to get into the waves for the first time.

Our favourite surf camp in Newquay is the Quiksilver Surf School, they focus on delivering fun, professional and informative lessons, getting you popping up for the first time with good technique, confidence and style!

Their surf camp looks directly out to Fistral Beach and they even have indoor changing rooms with hot showers – trust us, a hot shower post surf is the best feeling in the world.
Nearest Airport: Newquay



Chicks on Waves are offering surf packages in the Algarve for women wanting to learn to surf for the first time, no men allowed!

We love that the founder only started surfing at 25 where she was often the only woman in the water. When she recognised that the lineup is generally dominated by males, she became motivated to get other women in the water surfing and surfing together!

Chicks on Waves have a surf camp in the Algarve, Portugal which has more than 300 days a year of sunshine and has loads of beaches to explore and surf!
With a variety of surf and yoga packages to choose from, we think you should check them out now! 

Closest Airport: Faro


Bura Travel offer surf and yoga camps in Lagos, South West of Portugal with hostel and backpacker accommodation.

This Surf and Yoga camp is totally unique… They have specialist weeks including their Surf, Yoga, Wine week… I know, dreamy right?

Surf from 8:30am until 5 in the evening; explore a variety of beaches with experienced surf coaches who will make sure you are safe and having fun at all times.

Enjoy practising yoga on the rooftop every morning to energise your body, ready to surf all day long in the glorious sunshine and clear blue sea. In the evening, yoga classes are available to relax and stretch your muscles after all that surfing followed by wine tasting, cheese and bread…

Nearest Airport: Faro

The Basque country


Good People Surf want to teach you to surf, right from the beginning, even if you haven’t stepped foot in the sea before!

The surf camp is situated in Zarautz which is the largest Basque beach on the Atlantic coast of Spain. Zarautz has beautiful, mellow waves- perfect for beginners to learn to surf. 

You will camp with fellow surfers in a large private campground with a social lounge tent, relaxing hammocks, BBQ corner, sun terrace and a yoga/massage area.

Zarautz has a cool and inspiring environment with plenty of traditional tapas bars to discover too…Plus, skate longboards are free of charge so why not skate around the town when you’re not surfing.

Nearest Airport: San Sebastian


Dreamsea Surf Camp is situated in Moliets Plage which is located in the South West of France.

You can choose from their basic lessons for 10 hours of surfing a week or opt for the intensive lesson course to give you 15 hours of surfing in a week. The intensive lesson course is a great option if you’re wanting to reach a particular level in a short period of time.

Dreamsea Surf Camp offer many other activities to combine with surfing such as yoga, skateboarding, table tennis, paleo gym, trampoline, indo board, bikes, slack lines and more…

Nearest Airport: Biarritz


Surf all day, eat delicious Moroccan food, enjoy the markets and the magical sunsets over the ocean with Surf Maroc. Surf Maroc is a great place to learn to surf and catch your first wave, with qualified instructors and accommodation overlooking the sea.

99% of the time there is always somewhere to surf in Morocco, with an NW and SW facing coastline, Morocco is blessed with multiple options whatever the conditions.

There’s always a small wave for beginners and bigger ones for the more experienced surfer.

They have an All Girls Surf and Yoga Week where you will enjoy a sunrise yoga session, followed by a healthy breakfast, road trip to find the best waves, surf lessons, and sunset yoga with drinks and nibbles!

Nearest Airport: Agadir

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is located at the tip of India, offering the best of surfing, yoga and an incredible local culture (including the insanely delicious curries!).

Lap point Camps have a course specifically for people who have never surfed before. You’ll definitely catch your very first waves here and the qualified instructors will ensure you’re having loads of fun in the water, developing your surfing skills tailored to your level.

A typical week includes an introduction to surf theory, surf and yoga lessons, great Sri Lankan food, lots of surf stoke and new friends!

You can choose from two absolutely beautiful villas with double rooms and dorms. Enjoy lazy times by the pool post surf, BBQ’s with new friends and huge chill-out areas.

Nearest Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport


Costa Rica

Costa Rica is often voted the happiest place on earth… Maybe because the sun is always shining and it offers year round surf. Costa Rica is situated on the Pacific and Caribbean coastline, offering us award winning beginner beaches to catch your first wave.

If you win the lottery and want to take your surfing to the next level, Surf Simply has definitely gone the extra mile to provide a ‘logical, analytical approach which demystifies surfing allowing people of all ages and abilities to get into the sport’.

Each day, Surf simply have surf theory lessons covering every aspect of surfing including swell forecasting, surfboard design, surf etiquette and they spend time in the pool working on your paddle technique, duck diving, turtle rolling and board agility.

Nearest Airport: Liberia Airport (LIR)


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