The surf schools and camps in the UK are generally of a high quality, as is the teaching. Most beach breaks in the UK have mellow breaking soft waves that are good for learning. On the flipside, though, waves often break a long way out to sea, meaning most learners struggle to break through the white-water to the unbroken waves. Another big minus point is, of course, the infamous British summertime weather and cool seawaters, which can quickly become offputting. Newquay is the most famous surfing destination in the UK. The Newquay Activity Centre, located close to Fistral beach, offers a range of different surf and bodyboard courses designed for children. As well as surfing, it offers coasteering (jumping off scarily high cliffs) and more varied children’s beach activities, such as rock-pooling. It works with a range of good-quality hotels and guesthouses, and can recommend family-friendly places to stay.
Price: Kid's surfing and bodyboarding lessons at the Newquay Activity Centre are £30 for two hours, with children under the age of 8 having to be accompanied by a parent/guardian.