Welcome to Freewave Surf Academy in Bude, Cornwall
Located at Widemouth Bay, Freewave Surf Academy is a surf school with over 15 years experience in taking small groups, families and individuals on surfing lessons and aquatic adventures. Our small surf school is made up of a team of instructors who are all local watermen and ladies. They have extensive knowledge of the area and so you will receive more than Surfing lessons, SUP tuition or Coasteering experience! Each of the instructors all has skills, experience and hobbies in other areas such as climbing, lifeguarding, yoga and swimming to mention just a few. They are a highly motivated bunch who love to meet new people and be around the water. Get in contact or book your adventure with us today!
Cornwall is a pretty rad place with Widemouth Bay and Bude being no exception. The stunning coast and tranquil waterways provide us with the perfect venue for us to take you on an experience. Why not start with the beautiful, relaxing and wildlife-rich flat water canal to start your standup paddle boarding experience. Then hit the surf at the famous surfing beach of Widemouth Bay. Then on to the rugged coastline for some adrenaline-filled safety assured coasteering jumps. Why not join us on a Surfing & Yoga Retreat? Its almost as if Bude was made for your adventure!
We think everyone is special. Each with our different abilities, limitations, fears, dreams, aspirations and goals. Families, Hen Parties, Corporate Teams and Couples are all made up of individuals. Let us tailor your experiences to meet the needs of the individuals in your family or group. This way, everyone that comes to visit us leaves with a smile and a sense of achievement. Get in contact and chat with us about what we can offer your group or book your experience today!
What others say about their time with us
Had two lessons during half term with my daughter. Instructors really friendly and enthusiastic. Warm up yoga entertaining (for anyone watching my attempts!). Equipment good. Added bonus is the location – one of my favourite spots in the southwest.
A group of 4 of us ranging in ages from 46 to 11 had a learn to surf lesson with Robin and his team on Widemouth beach last Monday. We all had a great time and true to his word we all actually stood up on a board and surfed! On the Thursday 6 of us aging from 46 to 10 had a Coasteering lesson where we met Robin and the team in Bossiney Cove. This is a glorious place which we would never have found without Robin. Coasteering is one of the best things I have ever done! It is fantastic fun and we swam through narrow gaps in the rocks, into a cave and jumped off the cliffs into the sea. Robin had 3 team members with him, he was guiding, 2 of the others had lifeguarding aids and there was also someone with a full length rescue surfboard. It was very well organised.
We had a group surf lesson for 12 excited hens! It was a brilliant couple of hours, everyone thoroughly enjoyed it. Thanks Robin x
My son (18) had 2 private surfing lessons with Charlie. He absolutely loved them and learned and improved so much. He described one of the days as ‘one of the best days of my life.’ That is high praise indeed considering he travels all over the world taking part in many different sporting activities.
4 of us (including our daughter, 20) had a paddle boarding session on Bude canal with Robin. 3 of us were novices but the way Robin ran the afternoon meant we could all go at our own pace. It was exhausting, brilliant and hilarious in equal measure. There were a few unexpected and fun additions too (which I won’t spoil by revealing). I can’t praise, or recommend, Charlie and Robin highly enough. Kind, patient, friendly and fun. And the kind of people you wish were your mates when you have to leave (whatever your age). We will definitely go back again on our next visit to Bude. Thanks so much, guys. We had a blast!
Fantastic surf school with friendly, fun and knowledgeable instructors. Engaged with surfers immediately and offered a fun warm-up and surfer involved stretches. Clear instructions, excellent for beginners with step-by-step lesson. Young and enthusiastic instructors who help with catching waves and give personal tips and feedback. Second lesson they tailored to their experience of you on the first. Very attentive to my 8 year old who loved his ‘taxi’ from Anna. Marco gave excellent tips and was very patient with me and Robin was friendly and approachable and also gave great advice. Both me and my son were standing up catching waves. Hired a board on the third day to go out on my own. Excellent kit. Highly recommend Freewaves, this is the third school we have had lessons with and by far the best.
If you are in the Bude area and want to give surfing a try, give Robin a shout… I’ve been the last 2 years with my 11 yo son and found the Freewave team personable, knowledgeable and (best of all) able to get us surfing! Really like the approach taken, great experience and will be returning!