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St Ives has great surf in a spectacular setting, it also has some of the best beach bars in the UK. Surf straight into Porthmeor Beach Cafe and enjoy a beer at the end of a great day.

Great swell, great beach bars, top surf school in the UK - all a 5 minute walk from Cohort's front door

The surfing in St Ives is second-to-none, being on the North Coast but extremely close to South Coast currents. Porthmeor Beach is just a few minutes walk from Cohort and is a great place to learn, practice or for experienced surfers to just enjoy.

If you’re a surfer staying with us we have facilities for you to store your board, wash and hang your wetsuits and shower off equipment before you even enter the hostel. There is parking nearby so you don’t have far to walk from your car with your board.

Surf Camp

We work closely with St Ives Surf School to offer surf camps. You can book direct with us or them. Please check accommodation availability and if we’re good to go for your dates email to sort your surf camp.

Surf lessons

St Ives Surf School is highly regarded as one of the best places to learn to surf in Cornwall and they run a wide variety of surfing courses. Their aim is to provide an unforgettable ocean experience in a fun, friendly and safe environment.

The experienced team offer a variety of surf lessons and courses on a daily basis from their beach front facility on Porthmeor Beach. Absolute beginners, improvers and advanced surfers are catered for with suitable tuition.

In all of the surfing lessons equipment is included free of charge and on-site secure changing facilities, male/female toilets and showers are provided. Typical lessons are 2hrs long with additional rental also available.


10% off lessons at the Surf School if you’re staying at Cohort.

The Cohort price for one lesson is just £34.20 if you book more than one lesson the surf school offer generous discounts.

For groups of 4 or more the price for one lesson is reduced to £28.80 per person and for groups of 8 or more the price is reduced to £27 per person.

Check out the St Ives Surf School Price List and remember to tell them you’re staying at Cohort when you book, or we can do it for you.

Surfing the surrounds

Should you want to travel a bit further afield Cohort is just a short distance from more awesome waves:

Godrevy/Gwithian: 15 mins

Praa Sands: 20 mins

Porthleven: 20 mins

Sennen: 30 mins

Check for the best waves in the morning and be surfing them 20 minutes later.

If you want a real insider view speak to Matty at Cohort, he is our resident surf instructor and will answer any questions you have about surf lessons, the swell and the best place to surf that day. Catch him before he leaves to teach at St Ives Surf School.

Check out our surf blog

Read more about the surf in St Ives and surrounding areas on our guest blog by resident surf instructor Ben Warner.

Booking a surf lesson

All the above can be booked through Cohort, either at reception when you arrive or in advance. Please be aware that if you are staying with us in July or August it’s best to book your surf lesson in advance to avoid disappointment.

Alternatively just fill in the below form:

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