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Learn to surf in Wales with Cressey's Surf Academy! We are based near the beaches of Porthcawl, 25 mins outside of Cardiff, but offers lessons all along the South Wales coast where ever the best conditions are for that day - we go where the waves are! Only an hour from Bristol, and three hours from London we're the nearest location for land locked surfers!


Born in South Africa, Head Surf Coach Ingemar Cressey is a qualified ASI Level 3 Surf Coach, Fitness Instructor, Swimming Instructor and Lifeguard, and offers over 25 years of surfing experience across UK and international waters, including competitive surfing, as well as over 12 years experience teaching people to surf.


We offer surf coaching for individuals, small and large groups of all ages and abilities. This includes family surfing lessons, school surfing trips, surfing birthday parties, team building surf lessons, stag and hen surfing parties and more! We pride ourselves in tailoring each session to meet your specific needs, providing a highly professional and personable experience whatever your aims. We are a family run business, developing as an eco-surf school and aim to protect the environment from which we gain. For more information visit our policies page.


Cressey's Surf Academy is different because we deliver sessions around you and your needs - not the other way round. We guarantee high standards of delivery and fully qualified and experienced friendly instructors who will help you learn to surf. We aim to be the best at what we do, and pass on our passion for surfing to our customers.


As a family run business we also believe in a personal approach, and go the extra mile to ensure our customers needs are met.


As a mobile surf school we are not tied to any one beach, ensuring we can give you the best waves and conditions for your lesson and ability. We offer surf lessons in Porthcawl and Aberavon, South Wales as our main beaches.


You don't have to have your own board and wetsuit as this can be provided, but as you progress this may be something you want to invest in. Make sure you get the right advice for your abilities before you go spending money on equipment - we will be happy to offer you free and impartial guidance, and can also assist with beginner foam boards from Sola, and custom made board querys with Adams Surfboards, Cornwall.








Click on the links to find out more information on surf coaching for:


         beginners - those who are new to surfing and building basic surf skills

         improvers - those more confident in the basics looking to develop further

         advanced - those with good surf skills looking to firm up manouveres

         competition - advanced surfers looking to compete as amateur or pro

         1:1 and 1:2 - private surf coaching for all levels focused on your needs

         groups - schools, families, youth groups, parties, team building, stag & hen

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