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Alive Surf School

Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
+44 7935 952532
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Friendly people and a nice location

Rented boards and wetsuits for myself and friends, totally satisfied. it was reasonably priced, and... read more

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Sandro G
Amazing day

I came down to portrush an amateur surfer and went home a pro surfer thanks to jill. Highly... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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'Winner - Best Family Activity Provider in Northern Ireland 2011, 2012 adn 2013 ! 'Alive Surf School is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and has taught over 11,000 people of all ages, shapes and sizes how to surf! Our simple philosophy is to 'be safe and have fun', we excel at both of these goals and our lessons start from only £20 per person.All lessons last for 2 hours and include all equipment, a drink and snack for afterwards there are even free hot showers at the beach. Our instructors are all fully qualified beach lifeguards, surfing instructors and some have even surfed for Ireland......Book you place now for a really awesome day out!
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“surf school” (47 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ballywillan Road, Portrush BT56 8GJ, Northern Ireland
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+44 7935 952532
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Reviewed yesterday

Rented boards and wetsuits for myself and friends, totally satisfied. it was reasonably priced, and very congenial people to exchange surf knowledge with. As a surf instructor myself I even applied for a job! Although i withdrew my application after it started raining and Ireland...More

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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded today

Hey Sandro, thanks for your comments mate. If you change your mind about coming back to work in Ireland let us know :) you can also check out our smaller boards then as we also stock 7 and 6 footers :) of course all 100%...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I came down to portrush an amateur surfer and went home a pro surfer thanks to jill. Highly recommend alive surf school

Thank Conor D
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Me and a mate came down for a suffering lesson and had and absolutely class day! Big thanks to Cali chick Jill!

Thank Bailey H
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just finished the 4 day (2 hours per day) summer camp with 3 kids. Great to be doing something outdoors and even on a colder day the wetsuit kept you warm as toast. I even joined in on one of the days at no extra...More

Thank Gareth K
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Alive S, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Gareth, A big thank you for leaving us such a great comment. Stoked the kids and you had a ball. Hopefully see you again next year :) Have a great rest of your summer. Hanno

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Travelled to Portrush from Bangor for a 2 hour surf lesson along with 2 of my teenage children...we all had a brilliant time! Having never surfed before and a little bit nervous we were all quickly put at ease by the lovely Hannah, she explained...More

Thank Nina C
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Brought 3 kids up from Dublin especially very professional and huge FUN. . we will be back for sure!

Thank Fiona C
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you so much Fiona, this really means a lot to us. Very happy they all had a great time. Looking forward to seeing you again next year :) Have a great rest of your holidays! Hanno

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the best experience today with Alive Surf School the paddle boarding was excellent 😁fab instructor Johnny a big thank you and the boys had a fabulous time surfing with Hannah and Hanno, can’t wait to do it all over again 😁😁

Thank Kim U
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HannoWindisch, General Manager at Alive Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Awesome Kim, thanks a million for your great feeback. Happy to hear you all had a blast :) Looking forward to seeing you guys again. Bring the sunshine back with you, will you?

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our instructor , Jill was really professional and we had a great day out. Would highly recommend and would go again

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A fantastic four sessions! Thanks to all the instructors for expert tuition! Our four had a ball 🏄‍♀️

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My sons and I had a paddle-boarding lesson, on Tuesday. Our instructor: Johnny Black was fantastic, helpful, patient and encouraging. And very quickly had us standing on our boards. It was a fun activity and I would highly recommend the Alive Surf School to everyone....More

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Kivamc87
3 October 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi Caoimhe, thanks for getting in touch. Yes, we operate year round. In fact, the most consistent season for waves is the winter time. Apart from toasty wetsuits, we will then also provide boots and gloves to keep you nice... More
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cjcopes
3 July 2016|
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Response from HannoWindisch | Property representative |
Hi, we start taking kids from the age of 5, so 7 and 12 are perfect age. The kids camps are really great for the kids as they have others of similar age around them, boosting their confidence and contributing to overall fun... More
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olenairl
25 February 2015|
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Response from Alive S |
Hi, thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the delayed reply, we must have missed your enquiry unfortunately. We are about 1 hour and 20 minutes from the Belfast City airport and 40 minutes from the Belfast... More
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