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John Burroughs

Physical Activities

Surfing – all beaches around this area are good for surfing. However, unless experienced, it is sensible to take some lessons at the beginning of your stay so that you know what you are doing and make the most of the excellent conditions


Mike Raven Surf School – 01288 353693 – courses for beginners based at Widemouth Bay (just outside Bude). Ex-European champion – boards, wetsuits etc included. www.ravensurf.co.uk


Shoreline Outdoor Pursuits – 01288 354039 – coaching in: kayaking, rock climbing, canoeing, abseiling, archery and more. www.shorelineactivities.co.uk


Big Blue Surfing School – 01288 331764 – surfing lessons from the beaches of Bude – all equipment provided with courses. www.bigbluesurfschool.co.uk


BSX – Bude Surf Experience – 0870 7775111 – one of the longest running surf schools in the south west. www.budesurfingexperience.co.uk


Sandymouth Surf School – 07870 472448 – based on one of the UK's top 5 surfing beaches we offer surfing lessons to all ages, abilities, groups and individuals. www.sandymouthsurfschool.co.uk


Freewave Surf Academy – 07870 472448 – Bude’s premier surf school and lifeguard training centre. freewavesurfacademy.co.uk

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