Surfing in Cornwall

Welcome to Raven Surf School in Bude, Cornwall

Come Surfing in Cornwall!

Learn to surf at One of the UKs premier surf schools, Learn to surf in Bude with former British, English and European surfing champion Mike Raven and his team of professional surf coaches.

Welcome to Raven Surf School video from Mike Raven British Senior Surfing Champion 2013/2014!


Raven Surf School is based in Bude Cornwall and is regarded as one of the top surf schools in Cornwall and the UK. We are an ASI (academy of surf instructors) accredited surf school.
We have been teaching people to surf at Widemouth Bay for ten years!
All surfing abilities are catered for!
Small groups and excellent surf instructor to student ratios with emphasis on quality and a friendly learning environment on beautiful North Cornwall beaches!
All equipment is provided
We are Trained S.L.S.G.B Lifeguards and professional ASI surf coaches.
Safety is paramount in our surf lessons!

Surfing lessons for Beginners,
Intermediate and advanced surfers

Individuals - families - groups - one to one surf clinics

Hen and Stag groups welcome!

Academy of surfing instructors accredited
Fantastic instructor to student ratios, quality and safety are paramount within our surf lessons!
Mike Raven
Elite squad surfer Kit Innes
Elite Squad surfer Kit Innes


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girl surfing at Widemouth Bay, Bude, north Cornwall

Beginner Surfing

Introduction to beginner surf lesson

Learn to surf at Widemouth Bay!

1. Stretching exercises.

2. Basic surf theory (including safety instruction).

3. Entering and exiting the water.

4. Judging waves and catching waves lying down on board

5. Learning how to stand on a surfboard.

6.Improver lessons to follow to add to your surfing skills

We all work really hard at Raven Surf School to get you in and enjoying the surf!
Surfing and teaching surfing is our life passion!

Our Story

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mike raven surfing in cornwall
Mike and his mum moved to the Bude area when Mike was three years old. Mikes Mum always a very keen swimmer, got Mike swimming at the age of 3 and started him surfing at age 6. Mike won his first surfing competition at the age of 14 and was mens European circuit winner by the age of 17 (still a junior) collecting many national titles and surfing for the Cornish, English and British Teams until the age of 34 when he stopped competing and concentrated on Raven Surf School. Mike is holding an ASI level 4 Master surfing coach accreditation. Raven Surf School is also an ASI Instructor Training Centre (ITC). Mike is an ASI Level 4 Trainer (the highest level attainable in the world) and is authorised to train others to be ASI accredited surfing instructors.

Mike and Nicky got married in 2003 and while on their honeymoon in Sri lanka. Mike taught Nicky to surf, which went really well and when they returned Nicky insisted they start Raven surf school! Nicky has also lived in the Bude area most of her life ,spending 8 years working in London as a teacher. She moved back to Bude to get married to Mike, Taylor Raven came along in 2008 (Taylor surfing) Nicky puts all her efforts into the family and does all the phone calls and admin involved with Raven surf school.

Mike, Nicky and their excellent TEAM put all their energy into making Raven Surf School a top surfing school for beginners to advanced surfers of all ages. We have run a Groms (kids) club for local kids since we began ,producing some surfing national champions. We are working with Bude haven School and CATS ( Community Action Through Sports) on a project called URBAN SURF to give some kids an opportunity to get into surfing and learn new skills and in the future maybe to be trained by Mike to be surf coaches.

Mikes Bio.

News Flash! In November 2013 Mike became British Senior Surfing Champion!

Taylor Raven surfing in Cornwall
Nicky Raven surfing
mike elite squad


Raven Surf prices

The best Instructor to student ratios available
Mike Raven
best surf class size
Adults and Children all Welcome!

Discounts for Family, School and Youth Groups

Staggs and Hens welcome!

All equipment Included.

1 lesson

£ 35.00


Any lessons after

£ 30.00


1 to 1

From £ 90.00

Lessons last for 2 hours ( changing time not in lesson)

  • All equipment is included
  • Surfboard and wetsuit.
  • Boots gloves and hats in colder months
  • Video analysis for 1 to 1 lessons

Gift Vouchers available!

surf lesson cornwall gift voucher


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Let Nicky organise a surf and stay package for you!

Nicky Ravens face

Call Nicky on 01288 353693 - 07860 465499

Surf Hire

Surfboard Hire

Surfboard And Wetsuit Hire
Raven surf school customers can rent from us after their lessons!
Carry on practicing on the same equipment as in your surf lesson, hassle free! No washing out, no roof racks or wet sandy cars, all we ask is that you look after the kit!


2 hours

Half day

Full day





Full Wetsuit




Surf Hire Must be pre-booked and prepaid, the same process as our surf lessons.

Our hire service is exclusive to Raven Surf School customers. 

Contact Us

For Bookings & Enquiries

Call Nicky or Mike on 01288 353693 - 07860 465499

Meeting Place for Raven Surf School Widemouth Bay (bude) pay & display car-park EX23 0AW for Sat-nav

For any correspondence with Raven Surf School

(not meeting place)

32 Seawell rd,


Bude, Cornwall EX23 8PD

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