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'One of the best surf schools in the UK' Coast Magazine


About Us

Discovery Surf School has been operating at Bigbury-on-Sea since 2002 and we pride ourselves as a top quality school, ensuring small groups and guaranteeing to get you up and riding in your first session.

Walking up the beach in front of Burgh Island

'One of the best surf schools in the UK' Coast Magazine

Lesson by the stunning Burgh Island

We are an ASI (Academy of Surf Instructors) accredited Surf School and AALS (Adventure Activity Licensing Service) registered.  Discovery is regarded as one of the top centres in the UK and we provide professional coaching for all ages and levels from absolute beginners to experienced surfers.

We emphasise on high quality coaching in small groups - you will always be in a group normally of 4 or 5, with a maximum size of 6 pupils to 1 coach, providing plenty of tuition, and we also specialise in on-going coaching to improve quickly.

Surf Club warm up

Operating at Bigbury-on-Sea and Challaborough Bay we have a wide range of breaks right next to us where we can take the lessons - so we get the best conditions every time.  So whether you're a small child or an advanced adult we'll always get you in the best spot.

Families and visitors staying in Kingsbridge, Bantham, Plymouth, Salcombe and Dartmouth often come to Bigbury for a days surfing.

AONB surf session on Bigbury Causeway

All equipment is supplied, we have a wide range of surfboards including beginner boards (soft and buoyant), and intermediate boards (soft top and mini-mals) and smaller kids boards.  

The wetsuits we use are award winning Xcel suits, plus we have winter and summer ranges so you'll always be toasty! Including boots, hoods and gloves for the colder months.

Group on Beach

Discovery Surf School is run by husband and wife team Martin and Annika Connolly. Martin is a English National Surfing Masters winner and a highly experienced ASI Master coach and lifeguard; working several seasons on local and Australian beaches.

Martin is also the Producer of 110% Surfing Techniques, the international best selling coaching DVDs, bringing our coaching to a worldwide audience.

Annika and Martin Connolly

Discovery Surf School coaches are all highly experienced surf coaches, first aiders, beach lifeguards, CRB checked and with extensive knowledge of local surf/beaches. 

The Burgh Island sea tractor and a curious toddler!

We have many long standing relationships with local businesses from accommodation providers to shops, including Triocean Surf and are sponsored by Xcel wetsuits.

"Sammy was very reluctant to have surfing lessons, but she is completely converted after her first lesson with your great staff yesterday. Many thanks for helping her discover, what I hope will be, an exciting hobby for her. She really thought that she wouldn't be able to do it, but was standing on the board in the sea within an hour of yesterday's lesson."

Jackie Holmes, a happy Mum

Catching the waves