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ABOUT US: O'Neill Surf Academy in Association with King Surf

The O'Neill Surf Academy runs in association with King Surf just a stones throw from the UK's most famous surfing town of Newquay and Fistral Beach. Learn to surf at Mawgan Porth and Watergate Bay. With miles golden sands stretches along an unspoilt coastline, where our world class waves match that of any overseas surfing location. 

Our Story

Founded in 1995 by Australian surfer Pat Sweeney, West Coast Surfari had humble beginnings. A small beach shack at Watergate Bay is where it all started, and as one of the countries very first surf schools it's reputation and popularity grew rapidly. Widely respected across the globe, West Coast Surfari has continually been at the forefront of progressive and innovative surf tuition for over a decade. We've had plenty of time to grow and improve our techniques and ideas - which is where our students really benefit!
2006 saw O'Neill launch it's first permanent land based European Academy in conjunction with West Coast Surfari. The aim of this exciting project was to provide the very best coaching from the very best coaches to the same level you would expect in any mainstream sport for all ages and abilities..... The O'Neill Surf Academy partnership was born! 

Aussie Pat was drawn back to the warmth and waves of the Sunshine Coast in Australia, and the surf school was passed down to long time coach and surf school manager Ashleigh Bennetts. After completing her work experience with West Coast Surfari at the age of 14, and subsequently taking up a surf coaching job with them at the age of 16 there was no better person to take over the running of the Academy!

Ashleigh's new and fresh approach to surf coaching has taken the Surf Academy to new levels and it's continual development with the school and the brand delivers the very best surfing lessons, courses and holidays you'll find in Europe. 
The O'Neill Surf Academy is going strong and expanding each and every year. We have expanded our facility at Watergate now boasting a great classroom and surf lounge at Watergate Bay as well as our poular roving academy - helping surfers enjoy all the world class waves on offer around Cornwall and beyond.   


The O'Neill Surf Academy is located in the South West of England on the beautiful North Cornish coast. Based at Watergate Bay we're just a stones throw from the UK's famous surfing town of Newquay and Fistral Beach.

Our O'Neill Base Camp at Watergate Bay offers you fantastic facilities for all your surfing needs. The addition of our unique roving academy means unlike many schools in the area who are stuck in one location, with your safety and enjoyment always our main priority, If conditions are unsuitable we don't need to cancel your lesson - we simply use our mobile academy to head to the best surf spot locally.

Our ability to adapt to ever changing surf conditions means that whatever its like on the day, you'll be surfing you the perfect waves every time. With the neighboring beaches of Mawgan Porth, Porth beach, Fistral Beach, Harlyn Bay and Towan we have plenty of options to choose from!  




The O'Neill Surf Academy and West Coast Surfari boast some of the most experienced and dedicated surf instructors you'll find in Europe. Our team travel the world, fortunate enough to live every inch of the unique lifestyle they promote. Our enthusiasm for our sport and the lifestyle we love shows through in our coaching - delivering innovative, informative, safe and fun lessons for all ages and abilities throughout the year.