Vote for your favourite Surf School and you could win a GoPro!

Vote for your favourite surf school

We’re stoked to announce that this year, The Surfing Sumo will be sponsoring an award for the Best Surf School in the UK, and we’re giving you the chance to vote for your favourite!

Voting is now closed

The Surfing Sumo Best Surf School Award, will be presented at the forthcoming UK Pro Surf Tour’s Surf Awards on 20th November at the Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay.

Your vote is important. That’s why we’re automatically entering everyone who votes into our prize draw for the chance to win a GoPro Hero Session! And we just added a sweetener, we’re also gonna give away a free hoodie for two runners up!

About the awards

The UK Surf Awards in association with the UKPSA, is UK surfing’s answer to the Oscars, the event brings together the best of British surfing. The awards ceremony brings together the UK’s top surfers along with the professionals who represents all corners of the UK surfing scene.

How to vote

To cast your vote and automatically enter our prize draw, enter your name, a valid email address and the surf school you want to vote for via our voting form. Voting closes on 14th November and we will announce the winner at the end of November.

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  1. Maggie Rose
    November 15, 2016

    Smart Surf School, Sennen. Great Staff and location.

  2. Karen martin
    November 14, 2016

    St Ives every time.

  3. Julian thorpe
    November 14, 2016

    Vote For Smart surf school Sennen cove. Staff are very helpful and friendly. A great location to learn to surf.

  4. Sharma Heylen-Silvia
    November 14, 2016

    These guys are the best. It’s so lovely to see a group of people so genuinely passionate about their job- and that is the definition of the St Ives Surf School. By far the best surf school I’ve ever encountered.

  5. Ian Stanbridge
    November 14, 2016

    Had a lesson at St Ives Surf School in the summer. Our teacher, Billy, was great, very clear instruction and very helpful with our questions.

  6. Jan burton
    November 14, 2016

    Surfs Up school at Polzeath will get my vote every time.

  7. Jan burton
    November 14, 2016

    Surfs up surf school at Polzeath will get my vote every time.

  8. Jo thorne
    November 14, 2016

    Amazing surf school very flexible with small -large groups and any ability and age. Really beautiful location to surf or paddle board in with the lovely owner Nigel brown !!!!!

  9. Michelle footman
    November 14, 2016

    St ives is by far the best, great guy very enthusiastic , loads of work with local kids and willing to help within e community . All my children and I have learned with them, are now full of water savvy and skills.

  10. Becky Brooks
    November 14, 2016

    We love St. Ives Surf School!!!

  11. Rod Rich
    November 14, 2016

    its got to be Barefoot North Devon, show me a nicer instructor!

  12. Suzanne
    November 14, 2016

    St Ives Surf School guys are totally the best. Theyre friendly, helpful and caring, doing the best for their local community increasing water confidence and providing lessons for beginners to advanced. They helped my boys gain great confidence and hopefully grow into decent surfers.

  13. Julian Tredinnick
    November 14, 2016

    Global Boarders will get my vote for sure – awesome bunch! I think Chris needs a huge amount of recognition also for the great work with the GB Junior Surf Team getting such amazing results at the Worlds.

  14. Tony bayfield
    November 14, 2016

    St Ives surf school has an amazing bunch of instructors who make every possible effort to get you up on a board riding the waves. The lessons are conducted in professional manner whilst making them great fun and extremely enjoyable. I can’t recommend this club enough, if you want instruction with quality instructors and quality kit then St Ives is the place to go.

  15. Nick Weedon
    November 13, 2016

    Porthcawl Surf School all day long. Daily surf report (not just when the sun shines). Surfing, by surfers, for surfers.

  16. Sian Dewar
    November 9, 2016

    Professional and high quality but delivered with fun from locals

  17. eric
    November 9, 2016

    ST IVES SURF SCHOOL!! Great bunch of lads, great beach, great waves!!

  18. Phil Rowe
    November 9, 2016

    Fun, friendly and safe surf school.

  19. Marie stroud
    November 9, 2016

    Friendly, professional and efficient surf school!

  20. Ceri Skilton
    November 8, 2016

    Pure Blue Surf Academy is the best new surf school in Cornwall they have done so much to promote inclusion & equal opportunities for people from all walks of life to take part in surfing. In particular they offer regular training & lessons for girls & women of all ages building their surfing skills, self esteem & confidence. I could not recommend them highly enough & thank them for all they are doing for surfing in the local area.

  21. john alesbury
    November 7, 2016

    just the best surf school in the howl of wales they will alway have the right equipment to get you started hats of to hugh and the crew they are ther 12 months of the year even when it’s freezing cold and blowing a gale they will have the equipment to keep you warm and safe in the sea you will always have the best welcome and help

  22. Julie
    November 7, 2016

    St Ives Surf School!!!
    Totally amazing people doing totally amazing things in the most beautiful location in the UK!! The passion, knowledge, commitment and patience of these instructors are truly infectious. Great facilities, equipment and gourmet food just down the path… Cant wait to go back!

  23. Niall O'Rahelly
    November 6, 2016

    Vote for Portcawl surf school, really good, friendly and super helpful

  24. g
    November 5, 2016

    Aberadventures provide great attention to detail and help develop surfing skills and knowledge in beautiful and fun locations.

  25. Dan Willmore
    November 3, 2016

    Great school. Hugh always goes over an above what is expected from him. Provides a safe and positive environment for all people wanting to enjoy the water.
    Huge Thanks Hugh. Good Luck!!

  26. Peggy
    November 2, 2016

    Hugh is an excellent source of local knowledge, we did an intermediate course over a couple of weekends. It was brilliant, would recommend +++++

  27. Alex Barker
    November 2, 2016

    +1 for Hugh and the gang!

  28. Sarah Williams
    November 2, 2016

    Hugh and Porthcawl surf to win !!!! He gave my daughter a lesson two years ago and now all the family are loving the sport… Great customer service , great equipment , and great affordable prices , and they look after your car keys !! 10/10 from me !

  29. Nick Hancock
    November 2, 2016

    Porthcawl Surf for the win! Not only a great surf school but offers a free key holding service and keeps the crowd up to date with his spot on reports. Viva la Hugh!

  30. Matthew Bradley
    November 2, 2016

    Porthcawl Surf (Hugh) are fantastic. He teaches everybody the right way and gives them the understanding that they need to stay safe. If you are in need of a lesson or the hire of equipment in Porthcawl, see Hugh – he will most definitely see you right. Even if you don’t need anything he will even mind you’re keys at the trailer (what a gent).

  31. Louise
    November 2, 2016

    Hugh is great – true gent and a fab surf school (Matt & Frazer not bad either)

  32. Steve Maitland Thomas
    November 2, 2016

    Not only is Porthcawl Surf School teaching many to love the sea, but by organising beach cleans, they teach them to love their environment too.

  33. Karenza
    November 2, 2016

    Surfability in Swansea have helped me son with severe autism to access a peer appropriate sport and develop into something that he’s good at. They are the best!!!

  34. Emma Davies
    November 1, 2016

    Vote for Porthcawl surf school. They truly are THE BEST

  35. Julia Thomas
    November 1, 2016

    Vote for Porthcawl Surf School!

  36. Lisa Thomas
    November 1, 2016

    Vote for Hugh at Porthcawl Surf, a true Waterman and Gentleman!

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