Vote for Your Favourite Surf School

Win Nixon Watch

We’re stoked to announce that our Surf School of the Year vote is back!

The Surfing Sumo will again be sponsoring an award for the Best Surf School in the UK, and once again we’re giving you the chance to vote for your favourite!

The Best Surf School 2017 Award, will be presented at the forthcoming UK Pro Surf Tour’s Surf Awards on 26th November at the Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay.

Your vote is important. And to sweeten the deal (and encourage you to vote) we will be entering everyone who votes into our prize draw for the chance to win a Nixon® LODOWN II Watch!

About the awards

The UK Surf Awards in association with the UKPSA, is UK surfing’s answer to the Oscars. The awards ceremony brings together the UK’s top surfers along with the professionals who represent 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 below. Voting closes on 20th November and we will announce the winner of the prize draw at the end of November.

Voting is now closed


  1. Entry to the competitions is restricted to one entry per email address.
  2. Automated entries, bulk entries or third party entries will be disqualified.
  3. Prizes can only be sent to a valid UK address unless otherwise stated.
  4. Winners will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
  5. Winners will be contacted via email.
  6. The Judges decision is final and no correspondance will be entered in to.
  7. The competition will run from 12th October 2017 until 20th November 2017.
  8. The Surfing Sumo is compliant with the data protection act. Our policy is such that we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.
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  1. Jaymundo
    November 18, 2017


  2. Graham
    November 17, 2017

    Smart Surf School is brilliant, our son Declan has been going for a few years now in the summer holidays and he loves it. The staff are brill, so helpful and fun yet at the same time very safety conscious. Just wish it was closer.

  3. Hilary
    November 17, 2017

    Hunter Surf Team at Woolacombe made our experience as two novices so positive and enjoyable. Our teacher made us feel at ease and helped us believe that we could do it. Excellent teaching in a fun yet professional manner. I never thought i would go surfing, i now have a huge respect for anyone who shares this skill and takes part in this sport. Thank you for sharing with us you’re passion. It has left us with life long memories. Look forward to seeing you next summer!

  4. Danny
    November 17, 2017

    I came down with my wife and two sons. We had a family season and group sessions. Total beginners but they helped us so much. Great teacher and great photos from the photographer. Thank you so much

  5. Lyn Higgens
    November 17, 2017

    Hunter Surf School is the best. We booked a family lesson, 3 generations!!
    The tuition was top class and geared to all the different age groups, 9 – 73.
    All the staff were so friendly and helpful and we all achieved more than we thought we could. I would recommend Hunter to everybody, it was such good fun. Thank you all.

  6. Sven
    November 17, 2017

    Hey I just wrote a comment and forgot to mention the surf school!!! **HUNTER**
    Here’s the comment again: Booked a lesson for my daughters, nieces and nephew in early August this year. The instructor was fantastic, and all the kids could stand up by the end of the session, including my youngest girl (8) who had never surfed before, and is now hooked. I’ve booked my other daughter with good instructors before on other beaches, but this guy (sorry can’t recall his name) was outstanding. They had a great photographer too.

  7. Sven
    November 17, 2017

    Booked a lesson for my daughters, nieces and nephew in early August this year. The instructor was fantastic, and all the kids could stand up by the end of the session, including my youngest girl (8) who had never surfed before, and is now hooked. I’ve booked my other daughter with good instructors before on other beaches, but this guy (sorry can’t recall his name) was outstanding. They had a great photographer too.

  8. Suzanne Wells
    November 17, 2017

    Hunter surf school at Woolacombe Beach was fantastic. My granddaughter made so much progress even with 2 lessons. The professional photographs taken at the time have now been made into a wonderful canvas. We are looking forward to next summer.

  9. Rosie Holloway
    November 17, 2017

    We have voted for Hunter Surf School.
    Honestly the best surf school we have been to the teachers were so knowledgable and took the time to make sure everyone in the class was standing! We loved it so much that we ended up going back again at the end of August and taking all of our friends and family who also loved the lesson. We had a private lesson to which again was brilliant. All the staff were super friendly and make you feel like one of them!

  10. Harry Barnitt
    November 17, 2017

    Great guys and girls for the second year in a row for us. Good humour and great tuition

  11. Lyndy Jury
    November 16, 2017

    Fantastic team with excellent ratio of pupils to ‘Pro’s’. These guy’s have limitless patience and passion. Always a brilliant session no matter how old or young you are. Awesome job Smart Surf School at Sennen

  12. Robin Gardner
    November 16, 2017

    Great team, and school always helpful. Couldn’t ask for a better surf school

  13. Sam Cameron
    November 15, 2017

    Sennen surf school the guys are the best ! tried loads of others and non even come close.

  14. Rachel
    November 15, 2017

    I was stayin in Sennen in September and decided to give surfing a try,the staff were amazing,I would highly recommend them.

  15. Russell Pritchard
    November 15, 2017

    Smart surf school has been great , my daughter went for a lesson, so I started at the age of 45 , it took me a bit but they got me standing up and I managed that with a recently replaced hip , great bunch of lads and we keep going back for more

  16. Nadine
    November 13, 2017

    Escape Surf School, is genuinely the best surf school. Their coaches headed by Mike Young are brilliant and have so much knowledge and experience. Good luck guys you have certainly changed my life.

  17. Kirk
    November 13, 2017

    Porthcawl Surf all the way, these guys are there pretty much 24/7 and will keep your keys for you even if you don’t hire their stuff. Good luck Huw!

  18. Louise
    November 11, 2017

    Porthcawl Surf School – great lessons, good hire service and a friendly smile (and they look after your keys even if you have your own kit) cheers guys

  19. Eleanor Gardner
    November 7, 2017

    Porthcawl Surf School is a great and offer an array of packages and are there come rain and shine.

  20. Chris
    November 3, 2017

    Aberadventures is a great surf school, quality instructors .

  21. Alan
    October 30, 2017

    Smart Surf School with great tuition and practical advice from Sam, Seb and team, in a stunning location, ensures that any prospective surfer can learn how to surf safely, in a wonderful environment.

  22. Lucy
    October 30, 2017

    I’ve tried a few surf schools and Smart Surf have been the best by a long shot. The fact they teach children about water and currents etc before they enter the water has been unique in our experience. The equipment is top quality and the instructors amazing. We travel there from Sussex for lessons despite there being many closer options! Deserved winners.

  23. ted white
    October 29, 2017

    I took my family to Smart Surf School for their first ever surf lesson. Both my grandsons and their father enjoyed it thoroughly, weren’t frightened at all and the instructor had them all highly enthused. They loved it so much they want to do it again on their next holiday down here

  24. Simon Mattinson
    October 29, 2017

    Smart surf school are friendly & very professional , great group of people,make you feel welcome. Would recommend them to anyone wanting to learn to surf . Great value for money .

  25. Jo
    October 29, 2017

    Smart surf school has the best instructors, boards and patience! Brilliant with our school party and the oldie teachers too….

  26. Duncan
    October 29, 2017

    Has to be Smart Surf School, Sennen. Infinite patience, fun and professionalism. My daughters loved it and they even got this tubby old man standing. 5 Stars all the way.

  27. Susannah Wilson
    October 29, 2017

    Definitely Smart Surf School at Sennen. Five years of bookings now. Loads of fun. Sam and Seb a good laugh and make learning pleasurable. Great surfing beach and great gear to hire from them.

  28. Annabel
    October 29, 2017

    I voted for smart surf because they are the best I’ve been too – sam and Sen head a professional scholl yet everyone has fun and whether you’re young or old they’ll get you up on a board with loads of laughter !

  29. Sian Dewar
    October 26, 2017

    I voted for Porthcawl surf school because it is very professional, it is run to a high standard, the staff are very approachable, friendly, helpful and supportive, they are there offering advice and support no matter what the weather. AMAZING

  30. John padgett
    October 25, 2017

    Sennen surfing centre are definitely the best. Great tuition and friendly service. Go back year after year and they always make you welcome. Good luck Dave and team.

  31. Steve Beach
    October 25, 2017

    Porthcawl Surf School. Always there rain or shine. Great friendly staff, highly experienced with safety always top of the agenda alongside Fun! Top quality boards and wetsuits. CAN’T FAULT THEM.

  32. Jon
    October 25, 2017

    West Country Surf School is first class for surfing instruction and vibes!

  33. Ben Ruddle
    October 24, 2017

    Very professional outfit giving great service to the local area. They are always present at the beach even on the bad weather/no surf days.

  34. Leigh
    October 24, 2017

    Porthcawl surf is 1 of the best surf
    schools in and around the local area for surfing

  35. Emma Davies
    October 24, 2017

    Porthcawl surf school is simply the best!!

  36. El Tel
    October 19, 2017

    That maths question was a toughie. St Ives Surf School Rocks- Ben and the team are great with our group. Always learn to Surf&StIves! Yew buoy !

  37. Patrick N
    October 19, 2017

    Smart Surf School are simply just the best! The Smart brothers and their team and fantastic. Keep going back every year

  38. Rob muir
    October 18, 2017

    The best school in the west!!! No doubt!!

  39. Kirsty M-L
    October 18, 2017

    Voted for Global boarders. Daughter had lessons with these guys, absolutely awesome, friendly and considerate. Would not hesitate to recommend.

  40. Monica Lewis
    October 18, 2017

    Go on Harlyn Surf School!

  41. Karen martin
    October 17, 2017

    Good luck st Ives surf school.

  42. Susan Pilling
    October 17, 2017

    These guys were amazing! I can’t wait to go back and have another lesson!

  43. Adrian
    October 17, 2017

    Good Luck Ben and the St. Ives team!

  44. John Crook
    October 17, 2017

    St Ives surf school is the best. And great people to.

  45. Alex
    October 15, 2017

    Westcountry Surf School!!!!

  46. Jo Thomson
    October 14, 2017

    Great team, always helpful. Couldn’t ask for a better surf school

  47. andrew
    October 13, 2017

    Aber Adventures offer a great package of surf lessons to help you improve your surfing. They start at your level and take you on to the next level and further, all at your own individual pace. They have great equipment to hire, interesting trainer all with Life Guard skills and years of experience. Above all they make sure you are safe and having fun as you gain in confidence and surfing experience.

  48. Steve
    October 13, 2017

    Great school run by chris mannion
    Supports all abilities
    Great guys

  49. Graham Dibbens
    October 13, 2017

    I voted Newsurf as I understand this will be a vote for I-Surf the number one Isle of Wight Surf School, run by Chris Mannion.

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