Surfing is an extremely popular activity on the Isle of Wight due to the Island's stunning coastline. You'll see surfers out at sea from many destinations, especially the South Coast of the Island where tide patterns and wave shapes are ideal for this sport.
The Island is one of the South of England’s best kept surfing secrets and the backdrop is stunning with dwarfing white cliffs or the tranquillity of open farm land. On small days, the waves are playful and fun and are perfect for practicing techniques, turns and airs and on big days you'll be whistling and hooting all the way up the coast.
If it's your first time on a board there are providers of surfing lessons that will get you going under the safe supervision and expert guidance of a fully qualified surf coach.
If you already have a good grasp of surfing and need no introduction, we suggest the best place to surf is the South Coast of the Island with some spectacular views all the way from Ventnor up to Freshwater and the Needles.
iSurf specialise in teaching surfing and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) on beaches across the Isle of Wight, as they are a fully mobile surf school. Plus new for this season is SUP Yoga to exercise the body and mind, while the sea laps around your paddle board.
iSurf is run by Surfing GB qualified surf coach Chris Mannion, who has been riding waves (and wiping out!) for nearly 20 years. Chris started teaching surfing on the Isle of Wight at just 16 years of age so is confident he knows the best and safest surfing spots the Island has to offer. But Chris also has a great passion for the ocean, having travelled the world extensively in search of the biggest waves.
iSurf provides tuition for both adults and children from the age of eight and surfing can be taught in groups or on a one to one basis. When you get to the beach iSurf will kit you up with an Xcel wetsuit to keep you from getting cold in the water and you use Alder’s range of soft surfboards that are made of a material similar to a body board. This means they’re much more flexible, with soft fins and main body and this helps to avoid any injuries, without compromising on fun. iSurf are also able to film and photograph your lesson so you can watch and see yourself surfing. This is particularly good for helping your progression and identifying any potential issues to work on in your next session.
If your kids really get the surfing bug they can join the kids surf club on Saturday and Sunday mornings (starts on June 2nd ). For just £15 your kids get two hours (10am till noon) tuition including all the equipment they need for surfing. The location for each week’s surf club is confirmed prior to each lesson.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP)
Stand up paddle boarding is currently the fastest growing water activity and the newest addition to iSurf’s range of surf based lessons and again it can be taught one to one or in a group, from age eight to adults. For this you get all the kit you need to get going, including a wetsuit, board and paddle – iSurf teach using the 10ft Starboard Whopper Slick which is the perfect SUP board for all abilities, right through from beginner to advanced.
New for this summer is SUP Yoga, a challenging combination of balancing on a stand up paddleboard whilst holding yoga positions. SUP Yoga is ideal for anyone who wants to improve their strength and fitness, whilst challenging their balance too. SUP helps to improve upper body fitness and core strength but when combined with yoga the effects are greatly enhanced.
SUP Yoga lessons are taught by professional, qualified Yoga Instructors who will work with you to develop your posture and strength. iSurf is a fully mobile surf school so they will pack up the van with all the equipment you’ll need and meet you at any one of their picturesque SUP spots, from Newtown Creek or Yarmouth Estuary, to Freshwater Bay.