Welcome to the most trusted surf school in Portrush.
Award Winning Portrush Surf school
- Highest rated surf school in Ireland on Tripadvisor
- Certificate of excellence 2012 – 2019
- Three times winner of Best Family Activity Provider by Outdoor NI
Everyone loves a wee treat and there is nothing better than enjoying a warm shower after a great surf session. You deserve it.
Pictures & Movies
Share those awesome moments with your friends and family. We can capture your surf session for a lasting experience.
We use ECO-friendly surfboards and are certified by the Economy for the Common Good and part of the European Green Room Surf Alliance.
All of our surf instructors have internationally qualified certificates and are certified beach lifeguards. Furthermore they all follow our unique teaching methods which focus specifically on your individual surfing needs.
Free Drinks & Snacks
Surfing makes you hungry, no doubt. Wash the salt away and recharge after your session with our complimentary drinks and snacks.
Are you feeling Alive?
We are the leading Portrush Surf School and will make sure you feel more alive than ever!
Welcome to Alive Surf School in Northern Ireland. As the highest ranked surf school in Ireland on Tripadvisor.com we are the only surf school in Portrush to be on the 2019 Tripadvisor Hall of Fame! Why not let Hanno, Ricky, Hannah, Paddy and Stevie take you for a surfing lesson on the stunning Causeway Coast? A surf lesson with the friendly and professional team from Alive is a fantastic experience and amazing fun. You can also join us on our fantastic cave exploration stand-up-paddleboard tours.
Just do it – It will be worth it.
Beginner? Advanced? It does not matter as we cater to all levels of surfing experience.
We believe surfing is a sport for absolutely everybody no matter age, shape, size or fitness. Our classes are suitable for kids from five years and upwards, there is no upper age limit. Our record is 77 years old and we hope to break it this year! Alive also runs regular classes for families and people with learning difficulties so please get in touch to find out more. Alive is the longest running surf school in Northern Ireland and we pride ourselves on our philosophy – ‘be safe and have fun’. Learn to surf in Portrush, Northern Ireland with our internationally experienced surf instructors.
Free Boards, Suits, Drinks & Snacks
Warm showers & changing rooms await you
Our surfing lessons last for two hours and include all equipment as well as a free drink and snack. Free hot showers and changing rooms are also available at the beach. Check out our video below to see what you can expect when you come surfing with us… please do not be afraid to contact us with any questions as we are more than happy to help.
Safety is our number one priority.
100% safety record.
All our instructors are also fully qualified beach lifeguards and between the team we have well over 50 years of surfing and beach safety experience. This makes us the most experienced team of surf instructors on the North Coast. We have a 100% safety record.
We are alive surf schoolthe No.1 Portrush Surf School
You can coose from a variety of options. The most popular lesson is our standard beginner group session.
Paddleboard lessons & Cave Tours
Come and learn how to paddleboard or join us on our popular cave tours.
Rent equipment for 2 hours, all day or several days. SUPs £20, surfboards £10, wetsuits £5, bodyboards £5.
What our customers say
I attended a 2 hour lesson yesterday with my dad who also decided to give it a go. It was a quiet day so we were the only ones in the lesson with Hanno. He was a great instructor, very calm and patient (and took...More
There were 7 of us in the Saturday morning class last week, me and 3 friends and 3 people we didn't know, we were a mix of locals and visitors to Portrush. West Strand is easy to find if you don't know Portrush, and has...More
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