2018 Grommets after school club is off to a flying start!

This Wednesday saw the Second session of our 6 week after school Grommets Surf Club here at Cayton Bay, as usual the surf was pumping and with glassy 2ft sets exploding into the high tide shore break it was hard work for the younger ones!

The session began with a lesson in Surf etiquette and awareness, as always this had tom be kept brief as the kids were itching to hit the surf!

Everyone caught some good waves and tackled the swell with confidence, some of the older kids did very well and are beginning to turn across the waves..



After a good surf with plenty of wipe outs it was back up the hill to Scarborough Surf School HQ for a well earned BBQ…


Simply Supping

This week saw our fist Stand up Paddle board lesson of the season delivered by newly qualified instructor Carl, and what a glorious day it was!

Sophie had originally booked in for a private Surf lesson but as the Sea was mirror flat it presented perfect Supping conditions, oh yes and it was the hottest day recorded in April ever!

As the tide ebbed out the outer reef revealed itself at Cayton Bay, this is a great area to explore, we even docked on our own private island!

A private lesson is quite intensive and people are always surprised how much skill is required to paddle and manoeuvre these huge boards safely and effectively, Sophie improved hugely during the 2hr session and by the end of it she was gliding across the smooth water with confidence.

During your lesson you will also learn how to asses the conditions and recognise any hazards before hitting the water, we then teach you basic manoeuvres, paddles strokes and self rescue methods add to this winds, tides and swells and suddenly you realise there is a lot to fit in a 2hr session!

A big well done to Sophie, and if you fancy getting fit and learning a new skill then give us a call…….

Summer Supping at Cayton Bay

Here at Scarborough Surf School we have been busy gearing up for the Summer season, this year we are hitting Paddle Boarding in a big way, firstly by investing in new inflatable Paddle boards which a far lighter board making the walk to the beach far easier and improving safety for our students.

The next task is to brush up on our instructor skills, so off I went to the beautiful St Ives in Cornwall  (yes its a hard life) to attend the ASI level 1 enclosed water and level 2 exposed water paddle board instructor courses.

I soon found out there is more to paddle boarding than meets the eye, body position equipment choice, risk assessing and paddle strokes are essential to get the most out of this fun sport and that is before we attempt a toe-side step back pivot turn!

The Course was run by Glenn Eldridge who is the elite coach for the ASI and competes globally in SUP and Kayak events, Glenn certainly put me through my paces to bring me up to the high standards expected by the ASI. This involved hours on the water each day, video analysis in the classroom and a couple of gruelling timed paddles for good measure!

I can now see the many benefits of Supping, the fitness aspect was particularly evident from my aching shoulders, and its a great way to explore or coast and inland waterways.  Most importantly you need to develop awareness of the environment you are paddling in and identify potential hazards which is what you learn in our SUP taster lessons.

There are many other skills to gain in paddle-boarding such as catching waves and down-winding, our sessions are all run in flat water and will give you the skills and knowledge needed to keep on paddling safely and effectively.

I was pretty stoked (and tired) at the end of the 4 day course to be told by Glenn I had got through it and passed and I am looking forward to taking our first sessions this spring.

Community Lifesaving at Cayton Bay


Life-saving facilities at Cayton Bay are now available all year round, instead of just during the busy summer season.
In an emergency, trained volunteers can access life-saving equipment at the lifeguard unit in Cayton Bay.
It has been organised by lifeguard supervisor Matt Jones, who says: “The initiative came about a few years ago when we realised that a lot of lifeguards in particular had made various assists – rescues involving casualty care over the off-peak times of year and after work shifts had finished.
“They only had their surfboards and wetsuits as opposed to the specific kit for rescue we carry on beaches – trauma bag, rescue boards, rescue tubes, wetsuits, fins and defibrillators”.
All the equipment is kept at the lifeguard unit in Cayton Bay.
It’s only the second unit of its kind in the UK. The other is in Newquay, Cornwall, where a similar initiative was set up after three people drowned the week after the lifeguards had finished.
The local community got together and came up with a plan to install accessible equipment for use by trained persons at any time of year.
To date seven lives have been saved.

The photo shows Matt Jones in the lifeguard unit (on the right) with surf coach and lifesaver Carl Walsh from the nearby Surf Shop.

(Words and photo by Scarborough RNLI press officer Dave Barry)

Scarborough Surf School ISA award.

We are pleased to be awarded our English Surf Federation and International Surf Federation status for 2018!

So what does this mean?

This means we have reached high standard in the following areas which all combine to give you the best day out!

Location, our cliff top location at Cayton Bay is perfect for Surfing and Paddle Boarding, we have immediate access meaning its safe for the kids plus summer facilities such as public toilets and a Lifeguard service.

Equipment, we have invested a lot to make sure all our kit is up to standard and In good condition so whether Supping, Surfing or Coasteering you know your equipment is safe and up to date.

Skills, all our team members are qualified  in our activities, with the added bonus of having many years experience along our coastline and the rest of the world!

We are taking bookings now for summer 2018, give us a call on 01723 585585..


Stag and Hen Send off in Scarborough

Ok guys and girls its about that time of year when all you Best Men and Maids are probably thinking about how you are going to give those Brides and Grooms a jolly good send off.

Brave enough to leap into  matrimony? Then how about brave enough to leap off a cliff into the North Sea?

Our Coasteering sessions are perfect for Stags and Hens with a sense of adventure and who want to do something different, we can accommodate groups of up to 25 and its an activity which all abilities and bravado can enjoy. Each session is tailored to suit the group, if you want to jump from 20ft no problem, if you want to sit out the bigger jumps that is fine.

We can finish the session with a BBQ and drinks either on the beach or back at our cliff top location at the School.

New for 2018 will be the open water SUP challenge, this will be a choice of a 2.5 mile, 3mile or a 5mile challenge, hugging the coastline we will paddle our way from your chosen drop off point finishing either at Cayton Bay, South Bay or North Bay depending on tide and wind direction.

Click on the route link below..

Again we can finish with a BBQ at Cayton or the Pub at the other locations.

Give us a call for prices and availability, we can also help with accommodation and recommend the best places to eat and drink in town (please feel free to invite us along ;0)

Paddle board route

2018 New year and New Supping Adventures with Scarborough Surf School!

Happy New Year!

Here at Scarborough Surf School we have been busy plotting and scheming ideas on how to make 2018 a year for adventure, fun and learning new skills and one area we will be doing this is Stand Up Paddle Boarding.

So the first thing we have done is ordered a new fleet of SUPs, to include Tandem SUPs which are great for families and couples, we have also gone for inflatable boards which are far lighter and easier to carry to the beach.

We are also planning coastal tours so you can take in the spectacular views while cruising the coastline maybe finishing off with a beach BBQ or a visit to a local pub?

The possibilities are endless so if you have any ideas then please let us know and watch this space :))

Stand up paddle board tours scarborough

We are Hiring for Spring 2018!

We are Hiring!

Are you a keen Surfer who loves the outdoors?
Do you enjoy working with the public?
Are you reliable with a flexible approach to work?

Then you might just be what we are looking for!

Here at Scarborough Surf School we are looking for a friendly team member to help out in the peak season which runs from Easter through to mid September. This is a great opportunity for anyone who is looking to gain experience in leading outdoor activities and Surf Coaching as well as developing skills in the customer service sector.

Scarborough Surf School is the largest provider of Surfing lessons and Coasteering sessions on the Yorkshire coast, if you add a growing demand for Stand up Paddle Boarding plus a very busy Hire and Retail shop to that you can imagine how hectic it can get around here!

So what will you be doing?

Your role here will be hugely varied so we have listed the primary responsibilities.

Delivering Surfing and Stand up Paddle Board lessons in both private and group sessions, in a safe and professional manner.
Assisting with Coasteer sessions to a large variety of groups of all ages.
Working in the Shop dealing with customers, advising on products and taking bookings with accurate information.
Maintaining the Surf School site, keeping it clean and presentable.
Above all you will make sure all our customers are 100% satisfied with any service they receive from Scarborough Surf School.

Working at Scarborough Surf School can be demanding and hard work but you will be working with fun like minded people who love what they do, we have a wealth of experience to pass on plus the following benefits.

We will fully train and qualify you to be a level 1 Surf Instructor and Surf Lifesaver this is yours forever and enables you to work all over the world!
You will also get a record of hours as a Coasteering guide should you wish to develop your CV.
Possibility of becoming a Stand Up Paddle Board Coach, dependant on current skills.
40hrs a week work spread over 5 days, additional hours may be required.
A good hourly rate of pay dependent on experience.
Generous staff discounts on all our awesome products.

If you think you have what it takes and you are available to work from Easter to September then send your CV and covering letter to –

Any questions give us a call 01723 585585

Browse our website to see what we are all about




Epic conditions for King Of The Point Scarborough!

It was a dark January evening with a cold, howling easterly wind that the idea was first born for ‘King of the Point’.
What if we could have a surf contest, different to the normal tried and tested format, where like the WSL we had a waiting period. Not just any waiting period, but one that would encompass the fickle and cruel nature of life as an east coast surfer and stretch for nearly six months to hopefully get epic conditions.
The plan was to get east coast surfers to interact with each other to surf two of our point breaks hopefully in one day and crown someone ‘King of the Point’ who then had bragging rights till the following year. Fast forward to December 9th 2017 and that plan was reality. The week before we saw the potential perfect day and started making preparations tentatively fully expecting Storm Caroline to change her track and foil our best laid plans. After much frantic chart watching it was looking like there was a window in our so far unheard of excellent start to winter surfing and that conditions could be pretty solid for the Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning of the weekend 9/10th December.

Photos kindly taken by Jo Denison and Steffen Goeschel at Saltpixels.  Chris Kendall Photography and Tony Wilson

Phone calls to competitors were hastily made to everyone and inevitably some places became available to new entrants due to work/life commitments which were eagerly snapped up.
Saturday morning we rocked up and were greeted with something pretty rare on the east coast. A clean lined up 14-second long range groundswell in the 8-10ft range graced our sight with the tide dropping and the first heat in the water at 11.30am. As ever, things were pretty loose format wise but we ended up with 18 competitors from all over the east coast and with the daylight hitting us early we came up with a 70-minute heat of 6 surfers taking us through till darkness.
Heats were drawn and guns pulled out and the first heat hit the water with stand out performances from Jesse Davies showing no fear or regard to his safety as normal, Danny Allott from Newcastle seeming at ease in the well overhead waves and James Cummings pulling into an absolute bomb and not making it out. Louis Hudson, son of east coast legend, Steve Hudson of Tynemouth Surfshop also grabbed a fair few bombs out there in the solid conditions. Local guy Jamo Taylor snagged a few to show his local knowledge and surfed real well.
Heat two saw a group who were pretty much all from the local area and great rivalry ensued with Delboy, South African Mike, Joss Wescombe, ex SecretSpot employees Jack Chatterton and James Turner and the poshest speaking surfer on the east coast Posh Tom Wilson and what ensued was a pure spectacle to watch with competitors pushing each other in perfect conditions.
Heat three with the tide now pushing had great performances from youngster Ben Tucker seeming at ease in the big surf, shop manager Scotty getting a few heavy closeouts and young Evan Rogers,bson of east coast and Saltburn Surf shop legend Gary Rogers, looking super comfortable. Andy Hogg from Scarborough and Tynemouth legend and Patagonia Surf Manager Gabe Davies making an appearance. Gabe sat up the point taking the outside bombs and sometimes seemed to have effortless speed making sections disappear, whilst Evan sat a little further inside and caught the wider sets sometimes running through the whole way.
With the heats now over, we made the call to cancel the next days session at another local point as storm Caroline had changed its course and was delivering an ugly easterly wind overnight. Better to finish on a high and the competitors and a fair few spectators made the short trip to a local pub, the Hayburn Wyke for real ale and JDs in front of an open fire and the inaugural first crowning of #KOTP.
Here it was great to see how a group of guys who turned up earlier not really knowing each other were now seeming like old friends and the banter and laughs that ensued were testament to this.
The contest had really generously been supported by Ripcurl and Patagonia and the prizes were pretty awesome with a new 6/4 Flashbomb wetsuit, jackets, impact vests which deservedly went to Jesse, and a whole heap of accessories from both companies and everybody seemed to get prizes worth way more than their entry fee. Over £300 from entries was raised and is been donated to SAS.
So, who won. Well technically Gabe Davies won by a 0.6 margin over local guy Posh Tom Wilson, but with Gabe working for Patagonia he kindly conceded the prizes to Tom and effectively shared the title of KING OF THE POINT until next year.
But in our eyes, we don’t need to crown a winner. Everyone who turned up, took part or spectated was a winner on that day. From little acorns grow big trees so see y’all next year for KING OF THE POINT! Yeeeeeeeeeew!

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