Jersey has some of the best waves in the UK. We’re old school. We’ve been teaching the world to surf since we opened the first surf school in Europe back in 1914. Warmed by the gulf stream and powered by Atlantic swell, there’s no better rush than paddling out to clean waves on Jersey’s west coast. Winter warrior or summer surfer, point break or newbie, anyone can zip into a wetsuit, grab a board and paddle out year round.
Seek out the perfect wave without the crowds.
Clean breaks over sweeping stretches of golden sand make St. Ouen’s Bay the perfect place to paddle out into Jersey surf. This west coast bay is a surf Mecca, where you can paddle out at locations like Secrets, The Watersplash, Le Braye, La Rocco, Petite Port and Stinky Bay or head further north to Grève de Lecq and Plémont. If you need a little more guidance you could head out on a guided Surfari with Laneez, who take care of everything including your ride to and from the beach.
Check out the latest forecast from the bay and watch the live surf.
Find out when you need to start thinking about waxing up the board.
Jersey beach cam.
Meanwhile in Jersey, surf’s up. Our beach cam gives you a live stream of St. Ouen’s Bay, so as soon as you see the sets rolling in you can head down and dive right in.
Surf schools in Jersey.
Learn from the locals and you’ll be riding the waves in no time. From a taster surf lesson, one-to-one, to a family day with a difference, ride the waves with confidence. Simply choose any one of a number of friendly surf schools scattered across the beach.
The Splash Surf Centre operates from the iconic Splash surf ‘shak’ which has been at the heart of Jersey surfing since the early 1960's. It was the home of the original Jersey Surf School and the venue for all major International Contests on the Island. Today our professional, friendly team offer lessons and coaching to everyone who wants to learn.
Little Joe’s is known for being a surf school that cares. Our mission statement is bringing children down to the beach to discover and learn the importance of being outdoors, learning not just about the sea and beach safety, but learning from the environment around them – using St. Ouen’s Bay as the ultimate classroom.
A fun and friendly surf school in the heart of Jersey's surfing community. We are the most central surf school in the bay, providing quality instruction with a focus on safety in and out of the water. Popular with locals and fun and informative for visitors. We can cater for all abilities, confidence levels and age groups.
The Jersey Surf School is Jersey’s longest running surf school and has been firmly established as one of the UK’s most highly reputable surf schools. We have a highly experienced team of coaches that can cover all your coaching needs; from a first time novice to an experienced surfer, and we take students from the age of six years old and upwards.
1. Get some local knowledge.
The lifeguards run from May through to October every year and are always approachable and happy to offer advice. The internet is another great way to get some quick advice. Before you hit the waves, it is important you know about tidal movement, rip currents and check out the best place to surf.
2. Never swim or surf alone.
Even with the lifeguards on duty during the peak hours, it is still always best to have a surf buddy to paddle out with. If not just for your safety but in case you catch a groovy wave, it’s always more fun to share it with someone.
3. Have as much fun as possible.
Surfing can be frustrating and challenging at first but try to relax and enjoy the ride (or nose dives)! Don’t give up, you will fall a couple of times but it is all worth it when you catch a long wave all the way to shore.
4. Don’t rush onto a tiny board.
Often we see people picking up second hand surf boards that are far too small to learn on. It is best to start on a big surf board, usually something a couple of feet bigger than your height. Foamie boards are the best to learn on and are what the surf school would provide.
Although surfing is a good sport to get you fit, it is important to be fit and healthy to go surfing. The sea can be strong with currents, so it’s advisable to have a certain level of strength to keep up that paddling. Yoga and swimming are very complimentary to surfing.
6. Know your limits.
The conditions of the waves change on a daily basis, sometimes even changing quite drastically throughout the day. If you are a beginner, you don’t want to be surfing anything too big as you may experience a big wipeout. Having a scary experience in the water can be enough to put you off for a long time. So, keep within your limits and gradually build your confidence up. If you aren’t sure just ask.
7. Last but not least, smile!
Surfing is a global sport that goes years back in history, with thousands of people enjoying its benefits. To be out in the elements is a liberating experience, where you’re free to reconnect and revitalise, so get out there with a smile on your face!