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Address: 104 Coleraine Road, Portrush BT56 8HN, Northern Ireland
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10:00 - 18:00
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Long John's Surf Academy invites you to come and try surfing/SUP at the...

Long John's Surf Academy invites you to come and try surfing/SUP at the surf capital of the Causeway Coast - Portrush.This is the perfect place to learn to surf with fully qualified ASI instructor and 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion ' Long John McCurry'. Being a waterman - Long John has unparalleled knowledge in this field, surfing for the Irish Surf Team since he was eighteen, he holds various awards both on an national and international level - see below: At The Academy professional surf instructors bring you everything you would every want from your surf/SUP lesson, ideal for children, adults, groups of families, stag and hens, corporate events etc.. - really anyone who wants to learn this unique surfing lifestyle.So whatever your level of surfing The Academy can help.making you surfing/SUP better whilst keeping you safe and having a fantastic experience.. The vision of Long John's Surf Academy is not only to get you on a board but also evaluate, monitor and progress you to the point that you are trimming along a wave, by that time you have caught the surfing bug!! All lessons are two hours long and include all equipment prices start from £15.Long John McCurry - AcheivmentsResults: Irish National Longboard Champion 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011. Runner-up 2005, 2007. 16th ISA World Surfing Games (Ecuador, 2004). 17th European Surf Championships (France, 2007). 3 time National Student Longboard Champion. West Coast Surf Club 2009 Champion. 8 caps for Irish National Surf Team. International Sporting Fair Play Award 2009. Sports person of the year 2009 - Coleraine Council Sports Awards.

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first surf lesson

decided after living in portrush for so long id give surfing a go, booked a lesson with john and it was a great 2 hours, he had me standing on the board in no time and talked me... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 31 March 2016
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016

decided after living in portrush for so long id give surfing a go, booked a lesson with john and it was a great 2 hours, he had me standing on the board in no time and talked me through everything i was doing right and wrong and it worked, cant wait to get out again. who better to learn from... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

Me and partner booked in for a lesson in January of all times. John made sure we had all the right stuff on so although it was freezing outside we were warm in the water. He gave good advice and tips on how to improve. We will definitely book through long johns surf acadamey again.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2015 via mobile

Having done a couple of lessons elsewhere before, I decided to try Long John's Surf Academy. I was really impressed with John's coaching and, whether I improved or not, I felt I did and I finished the lesson keen to do more! Highly recommended!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

My 8yo boy went to 4 days of surf fun with John this summer, we have tried Troggs and Alive last year and they were both really good but just wanted to try with different instructor and he loved going with John. First day was a bit disappointed as the sea was just way too flat it didn't look much... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015 via mobile

My boys loved their experience with John. Very patient with them and he made them feel very important. He was pleasant, polite, punctual and reassured me as to their safety. They managed to stand on the board by the end of the lesson if only for short time and felt they had learnt a lot. They hope to do it... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 August 2015 via mobile

I had never heard of Longjohns Surf Academy or read any of the reviews before I booked the lesson. I came across John on Groupon. Bought & paid for a voucher for me & my other half to join a group for a 90 minute surf lesson. Called John, told him I had the Groupon voucher & wanted to book.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2015

Myself and my friend recently went for our first ever surf lesson with John. He is a brilliant teacher; we both had a great day and learned a lot. We're looking forward to our next lesson.

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2015

This is my second lesson with John and I must say his enthusiasm and passion for surfing is clearly evident. We were due to go on the west strand but the waves were lacking so to ensure that we got the most from the lesson we relocated to portballintrae which was fantastic. The lesson help me improve on skills previously... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2014

If you want a fantastic lesson in the North Coast you have to book with Long John's Surf Academy. He will have you standing on the board before the end of the lesson. John managed to squeeze me in for a surf at the very last minute even changing his own plans. Thanks for all the help and tips today... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2014

Ive had two lessons with John this past two weeks and I am on the board, turning the board, learning the waves and having the best craic. The knowledge and practical experience ive gained in only two lessons by a professional and amazing surfer is astounding and I would recommend john to anyone. If you want to surf in your... More 

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