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“Fantastic”

Blackfield Surf School
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Achill Island
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Blackfield is a unique visitor attraction on Achill Island.If you need a surfing lesson or to hire some wetsuits, surfboards or body boards, just drop in! We run a hugely popular and (very small) surf camp for children aged 8-16 during the months of July and August.In 2016 we are also running a coding and robotics camp for children aged up to 14. In summer we house our surf school in a double decker bus on Keel beach.The Blackfield bus is fully seated upstairs with a fantastic view of the beach and tea, coffee hot chocolate and cold drinks are available every day from 10.30 until 5pm In winter (October - March) our building is closed but we are always happy to run lessons or hire equipment!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Lockers / storage
Reviewed 27 October 2014

This summer was our second time visiting Achill with the kids and taking lessons from Gerry ... After we left Achill we went to Portugal to the Silver Coast, known for it's surfing, whilst it is a very beautiful place and magnificent beaches, after the kids took their lessons they came back and said the would prefer to be in Achill with Gerry !!!! Gerry runs the business and is hands on when it comes to being there and teaching the guys what to do, they trust him and as parents you feel safe letting them go off into the wild Atlantic ( as it was some days ) with him... We would highly recommended Black fields Surf School and Gerry.. Thanks Gerry for all you did for the kids and hopefully we will be back for more next year.. The Curtins .. Dublin

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blackfieldachill, Owner at Blackfield Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 19 November 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to review us so nicely! Keel is the perfect place to take surf lessons, especially for kids-it is such a safe and lovely beach with waves suitable for beginners most of the year.
It was a pleasure to have you here and we'll hopefully see you again on the double decker surf bus next year!

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Reviewed 11 September 2014

We stopped for coffee while making our way accross Achill Island and so glad we did. Not only was it excellant coffee, we were also advised of places to visit on the island which we would have missed. My wife also managed to buy some earings in the shop. If you are travelling this may and just fancy a coffee, this is the place to go.

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Reviewed 25 August 2014

Thanks Gerry for the time you gave me and Harris last week.

10 year old Harris looked like a pro at the end of our session (unlike me!) however we both had fun and slept well that night. The lesson was pitched at the right level for us - there were about 12 on the lesson and Gerry had excellent support with Abdal (apologies if I've misspelt your name).

I felt that Gerry cared and wanted all of us to have a good experience - from the moment we booked in the day before - he explained that if the sea state was not good enough he would let us know so we could consider rebooking, to our time in the sea - the beach was crowded with other schools, busy and chaotic - however Gerry kept a watchful eye on the other surfers and we had a safe lesson.

Thanks again - we just need to book for next summer!

(We stayed at Lavelle's Seaside House - good spot, and we really enjoyed eating out at Pure Magic in the evenings - quality, relaxed dining with a good vibe and some music too. Apart from surfing we spent 2 days cycling - Keem Bay was a favourite spot for messing around with the body board and kite we bought from your shop too)

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Reviewed 22 August 2014

Fantastic cup of coffee. Free information about tourism plus a surf shop. They run a surf school which we plan to go back next year and try out.

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blackfieldachill, Owner at Blackfield Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 25 August 2014

Hi Roisin-
Thanks very much for your kind words-we work hard on our coffee set up to ensure the grind of the fresh coffee is good, that our espresso machine is properly set and that our staff are trained well in the black art of coffee making! It's great when we hear back from our customers that it all comes together to produce a satisfying end product.
As well as tourist information in our premises, we also have a website (www.loveachill.com) with a live webcam so that you can see what is happening 24/7 on Achill Island, just in case you are missing us!
We look forward to seeing you in our surf school next year..

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Reviewed 7 July 2014

Myself and my brothers had a lesson on Keel beach last week. Some had surfed a few times before, some hadn't. Compared to other lessons I've been to, I could see we all made really good progress with Gerry's advice. A very nice guy with really dead on and practical tips so that you get the most from your time. He took a lot of photos and videos that he's shared with us and that are great to have.

The surf bus in front of the beach is pretty cool. I hear the coffee's great at the surf shop - I didn't get a cup this time so I hope we will be back for another session and a hot cup afterwards.

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blackfieldachill, Owner at Blackfield Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 8 July 2014

John,
it was a pleasure to have you guys aboard.I think you invented a few new moves that we'll probably see being copied by the pros on the ASP tour next year, once they've worked out exactly how you all managed to do them!
Until next time, cheers
Gerry

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