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“Fantastic morning at surf school!”

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 Surf, kitesurf and SUP School is the only approved surf School on Achill Island.We are fully approved by the Irish Surfing Association and are one of only two schools in Mayo with this accreditation. If you need a surfing lesson or to hire some wetsuits, surfboards or body boards, just drop in! If you would like to learn to kitesurf, or improve, just give us a call.If you would like to go on a stand up paddleboard expedition through caves and arches-let us bring you! We run a hugely popular and (very small) surf camp for children aged 8-16 during the months of July and August.The surf school runs from our iconic double decker bus on Keel beach. In winter (October - March) our bus is closed but we are always happy to run lessons or hire equipment! Just call us!
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Reviewed 3 September 2017

My boyfriend and I had a brilliant morning with Gerry this week. As a beginner I was nervous but Gerry had me standing on the board by the end of the session! He was encouraging and gave great advice to my boyfriend who had surfed before. Very professional yet warm instructor, we will definitely be back in Blackfield and Achill ;-)

Thank emso2
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We booked the kids in for a week of surf camp (Mon-Fri 10.30 - 12.30-1(ish). We stayed in the caravan park, from which you can see the Blackfield bus, so it's only a minute walk to the park. The weather was pretty shocking on most of the days, and the jellyfish on a couple of days were a curse, but Gerry and the team did everything they could to make it a brilliant week for Evan (12) and Anna (9). The team were extremely friendly and professional in everything they did - the kids loved the double-decker bus, what they learned in their lessons, and (especially) the hot chocolate and bikkie at the end of the session. The gear quality was excellent, and the 5mm wetsuits provided were very good (and very necessary!). The beach is also amazing, a 3km stretch of pure, sandy heaven. One day the weather was so bad all lessons were cancelled, but they put on an extra session the following day to accommodate this. We couldn't do it, so Gerry advised we could come back and do the lesson the following week/month/year, so we wouldn't lose out – they didn't have to offer that, but it's really nice they did and worth pointing out. The kids really got a lot out of it and we'll be back next year for sure. Thanks Gerry and gang!

Thank Liz W
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

Had a great experience with Gerry and valei , spent the full day enjoying achill sea . Surfing in the morning on keel was amazing and Gerry was a great teacher . After a tasty lunch in the cottage we spent the afternoon kayaking in the sea , it was particularly rough that day which was even better for us as we enjoyed the thrill of battling against the waves , exploring the caves and coast was amazing and is a must for anybody going to achill . We would recommend blackfield highly to anybody and will definitely return
Regards from Ronan and Sonya.

Thank nanorelyob
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Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

We took a family lesson with Blackfield while on a weeks holidays. The level of professionalism and duty of care was exemplary and it was conducted in a fun and relaxed way. My son who has autism and is aged 10 had a fantastic experience and the instructors all participated in giving him and also ourselves a very memorable experience.
I would highly recommend Blackfield Surf and a big thanks to Gerry and all the crew.
Thanks Karl and family

Thank karmad1
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blackfieldachill, Owner at Blackfield Surf School, responded to this reviewResponded 13 August 2017

Thanks Karl,
I really enjoyed meeting you all-I don't claim to speak for the rest of the team but I'm sure they would echo that sentiment.It was a pleasure to have you with us and I hope that we see you again at some stage.Thanks once again for your more than generous tip,which has been converted into pizza!

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Gerry is a class instructor, very enthusiastic and encouraging. The equipment is of top quality and the setting of the beach is stunning. With just four of us in the lesson at varying abilities, Gerry offered one to one tuition to each of us at the beginning of the lesson and then gave us the chance to surf for as long as we wanted after he felt we had the hang of it. He also took pictures of us surfing on his GoPro at no extra cost. Highly recommend- brilliant set up for beginner/intermediate surfers.

Thank Kirstie H
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