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St Ives Holidays feature

Our good friends over at St Ives Holidays and St Ives TV decided to make a small movie about us and some of the stuff we like to do.. Its a great clip and theres some fantastic aerial shots from a drone including lots of action shots of our activities..


Posted by on 14 July 2014

Top Ten Must-See Events in St Ives in 2014

St Ives is a hip and happening place in the summer. An influx of visitors mingle with locals to create a vibrant, party atmosphere. As well as its beautiful sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and a town bustling with first-class shops, restaurants and pubs, you can enjoy scores of interesting and entertaining artistic, cultural and sporting events.

In celebration of the summer, local holiday accommodation provider Carbis Bay Holidays presents its pick of the ten best must-see events in St Ives in 2014.

One: Surf Cinema on the Beach
Make sure you visit Porthmeor Beach on the evening of Friday 20th June when St Ives Surf School will present a big screen cinema showing the latest surf lifestyle films created by Rhythm Clothing. This chilled-out local event is free for everyone to attend. Get there at 8pm for free pizza, followed by surf film screenings from 9pm.

Two: Tate St Ives 21st Birthday
Explore your artistic side by joining some of the special events at Tate St Ives to mark the gallery’s 21st birthday. During the weekend of 20th-23rd of June, you can attend free tours and talks about famous St Ives artists, or join one of the special creativity workshops.

Three: St Ives Surf School Swellboard Shootout
If there’s one event you must not miss this summer, it is this one. Join St Ives Surf School staff, local surfers and supporters on Sunday 22nd June for the Swellboard Shootout on Porthmeor Beach. You can expect fun and frolics in this most light-hearted of surf contests, as contestants take to the water in fancy dress to show off their surfing finesse – or lack of – on the waves. This charity event is an entertaining way to spend a summer Sunday.

Four: St Ives Pilot Gig Club Regatta
This regatta celebrates St Ives’ connection with the sea, as pilot gig rowers from all over Cornwall battle it out in the annual Carbis Bay to St Ives Harbour race on Sunday 29th June. This is your chance to witness this very Cornish sport derived from the times when rowers used to race out to ships for a chance to win the gig to pilot them back safe harbour. The race promises an awesome spectacle.

Five: St Ives RNLI Sportive
Forget the Tour de France. There’ll be some hot cycling action right here in St Ives on Sunday 6th July as hundreds of cyclists depart from the two for a gruelling yet scenic ride around the coast before returning to the St Ives Lifeboat Station. This fun and friendly cycling race is a charity event raising funds for the RNLI.

Six: St Ives Biathlon
Join the mayhem as crowds of competitors depart from St Ives for the annual running and swimming race on Saturday 12th July. This event organised by the St Ives Surf Life Saving Club attracts lifeguards, surfers and athletes for the race to Carbis Bay and back; while novices and juniors run as far as Porthminster Beach before swimming back to the harbour. If you’re not up for the challenge yourself, hang-around for the inevitable after-party around the harbour.

Seven: St Ives Raft Race
More shenanigans can be expected as the whole town gets together for the St Ives Raft Race. The date is yet to be confirmed but takes place each year in August. Here you can join in or spectate as hundreds of people attempt to race their home-made rafts across the harbour in colourful fancy dress. It’s a fun, charity event which also turns into one big party.

Eight: St Ives Lifeboat Day
If you’ve ever wanted to know what the RNLI does or how it works, here is your chance to find out at the St Ives Lifeboat Station open day on Thursday 07 August. You will get to see the lifeboats in action as well as a joint demonstration with a Search & Rescue helicopter from RNAS Culdrose. There will also be a BBQ, cake stalls and local goodies on sale to raise funds for the RNLI.

Nine: St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival
After a long summer of sporting and cultural events, we’ll all be looking forward to a good old knees up. And the St Ives Summer Beer & Cider Festival on the weekend of 9th-10th August seems like the perfect opportunity to get together for a pint or three of Cornish beer or cider. Supported by St Ives Brewery with music and entertainment, the festival looks set to be one of the best parties of the summer.

Ten: St Ives September Festival
This is the big one. Here you will see local and national artists on stage or on the streets for a two week festival of concerts, films, comedy gigs, plays, workshops, gallery visits and other cultural happenings from 13th-27th September. Major acts booked for this year’s festival include Seth Lakeman, The South, Ronnie Scott’s Allstars and The Miracle Theatre Company’s performance of The Tempest.

We look forward to meeting you in St Ives at one of these cool summer events. For more information about Carbis Bay Holidays and its collection of luxury, five star holiday accommodation visit (


Posted by on 14 June 2014

Win A Luxury Holiday in St Ives

With a prize value of £1800, our friends at Aspects Holidays are giving away a family holiday this July for up to 7 people in the beautiful harbour town of St Ives in West Cornwall.

One lucky winner will win a week’s FREE luxury accommodation at the stunning ‘Stuart Cottage’. Set in the middle of St Ives with panoramic ocean and harbour views from almost every room, Stuart Cottage has been spared no expense to offer luxury, comfort, peace and tranquility; all the makings of a superb holiday. New to Aspects Holidays’ portfolio for 2014 and falling within their prestigious ‘Unique and Boutique’ collection, this stylish cottage has stunning sea views, a parking service and a beautiful outside area with BBQ. All in all this is the stuff of holiday dreams!

The competition closes at midnight on 11th May 2014, full details can be found on the Aspects Holidays Website -

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Posted by on 30 April 2014

Simon Trebilcock

Simon, or Simba as he is often known as, is the youngest of our senior instructors and has been working at the surf school since before he could grow facial hair(a debateable point, 14 year olds often put in better Movember efforts) A former competition surfer, his success at National level lead to sponsorship with Animal surf co for 6 years and makes him our high performance coaching specialist.

Fun Fact – Simon spends most of his hard earnt money on his beloved car.


Posted by on 11 February 2014

City Folk..

A few weeks back we had Daily Mail journalist James White and his friends stop by for a surf lesson with us. They were a great bunch and i think they had a great time. Check out James’ review here…


Posted by on 9 October 2013

Christmas Surfing

This Christmas holiday we are taking group bookings from 20th December all the way through to 3rd January. If you fancy 2hrs of fun with the family and want to burn off some of those Christmas calories then give us a call and book up now! 01736 793938


Posted by on 1 October 2013

Tom Greenaway Pro 2013

The Greenaway Pro started as a tribute to a local surfer/lifeguard/artist Tom Greenaway and as a testament to the man himself, has continued evolving beyond a boutique festival into a something far bigger that has been adopted by all the communities involved, with and ethos of generosity, good spirit and celebration. This year the surfing event will be held on 17th, 18th and 19th September on Porthmeor Beach. 20th Sep will see an acoustic film night at St Ives Cinema and a finale on Saturday night at Sandsifter, Godrevy. To get your tickets or find out more click here…

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Posted by on 25 August 2013

Room with a View

A Room with a View is an apartment for two with spectacular views overlooking St Ives Harbour.

Newly available, A Room with a View is the perfect place to stay for a relaxing break no matter how long or short. Located just a 5 minute walk from the Surf School in the heart of St Ives this is a perfect base for your surf trip! Check it out here….



Posted by on 11 July 2013

Swellboard Shootout 2013

In conjunction with International Surfing Day on Sunday 23rd June we held our 3rd annual Fancy Dress ‘Swellboard Shootout’. The event consists of teams of 4 battling it out in a tag team competion with judging criteria consisting of points for comedy, originality and of course a huge emphasis on Fancy Dress! Due to huge swell on the day the event had to be moved from Porthmeor round to a more sheltered location on the harbour side of the town… and it was pumping! The event raised over £1000 for Surfers Against sewage who also sent a team down for the day and placed a respectable 3rd! Top trumps went to ‘St Ives Surf School Jockeys’ closely followed by the Spacemen of Uranus in second. SAS turtles in 3rd and 4th was the ‘Crab Paste’. Best fancy dress was team Robie Robes as the Simpsons and best wave for nose riding a prone surfer went to Mike Lay and Matt Travis from the Gwenver team. Presentation and After party was held at The Balcony Bar where the shenanigans continued till the early hours.. Thanks to our sponsors Rhythm Europe


Posted by on 28 June 2013

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Posted by on 28 June 2013

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