Learn to surf in Portrush with the 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion "Long" John McCurry.



Long John's Surf Academy invites you to come try surfing at the surf capital of the Causeway Coast, Portrush. This is the perfect place to come learn surfing with a fully qualified ASI instructor and 4 times Irish National Longboard Champion "Long" John McCurry.

At Long Johns Surf Academy our friendly professional surf instructors bring you everything you could want for your surfing lessons. The surf lessons are ideal for children and adults, groups and families, stags and hens, corporate events or really just about anyone of any age who wants to learn this unique sporting lifestyle. We offer surf courses for beginners, improvers, and developers, 1 to 1 private coaching as well as group lessons.

So whatever your standard of surfing, we can help. We know how to get you surfing better, whilst keeping you safe and making sure you have a fantastic surf experience.

Adult Surf Lessons Portrush


Our adult learn to surf lessons are offered for anyone from beginners to improvers and surf technique development. The perfect surf lesson course in Portrush for getting into the sport.
Available all year round.
£25 per lesson (2 hours)
Kids Surf Lessons Portrush


Our kids surf lessons are for boys and girls aged between 8-16 years old. Why not book your young one into our kids surf lesson sessions in Portrush. Surfing is amazing fun and great exercise.
Available all year round.
£20 per lesson (2 hours)
Group Surf Lessons Portrush


Our group surf lessons on the Causeway Coast are great fun and a nice way to meet other learners. Whether your surf group is made up of beginners or whether it is mixed ability, it is simply no problem for us!
Available all year round.
Discounts available for groups of 10+
£25 per lesson (2 hours)
Summer Kids Camps Surf Lessons Portrush


Get the kids out in the water learning to surf during the school holidays. Our Kids Camps are for boys and girls aged between 8-16 years old and able to swim at least 50m. Running daily between 10am-12pm.
Available Easter and during July, August.
£20 per individual lesson
£60 for block of 4 lessons
Family Surf Lessons Portrush


Why go for a walk when you can go surf and feel the exhilaration with Mum, Dad, Kids and even your Grandparents. Getting tired of just the kids having the fun? Well sure bring the whole family to Portrush and learn to surf together.
Please call us for prices
Private 1-to-1 Surf Lessons Portrush


The 1-to-1 surf lesson offers you the ultimate surf master class and is the fastest way for surfers of any ability to improve. Your private lesson with Long John McCurry is guaranteed as the best and most effective way to improve your surfing ability whatever level you are at.
Available all year round.
£60 per session (2 hours)
Summer Kids Camps Surf Lessons Portrush


It's the perfect way to start of your Hen or Stag weekend on the beautiful Causeway Coast. Your lesson will soon build up your thirst and hunger before you sample some of the fine bars and restaurants available around the Portrush area.
Available all year round.
Discounts available for groups of 10+.
£25 per person (2 hours)
Corporate Day Surf Lessons Portrush


OK so do you think your team needs a break away from the torments of day to day work? Perhaps some team building to build up company morale? Or a day out with your club members? 2 hours in the water can soon take away from the stresses of day to day routine.
Available all year round.
Discounts available for groups of 10+.
£25 per person (2 hours)
Summer Longboard Camps Surf Lessons Portrush


Do you Surf a Longboard already? Or maybe you want to jump on the bandwagon to see what all the fuss is about? If you are looking to understand more about this area of surfing or to take your Longboarding to the next level then Long Johns Coaching Weekends are the perfect place to start.
Please call us for prices
About all our surf lessons in Portrush

We normally run our lessons from Portrush town beaches (West or East Strand). However, wind and swell size can sometimes effect conditions for teaching on any particular day so lessons may be relocated to the other North Coast beaches. If there are any changes to your booking we will notify you in plenty of time prior to your lesson.

We will provide all necessary equipment for your lesson free of charge. We use quality soft foam surfboards for all beginners (or wherever we feel it necessary), as your safety is always our main priority, as well as to give you the best opportunity for success. We have a wide range of wetsuits, boots and gloves to fit all sizes and to keep our students warm throughout their session.

As we provide all equipment for your lesson (unless you have your own equipment you want to use) and you need only bring with you a towel and swimwear. Fresh drinking water will be provided at any time you so wish throughout the lesson. Don't forget to slap on some high factor sun cream! Believe it or not, even with our weather in the Port, 2 hours in the water can be harsh on the "oul skin" as a local boy may say to you!

Long Johns Surf Lesson Promise

Long John's Surf Academy caters for the individual needs of its students to provide a fun and informative lesson for all ages and abilities from 8 years+.

Whether it's your first lesson, or you just need a few tips on improving your skills, you can be assured that our instructors will provide a fun, safe, surfing environment, reliable advice and quality instruction.

In order to meet our students' safety and enjoyment needs, we limit our student-instructor ratios to 8:1, wherever possible. We may reduce this ratio as sea conditions and/or ages and abilities of the participants dictate.

By maximising student and instructor interaction, we aim to enhance your experience of learning to surf with us. You may think you came down to Portrush for one lesson but the nature of the sporting lifestyle has proven to be highly addictive and we shall prove why by our professional academy surf coaching.

  • "John is a very talented surfer. He has had multiple competition and national title wins. His Academy excels because he brings years of surf experience, ocean knowledge and skill in the water to every lesson.

    Al Mennie   /   International big wave surfer & Waterman

  • "John McCurry is a champion surfer with a style that makes the difficult look easy. How to surf and surf better is his passion and injected into the enthusiasm he delivers with every lesson."

    Finn Mullen   /   Irish SUP champion & big wave rider

  • "John has been the best longboarder in Ireland for as long as I can remember and with all his expertise and skill it only makes sense that he's now an instructor."

    Andrew Mennie   /   Irish Pro surfer



John has been surfing for more than 15 years and currently has 4 Irish National Longboard titles under his belt and has represented Ireland at European and World level 10 times with his best result being 17th in the world. Surfing has taken him far afield to enhance his experience in places such as France, Spain, Portugal, Ecuador, Peru, South Africa, Costa Rica and most recently Indonesia.

John received the 2010 International Fair Play Award for demonstrating his sportsmanship towards a fellow competitor mid way through the 2009 ISA World Surfing Games in Costa Rica.

John has extensive knowledge of surfing all the local breaks in Portrush and around the Causeway Coast Area and as a coach has worked closely in the past with the Irish Team coaches in developing his own competitive surfing which has saw him achieve much success to date. His enthusiasm and love for the sport is what it's all about and that's exactly what he passes on by teaching people to surf at Long Johns Surf Academy.

Long Johns Surf Academy Qualifications

Long John McCurry is fully ASI Level 1 Qualified and has Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS) First Aid Certifications.

Association of Surfing Instructors Qualified (ASI)



You can book a surf lesson in Portrush with Long Johns Surf Academy for pretty much any day of the year. If the surf and weather conditions are right, we can teach you how to surf or improve your current surfing ability. Just use the quick form below, contact us direct via email or on our social links, thanks.


07598 572 017