Surfing The Dream, Newquay – Customer Reviews
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Date : 03.08.12
Name : Phil and Ciska
Location : Suffolk
Message : WOW - what an experience. Mat was the most superb teacher and we got up on our first and second wave! Not sure who was more excited - Mat or us! His enthusiasm and encouragement made such a difference. Kirsteen took some amazing photographs and the memory of our first surfing experience will stay with us! We're hooked. Thank you both so much and we'll see you again.
Date : 17.07.12
Name : Stefania Lamb
Location : Bath
Message : I had a wonderful experience with Surfing the dream, very friendly and helpful environment, clean nice lodge, highly professional surfing lessons and lively social meeting area.
i would definitely suggested them. thanks again guys.
Date : 11.07.12
Name : Mary Atkins
Location : Horley
Message : We have booked lessons with Mat every year for the last three years on our annual holiday to Newquay. He is friendly, enthusastic and attentive. Within the first lesson my seven year old had found a sport he was good at. We will continue to book with this school, as every year Mat increases Tom's confidence and enjoyment of surfing. In my opinion there is no better surfing school in Newquay.
Date : 28.06.12
Name : David S
Location : Horley, Surrey
Message : This was our first time in Newquay and our family highly recommended some surfing lessons with Surfing The Dream. As well as giving excellent tuition, Mat is great at encouragement and made the whole experience so much fun that our young daughter was standing before the end of her first 2 hour lesson! She did so well and loved it so much that we booked a second 2 hour lesson for later that week which helped build her confidence even more. We also have some beautiful photos thanks to Kirsteen - a wonderful memory of our daughter's favourite part of the holiday.
Date : 21.06.12
Name : Mark, Aidan
Location : Hampshire
Message : Hi Kirsteen & Matt
Many thanks for a great day. The coaching was really good broken down into manageable bites - that helped my daughter, son and I to stand by the end of the first lesson. Matts patience, enthusiasm and one to one instruction when we needed it helped considerably. The coaching for just our family worked really well making it less inhibiting and much more fun laughing at each others wipeouts. We are really pleased we took advantage of your coaching and the photos are also a really nice touch (and the evidence that we really did surf)! Looking forward to next year.
Date : 13.06.12
Name : Beverley
Location : St albans
Message : Huge thanis to matt for a fantastic lesson for max 15 and ollie 18. The boys idea of hell on holiday was a group surf lesson but they both needed some guidance to make sure they had the right technique for the future. It's not easy pleasing two teenagers but both of them really enjoyed the lesson. Really improved technique confidence and safety awareness and felt really informed by matt Apparently the best two hours of the holiday and if I hear "matt said" again....... Joking aside really proffesional service and the kids had a great time. Hope you will still be in Cornwall next year after some practice in Perth at Xmas.
Date : 08.06.12
Name :Linda Mckeown
Message : Both my children had 2 busy days learning how to surf with you guys - now my husband wants to learn! Roll on August!
Date : 06.06.12
Location :Hemel Hempstead
Message : After looking at all the various surf schools we certainly feel that Mat was perfect for what our group needed. His personal approach to lessons are by far better and more educational than those from large surf schools. We had a great time with Mat meaning we chose to have a second lesson following our first. A great surf coach who I highly recommend!
Date : 05.06.12
Location :Hemel Hempstead
Message : Best place to learn to surf! Amazing coach that is helpful andsupportive, not over crowded and will definitely go back again and again! Matt is brilliant!
Date : 03.06.12
Name : Rich
Messabe : Had a brilliant time in Newquay and are really glad we took a lesson with Mat, he is a top instructor and our lesson was great fun! We definately reccomend surfing the dream, you made us feel really welcome and run an ace surf school!
Date : 02.06.12
Name : Caz
Message : I have always wanted to learn to surf but had never gotten
around to it until a holiday in Newquay. I had my very first
one-to-one lesson with Mat!!I did feel a bit old (edging into my late 30's) but
this was no problem. Mat went through the safety side of things and basics
before going in the water. That's when the fun started! After quite a few
attempts I finally got it, stood up and rode a wave!! I couldn't believe it!!
And then I did it again!!! I really never thought that anyone could teach me to
surf in such a short time and the best thing was Mat was just as chuffed as I
If you want to learn to surf, book a lesson with Mat. He is independant so a bit more flexible than the surf schools, a very good teacher, professional, patient, funny (and quite cute!). Don't dream it go and do it. I may even try again at home in Northumberland! Thanks Mat!
Date : 02.06.12
Name : Dings
Location : Bodmin
Message : I didn't think I'd get very far
on my first attempt at surfing, but Mat was really helpful and encouraging and
he spent lots of time helping me to get the best out of my lesson. I even
managed to stand up, which I never thought I'd do! Highly recommended to anyone
of any age or fitness who wants to try it
Date : 01.06.12
Name : Chisato
Location : Japan
Message : I had the 1st surf lesson of my life, one to one with Matt. The beggining of the lesson, he taught basic knowledge about surfing which is very important especially for a beginner. By the end of lesson, I successfully stood a few times! I've been surfing several times since I had the lesson,and I feel I'm improving. So glad to have had my 1st lesson with Matt.Having a great time in Newquay. Thank you!
Date : 08.05.12
Name : Amy Hooper
Location : Telford
Message : Wow! What an incredible afternoon me and the girls had! Mat is an amazing teacher and we all enjoyed our first go at surfing. So glad we booked with 'Surfing the Dream'
Date : 30.08.11
Name : Karen Durlik
Location : Richmond, North Yorkshire
Message : For the second year my son Alex had a lesson with Mat. Mat's patient coaching enabled him to overcome his initial lack of confidence to ensure an enjoyable experience. Many thanks.
Date : 23.08.11
Name : Darren Spain
Location : Hampshire
Message : Hi Kirsteen & Matt,
Many thanks for the photo's, they came out really well. I especially like the one of Josh with the sea sparkling sround him from the sunlight. Thanks also for for helping to make the last 2 trips to Newquay so memorable for us all. You're right, Lauren & Josh did make it look soooo easy, and I've had constant reminders from Josh about who got standing almost immediately... and who didn't! lol.
I know Graham, Julie & Thomas really enjoyed themselves also - and I'll pass on the photo's to them too.
We'll pop a review onto your web site later..
Darren, Debbie, Lauren & Josh
Date : 23.08.11
Name : Peter Wright
Location : Bicester
Message : Thanks for the surfing tuition for Ella and Theo - you have created a couple of committed surfer dudes!
Date : 22.08.11
Name : Amanda and Fletcher
Location : Southampton
Message : Matt and Kirstine
Thank you for a great morning on Fistral Beach really enjoyed our surf lesson.
It was great fun standing on the board for the 1st time.
You were both very kind and helpful.
Would definitely recommend.
From Amanda and Fletcher
22nd August 2011
Date : 17.08.11
Name : McVeigh Family
Location : Kent, UK
Message : We had a fantastic 3 afternoons with Mat. He was just what you want in an instructor. Explains and shows you the steps you need to surf well, then lets you out, watches, spots what you need to do to get it right, encourages, and gets you standing up on that board. Our age range was 11-43 and we couldn't have had a better teacher. Our youngest daughter was standing in no time, so Mat was able to show her more advanced moves, whilst our older daughter and my wife needed more one to one, as did I. Mat was able to spot what needed tweaking and sets us off again. Always cheering when we did get it right, even if it was just for a second.
Kirsteen was a great part of the duo and took photos of us all, and kept us informed as to where we needed to be each day as the tides changed.
Have told everyone we know how great Mat and Kirsteen are. Hope to be back soon, and will touch base with them again.
Date : 16.08.11
Name : Rich & Lucy
Location : Alnwick, Northumberland
Message : Had a brilliant time in Newquay and are really glad we took a lesson with Mat, he is a top instructor and our lesson was great fun! We definately reccomend surfing the dream, you made us feel really welcome and run an ace surf school!
Date : 10.08.11
Name : Rich n bec
Location : Midlands
Message : Bec didn't want to surf because of it being cold but the great wet suits they had to offer she soon had a smile great instructor easy to get along with many thanks Kirsty and matt.back for round two with the family in October :)
Date : 03.08.11
Name : Johannes Seiler
Location : Groß-Gerau - Germany
Message : Every lesson was great ... every lesson was fun ... and I felt more confident on the board with each lesson.Amazing time and very kind people. Thank you :D
Date : 29.07.11
Name : Bouke and Christine
Location : Plymouth
Message : We really enjoyed the surfing lessons from Mat (we've already been back), which are great and much more personal than in other surfing schools due to the smaller group size. Mat and Kirsty are really friendly and also take greatphoto's :)
Hopefully we'll be back again soon!
Date : 19.07.11
Name : Josh Cliff
Location : Scunthorpe
Message : me and my girlfreind had a 2 hour lesson with mat and it was really good we learnt a lot even though the waveswernt that good we learnt a lot he told us a lot of local info, at the end of the lesson we both managed to stand up on the board, weve already booked another trip to newquay and welldefinently go back to matt for surf tuition.
Date : 03.07.11
Name : Cat Forsyth
Location : London
Message:Had a brilliant time guys. Thanks so much. Shame I couldn't stay for a few more days; you wouldn't have got me out of the water! Aching slightly, especially after the ride back home, but still up for coming back down to Newquay for some more!!! :-) Cheers!
Date : 21.06.11
Name : Dollie
Location : from London
Message : I took 2 lessons from matt .
I loved it ,I wish I stayed longer to practice more surfing after that .
He explain very well and is very patient .
I did managed to stand up a few times , I really had a great time taking those lessons.
I defenetly recomand it to everyone .
thak you .
Date : 19.06.11
Name : Charlotte Prins
Location : London
Message : Our first surfing lesson ever and all four of us managed to stand up!Woooo
Mat's lovely, the beach is amazing, and it's not too expensive! What more could you ask for? I definitely recommend Surfing the Dream for first time surfers!
Date : 18.06.11
Name : Richard and Lucy
Location : Northumberland
Message : Thank you very much for the pictures, they are great!
We had a brilliant time in Newquay and are really glad we took a lesson with Mat, he is a top instructor and our lesson was great fun!
We will definately reccomend surfing the dream to others we meet, you both made us feel really welcome and run an ace surf school!
Thank you again,
Richard and Lucy
Date : 04.06.11
Name : Andy Martin
Location : Sheringham North Norfolk
Message : Many thanks to Mat and family for making our party of 5 feel sowelcome.without a doubt the best £20 I have ever spent. We all managed to get to our feet and would recomendmat/surfing the dream to anyone..see yanext year!
Date : 05.05.11
Name : Fred Warwick
Location : Holme
Message : Just back from our 4th time with Mat - still the same friendly encouraging style.
Date : 04.04.11
Name : Anna
Location : Germany
Message : It was great. Mat is a very good teacher.
He explains very well. Me and my friends managed to stand up the first lesson. We had so much fun. I had one surf lesson before with an other teacher, but Mat is so much better. The price was fantastic as well and the equipment was good.
thank you so much
Date : 19.03.11
Name : Skye
Location : UK
Message : I had such a fantastic time! Matt's an excellent teacher; covering everything you'd need to know, and the laid back style of the lesson put me at ease straight away - after a couple of tries, Matt's simple technique had me standing and riding a wave! Also, the equipment was excellent.
Date : 23.02.11
Name : Kim
Location : Bristol
Message : Thanks for the lesson very patient and knowledgeable, stoodup just about, cold but happy great equipment.
Thanks again hope to see you soon.
Date : 21.11.10
Name : Laurie
Location : Saskatoon, Canada
Message : Hey Mat,
Just want to say a huge thanks! Learning how to surf from you was an awesome experience. You were knowledgable and fun loving, and you got me standing up my first lesson :)!
You are a great coach, providing me all the basics I need to get started, and even gave me a few different techniques to try.
I would definitely reccommend you to everyone I know, and I hope to get another lesson from you to further improve my surfing level :)
Date : 06.11.10
Name : Kathryn Read
Location : Darlington
Message : Boys had a great day surfing with you, you were so patient with them it was a pleasure to watch them having so much fun. Highly recommended surf lessons.
Date : 04.11.10
Name : Fred
Location : peterborough
Message : Just been back with Mat for the 3rd (?) time - and need to go again!!
If Mat doesn't get you surfing and give you the bug no one will!
Date : 16.09.10
Name : John, Natalie, Liam and Tottie
Message :Hi Mat, just to say thanks for a great days surfing. We all had a fantastic time and the photos you provided will help us to remember the day for years to come. You are an excellent surfing coach and would recommend you to anyone who wants to give it a go. Hope to see you soon John, Natalie, Liam and Tottie.
Date : 31.08.10
Name : Ade,Holly,Daz And Lee
Message :Just a quick note to say thanks Mat for an excellent day. Worth every penny ! We all had a fantastic time, a real good laugh and you managed to get us all to stand up, a minor miracle I thought for 3 of us who where firsttimers.Thanks for your patience, encouragment and good humour. Thanks again and we hope to see you again when we are down your way.
Date : 28.08.10
Name : Andy
Message :As this was our first time surfing, Mat taught us the best way to get started.
In his very friendly manner emphasized all of the safety aspects involved.
we all managed to get stood up by using his methods.
Most of all, we had a great time!!!!
Date : 25.08.10
Name : paul wilson / charlie pritt
Message :hi Mat thanks for a fantastic day its was a amazing start to are holiday we learnt so much we have never been on a board and by the end of the day we were both stood up and at the end of the holidays we were like old pros thanks so much for all your time and help we look forward to seeing you again next year
charlie and paul
Date : 25.08.10
Name : Andrew and Josephine(13 & 11 years old)
Location :Haslemere, Surrey
Message :We loved our lesson with Mat it was such fun and we felt like real surfers. He was easy to understand and was very patient. We hope we can have more lessons with Mat next year.
Date : 24.08.10
Name : Sarah Chalmers
Location :United Kingdom
Message :Fantastic first time in a wet suit and first time surfing! I was so impressed I was standing up by the end of the day! Matt was a great teacher and made it fun.
Date : 23.08.10
Name : Karen D
Location :North Yorkshire
Message :Matt gave an excellent 1 on 1 lesson to my 13 year old son, Alex.Matts excellent teaching technique and patience was very evident and he had Alex standing on the board within 1 lesson. Excellent value and a very professional and friendly individual would recommend Surfingthedream to anyone.
Date : 23.08.10
Name : Josh
Location :Horley, Surrey
Message :The kids had a fantastic time. Although they were nervous beforehand Mat's kind and understanding attitude soon had them at their ease. They liked it so much they are nagging me to book again for next year. Cannot recommend highly enough
Date : 23.08.10
Name : Lisa
Message :My sister, boyfriend and me had a 3 on 1 lesson with Mat and we couldn't have asked for a better day.
The tuition was great, adapted to our abilities and Mat knew just the right time to catch the perfect waves
With very competitive prices and the hindsight of seeing the large groups the other schools offered, we would recommendSurfingthdream again and again.
Date : 22.08.10
Name : Lisa
Message :Thank you Mat, photos received. We will definitely be up for another lesson soon.
Lisa, Sara & Andrew
Date : 20.08.10
Name : Jane, Bryn, Jack & Bessie
Message :The kids had a great time learning with Mat and we were so impressed with the fun they were having that the 'oldies' signed up for another session later in the week. Would highly recommend Mat for his patience, goodhumour and surf knowledge.
Date : 09.08.10
Name : Emily
Message :I really enjoyed my lessons with Mat.It was my first time surfing and definitely would go back for more. Mat is very patient and encouraging. Private lesson is more tailored and gives more individual attention. I would definitely recommend Mat to anyone wanting to learn to surf.
Thanks for the photos Mat, they really made me laugh.
Date : 04.08.10
Name : Paul, Nadine, Abi & Ellys
Message :What a great day. Mat gave us a great lesson and being complete novices his patience and fun style helped us learn a lot quicker. we would certainly go back for another lesson the next time we visit. Would definitely recommend Mat to anyone visiting Newquay who wants to have a great time learning to surf.
Date : 16.07.10
Name : Jun & Cindy
Message :After shopping around on the net for the right surf school, we found Surf The Dream! The small group lessons mean you get better tuition with individual guidance. Mat is professional, encouraging and 'snap happy'! We are very pleased with how much we achieved in one day and the photos Mat took! We strongly recommend learning with Mat!
Date : 09.07.10
Name : Jessica
Location :Nr Peterborough
I had a great lesson with Matt, its great to meet someone with so much passion which makes him a great teacher! The passion has rubbed off on me and i will defo be coming back for more lessons!
Date : 09.07.10
Name : Sophie
Message :Had an awesome time surfing with Mat!! will definitely be back soon...
Date : 01.07.10
Name : Keith Milton
Message :Hi Mat
Thanks very much for the photos really enjoyed the lesson and hope to see you again.
Date : 26.06.10
Name : Sam,Tom&Connor
Message :Hi Mat
Thanks again for a great day, Connor cant stop talking about it, we all really enjoyed it and was good to see you again. Thanks for the photos, there fantastic! Take care and have a good summer on the beach - well jealous! :o)
Date : 30.05.10
Name : Ellis Family
Location : Wales
Message :What a great session we all had!
I was very impressed with Mat's coaching style and knowledge, certainly knows his stuff. If you want to learn surf, Mat's your man.
Date : 22.05.10
Name : Niki
Message :Thanks for the photos, they're great!! Made us have a laugh. I went out again today and I was heaps better! I think I needed a day to digest the new info lol. I even went right out with Dan at the end and caught 2 big waves in and stood up on both right to the beach!!! :D Was stoked!! Thanks again for the lesson, have a couple of mates coming to newquay in the next couple of months so will definately recommend they get your lessons.
Date : 16.05.10
Name : Dave and Verlaina
Message :Had a great lesson. It was our first time ever surfing and mostdefinately would do it again. Mat is a great instructor who made the whole experience enjoyable and comfortable.
Date : 12.05.10
Name : Dave
Message :Had loads of fun learning to surf. Mat's a great teacher, had me standing up on my first lesson and really built my confidence in the water. I've definitely caught the surfing bug. I thoroughly recommend learning to surf with Mat, there's no way I would have had the same level of individual attention from the larger, cattle market style surf schools.
Driftwood lodge is the most chilled out and friendly lodge I've ever stayed at, and I've stayed at a lot. Kirsteen and Mat have made me feel really welcome and all the people staying here hang out together.
If you're thinking of learning to surf then book in here, you won't find better or cheaper lessons and digs in Newquay.
I'm a 100% satisfied customer:-)
Date : 10.05.10
Name : Fred Warwick
Message :Just back from our second time for lessons with Mat. He hasn't changed, still a great guy, friendly, encouraging and a total surfing nut!!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED- THE BEST IN NEWQUAY!!
Date : 04.05.10
Name : seb
Message :I really enjoyed my week end in Newquay. Mat is a very good teacher. My surf improved a lot in just 2 lessons. I will defiantly get more lessons with him in the future. He is patient committed and very cool.
The lodge is clean, comfortable and all the guys are very friendly. The location is very convenient, walking distance from shops, bars beaches and train station.
I had a great time and couldn't hope for better.
Ideal place to go for a surf trip
Date : 24.04.10
Name : Errin
Message :My boyfriend and I had our first ever surf lesson with Mat, and we both had the most brilliant time.
Mat was an excellent teacher, full of enthusiasm and very patient. We felt we learnt so much from the lesson, and could have kept going all day had our bodies not been so tired!
I would definitely recommend Mat to anyone wanting to learn to surf. It is fantastic having such individual tuition, something you would not get in a large group of people. The photos we were sent after the lesson were also a lovely reminder of a brilliant day.
We will definitely be having more lessons with Mat next time we come toCornwall
Date : 10.04.10
Name : Amy
Message :I would recomend the surf and stay at Driftwood Lodge friendly people great location and great value for money.
Would definatley stay again.
Date : 16.01.10
Name : Jay Keyter
Message :I will definately be having another surf lesson with Matt when Im inNewquay again. He was informative, friendly, and a good laugh. We had so much fun and the surf gear was in great condition. We were kept nice and warm in some awesome wetsuits.
It was a shame that the lesson ended, I would have stayed outfor ever!!!
Thanks for a legend time Matt!! One day Ill be ripping it up for sure. Definatelycaught by the surf bug!!!
Date : 22 September 2009
Name : Aaron and Rach
Location :Newcastle, England
Message :Had two fantastic lessons with Matt who was an enthusiastic and encouraging teacher. We both went from not knowing one end of a surfboard from the other to standing up on the first lesson, the second lesson we just got better. The photos are brilliant and now we have proof we did actually stand up. Couldn't have asked for a better teacher, will definately be booking more classes when we are next in Newquay
Many thanks again Matt.
Date : 12 September 2009
Name : Fred Warwick
Location :United Kingdom
Message :Well impressed with Mat! The lessons were friendly and very informative, Mat is patient, encouraging and obviously devoted
to teaching surfing.
There is now one old man (Fred) who is determined to go back for more lessons and stand up for more than a millisecond; and one
young man (Keir) who is keen to polish his skills.
Date : 12 September 2009
Name : Keir Warwick
Message :Mat was excellent, i really enjoyed his lessons. He is a brilliant teacher and I learnt so much. He also had a water proof
camera which takes good quality photos for me and my dad to look at a remember what fun we had.
I would 100% recommend Mat and will no doubt be after more lessons soon. Thanks Mat.
Date: 31 August 2009
Name : Alex
Message :All of our group had a brilliant time and definitely all want to surf again!! After our safety brief and clear demonstrations on the beach we were into the water and straight to surfing. Matt was very knowledgeable and was able to give us the confidence to try whilst letting us know why things had gone wrong and how we
could improve. All in all the lesson was relaxed and enjoyable and I would definitely recommend Matt to anyone wanting to learn to surf.
Name : Mark & Amy
Message :Hi Mat
Great - thanks for the below there fab! Im sure Mark will love all the shots of him gliding along with complete ease! haha.
We both managed to finally get up on our feet at Fistral on Sunday once it had emptied out from all the surfing schools.
Thanks so much for the great lesson - we're def looking to come back again next year!
Amy & Mark
Date : 20 August 2009
Name : Jimbo
Comments : The lodge is modern, comfortable with good facilities and well run by a friendly couple. The lodge is centrally located next to all the beaches and night life. Had a brilliant time!
Date : 17 August 2009
Name : Rich
Message : Had a great stay at Driftwood Lodge and had my first ever surf lessons from Mat. Mat and Kirsteen are very friendly and the rooms are very comfortable. I thought that I would be too old but the lessons were excellent and I will be going back for more!
Name: Gavin Crockett
Thanks for the tuition during the week - both lads really enjoyed themselves & that was down to you, so thanks again
Many thanks again for your time, we really had a greattime!we're gonna take the time to advertise your 'surf school' for sure...
Take care and hope to see you the next time at Newquay.
Date : 10 August 2009
Name : Elaine
Message : I just turned up out of the blue and was made really welcome by Mat and Kirsteen. The lodge is only 5 minsfrom the sea and close to all the pubs and clubs. It was quite full when I was there and a really friendly crowd. Free use of the kitchen and TV in the dining room. Definitely coming back soon for a surf lesson with Mat!
our time in newquay was awesome! thanks for the lesson and photos, they look great! will send you some luke took once they have been uploaded and edited!...
thanks again! have a good season
Message: Well I am on the blag with Tom to go back down in September so will hopefully be in touch for another lesson! Really got the bug now! :o)
You have a top summer too - Were off to the lakes for most weekends - no surf but plenty of fish and gets us out ofcrappyAccrington ha ha!
Date : 29 July 2009
Name : Fred Sibley
Comments : Me and my friends were really impressed with our brief stay at Driftwood lodge last month. The rooms were clean and comfortable. Use of the kitchen was a bonus and there was even a secure storage area for my surf board. My friend took Mat up on his offer of a lesson and would recommend him for anyone learning to surf inNewquay.
Date : 23 July 2009
Name : Shelley
Comments : A week at Driftwood lodge was just what my friend and I needed! The chilled, relaxed, friendly atmosphere made us feel instantly at home and welcome. Ideal location as only minutes away from beach, amenities in the town and nightlife. We took Mat up on his offer for surf lesson as complete novices and through his clear instruction, patience, encouragement and support had mastered the basic skills. Would definitely return to Driftwood lodge as Mat andKirsteenhospitality would be difficult to beat!
Date : 13 July 2009
Name : Cazachaza!!
Comments : I had an excellent stay at Driftwood Lodge. The room was very comfortable and the house warm and cosy. Having access to a kitchen and washing machine was a real bonus. The other guests were nice and Mat, Kirsteenand Wee Jimmy made it feel really relaxed and welcoming. Will certainly stay again and learn to surf better with Mats surf school Thanks for your warmth and hospitality!!
Date : 29 June 2009
Name : Lee Ward
Comments : Stayed with Matt and Kirsteen who both made me feel exceptionally welcome and was fortunate enough to have a surf lesson with Matt. Not liking the water at all Matt soon made me feel extremely safe and comfortable having explained everything to me really clearly and that he would be there at all times. Relaxed after the safety brief I was then able to go into the sea for the first time and after having achieved the lying down quickly I was then ready to progress. Another lesson on the beach it was time to go back out and to try and stand which I achieved in no time at all from there on in a big grin was there for all to see. With out doubt a superb time was had and it goes without saying the instruction from Matt was excellent and I would recommend him to all. A big thanks to you.
Date : 21 June 2009
Name : Amanda
Location : Falmouth
Comments : I am here back for my second season at the best surf lodge in Newquay! After finishing Uni I couldn’t resist repeating another fantastic summer in the lodge and am happy to see another fantastic bunch of people who are here for a long term summer. Mat and Kirsteen are ace landlords and arepatient with us crazy bunch! The house is always warm and clean with beds changed regularly and fun time shared rooms. One of the handiest features apart from the free Wi-Fi is the secure surf shack attached onto the house where we can grab our boards and surf whenever we want. Always excellent hygiene in bathrooms and kitchens. I would rate this place five stars as it is fun, friendly and welcoming and also situated in a fantastic location inNewquay. Mat is also a qualified surf instructor and took me and my friend on our first surf lesson and we have been bitten by the bug ever since!! Overall a wonderful place, definitely come and stay.
Date : 09 May 2009
Name : Christina
Comments : I went to Newquay for my birthday and to ensure I had tried surfing before I was 30, we stayed at Driftwood Lodge which is always a fantastic place to stay, it's so convenient and friendly. We had arranged to have a surf lesson with Mat and although it was blowing a hoolie we plucked up the courage, donned an ever flattering wetsuit and set off for the bay. Mat was amazing, we had so much fun and his patience and teaching style was brilliant, we spent nearly three hours in and out of the water, learning various techniques and general knowledge about surfing. In the water Mat looked after us and was constantly able to give us little improvements to ensure that we got the most out of our lesson, we managed to stand for about a second but it made it all worth it. Mat is an excellent teacher and provided us with all the kit we needed. He was willing to put in the extra time to ensure we succeeded and we cannot wait to go back and have a few more lessons because for some surfing may just be a sport but for others its a way of life!