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Pukas Surf School

Surf School in San Sebastian, Spain

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About

We opened in 1996 and are located across from the surf at La Zurriola beach. We offer courses for all levels. We teach year round in several languages. La Zurriola is arguably the most consistent surf beach in the Bay of Biscay, and definitely the most spectacular! We have modern showers, changing rooms and lockers. Our emphasis is on progress, fun and safety.

Lessons:

Adults

Kids

Level:
  • Private Surf
Main Surf Beach:
La Zurriola
Meet at:

The beach

     
Reviews (38)
5 out of 5
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  • Due to changing tides exact surf lesson start times are not decided until the week of your lesson.
  • After you book we will contact you the week of your lesson to tell you your lessons start time.

Private Surf

Each lesson is 1 hr 30 minutes long. Lessons are available every day year round. La Zurriola is surfable on all tides so you can surf any time throughout the day. All our surf lessons in San Sebastian are organised into private classes so you will have the utmost attention and progress much faster than being in a large group. We offer Surf lessons for beginners, intermediates & advanced.

Prices from 01 January to 31 December


Private Rates

Private Surf Lessons
Prices per person
1 Day 2 Days 3 Days 4 Days 5 Days 6 Days 7 Days
1 Person €85 €139 €193 €245 €299 €353 €403
2 People €63 €110 €143 €184 €229 €274 €299
3 People €49 €70 €107 €135 €168 €201 €210
4 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €161 €180
5 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €144 €168
6 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €161 €180
7 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €161 €180
8 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €161 €180
9 People €39 €68 €82 €107 €134 €161 €180
10 People €30 €50 €65 €80 €95 €115 €130
  • We meet you at the beach

38 REVIEWS
     

Brittany
Toronto, Canada
September 2019
Travelled solo

How were the surf lessons?

     

I took two private lesson with Pukas Surf School. Gorka was awesome and a really great teacher. I had surfed before but felt this time that I actually got it and I was riding waves pretty quickly. He was really good at motivating as well as helping me to see what I was doing wrong and correcting it. I had a lot of fun and would definitely recommend Pukas. Great location right near Zurriola beach.

San Sebastian is an awesome town, it's beautiful, laid back and a great place to relax. Food is unreal and pintxo bar hopping is great after a day of surfing. Beaches are fantastic and the surrounding countryside is lovely!

Kathleen
London, United Kingdom
August 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Amazing - quick easy to book and done within seconds. No problems at all with the reservation on the other end. The guys at Pukka really know their stuff and its a seriously cool shop. All Rip curl wet suits and decent boards. Top quality

Fennande
Netherlands
August 2019
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MICHELA
Italy, MILANO
August 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

I loved everything!!! The instructor was simply great!!! He spoke Spanish, English and also Italian and it was helpful for us. Zurriola beach in San Sebastian is an amazing place and I liked very much to begin my surf experience there!

Morgan
Dallas , United States of America
July 2019
Travelled with friends

How were the surf lessons?

     

Surf lessons were amazing! Inigo was aweomse and a great teacher. We all got up by the end of the lesson! Very fun guy!

Ed
Aberystwyth

The surf on La Zurriola beach was consistent for both days of lessons - a little big perhaps for some of the group on the first day and perfect on the second - not too big to be intimidating but big enough and clean and peeling nicely. Pukas surf shop was great too with a good selection of boards to use from the foamy type boards through to the mini mal that I used. The hot showers and changing room were total luxury! Finally our surf instructor Rodrigo / Rodriguez (sorry I've forgotten his name) deserves a special mention - I've had one or two surfing lessons before and his tuition was by far the best I've received both on and off the water. He was genuinely interested in getting the best out of each one of us during the lessons and it really showed - a sign of a good instructor.

Shaakirrah
New York

My surf lessons in San Sebastian were absolutely fantastic. The Pukas folks were so kind and friendly, I was almost in tears upon leaving the city. While I initially bought 10 hours, I purchased additional hours. It was so great to spend the first part of my day there. Also, surfing totally rocks. I am looking forward to returning next summer!!!!! And Gorka was a great instructor!

Diane
Dublin

The lesson was great. The guys were professional and very helpful. I would definitely recommend

Thorarinn
Oslo

We had a splendid time in San Sebastian. Thumb´s up for the surf lessons!

Dick, Jack, Dirk, Elsa
Amsterdam

The surf lessons were great! We hope to go again.

Ludovic
Geneva

San Sebastian was perfect place to start learning surf without feeling scared of big waves. The team from Pukas was very kind and professional giving us the feeling to be in good hands if I may say. Our teacher called Ioseba and there was a very nice lady (I don't know her name) in the shop who welcomed us and helped us.

Hazel
London

Had an amazing trip thanks and was lovely weather despite what the forecast predicted! We really enjoyed the surfing lessons, the instructors were eager to get us involved and helped us to progress. We all fell in love with the area. The beaches were beautiful, preferred the surfing one as it wasn’t as crowded for sunbathing. The food was delicious, we were recommended some great little places to get pintos by Michel.

Vicki, Miriam and Colleen
London

We actually loved the surf lessons, it was a shame we could only get it at 2pm on the first day as the tide wasn't right.  But the instructor was amazing, very patient and we learned a lot. Pukas is a great schoo

Nick
Bristol

The surf lessons were really good.  Gorka was an excellent teacher.

Davide
Milan

The surf lessons was great! Michel, my instructor, was a perfect teacher: patient and expert! What a pity not have more time…

Lisa
Madrid 

I really enjoyed my stay in San Sebastián. The surf lessons were fantastic- there's nothing I could ever complain about. Great surf school and awesome teacher! 

Giuseppe and Francesca
Roma

We really enjoyed lessons both with borja and brad, expecially brad looked very experienced (probably cause he is a native speaker). We were both very happy about this experience.

Anastasia & Alexander
Moscow

Surfing lessons in San Sebastian went excellent! We want to acknowledge our instructor Aitor (don't know his last name) who made lessons effective, fun and safe. He seemed very experienced and knew how to explain techniques in easy way. I've seen a lot of sport instructors and few of them were as patient and calm as Aitor :) We've made significant progress and enjoyed lessons thanks to him. The store/school had all necessary things and equipment, staff was helpful and friendly. We will definitely continue surfing next summer!

Alan & Boyang
Hong Kong

Yeah it was fantastic! We really enjoyed it. Our instructor Mikel Martija was great, we loved him.

Erik
Stockholm

We had a great time with the surfing, thanks for asking. Weather was pretty harsh, but the spirits were high and the instructors did a great job. So all thumbs up from us!

James
London

The lessons were awesome I am pleased to report and I was very impressed with the general set up. A great experience and a very reasonable price.

David & Mimi
Eindhoven

Thanks for the email. We had a great time surfing in San Sebastian. The private lessons for us both worked really well and the instructors were excellent.We'll definitely recommend them.

Jon, Abakar & Garrett
London

Everything was great. Our instructor was super nice and it was great to have him come out in the water with us and give us each personal attention. The focus on safety was also appreciated.

Nils
Grimstad

San Sebadtian was greate. Surf lesson was real fun. We had never tried it beforeand all of us where riding waves befor end of session.... truly a memorable experience and a highlight from this years vacation. Will definetly do it again. Pukas was all brilliant and our instructor friendly and good fun. Reccomended!!!!

Andrea & Anders
Malmo

It was great thanks! My friends and I all had a good time -- and I'd use you guys again next time I go to San Sebastian

Jonathan
Dundee

Yep it was great. Waves were small for 3 days, ok for fourth. The instructor was very good so top marks there :-) Great spot, San Sebastián!

Sayuri
Tokyo

I enjoyed my surfin lesson in SanSebastian, of course. I took lessons 4times, with same instructor. He is very friendly, and we didn't have any problem for our communication. Total good, I think.

Arantxi
San Sebastian

The lessons were good. He loved the 1st lesson, it was very intensive as it was a private lesson he got the chance to try 100 times and fall 120 times..But for the following days in the shop they convinced him/us to join a group..And honestly it wasn't such a good idea..I mean there was nothing wrong with the group or with the lesson, and he would definitely join such a group again, but only if he would be in San Sebastian for a longer period of time than this time. This time we were going just for 5 days so a 1 on 1 lesson would have been a better option to learn the maximum, cause in a group you every time have to wait till everybody takes a wave..and obviously you learn slowlier. But again, great experience, he's definitely planning to continue with the lessons next time we're coming over..So I scored with my birthday present :).

Olly
London

The surf shop were excellent, friendly and welcoming. The instructors were great and patient with a group of hungover blokes! All in all - a great experience.

Holly
Shoreditch

The surfing was awwwwwesome!!! We loved it from start to finish - most of us had never done it before & it was amazing! The instructors were both brill (a tall guy who was really funny & young gal who was lovely). It has made me want to take up surfing/have a week's lesson - I could of stayed in the water for hours longer! (Only small feedback would be we were slightly rushed out of there at the end/lights out etc...12 girls are obviously going to take a while to get out of wetsuits haha so that was not ideal, and also the lesson was pretty short...again, perhaps the changing time should not be included in the actual lesson time we paid for)

Vicky & Ross
Cardiff

We had a wonderful week in San Sebastian. It was absolutely what we needed and we're now hooked on surfing. Pukas where brillant and our surf instructor Josefa excellent. Really professional, friendly and a laugh. He really encouraged us and we both stood up on the first day!

Dean
London

San Sebastian was great. We love it there. Our surf experience was really good. Angel is a great guy and really helped us out and made it comfortable for us. Overall a good time!

Aisling
Galway

I found the instructor quite good - he had a good knowledge of different techniques, for example, when it was clear some of the group weren't managing to master the popup technique, he showed them an easier knees-first technique. (He actually demonstrated about 5 ways of standing on the board, which was interesting to see)

Ken
Northampton

We had a great time. It was definetly tougher than we thought it would be but really had a blast. Instructor did great. Look forward to surfing more now. Hope to make it down there again

Frank, Astrid & Ludo
Amsterdam

We had a fantastic two days….Thanks to the waves of San Sebastian and their great instructor.

Cesare
Bern

The surf lessons were really really cool! Our instructor was very friendly and competent, the equipement was nice too and San Sebastian is a nice town!

Noeleen & Garret
Dublin

Surf lesson was great. I can't remember the name of the instructor, the lesson consisted of 30 minutes instruction and training out of the water, and then an hour surfing, and correction. I'd go back to them again!

Ann-Sophie
Odense, Denmark

Travelled solo

How were the surf lessons?

     

I had surf lessons with an instructor named Telmo - he was a great instructor and very energetic and funny. The beaches were lovely, and I felt very good about the entire experience.

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San Sebastian is home to one of the most consistent beach breaks in Spain...La Zurriola. Located on the east side of this beautiful city, La Zurriola runs for 800 metres. San Sebastian surf lessons usually take place here. It's a perfect beginners spot and a great place to relax and chill out after a surf. The beach has great facilities including showers, volley ball, restaurants and cafés. It is surrounded by the stunning Monte Ijeldo and Monte Urgull mountains. The beach can pick up a lot of swell and is great for the more advanced also.

The town's other beach La Concha lies on the West side of the city. It's a sun bathing beach but next to it is Onderatta beach, there is a nice mellow beachbreak here.

East and west of the city you will find beach after beach to explore and surf - the water stays warm until the end of September thanks to the weather that the Bay of Biscay receives. San Sebastian is only a 30 minute drive from Biarritz, a direct bus will take you there in just over an hour - another great destination to surf and explore.

Spain's main surf town, Zarautz, is only 20kms West of San Sebastian, an easy train ride away...another great place with a 2.5km surf beach.

The Basque area offers a huge array of surf breaks waiting to be explored.

Come Surf San Sebastian with us…

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  • Your balance is due when you arrive at the beach.

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What happens if the surf school cancel the Surf Lessons?

In the rare occasion that conditions do not allow for the surf lesson to go ahead you will be given a full refund.


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