Discovery Surf School


Bigbury-on-Sea, Devon, England, United Kingdom




Office phone: +44 1548 810 535



Learn how to surf and have surfing lessons at Discovery Surf School, an ASI accredited surf school, located at Bigbury-on-Sea, (Challaborough Bay) Devon, England.


Discovery Surf School has been operating since 2002 and is owned and run by Martin and Annika Connolly.  Martin is a top rate British surfer.  He grew up in Plymouth, surfing the breaks in South Devon and North Cornwall and has also travelled to surf breaks around the world.

Martin has extensive surfing coaching experience and has also worked overseas including Australia.  He is an ASI Level 4 Master Surfing Coach, holds surf rescue and first qualifications and is the producer of 100% Surfing Techniques DVD.   Martin also runs a surf club, every Saturday for local children aged 8-14.

The Discovery Surf School has a team of instructors who are all qualified instructors, hold surf rescue, and senior first aid qualifications.

Discovery Surf School is also an ASI Instructor Training Centre (ITC). Martin


Discovery Surf School offers group and private surfing lessons, beginner to advanced surfing certificate courses, surfing guide trips, surfing awareness, for kids, adults, parties, girls only, hen and stag groups, school and youth groups and corporates.

If you want to purchase your own gear, they can source the right board and gear from their surf shop.


Bigbury-on-Sea offers a range of surf breaks suited to all skill levels.    Surfing sessions are held at Bigbury on Sea and around the bay at Challaborough Bay.

Group lesson sizes are limited to 6 students which means you have a more personalised surfing experience.   

We have a large range of boards to suit all sizes and skill levels.

Bigbury-on-Sea is an area of outstanding natural beauty, with sandy beaches and a range of surf breaks suited to all skill levels from beginner to elite. 

Bigbury’s most famous landmark is Burgh Island, which overlooks the beach itself. The island is accessible at low tide, when the waters reveal a causeway that links it to the beach.


Visit Burgh Island by unique sea tractor or walk across the causeway at low tide.

On the island is the Venus cafe serving organic and local food.

The Burgh Island Hotel is the other building on the island and is a beautiful art deco hotel.   They feature 1930’s music from jazz pianist – where you feel like you have stepped back in time.


There are large caravan parks within walking distance to the water.   Both at Bigbury-On-Sea and Challaborough Bay.