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after over ten years of faffing about thinking i could surf i finally learned from "ben's surf clinic". i did a five day course with his super cool instructors, waaay to cool for school. By the end of it i was transformed. Surfing is a totally different experience for me now, it's what i always wanted it to be like, "Ben's surf clinic" brought me there in less than a week. Priceless!
Date of Posting: 30 November 2029
Posted By: donal brady
I have been to Ben's surf clinic a couple of times now and can safely say in the words of Curtis Mayfield these guys are 'superfly'!
Whatever your level of surfing is the lessons are a cut above any other and I know many people who believe the same. You may have had a lesson before or maybe you are thinking about it but trust me this is the best money you will ever spend. The way I see it is why pay for Ryanair lessons somewhere else (which I had done) when you can go Emirates with these guys.
I have had lessons with both Ben and Richie and I liken them to one of the great duos, Starsky and Hutch, they compliment each other really well and they are forensic in detecting your bad habits and getting you on the right tracks and actually surfing properly. What speaks volumes about them is that I have seen them give advice to people in the water when they aren't even out on a lesson with them or know them for that matter. Overall they are encouraging, professional, challenging (when needed), patient and I would even as far to say funny!
If you want to learn how to surf or push yourself further do yourself a favour and try these guys, you won't look back. Enjoy and have fun:)
On a more general note for those visiting Lahinch for the first time, it is a friendly and welcoming village with a lovely vibe. There is always plenty to do even when there is no surf as rock climbing is really popular given the stunning Cliffs of Moher are on your doorstep.
Date of Posting: 30 November 2028
Posted By: Fiona G
Excellent supervision and tuition for both adults and children.The groups are very small and can be one to one if required - Ben and his team are really professional, knowledgable and friendly and the equipment used is of high quality.
Date of Posting: 30 November 2019
Posted By: s coole
Id an awesome time with the guys. I have had surf lessons in the past but the classes had too many people and not enough instructors! Bens surf clinic was the opposite, small classes and plenty of instructors. I had two lessons and really noticed a big improvement, Silly mistakes Ive been making for years were spotted straight away and corrected. I honestly couldn't rate Ben and the guys any higher!!
Date of Posting: 30 November 2019
Posted By: mike Morris
highly recommend Ben's surf clinic to anyone who wants to learn or improve their surfing. I was surfing on and off for a few years, got beginner lessons elsewhere and was getting no where fast. I did a couple of lessons' with Ben's Clinic and I could then consistently stand up on my board and the coaches started bringing me to the next level. The small classes work great as you get allot of personal attention and the coaches are excellent! Really enjoyed the experience, it helped me fall in love with surfing ;-)
Date of Posting: 13 June 2012
Posted By: susan Brady
I had booked into an improver class weekend in April, and it was a very rewarding and enjoyable experience.
I surfed quite regularly for 3 years without lessons, and picked up a lot of bad habits over time. In the first lesson Ben identified those and brought us 'back-to-basics'. In the follow-up lessons he and his instructors brought us (we were 6 in the class) to a respectable standard.
Ben and his staff were always positive and encouraging, paying great attention to detail for each single one of us. In fact it is very hard not to take his advice on board (pun intended).
At the end of the 2 days I felt that I reached a solid & sound level to improve from, while still having plenty of things to practice every time I go surfing.
I would recommend lessons with him to everyone who wants to pick up surfing, ideally over a weekend as this gives you plenty of exposure to great coaching and fun in the water.
Date of Posting: 28 July 2011
Posted By: Alex Schutz Galway
My girlfriend and I had never surfed before when we decided to get some lessons with Bens Surf Clinic, but even after just the first day we came away so excited we had to book more lessons than we had planned, so so worth it, couldnt have imagined we would improve so quickly thanks to the brilliant instructors and have so much fun! We'll be back again as soon as possible! --New Surf Addict Declan
Date of Posting: 22 July 2011
Posted By: Declan O'Connor kerry
Ben has been coaching us for the past three years. In that time he has turned us into complete addicts. His lessons are always funny and enjoyable all while learning loads. Whether it be going back to basics like correcting where you lie on the board to catching huge green waves, you know you have improved at the end of each lesson. He has the ability to turn the coldest, windiest days of winter into some of your favourite surfs. Your always being encouraged, advised and get loads of attention as the groups are always kept small. As lessons are done on ability it is a great way to make new surf buddies for after lesson surfs. There is always a happy atmosphere at the van just adding to the epic experience Bens Surf Clinic is. :D
Date of Posting: 09 June 2011
Posted By: Emma & Eleana Skelly Dublin, Ireland
I recently had a fun and fantastic experience attending a week long surf camp for adults with Ben's Surf Clinic. As a beginning surfer I was astonished to be able to stand up and ride a wave less than 30 minutes into the first lesson! I had tried before on my own without much success. Each time I learned a new skill, the instructors helped me fine tune what I had just learned, and go on to the next step. This trend continued all week and I applied what I learned the next week when surfing on my own. I learned about how waves are formed and why they break where they do and lots of resources for checking conditions. I am absolutely hooked now, love surfing! Ben and his staff are wonderful and I can't believe how much I was able to learn in such a short time span!
Date of Posting: 06 May 2011
Posted By: Laura Wiggins converted avid surfing fan!, Seattle Washington
I spent a weekend doing bens improver classes. 4 in total. I honestly made more progress in those 2 days than I had made in the two years previously. Great attention to detail, he can pick up on the small things that others seem to miss, and knows just the exercise to help you remedy it. Can't recommend highly enough. With his "keep up the wave count" mantra ringing in your ears, you'll be wrecked by the end but it's worth it, when the advice is this good, you just want to keep absorbing as much as you can. Richie was great on the second day as well. That guy knows his stuff, and the two lads compliment each other nicely. Keep it up lads.
Date of Posting: 15 April 2011
Posted By: vinny reynolds
"Frustration frustration frustration. I had been surfing for about two years and reached a stage where my self taught techniques were just limiting my surfing, my pop up was slow so I was missing the green waves and once up my stance was stuck in the oh my god I'm on a wave position. I joined one of bens courses and worked like a demon for 2 days. I got advice on all the techniques I needed to know and was wrecked by the end of the weekend. But, more importantly for me I got tips and advice that I took away and worked on for months after. I enjoyed the course so much I went on a second course about a year later to remind me of what to do. I think its important to remember that even if the conditions are not great on the weekend you do the course you pick up so much that you can work on yourself everytime you surf. Great course at a great price.... Thanks Ben"
Sonya Fitzgerald Galway - Surfer
Date of Posting: 24 March 2011
Posted By: Sonya Fitzgerald
"I have done Ben's weekend course twice, and would recommend it to anyone who surfs. Ben's ability to help me make minor but important adjustments to my technique, and his friendly and encouraging approach had helped me to improve and enjoy surfing even more. I'll definitely be back for more!"
Donnacha Foley - Galway Surf Club Chairperson
Date of Posting: 05 January 2011
Posted By: Donnacha Foley
Ben is the perfect man to turn the surf poser into a true surfer. He will get you off the beach on on the waves in no time. he is seriously good with kids, including the older sort and i cannot recommend him highly enough."
Date of Posting: 18 September 2010
Posted By: Leonard Doyle
“I had tried surfing once before and spent the weekend not knowing what it was like to stand on my surfboard. Then it was Ben to the rescue. I took part in his weekend course, and after a few hours on the first day, I was catching waves and by day two, I was surfing and there was no looking back. Thanks for the best weekend and for helping a girl conquer her fear of the open water!”
Pamela Hatton - Today FM
Date of Posting: 15 July 2010
Posted By: Pamela Halton
"Having come over from England to learn to surf, I used Ben's Surf Clinic. And wasn't left disappointed. Very patient and didn't overload you with jargon. He kept an eye on every wave I caught (or tried to catch) then waited for the right time to offer his tips on were to improve. And unlike many surf schools you see that cram as many people into the lesson as possible and think that having you stand up on a board once for less than a seconds is mission accomplished time to go home. Ben's attention to detail takes it a step further and helps you learn how to read the wave, when to paddle, the timing and how to get up and stay up."
Date of Posting: 12 April 2010
Posted By: Billy Allen
"My friends and I done a surf clinic weekend with Ben and found it really helpful. He was very enthusiastic and observant, giving everyone specific feedback to improve their surfing technique. This constant coaching pushes you harder which means you get the most out of the weekend. We had a very productive fun weekend and would recommend him to anybody interested in lessons that go beyond the basics."
Date of Posting: 11 March 2010
Posted By: Clare Spencer
"Ben spent some time with me and my brother Mike a few years ago and even travelled to a British Pro Tour event with us. He's super enthusiastic about seeing all his students/competitive surfers improve and do well for themselves in surfing. A very motivated and motivating guy to work with!"
Nicole Morgan - BSA Champion 2006
Date of Posting: 28 May 2009
Posted By: Nicole Morgan
"My friends and I done a surf clinic weekend with Ben and found it really helpful. He was very enthusiastic and observant, giving everyone specific feedback to improve their surfing technique. This constant coaching pushes you harder which means you get the most out of the weekend. We had a very ...