Bristol Surf Club is a social club run by surfers for surfers.
The club was started in 2004 to help Bristol local surfers to communicate and share the cost of travelling to the beach.
We are an eclectic bunch of surfers ranging from complete novices to wannabe pros…..but mainly the former!
We also organise regular surfing
events including trips to beaches in Devon, Cornwall and West Wales, surf lessons & video coaching for all abilities, competitions and other social events.
We meet every Thursday from about 8pm at the
Pumphouse in Hotwells. This is a really informal, laid back gathering and anyone over the age of 18 is welcome. If you’re interested in joining then feel free to come along and say hello.
Membership is £5.00 for the year which pays for our basic running costs and also will give you access to the Facebook group where our members communicate regularly.
Feel free to explore this site and drop us a line if you want to join us.
Keep chasing!
BSC Surf Club

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We take pride in the events we organise and welcome all members to take part. Further details on each event are provided via the club Facebook page.

April 2nd – 6th (Easter weekend) – Gwithian (family friendly)

May 1st – 4th (Bank holiday weekend) – Bude

June 18th – BSC Summer BBQ and 10 year anniversary – Bristol

June 26th – 28th – BSC is 10 years old weekender – Location TBC

July TBC – Big Paddle plus BBQ fundraising event

August 28th – 31st (Bank holiday weekend) – Porthlevan (family friendly, beginners and bodyboarders)

Sept 18th – 20th (PROVISIONAL DATE) – BSC Surf Competition - North Devon

October 30th – Nov 1st – Halloween weekend in Croyde

November 13th – 15th – Newquay

December 4th – Christmas Party – Location TBC

Not a member? Click here to join the club!

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Find minutes from last meeting and historical : HERE

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You need to be a member to join the Facebook group.

Public Liability Insurance Cover

Bristol Surf Club’s insurance offers club members Public Liability protection of up to £5,000,000 for bodily injury to third parties and damage to property or premises resulting from accidents that occur during official BSC events (organised by/supported by the managing committee). These include surfing trips (cover for when you’re surfing and for any damage to premises hired by BSC e.g. campsite/hostel); the annual BBQ; sponsored swim and Christmas party etc. Members are NOT covered whilst on self-organised trips. If you would like to be covered for surfing whilst not on an official BSC trip you should obtain your own personal insurance policy.

If you're looking into getting personal insurance cover, one option would be to become a member of Surfing GB. You'd receive worldwide liability insurance covering you whilst you are surfing up to £5,000,000 among other benefits such as access to a range of discounts from partner stores and organisations. The annual cost of SGB membership cost is £20, and if you select Bristol Surf Club from the drop down menu when signing up online £5 of this will go towards the charity of BSC’s choice. For more info on Surfing GB personal membership visit http://surfinggb.com/membership/personal-membership/

Beach Safety

If you’re learning to surf we strongly recommend getting lessons from a qualified surf school. The club organises beginners trips and we can recommend reputable surf schools all over the country.
When you’re ready to start surfing with friends remember the following points for your own safety:

  • Never surf alone.
  • Keep control of your board at all times.
  • Always consider other water users.
  • Seriously, keep control of your board at all times.
  • All surfers should be able to swim at least 50 metres in open water.
  • Always wear a leash as your board can be a danger to other water users and can save you from drowning.
  • (This should not be an issue because you WILL be keeping control of your board at all times.)
  • Never surf under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Always wear a wetsuit – it acts as a flotation device and prevents cold.
  • Always check the condition of your surfing equipment, especially your leash.
  • Check conditions with the lifeguards and never surf between the red and yellow flags.
  • Find two reference points to check your location in the water. Then ask yourself “is my board under control?”.
  • Watch the surf for at least 10 minutes to check where to paddle out, catch waves and avoid rips.
  • Know your entrance and exit points before entering the water.
  • Always return to the beach before dark.
  • The board thing. You know, control and stuff. Always.
Paddling Out

  • When paddling out avoid other surfers who are riding waves.
  • If another surfer is paddling for a wave or up and riding and there is a risk collision then stop paddling and give the rider time to avoid you. There is no excuse for running someone over.
  • If a wall of whitewater is about to mow you down do not be tempted to push your board away. If you are ever going to snap your leash that will be the time. Instead, keep a tight hold, roll yourself over and let the wave pass over you.
Catching a Wave

  • Make sure there are no other surfers in front of you while catching the wave and don’t drop in on another surfer riding the wave.
  • Always communicate by calling the direction you intend to surf, ‘left’ or ‘right’.

The Committee 2015
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Owain (Chairman)
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Laura (Secretary)
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Charlotte (Social)
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James (Beginners)
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Jon ( Membership)
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Si ( PR/Comms)
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Berenice (Treasurer)
Club Constitution and Code of Conduct
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Friends of BSC

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Surfers Against Sewage is an environmental charity protecting the UK’s oceans, waves and beaches for all to enjoy safely and sustainably, via community action, campaigning, volunteering, conservation, education and scientific research. SAS projects target environmental issues affecting beaches including marine litter, sewage pollution, climate change, toxic chemicals, shipping and coastal development.
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Cheeky and his mum run the absolute best surf shop in Bristol. No one compares to them for stock, advice and great deals for Bristol Surf Club members.
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Our friends at Surfed Out have a wide range of boards and general surfing paraphernalia and can be relied on for good trustworthy advice. On production of your membership card, they’ve also very kindly offered members 10% off all goods in store except boards, however if you buy a board they will give you 10% of the value of the board against other merchandise in store.