Obviously you need waves to surf and unfortunately the River Aire doesn't create many! Somehow though, Leeds Surf Club is one of the biggest student surf clubs in the UK! In our constant hunt for waves, we organise regular trips around the country to some of the best surf spots on offer. We organise trips to various surf beaches in Devon and Cornwall, as well as our annual International Christmas and Easter Trips. In the past, we have visited Portugal and Morocco, scoring great waves and even better times. We also run day trips closer to home in lovely Scarborough on the Yorkshire Coast. This year we are planning on branching out, with more regular trips to the closer beaches and possibly multiple international ventures!
Trips are always inexpensive and great fun, combining surfing with all sorts of beach activities, a great way to travel, meet new people and have a laugh. Whether you manage to catch your very first wave or have been itching to try the new board in your quiver, our trips will always have your enjoyment as the top priority. We always have surf instruction available from qualified surf coaches at the beaches we visit. These guys have the best local knowledge of the surf and will keep you safe and surfing properly.
Upcoming trips include:
for BUCS weekend 13th - 16th October '16
-Release date: 3rd October 18:00
-Places available: 60
- Morocco (Full Details TBC)
13th - 20th December '16 (more details to be released)
..... more information coming soon
Take a look at some of the videos we've made from past trips, it might just give you some inspiration!
Check out our year of 2014/2015 video on YouTube here, and our 2015 Christmas trip to Morocco here!
Find our other trip videos here on TheCamOfSam YouTube channel, made by our very own Vice President!
Our members range from complete beginners to more experienced surfers. Previous experience of surfing is not a requirement, just a love of the sea, a desire to have fun and a willing attitude. Remember, most of our committee only started surfing when they joined Leeds Surf Club! We welcome all students in Leeds including Beckett & Art College, even those from further afield if they don't have their own surf club! This past year we had over 140 members making Leeds Surf one of the most developed clubs in the Leeds University Union, as well as one of the biggest University Surf Clubs in the country! Not bad for a city nearly 70 miles from the nearest wave!
How to Join
Interested in giving surfing a go? Feel free to check out some of our up and coming socials or GIAG sessions, come along and meet the guys. In order to come to our Trips you can purchase your official club membership by adding this to your basket at the bottom of this page and checking out.
The easiest way to get involved with the Surf Club is to add us on Facebook, this is where our most up-to-date information is posted with regular updates regarding trips, socials, advice and anything else you might need! Also you can follow us on Twitter.
Please visit our Facebook for information on the club and how to get involved. You can also contact us via email with any questions you might have. Some of these might have already been answered in the FAQ below.
We do not provide personal insurance cover on any of our trips, activities or socials. If you feel like you would like personal cover do not hesitate to contact us as we can provide advice of the type of cover you need to purchase.
Please follow the link for our recommended cover: http://www.endsleigh.co.uk/Travel/Pages/travel-insurance.aspx
We currently have super comfy club shirts and club hoodies, seen above, both in sizes S, M, and L!
If you're interested, log into the website and click on the 'shop' tab at the top of the page or email/message us on Facebook. Number of sizes is limited, so if you want one get in there quick!
We will also be selling the shirts and hoodies at our freshers fair in september so make sure to come down and say hey when you arrive after the summer holidays!
- I don't know anyone in the club but want to come along, should I?
Yes of course! We really are suprisingly friendly and you'll feel at home in no time. There are usually several people on each trip in the same boat so you'll almost certainly not be the only one.
-Do I have to be a member to come on trips?
For the offical trips- Yes. However anyone is welcome on unofficial scarborough trips announced on the Facebook page.
-I've tried to sign up as a member but I can't see the 'add basket' button.
You have to register on the LUU site first. Once you login and return to the Surf page the button should be there. Unfortunately we have no control over this.
-I have never surfed before. Can I still join?
Of course! We are a non competitive club and many beginners join us every year. Even some of the committee only started surfing when they joined the club.
-I've never been on a trip. Is it still ok if I come on a social?
Yes we're not an exclusive group and love having new members. Bring friends along of you're on your own- we're not scary we promise!
-Do I have to be a student at University of Leeds to join?
No we're open to anyone who's keen to get involved.
-Will there be alcohol involved? I don't drink, will this be a problem?
We do drink but you won't feel left out if you don't. We've had numerous t-totalers and it's never been an issue.
-How do I sign up to trips?
An email will be sent out before trip sign ups go live to remind you when they'll be available to join. At the time you need to be logged in to the union webpage and have already purchased your surf membership. A link will come available under the 'Shop' tab to purchase the trip deposit or in some cases the full amount.