We have some of the country's best, most innovative and progressive surfers on our team of surf instructors.
All of the team at St Ives not only have many years of instructing, but also combine their skills from careers in lifeguarding, professional surfing, primary education, fire fighting and sports science. They take their jobs very seriously but still pack in a lot of laughs. Each have professional careers in their chosen field but take time out to pay back to the sport that they hold so dearly.
Johns specialist and diverse understanding of wave riding and wealth of experience means that he understands it all, no problem or wave is too big or small. Being a fireman his fitness is paramount and always at its peak, his bravery and determination, unchallenged.
One of the leading big-wave surfers in the world and with more energy than a coiled spring, Tom Lowe’s gentle manner and passion for the sport will show students that everything is within the realm of possibility.
With his huge smile, great sense of humour and huge personality it is no surprise that Simon is one of the most popular instructors at the School. Originally from Scotland, Simon now proudly calls St Ives his home. After surfing for only 5 short years Simon is now a sponsored surfer, holds numerous domestic titles and surfs for Great Britain. His natural ability on a surfboard is remarkable and a pleasure to watch.
At the very top of European competitive surfing and an ex St Ives Surf School student, Jayce is the ideal person to help you perfect your pop-up, his demure in and out the water is uncanny of such a high achieving and well known sportsman.
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Ben and Jackson. Never lived more than a few hundred meters from Porthmeor. Spending their summers in the surf and sun and winters teaching Snowboarding in foreign lands these guys literally ‘live the dream’. With Jackson’s background in primary education and Ben’s unrivalled sense of humor you couldn’t find two better people to provide you with surf instruction.
AKA The Bean, Harris is a former RNLI Head Lifeguard, globe trotter and an original St Ives Surf School student. The Bean’s presence and involvement in the surfing world and knowledge of the sport are clear instantly. With Harris teaching you’ll be standing, riding and full of the stoke that the surf lifestyle brings.
One of the UK’s best Ocean Ski paddlers and current Great Britain team member. Jordan is our resident Paddle sport Guru. In between studying Sports Science and a gruelling training programme, you will find Jordan in his more natural environment at our Watersports centre on Porthminster beach where he is qualified to lead Kayak, SUP and Coasteering activities.
Katy has worked in outdoor education all of her adult life. Having coached a variety of activities all over the world including Australia, USA and Italy, Katy has now returned to her home in St Ives and has become a key part of our St Ives Surf School family.