An Interview with Escape Surf

We’ve launched a fantastic surf break in collaboration with Escape Surf School. We’re in the perfect location for surf holidays in Cornwall, being just minutes from Fistral Beach, an internationally recognised surf destination! Here we catch up with the team behind Escape Surf to find out more about what they offer:

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AH: When did you start Escape Surf School?

ES: 2004, so its been over 10 years

AH: What sort of customers do you teach? Is it mainly families, couples or same-sex groups?

ES: It varies; during summer lots of families obviously, but then we also cater for same sex groups (stags / hens etc). However a large proportion of our customers are repeat clients, 25- 40, with professional jobs, London based, who love Newquay, the people, surfing and Apres surf!

We also work with a few tours groups as well as schools, university surf clubs, and lots of European travellers. You name it, we’ve coached them!

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AH: Can you be a complete beginner?

ES: Of course, our unique teaching methods pretty much guarantee you”ll be standing on your first lesson. And then you’ll be hooked!

As long as you can swim 50 metres and are 8 years or older anyone is welcome. Our oldest client was 75, who’d never surfed in their life and has been back a few times since!!!

AH: What should people expect in a lesson?

ES: Firstly we meet at the school, where we issue all the equipment. We have separate male and female changing rooms, so no embarrassing moments in front of strange men! Then it’s a short walk down to the beach where we spend approx 25 mins on the beach going though safety, technique, key stages, ocean awareness etc. then it’s into the water to put into practice the technique taught. First lessons are spent in the “white water”, but as clients gain more confidence and experience, then subsequent lessons venture out into the unbroken waves.

Our teaching methods means we’ll spend time with “on the board Training” which enables our clients to get the most out of the session. After a few waves to the beach, usually our clients are then confident enough to try to stand on their own unaided. If they struggle, we provide more support – it’s different for different people, but we try to follow set techniques which are easy to learn and practice.

If our customers have already had a lesson (with us, or with another school) then we tailor the lesson to their individual ability, and can teach more progressive skills like turning, outback surfing (unbroken waves), paddling and timing.

After a couple of hours it’s back to the surf school – hot showers, professional photo viewing (always fun) and generally a drink or two and lots of smiles and laughs!

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AH: If my children have a lesson with you, will it be safe?

ES: Of course, all our instructors are qualified RLSS lifeguards and ISA qualified coaches with lots of experience in the ocean and dealing with our clients of all ages

AH: What is the youngest age you can teach?

ES: 8 years old

AH: What in your opinion, is the best thing about visiting Newquay?

ES: The ocean, the amazing beaches and coastline, the changing weather and the variety of fun activities available to all

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AH: Do you guys offer lessons every day?

ES: Yes! all year round 7 days a week, except Christmas day and New Year’s Day

AH: What is your Surf Academy and how do people go about joining?

ES: The surf academy is aimed at more intermediate and advanced surfers – looking to improve their technique, whether it’s for leisure or competition surfing. To join, you really need to be at a level where you are able to paddle into unbroken waves independently, but to be honest we teach this every day (and are the only surf school in Newquay to teach regularly at this level) so a few sessions with us and you could be automatically enrolled to the academy!

AH: Is it just surfing that you offer?

ES: We focus primarily on surf coaching, however, we realise that not all our clientele want to do this all day every day, so we partner with lots of accredited operators in and around Newquay, who can provide lots of activities, including SUP, coasteering, bodyboarding, fishing, karting etc. So we can arrange bespoke packages as well as our standard surfing packages for our guests, depending on their requirements. As long as they book a surf lesson, we are happy to arrange other things!!!

AH: Lastly, after a hard day of surfing, where is your favourite place to eat out in Newquay?

ES: We really like getting away from the surf school and going somewhere chilled and stylish. Silks is great for that! It’s got a lovely airy, and relaxed vibe and serves top food and champagne (which the wife loves!). And the 360 views from the hotel are un-matched in Newquay.

Wow, after that, we’re all thinking about downing tools and enjoying a group surf lesson with Escape Surf! Are you interested in trying your hand (or rather, your legs) at a go on a surfboard? Give us a call today and enquire about our surf break on 01637 872244.