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At the Wave Project, we help young people to reduce anxiety and improve confidence through surfing! Our award winning surf courses are proven to help clients feel calmer, more motivated and better about their future.



Surfing has given my son confidence and self esteem that, as a teenager living with high functioning autism, he never had before. This amazing work should not be underestimated.
T. B. Parent, Isle of Wight


Surf Exchange Ireland

Young people in Cornwall aged 13 to 19 are being invited to take part in a unique surf exchange trip with Ireland being run by The Wave Project. The project, called Surf Exchange Ireland, is being funded by the Youth Council for Northern Ireland, and is designed to promote positive cultural relations between the UK and Ireland. Ireland Surf Exchange – Application Form Up to 15 young people will be selected to take part in a surf exchange trip with 13 Irish teenagers, to learn more about each other’s cultures through surfing. Participants will meet their Irish counterparts in October half term, when they will come over to Newquay for a week-long stay. The group will then do the exchange leg to Ireland in the Easter holidays of 2016, when they will stay in a purpose-build facility on the coast of County Donegal in the North West of Ireland. The idea is that both parties learn about what it means to be Irish or Cornish in the 21st century and to identify with surfing. Participants will get to surf every day of the exchange supported by professional staff from the Wave Project, and the partner organisation Surf Project, based in County Clare. All expenses are covered, including activities, air fares, accommodation and meals. Participants will be expected to fundraise up to £500 towards the costs of their trip. The opportunity is open to young people aged 13 to 19 living in Cornwall. Wave Project spokesman Amy Lambert said it was an exciting opportunity for young people in Cornwall who wanted to improve their surfing and learn more about another... read more

New funding for Wave Project Cymru

Wave Project Cymru has received £142,000 in funding to for ‘surf therapy’ project to help young people in South Wales. The funding has been granted by the Big Lottery Fund’s People and Places programme to support 300 young people over the next 3 years. It will mean young people living anywhere between Newport and Swansea will benefit from therapeutic surfing courses free of charge. The aim of the courses is to enable participants to improve their mental health, social skills and life chances by learning to surf. Each participant will receive support from their own ‘surf mentor’ – a volunteer surf instructor who provides emotional as well as practical support. Sessions will be overseen by professional surf coaches, supervised by Welsh National Surf Team coach Ingemar Cressey. The project will also fund the training and development of volunteers who wish to work with young people as surf mentors. Wave Project chief executive Joe Taylor said: “This is fantastic news for young people in South Wales who will benefit from these projects. The Wave Project has developed an evidence-based programme which is proven to improve self esteem and wellbeing for young people. By overcome the challenge of learning to surf, they will feel more confident and resilient about dealing with other challenges in their lives. We hope that they will also make friends with other children and be inspired by the volunteers, who provide great role models.” Highlighting the importance of the People and Places programme, Rona Aldrich, Wales Committee Member for the Big Lottery Fund, said: “Programmes like People and Places are making a difference to the lives of so many people in communities across... read more

Wave Project is awarded charity status!

We are absolutely delighted to tell you that the Wave Project has been awarded charity status in England and Wales! Our founder and CEO, Joe Taylor, explains more: Our conversion from a CIC to a charity has taken almost two years, from the initial meeting of our Directors (now Trustees) to consider this change, through to getting our Charity number, which we did on Friday. This is an important development for the Wave Project, as it puts us on a clearly charitable footing as we progress through to the next stage of our development. As you know, the project has expanded massively since our pilot scheme in 2010, when we ran a course for just 20 young people from Watergate Bay, Cornwall. Now we are working with up to 150 children per week in locations as diverse as Dunbar in Scotland to the Isle of Wight. The success of the Wave Project has been down to the hard work, dedication and basic awesomeness of all our staff and over 400 volunteers who have supported our surf sessions since 2010. But today I would like to say a big Thank You to another group of volunteers – our Trustees – whose work is less visible, but equally important. It is they who have worked tirelessly and unpaid over the past 5 years to help get the project where it is today. One of their activities has been to undertake this charity conversion, helping to set us up for the future as a Registered Charity. If you would like to make a donation to The Wave Project, and are a UK taxpayer,... read more


I felt like an actual surfer and I’m more confident about going into the water. I can now stand on a surf board, I can challenge those huge waves and I’ve made new friends that if I were at school I would be scared to face up to.
B.R., aged 16, Bournemouth, Dorset.



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