The Wave Project began ten years ago on the beaches of Cornwall.  Since then the project has expanded across the UK but Cornwall remains one of our busiest locations.

We have three unique projects within the Duchy operating along the North Coast of the Duchy from Polzeath to St Ives.

Each project works with 60 young people each year, with courses running in Spring; Summer and Autumn. These projects run alongside our awesome Surf Club which has sessions across the county throughout the year; come rain or shine!

Katy Spencer

Katy Spencer

West Cornwall Coordinator

Katy runs the West Cornwall Project.

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Svenya Haffenden

Svenya Haffenden

Education Coordinator

Svenya is our education coordinator running our Beach School and Surf Back to School programs.

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Sam Henderson-Palmer

Sam Henderson-Palmer

Social Prescribing Coordinator
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Esme Lee

Esme Lee

Project Coordinator - East Cornwall (Maternity Leave)
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Elin Graham

Elin Graham

East Cornwall Project Intern
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Scott

Scott

Lead Surf Instructor at BSX

Scott is the Owner and Head Surf Coach at Bude Surfing Experience and has over two decades of surf coaching experience.

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Mike

Mike

Surf Instructor at BSX

Mike is an experienced surf session leader and has a background in education, teaching all age groups!

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George

George

Surf Instructor at BSX

George is the latest addition to Team BSX!

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Maggie

Maggie

The Surfing Dog at BSX

Maggie is the coolest surfing dog in town and often hangs at the beach!

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Stu

Stu

Surf Instructor at Era Adventures

Stu is one of the Owners at Era Adventures. He has been surfing for 19 years alongside being involved in the outdoor activity industry for over 15 years!

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Occy

Occy

Surf Instructor at Era Adventures

Occy is one of the Owners at Era Adventures. He has been a Beach Lifeguard and Surf Coach for over 11 year and has trained many Lifeguards in his time!

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Nick

Nick

North Cornwall Volunteer of the Year 2017

Nick has been part of The Wave Project family volunteering since 2014 and is now one of our esteemed Lead Surf Mentors. Nick loves the Wave Project and we love him! Nick is an absolute legend, helping out at almost every single session that we ran at Polzeath last year. As a result he was nominated as North Cornwall’s Volunteer of the Year in 2017. We are so lucky to have him!

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Andy

Andy

Surf Mentor at Summerleaze

We’re stoked to have Andy as one of our Surf Mentors at Summerleaze and he has been involved with the Wave Project since it first began in North Cornwall! He travels all the way from Weston-Super-Mare to help out at sessions, what a legend! He says:

“As a Surf Mentor since the early days, it’s a pleasure to see the young people grow and challenge themselves. At the end of the 6 weeks session you can see the difference! This would not have been possible without the drive of the Wave Project. Encourage and do not judge what young people can or cannot do”.

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Isaac

Isaac

Volunteer Surf Mentor

Isaac completed a 6 week Surf Therapy course back in 2017 and since he turned 14 years old this year, he has gone on to volunteer as a Surf Mentor and become a member of our Surf Club. He says:

“12 months ago, I was a different person. The Wave Project has transformed me into someone new. I urge anyone who is given the opportunity to go for it! You never know where it may take you!”

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Lee

Lee

Lead Volunteer at Summerleaze

Lee is one of our epic Lead Volunteers at Summerleaze and helps out most weeks…what a legend! He’s volunteered across Cornwall projects as well as North Devon too! He says:

“I love to surf and with the Wave Project I can share this joy with others riding waves for their first time. It’s great that at the end of each session everyone leaves the water smiling and laughing. After six weeks it’s a good feeling knowing that most have become hooked on a sport that will bring joy for the rest of their lives.”

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Neil

Neil

Volunteer at Polzeath

Neil is one of our awesome longstanding volunteers in North Cornwall. We’re super lucky having such a reliable volunteer in Neil, who volunteers at Polzeath most weeks. He’s also enabled us to take some epic surf snaps, which you can check out in our gallery. He says:

“I have been involved with the Wave Project for the past 3 years and Polzeath is my local surf spot. I love helping people learn to enjoy the water!”

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Emma

Emma

Surf Mentor and Event Volunteer

Emma has been volunteering with the Wave Project since 2017. She volunteers mainly at Summerleaze but has also assisted at Polzeath. Emma has awesomely helped out with events such as the car boot. She says:

“I love volunteering with the Wave Project. I know how much surf therapy has helped me in the past so I want to share this as much as I can. It’s awesome watching the kids progress each week and working alongside the fellow volunteers, Wave Project staff and partner Surf Schools.”

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Claire

Claire

Lead Surf Mentor at Summerleaze

Claire has been volunteering with the Wave Project since 2017. Claire has volunteered at both locations and this season she has been helping out at Summerleaze beach. She is amazing and rarely misses a session; as a result is one of our Lead  Volunteers. She says:

“I love volunteering with the Wave Project! The aim is for everyone to have fun and feel supported along the way. It’s great to see the children getting such enjoyment from the sea and building confidence as well as hearing their excited YEWWWs!”

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Simon Trebilcock

Simon Trebilcock

Lead Surf Instructor at St Ives Surf School

Simon has been a lead surf instructor on Wave Project sessions for more than 5 years! He loves it so much, he makes sure he is leading every session! He is super happy and energetic and makes sure everyone feels welcome and right at home!

Ben Warner

Ben Warner

Lead Surf Instructor at St Ives Surf School

Ben has been a lead surf instructor for Wave Project sessions for more than 5 years! He is a massive fan of Wave Project and embodies all our values. He goes above and beyond to make sure all the young people involved are happy and getting the most out of each session.

West Cornwall Volunteers

West Cornwall Volunteers

West Cornwall Volunteer Surf Mentors

Here are just a few of the wonderful West Cornwall volunteer surf mentors! These kind, charismatic, energetic and enthusiastic volunteers are the heroes of the West Cornwall Wave Project. We have a team of over 30 dedicated volunteers who come to surf sessions and help to support the young people involved. It is their friendliness, compassion and fun that help to improve the lives of so many young people in West Cornwall. If you would like to join the crew get in touch now!

Poppy

Poppy

Lead instructor at Gwithian Academy of Surfing

Poppy runs our sessions at Gwithian Academy of Surfing 

Billy

Billy

Lead instructor at Gwithian Academy of Surfing

Billy runs our sessions at Gwithian Academy of Surfing 

Matt

Matt

Lead Surf Instructor at St Ives Surf School

Matt runs our sessions at St Ives Surf School

Young Volunteers

Young Volunteers

The young volunteer team is Josh, Drew, Cain, Lewis, Harvey, and Jay.

They have all come through the project themselves, completing their 6-week courses and then being part of the surf club. Once they turned 14 they decided to join the volunteer team and help to change the lives of other young people. All the young volunteers have completed volunteer training and are constantly growing and improving their interpersonal and water skills through volunteering at the sessions.