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.

Our Projects run in Bude, Polzeath, Newquay, Gwithian and St Ives 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 (on maternity leave)

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 Polzeath
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Elin Graham

Elin Graham

Mid Cornwall Project Coordinator
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Rob Wilson

Rob Wilson

Surf to Work Coordinator

Rob is a trained theatre practitioner, surf coach and surf therapist for trauma recovery. He has a passion for all things Blue Health and wellbeing focussed as well as a keen interest in embodied play, flow states and body-based therapy.  Rob is also an ecstatic dance and conscious clubbing DJ leading workshops and retreats.

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Sarah Colquhoun

Sarah Colquhoun

Bude Project Coordinator

After being a volunteer for 3 years in Bude and Polzeath for Wave project, she is now Project Coordinator for Bude. She is a keen surfer and enjoys all outdoor activities, with a background in agri-environment.

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Lauren Tapscott

Lauren Tapscott

North Cornwall and North Devon Project Assistant

Lauren works as the project assistant for Bude, Polzeath (and North Devon). She has always been passionate about the benefits of Surfing on mental health, and recently completed a postgraduate degree, completing research on surfing as a therapy for trauma sufferers.

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Tina Beresford

Tina Beresford

Project Assistant - Mid Cornwall

Tina works as the project assistant for Mid Cornwall. An experienced Surfer having competed in Shortboard, Longboard and Stand Up Paddle Surfing events. Tina loves to share her passionate for surfing and is an advocate for the benefits of Surfing on mental health. She has extensive experience of working in sport and leisure, serving Athletics and Running Clubs & volunteers before joining the Wave Project.

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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.