Academy Owner, Head Coach
Ashleigh owns and runs the O'Neill Surf Academy and West Coast Surfari. Having been coaching for over 10 years and Qualified to the highest industry standards in surf coaching and lifesaving, she's travelled the world teaching everyone from beginners to elite surfers.
Her talents also extend to her own surfing. You'll see her competing on both the UK and worldwide longboarding stage. In previous years Ashleigh ranked 6th in the ASP European Tour for women's longboarding and 2nd in the English National Championships, and has claimed a few great results in other national and international events.
You can keep up to date with Ashleigh on her Facebook Page and Blog - Don't forget to click the 'Like' button!
Surf Shop & School Manager
Simon is our Surf School and Surf Shop manager here at Watergate Bay. You'll find him at our base every day looking after our equipment and our surfers.
Simon is a great surfer who rips on a shortboard and loves to pull out the longboard when the waves get small. As a Watergate Bay local he has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the local surf spots and always know where it'll be pumping!!
Surf Instructor & Surf Store Assistant
Lucie has now been working with us for a few years, starting off her coaching career as an assistant coach here at The Academy. Lucie recently graduated from the Surf Technology course at Treviglas College. As well as coaching here at Watergate, she's also doing a fantastic job with The Wave Project Charity, teaching and transforming the lives of young people through surfing!
You can check out Lucies' Facebook page HERE
Surf School Mascot
Mr Bojangles is our surf school doggy. He loves cuddles and will be at the academy most days - spending his day chilling on our decking or chasing our surfers in the warm up. Whilst he's not so keen on surfing himself, he loves playing on the beach with his ball and digging holes in the sand!
He even has his own Facebook Page.....check it out!
Loric has been with us for several years now here at the academy, starting out his coaching as an assistant coach when he was a just little grom. He's got many many years experience of surfing and coaching behinf him here at Watergate Bay and is skilled surfer on both the longboard and shortboard!
Rachel is our resident yogi, surf coach and surf shop assistant.