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Meet our team of awesome Surf Coaches and Instructors!

We take huge pride in the quality of instruction at our Academy. When it comes to coaches only the best will do.  All our instructors have extensive surfing, coaching and travel experience and are respected local surfers.  This variety of qualifications and experience makes for an interesting and dedicated team who have the very highest standards in the industry.

All O'Neill Surf Academy coaches hold a Surfing GB/Academy of Surfing Instructors cert, NARS Beach Lifeguard/NARS Surf Coach Lifesaver awards and have cleared all relevant working with children checks. 

Ashleigh Bennetts

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! 


Loric Stroud

Surf Instructor

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 Lingham

Rachel is our resident yogi, surf coach and surf shop assistant.

Adam Simpson

Meet Adam

Samantha 'Sunshine'

Meet Samantha

Louise Faure

Meet Lou

Lucie Donlan

 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!