I just wanted to say thank you so much for the lesson today. My kids, Jess and Logan loved it, your instructor was brilliant with them. They both stood up and were so happy, and exhausted afterwards.

Thank you so much

Tracey Fletcher

Hi Laurence,
I just wanted to say a massive thank you to you and your team for a fabulous five weeks of surfing! You even threw in perfect weather as well! I especially wanted to show my appreciation for the time you all gave to Amelia - she absolutely loved her time surfing and I felt that you took extra steps to give her that confidence boost. I couldn't recommend you enough and I'm already looking forward to next year!
Thanks again!
Julia Pearce

Mabe Community Primary School

From the moment I got in touch with the brilliant people at Shore Surf, I felt like I was in capable hands.

I booked a private lesson through Laurence and he put me with surf coach Rich who was really knowledgeable.
At the beginning of the lesson Rich talked through the next steps for me to progress beyond popping up and learning new technique to progress my surfing to start turning.
Rich gave pointers at every stage and made my lesson safe and fun. I really felt like I made great progression thanks to his guidance.

For the rest of the week I hired equipment, board and winter wetsuit and Laurence was available at the Godrevy National Trust Base as well as their main office at the St Ives Bay Holiday Park.

Laurence and Pete were really helpful during my week stay at Hayle and I couldn’t recommend the Shore Surf school enough. I will definitely be back.

The equipment available for hire was great, I got to try out a few wetsuits and was able to purchase a wetsuit with them too, Laurence went above and beyond, and I could tell that Shore Surf really value their customers. Thanks Laurence and team for making my stay in Hayle so brilliant.

Celine Chaplin

Loved Surf School, it's been one of the best experiences of my life. The staff are friendly, caring and will always help you out. I am so greatfull because they never stopped believing in me, and I managed to stand up on a surfboard and a paddle-board. Thank you so much for this amazing time.

Robyn Newell

Big thanks to Rich for a great lesson today. Comprehensive briefing before we started, really good support and despite my partner and I being there for my 46th birthday, we didn't feel uncomfortable learning with the kids! I feel confident to get in the water and practice now! Brilliant service from the school - really excited about future lessons and sessions. Thanks Laurence.

Rebecca Reilly

A huge thank you to Laurence for a fantastic experience on my first ever SUP lesson. I can not praise him enough for the effort he put in to finding the perfect location for us, the weather conditions were not great so he took us out onto the beautiful Hayle river. From the moment I set foot into shore surf to enquire about a lesson Laurence was helpful, friendly and positive which really put me at ease. During our lesson he was really encouraging and full of praise which really boosted my confidence and I was standing on my board in no time !!! Thoroughly enjoyed every minute and will 100% be back for more lessons next summer. I will also be booking my daughter in for surf lessons. Highly recommended, you will not be disappointed. Thanks again Laurence for a making the last day of my holiday so fabulous x

Lisa E

Just a few lines of Thanks to Peter, Laurence and the surfing staff at Shore Surf School..
Stayed at St Ives Holiday Park in Hayle, Cornwall for a week. Never tried surfing before but booked two lessons with these guys for 3 children and 3 adults.
Had a fantastic time, especially a big thanks to Ben who was our surfin instructor, very knowledgeable and a really cool guy. Made us feel at ease throughout the lessons.
I even managed to get up on the board on my final try of the final day....The Best..!
If yer ever in the St Ives, Cornwall area and want some surfin tuition check out these guy's you won't go wrong....
Big Thanks All...
Stevie Rae "The Rae Party".

Stevie Ray

Thank you for making Nathan feel so welcome and making his special birthday present so special. He thoroughly enjoyed both days, gained confidence and thought Elena was great
Many thanks

Ena Fry

Cheers for the surf lesson today guys. Loved it.
Will be back again next year with Finn as he wants a lesson too.

Anthony Jones

Hi Laurence
Lily Emma & Aaron had an amazing time today thank you so very very much 🙂

Lily Hawkins

Hi Laurence
Just wanted to thank you and say how much we loved surfing with you
and your great team.
I am especially pleased because after a hard years work, instead of
fretting about his exam results, my teenage son really enjoyed himself
and came home tired out but relaxed. His older autistic brother, who
normally has real trouble communicating with the rest of the world,
loved his one-to-one lessons. I appreciate the way you simply allowed
him to develop at his own speed - not everybody has the patience!
Thanks again and see you next year!

Anita, Elliot & Hugo

Hi Laurence, is Giuliano, I would say that last week it has been a grate experience, we would like to do again in Sunday but hours harms were too aching, so it will be for the next time, that It could be for the end of August or the first of September, we will call you some days before, to know the weather and see conditions!! A big thanks to all the staff from the Italians 😉


Hello Laurence
Thank you SOOOOO much for such a great week of lessons last week. You were brilliant! Really patient and so helpful with the kids. And thanks also for the lifts in and back everyday – made the whole thing possible. J & J are still buzzing from the last session where it all came together. We ended on a real high and the meal at Godrevy café was the icing on the cake.
Thanks again for everything and hope to be back again before too long.
All the very best

Sarah Vaughan-Roberts

I like surfing because it is fun and it is challenging because you can always improve.
I was never really into surfing until 2 years ago when I got some lessons for my birthday. But I am now on a fibreglass board.
I prefer when the waves aren't really big because I can get out the back easier without using as much energy then I will have more energy to catch the wave and surf it.
One of the people that inspires me is Laurence the surf coach for Shore Surf. He is a brilliant surfer and he is always in the sea whenever he gets the chance..

Ben Smith 12 yrs, Shore Surf Grom Squad. School Presentation

Hi Laurence, Anita and Hugo and Elliot here. Just a line to say we
loved it so much the last two years, we'd like to buy the
company!!!No, not really - but we loved it so much we are coming again
on the 13th August for a few days if that's OK? You've made an enormous
difference to our families' life - always welcoming and helpful to my
disabled son who adores the sea and the way you teach him to enjoy it.
Thanks again to all the team for last year and look forward to seeing
you soon.xxx

To Laurence
I thought I would write you a short note saying how wonderful it was today, and everyone is really grateful for the day and for the vouchers. Thank you so much for everything today it was so fun. THANK YOU
From Charley
Rosemellin School.

Hi Laurence

Just to let you know what a great time I had last summer 2010, with my two teenage boys and how much we are looking forward to seeing you again in the last week of August. You were exceptionally patient with my autistic son and made him feel really welcome by including him so wholeheartedly in with the group. Can't wait to get back to the beach!

All the best,
Anita, Ell and Hugo

Just a little note to thank you for the surfing lessons which Kim had
during our stay over the last couple of weeks - she had an absolutely
fantastic time.

Definitely book her in again next time we come down to Cornwall.

Valerie Watts

Hi Pete, firstly thanks for the excellent surfing lessons, I know it's
your day job and all that but your enthusiasm for the sport is
completely infectious.. The kids are already asking when they can come
back and try again and I am certainly going to be having another go..
we're all totally hooked !!

I also think it's a real possibility that we could bring our U15 footy
team down to Cornwall next spring half term as an end of season jolly,
it would be a great trip for these kids to come to Cornwall and learn
to surf

I know it's early days now but if you can give it some thought, maybe
talk to the park about accomodation options and costs I'm sure we can
make this a really great trip

We would be a party of 15/16 lads and 4/5 adults so approx 20 all
wanting to surf

The team could play against some local U15 - school year 10 sides as

Stay in touch mate and enjoy the surfing



Hi guys,
I just wanted to thank you ever so much for a first-class time at the
beach. Your passion for surfing is amazing. I felt my confidence
building by the minute. What an amazing experience, I will very much
look forward to more coaching.
Take care, Johno.
(John Edwards - Coached by Aaron on 14/4/11)

Pete and Laurence

Just got back up country and back to reality. Just wanted to say a real big thank you for our surf lesson. We had an excellent time on the Tuesday 24/9/2010 at 14.30 hrs.
Jago managed to get up on the board in the water, whilst I did not, no lack of trying just carrying to much weight and being incompetent.
Jago and I will be coming back for more lessons, this time some back to back ones, as he wanted to do it the next day and through the rest of the holiday. Pete you were right body boarding is never quite as good again.
Please pass on our thanks to Sam for looking after us and the time he gave to Jago as well, which enabled him to be such a star, he is not letting me live it down.
Hope to see you guys next time we are down.

Peter and Jago Staples

Hi Laurence,
I just wanted to say thanks for the surf lessons. Aaron, Sam and Josh were great, and got us all up and surfing in the 3 lessons. We all had a great time and will definitely be doing it again!


Hi Laurence

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to thank you for taking good care of the boys; they absolutely loved their week spent with the Surf Centre this August.

I got them back worn out and exhausted... but yet exhilarated... just what 'I' was hoping for 😀


Hey Laurence!!
It's Tim from Australia here. I hired some gear off you in January and
we went and surfed Porthmeor. Remember?
Shoot me your email and I'll flick ya some photos of St Ives the next
day. Freakin awesome surf.
Thanks again for the loan of your "Adams" board too. I want one 🙂
Hope the crazy season is not treating you too bad.
Get in touch.


Tim King

Hi Laurence,

Great to see you last week and thanks again for the great 1 on 1.
Warning, these guys could change your life! Before Shore Surf I was on a successful career path with an understanding loving wife and kids. I now live to surf. My will has been subsumed by the urge to go surfing at every opportunity and I am tormented with longing when the surf's up and I'm not out. We only holiday where there are waves. It is too late for me, I am hooked and have lost the freedom of choice but there is still time to save yourselves. If you learn with these guys prepare to lose everything - and then gain everything!


PS...dear Shore Surf, please can I have my husband back? Julie, Paul's wife.

Dear Laurence, Peter, Sam, Josh and Simon.

Just a note to say many thanks indeed for a great time when I was staying at St.Ives Bay, and I came surfing. I certainly enjoyed myself, and look forward to St.Ives Bay and Godrevy once again, later in the year. Meanwhile, I hope the season goes well for you, and you have a good summer.
All the best and hope to see you later in the year,
Noel. 26th July 2010

Noel Copeland

Just a quick line to say thanx for a most fab 3 days.

Over the moon with the surfing, thanks for making it so easy. Also big thanx for having us to yours on Thursday night. Sorry La, hope a full recovery is now complete, am looking forward to the next time which will be in a few weeks. Thats for surf as well as beers.

Janet sorry for keeping you up so late, day off post beers next time? Pete have wine kit for you, will bring it down soon.

Take care you guys, thanks again for a fantastic time.

Blake & Kim

Hi Pete and Lars!

Thought I'd let you know I gave out all your leaflets at WOMAD in Reading and got quite a good response (except from the northerners!)

So watch out for some new students (hopefully!)

I had a wicked time surfing and will be coming again with my sister probably in September, so take care and see you then!


Just a email to thank you for an excellent week still aching but still can't wait for the next time.

I will phone in the week to book a few more lessons.



Hello lads,

Firstly, thanks for a memorable few days surfing. We all had a great time so we shall do it again sometime. I tried some surfing in Portugal on the west coast ( Carrapateira - somewhere like that) but it was painful and none too successful. I will send u some pictures of Portugal's surf and the ones u took just as soon as I get them scanned.
Hope u guys are all well...


Hi Pete,

This is Mrs & Mrs Dawson aka Mark & Sam whom you taught to fall into the water in a surf style last week. We have managed to persuade a few of our less rational mates to come down with us and sample one of your surfing deals for a weekend (seeing as your teaching was so excellent!)

We were thinking about the "3 nights accommodation at St Ives International Backpackers, 3 full days surf surfari in our cool surf bus, all equipment and transport provided, relaxed professional tuition for all abilities" as it sounds so good.

We would like to stay in the backpackers but who sorts that out us or you? The surf bus sounds good too, but please, no crazy Cornish dogs with a death wish this time please!

We were thinking about coming down for the weekend beginning 17/11 please let us know if this is OK plus details of payment e.g. cash, brown paper bag etc

'Studentbum' Mark