The Escape Surf School Newquay Cornwall
Learn To Surf in Newquay Cornwall 07810805624

Meet the Team

p>We are proud of our coaches, all of which as well as being ISA qualified, are all excellent surfers with years of experience in the ocean. We believe this is invaluable when it comes to giving you the knowledge and confidence to take to the water!

All our coaches are ISA  Qualified Level 1 or 2 and  qualified RLSS beach lifeguards, offering professional coaching in a safe environment.

As well as relying on coaching certificates, Escape Surf School also provides additional coaching to all our instructors, to ensure they are all teaching at the high standards we set ourselves

Head Coach - Mike Young

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  • Age: 45
  • Years Surfing:  35
  • Years Coaching: 20
  • Most Likley to Say: How you doing?

Originally from South Africa, our elite coach Mike is one of the most experienced surfers and coaches in Newquay, if not the whole of the UK. As well as surfing for fun, he has made a living surfing professionally all over the world and has competed in many WQS events over the years.

After surfing and coaching around the world and in Europe, Mike moved to the UK in 2001 and became Head Coach of the Escape Surf School. We are one of the only schools in the area to boast a professional surfer as an active head coach. As recognition of Mikes coaching experience, he was recently awarded the postion of Head Coach for the British Junior Surf Team.

Professional Achievements

  • UK Top 10 Pro surfer 2007 & 2008
  • BSA level 4 Coach / ISA level 2 Coach
  • Head Coach – British Junior Surf Team 2008 - 2010
  • South African Senior Champ
  • Pro Tour WQS and EPSA tour 1990-2002
  • O'Neill European Pro Team Rider - Holland and Germany 2001-2003
  • White Air Isle of White 2004 Men’s Open 1st
  • 3 x winner Elusive Welsh Open

Surf Coach - Maria Crisman

maria surf coach in newquay for escape surf school

From: Gijón (Spain)

Years living in Cornwall: 4 Years

Years of teaching: 3 years

Other sports or hobbies: "I love snowboarding and yoga"

Places she has surfed: North coast of Spain, Canary Islands, France

Future surf trips: "South America for some bikini time!"

"I’m very patient and I’m determined to get you standing!"

Surf Coach - Reubin Pearce

Reubin pearce surfer 

Reubin Pearce an amazing surfer in his own right has now teamed up with us at Escape Surf School to coach our intermediate-advanced level surfers. His methods of teaching co-inside with our ethos of hands on teaching. 


Surf Coach - Julian Inglesias


Name: Julian Iglesias
Date of birth: 29/03/1987

-Sports science degree
-MBA Sports management
-RLSS beach lifeguard
-ISA surf instructor (level 1)

Bio: Argentinean born, with a passion for surfing, nature and traveling. Spent the last 5 years of my life traveling the 5 continents chasing swells around the best world class waves and learning as much as I can from their local surfers. Now living in Britain's capital of surf and wanting to share that experience with whoever wants to join us at "The Escape"!

Sales Team - Simone Tuck

simone admin assistant for surf lessons in newquay

Another essential part of the escape team, she answers your questions, books your holidays and does it with her creative flair in the process.

With her heart by the ocean she also loves working with her hands, simone makes crocheted hats and other bits and pieces to compliment her seaside style of life. 

Marketing/Sales - Nadine Finney

Nadine solo

Nadine is from Central Coast, Australia has worked with Escape Surf School for many years now. She had her first ever surf lesson with our very own mike young and the team at escape and is now hooked for life. She loves newquay and it's beautiful beaches as it reminds her of home. She loves her music so when you are visiting the ESS store she may even bust out a tune for you.