Meet the Team
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 / Owner - Mike Young
- Age: 47
- Years Surfing: 35
- Years Coaching: 25
- Most Likely to Say: How you doing?
- Nick Names: Rubber Man, Surf Guru
Originally from South Africa, but now a British citizen 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. Mikes passion for surfing and sharing his knowledge is infectious and second to none and the reason he is know as our own "Surf Guru"
- UK Top 10 Pro surfer 2007 & 2008
- BSA level 4 Coach / ISA level 2 Coach
- 2015 British Masters Surf Champion
- 2016 English Masters Surf Champion
- 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
You can keep in touch with Mike via his Twitter page
Senior Surf Coach - Reubin Pearce
Reubin Pearce, originally from South Africa, but now firmly a Newquay resident, is our Senior Coach and Mikes second in command. He teaches all levels, but his passion lies in teaching our intermediate-advanced level surfers. Reubin has a real flair for imparting his vast knowledge of surfing to our customers.
He's competed professioanlly for many years, in the UK, but also in Europe and around the world
- ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
- 2008: UK Pro Surf Tour Champion
- 2009 & 2010: Animal Open Champion
- 2005: BPSA Tour Champion
- 2005: Isle of Wight Pro Champion
Surf Coach - Julian Iglesias
Argentinean born, with a passion for surfing, nature and traveling, Julian especially likes surfing BIG waves! He recently spent 5 years of his life traveling the 5 continents and chasing swells around the best world class waves and learning as much as he could from the local surfers.
Now he lives in Britain's capital of surf and loves to share that experience with all our Escape customers
- Sports science degree
- MBA Sports management
- RLSS beach lifeguard
- ISA surf instructor (level 1)
Office Manager - Simone Billington
Pretty much the most important person in the Escape team. Simone manages the office with a huge smile! She picks up the phone, responds to emails, answers your questions, books your surf lessons, finds you accommodation and importantly keeps the surf coaches under control and well organised!
Simone also runs her own clothing label Amanzi: you will see her iconic crocheted hats all over the heads of Newquay. Make sure you pick one up when you see her!
Simone is a huge ocean lover, although shes not that keen on surfing (too busy we think)
Office - Nadine Finney
Nadine is from Central Coast, Australia and has worked with Escape Surf School for many years.
She had her first ever surf lesson with our very own Mike Young and met 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. And if you fancy a singing lesson when you are in Newquay, give her a shout as she also runs her own singing school with her husband Scott : The Singing Studio. And shes also one half of Bow River - a modern country duo!