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Iain Hawkins

Scotish born Iain has been surfing for over 3 years after moving from Scotland to South Wales with no idea how to surf but a strong determination to ride the waves! Soon after he became a volunteer Surf Mentor for the Wave Project Cymru charity, working with Cressey's Surf Academy to deliver surf therapy sessions to disadvantaged young people across South Wales.


His passion for the sea and surfing in particular grew through socialising with like minded people and he is now a qualified ASI Level 1 Surf Coach and a regular part of the team at CSA! You can often find Iain skating or surfing around Porthcawl with his dog Cody alongside...





Dan Staniforth

After a childhood spent on the beaches of South Wales Dan rode his first wave back in 1988! Since that day is has been a key part of his life, taking him all over the world to surf new and better waves, though he is still particularly fond of his home break.


With around 20 plus years experience of surfing Dan loves nothing more than being in the water and encouraging others to share the stoke. He is an ASI Level 1 Surf Coach and holds a SLSGB Surf Coach Safety and Rescue Qualification. He loves to be able to share his passion for the sea and spread happiness through surfing as a surf coach, and is an extremely valuable part of the CSA team!





Julia Thomas

Porthcawl based Julia loves both surfing and stand up paddle boarding and has been an outdoor enthusiast for many years. Part of the original team of Surf Mentors when Wave Project Cymru was first launched in Wales in 2013, Julia has been working alongside Cressey's Surf Academy since that time.


Her passion for inclusion and her work with Wave Project led her to qualify as a Surf Coach specialising in Adaptive surfing working with children and adults with special needs and disabilities to bring the joy of surfing to everyone regardless of ability.




Charlotte (aka Ozzi)

Born in Perth, Australia & lived there for 7 years before moving to UK where I learnt to surf whilst studying in Swansea at Uni 1999. Loved it! I quickly found I gravitated towards sideways board sports & love to snowboard & also skate on my Carver. I taught snowboarding for 6 back to back seasons 2005-2008 then wanted something to do in the summer months when I settled back in UK & obtained my ASI Level 1 Surf Coach Qualification & then completed the SLSGB award this year. I just want to share the passion I have for surfing with anyone who wants to give it go


Cardiff born Ben has been surfing on and off since he was young boy and has taken it upon himself in the past few years to become a radical surfer like Keanu Reeves in Point Break. He has experience teaching surfing in both the UK and Sri Lanka. Although he prefers the waves in Wales....


Having spent most of his childhood in the beaches West Wales, Ben loves nothing more than to have fun in the sea and encourage others to do the same. He currently holds an ISA Level 1 Surf Coach and a National Vocational Beach Lifeguard Qualification.







Hi, I'm Cian and I've been surfing since I was 7 years old and I've competed in few different surfing competitions in the past 4 years but I mainly surf for the enjoyment and the feeling of it. Despite this I've come in the top 3 in many of the competitions held in Wales and came 1st in my most recent club competition in the under 18s category. I've surfed as a part of Channel Coast Surf Club which is based in Llantwit Major for around the same time as I've competed for which has helped me progress my surfing so much!





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