Smart Surf School Sennen, Cornwall
Smart Surf School Sennen, Cornwall

Winter Escape – Fuertaventura

The Cornwall winters are long and get pretty cold. Some people like the tranquility. Others don’t. The key is to keep busy or to make an escape. With the amount of Flu and illness that has been going round, the latter seems more appropriate. After a pleasant flight, we landed in Fuerteventura (Sam , Hollie, baby Ru and Joel Bishop from West country surf school) and were stung by our hire car company who made us pay for another insurance policy, after we had already upgraded online. Don’t use ‘Gold Car’ – use ‘Autoreisen’ instead.

After unpacking our surf equipment into our Air BnB, Lew realised one of his bags had gone missing – The one containing his clothes, laptop, Passport and bank cards. Gone… A day later, we get a call that its been found, so we went to meet the guy that called. Unfortunately for Lew, he only had the passport. Everything else gone. Basically, someone pinched Lew’s bag during the time we were taking the stuff out of our car, and carrying it up to our flat. They took everything but left the passport. Fortunately, Lew received some good news the next day about something else that proves Karma does exist…

So, we’ve had a few fun waves, some hot weather, some rain, some wind, but all in all, a nice relaxing time so far. Fuerte’s a great spot with a bit of everything if you desire a few weeks away from those  dark winter days. Surfers or not…



Lifes A Beach

As our students pose for the camera, with their stoked, salty faces, on the wet sand – Beach users sunbathe and play in the background with their tops off, listening to music, amidst the sweet scent of coconut suncream…

Sometimes all we need is an image. A happy place to help us get through these long winter nights. Summers coming folks and we look forward to greeting you……

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Smart Surf School takes 2nd place at the UK pro surf awards for “UK’s best surf schools”

We were stoked to be nominated for the UK’s top 3 surf school awards for 2017 (and finishing a close 2nd) The awards evening took place at the Carnmarth Hotel, Newquay in association with UKPSA (UK pro surf association)

A huge congratulations to Tynemouth Surf School for taking the win, just beating us by a few votes ! We will be looking to win this next year !! And we must say a well done to the Sennen Surf Centre who were a close 3rd, proving that 2 of the best surf schools in the UK lie right here in Sennen Cove !!

The awards encompass all divisions from our Junior competitors to the Men’s and Women’s Open divisions including some additional awards representative of all corners of the UK scene alongside charitable organisations such as The Wave Project, Christian Surfers & Groundswell.

This year Fistral Beach gave £5,000 to the winner of the Open division to help them compete internationally through the next competitive season. The largest sum UKPSA has passed onto a UK Professional surfer. The aim now is to provide incentive in other divisions on the tour.

Wave Project Awards

Young Volunteer of the Year: Seb Harrington

Volunteer of the Year: Brian Young

Surf School of the Year: iSURF

Disabled Surfer of the Year: Maisie Robins

The Wave Project Courage Award: Tamara Cormack

Surf Awards

Rookie of the Year 2017
Presented by: Gary Collins Winner: Patrick Langdon-Dark

Liteworx Most Improved Surfer 2017
Presented by: Anton Paul Winner: Sam Hearn

Korev Surfers Choice Award 2016
Presented by: Joss Ash Winner: Reubyn Ash

Freerider Surf Ambassador
Presented By: Max Carey Winner: Anthony Butler

UKPSA Best Surf Judge 2017
Presented by: Mike Durkin Winner: Kerry Powell

Christian Surfers Most Inspirational Surfer Award 2017
Presented by: Phil Williams Winner: Mike Durkin

UKPSA Services to the Sport of Surfing 2017
Presented by: Dave Reed Winner: Steve Hudson

Surfing Sumo Best Surf School
Nominees: Smart Surf School, Sennen Surf School & Tynemouth Surf School
Presented by: Biff Lancaster Winner: Tynemouth Surf School

Summer fun

NIXON ‘The Weird’ Sennen Surf Contest

We were stoked to have Sennen as the location for the quirky ‘Nixon The Weird’ surf contest.

The concept was simple:

Grab a handful of Britain’s top surfers, select a handful of Britain’s top board shapers (with their most weirdest shaped surf weapons) and mix them all up in the high tide Sennen shore break  … And who ever surfs the best, wins 500 quid….

We were super stoked that one of our coaches, Sam Smart was invited to take part, and even happier on the waves and weather that Sennen produced on the day. The whole day was full of laughter, which braught out the best of the surfers in a relaxed and very un serious atmosphere. The boards were all pretty freaky and very fun including shapes from:

Hugh Brockman, Luke Young, Chris Harris, Seduction surfboards, Brad Rochfort and Lee Bartlett

St Ives slayer Jayce Robinson took the win with some stylish moves, and Brad Rochfort took the best board award with a funky little asymmetric thing everybody loved.

Surfers included were:

Jayce Robinson, Alan Stokes, Lee Bartlett, George Carpenter, Jimbo Bennett, Sam Lamiroy, Sam Smart, Max Hudson, Isaac Marshall, Mikey Ley.


A huge thanks to everyone involved to help this event happen.

Great stuff…

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Alan Stokes, Sam Smart, Sam Lamiroy, Lee Bartlett and Mikey Ley

Smart Surf picks up a valuable content award !

We are very pleased find out we have been recognised for all the right reasons by ‘Valuable Content’.

They are a business development website who have shown us appreciation by awarding us our very first award.

See why and how here.

Well done to the whole Smart Surf team on a fantastic Summer for all your hard work and enthusiasm.

Open all year round

A quick note to remind all of our students that we will be teaching surfing all year round ! Good surf, no crowds and winter wetsuits so the cold won’t be an issue.

The main benefit of a winter surf package in Cornwall is to take advantage of the ‘out of season’ accommodation rates.

Contact us so we can arrange your package deals for this winter…

“Join the family”

It’s like being part of the mafia. When you’re in, your in!

Our Motto is “join the family” When you have a lesson at the Smart Surf School, you are joining 3 families:

1 The Surfing family – Become surfers and be a part of a positive friendly community

2 Your family –  Bring your family together with an unforgettable experience

3 The Smart family – Meet the brothers and rely on us for any help regarding surfing in the future

This is how we live…..

What Is The Sennen Hellraisers ?

The Sennen Hellraisers is a club formed by the Smart Surf School.

It’s based on healthy morals of which we pass on to the local children.

We basically surf each Saturday afternoon and do good deeds for the community. So far we have taught the kids about first aid and given them CPR training. We’ve trained and given them an understanding of ‘Rip Currents’ which cause hundreds of drownings each year, resulting in one of our Hellraisers to rescue two holiday makers from a dangerous rip and literally saved their lives. We regularly clean the beach and run errands for the elderly members of the Sennen community.

Our actions and motives are based on in 3 logical principles held by the historical Incan civilisation….

Theses morals were:

Honesty, Dilligence and respect. Three key principles that can lead to a naturally enlightening wellbeing if adhered to…

Find out more at

Our Sennen Hellraisers at Smart Surf School

Good Vibrations From Sennen

We’ve upgraded our surfboard fleet for summer

This group from our our recent half term sampled the equipment in some sunny conditions.
Stoked !

We aim to get more ‘first time’ students up and riding than ever before !

Glad to be back !

On a sponsored photo shoot to South Africa, one of our main coaches and family member Seb Smart encountered a catalogue of misfortune.

At a quiet surf spot, north of Cape town, Seb and the rest of the team had their belongings stolen while they slept in their apartment. We’re talking passports, wallets, camera equipment and laptops etc…Throw in some food poisoning and and a car accident into the mix and you have a very eventful surf trip to say the least. Despite the drama, some of the belongings were returned and nobody got injured. The boys scored some sick waves at the likes of Jefferies Bay and gained a huge wealth of experience…

Seb’s stoked to be home at Sennen and looking forward to spending the summer coaching and surfing with Sam and the rest of the Smart Surf team…

Seb Smart ‘Theres no place like home’

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