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

Smart Looking Boards

We’ve always had an array of mixed surf boards at our surf school but I’ve always thought it looked a bit scruffy (and not smart)

A good mixture of boards isn’t a bad thing as it means you can find the perfect equipment for almost everyone… (but again, it just doesn’t look that smart)

So, with ‘Smart’ being our surname and after 18 years of putting different shapes, brands, sizes and structures of boards through their paces, we have found a design we are happy with and willing to commit to having a uniformed surf school fleet…

Light weight, great outline, ideal width, nice thickness, durable and safe for the kids (and look ‘Smart’)

Here they are !

We’ve been working with VISION soft boards since they first started so take it from us when we say this particular design is the ‘Smart’ move.

We take great pride in delivering the best possible service to our students and never cut back on equipment.

To be honest, we may get a little more excited about new equipment than most of our guests.

Anyway, we hope you’re all having a wonderful winter and here’s to the Spring, which is here in 2 weeks !

Sam and the team SSS x

What a month !

Quite possibly the best ever.

I’m not talking from a business point of view, although we did have more guests than usual.

I mean, more in a positive way.

The weather was incredible and the surf was amazing for most of the month.

On occasions it reminded me of summer.

It was uplifting and vibrant to see tourists in the winter sunlight at Sennen.

It doesn’t take much to keep us happy – Some socialising with our customers and doing the job we love !

Could this be a taste of things to come ?

I hope so…

Above: Sam Smart between lessons.

Above: Seb Smart between lessons

Above: Lew Smart during a lesson….


One of the best on my records.

Sun, surf and people. No snow !

Just to let you all know, we are open.

We supply winter wetsuits and boots – It’s all good !

The Smart family team are looking forward to a busy February half term.

Come book your lessons, your surf equipment hire, or simply pop in for a chat and a coffee.

See you soon…

Cove night vibes

Even more chilled than Cove vibes on a winter’s day.

Which ever way you look it.

Cold beers at the Old Success inn are equally as satisfactory.


Earlier this month we got momentarily bored so we set up a sticker competition, where we shipped out over 100 stickers around the UK and Europe for you guys to stick them somewhere creative and fun, and to photograph your efforts.

Well we have a winner 🥇👌🏼

Well done to @reece hooping for his masterpiece captioned ‘Filling in the cracks’ You’ve just won yourself a £50 Smart Surf Gift voucher and Smart Surf School Crew jumper 🙌🏼🙌🏼 Currently being sent to your door !

Thank you Reece and everyone who sent us you shots. It was good fun !

2nd and 3rd place are being judged now and revealed later today for your SSS crew jumper prizes 🤙🏼🤙🏼

Just Surf

Just get out there and have fun.

It doesn’t matter how good you are.

If you’re getting rolled around the shore with sand and snot all over your face, it doesn’t matter.

What matters is that you enjoy yourself.

The priorities at #smartsurf are:




The best surfer is the happiest one 😊

#surf #sennen #smartsurfschool #surfschool #learntosurf #justsurf #cornwall #happy #behappy #enjoylife #lovelife #respect photo: @natural.eye_

Thats A Wrap

To wrap up the year in a word, we would simply have to say ‘busy’

The whole Smart Surf team have all had their hands full this summer but it all worked out for the best. Seb has been on several big trips with his sponsor VANS and one trip in particular saw him on a massive pull out poster inside one of the big UK surf magazines. We must say a special thank you to Steve England from Carve Surfing Magazine for all his help.

Seb’s backhand swoop featured on a pullout poster in Carve Surfing Magazine

Senior coach Sam has re joined the UKPSA (UK pro surf tour) and has been competing all over the UK  throughout the year. He eventually finished 8th overall in the UK and is looking to make the top 5 next year. It’s tough to find time to surf yourself when you are coaching 2 or 3 lessons a day !

Sam competing at the wave pool (Surf Snowdonia) North Wales

In between getting in the sea as much as she can, Hollie has been combining her surf coaching with being a Mum (to our 1 year old, Ru) and running her air BnB all at the same time !

Hollie’s wholesome smiles

Our season is short and intense and running a family business is tough but very rewarding.

Come winter, we can now look for ways to make summers better for all of us (including our customers)

Moving forward, we are in discussions about smaller groups, longer lessons and are in the process of ordering some new equipment.

In the meantime, we will be surfing ourselves.

Bring on the winter – see you all next summer !


Team SSS x

Surfing before walking

Warm water and small waves allowed us to get our baby daughter, Ru, surfing before she could walk.

What a fantastic summer it was here at Sennen !

Winters are great too, in a different way.

Watching the waves smash against the cliffs during storms. The epic colours of the sky and the ocean with contrasting weather conditions. Those sunny crisp days where the Atlantic air is as fresh as can be. Empty beaches and pumping surf.

Who needs flash cars and first class flights?

What we have is priceless…


The second event of the UK pro Surf tour was recently held at the Surf Snowdonia activity park, North Wales.

Yes, it’s a man made wave, created using an energy efficient giant plough that drives down the centre of a giant lagoon (the size of 6 football pitches side by side)

The effect of the machine causes a head high wake that breaks very similar to a real wave due to the depth of water and the angle of the wave.

The wave has been designed for surfers of all abilities including beginners so there’s something there for everyone to get their kicks.

An ideal location to host an event for the UK’s top surfers to showcase their skills in a compact area for the spectators to view and judges to score.

Sam made the quarter finals, finishing equal 5th, just like he did in the first event (At watergate Bay, Newquay) which leaves him currently ranked number 5 on the UK leaderboard.

Smart Surf instructor Sam Smart in action at the wave pool

For all the events, results and live streams, check out the official UK PRO SURF TOUR website.

Ta for now…

- £35 -
1 x 2 hour session -
A great experience
- £85 -
3 x 2 hour sessions -
- £120 -
5 x 2 hour sessions -
The Best