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

Shoulda been ere yesterday dude !

As the weather forecasters accurately predicted, we have been cradled by a very pleasant heat wave. As you may all know, ‘heat wave’ usually means tiny surf. Well in this case it does but tiny waves mean MASSIVE boards ! The last few days of bliss weather means we have had to roll out the heavy artillery (pictured above) We usually call these boards the ‘No hopers’ (for those who literally can’t stand up on anything else) or the ‘Lilly Pads’ (As our coach little Hollie looked like a frog in distress, as she once tried to Surf one) These boards absolutely LOVE tiny waves and seem to catch any swell going.

So Mother Nature!! Please keep up your beautiful work. Please deliver us HOT weather and tiny waves – we got our students covered….

What’s been on ?

‘Out of season’ is cool.

We get to surf and play during the preparation of the holidays.

Our head coach Sam Smart finished 2nd in the ‘Masters’ English Nationals and the following week, placed an equal 9th with brother Seb in UK PRO Surf tour Open at Watergate Bay. Both Sam and Seb will be campaigning on the tour throughout the year so stay tuned via the UK PRO SURF TOUR Facebook for live feeds of the events.

Until the next stop of the pro tour – It’s back to work and our coaches will be renewing their beach lifeguard awards which need to renewed every two years.

We are looking forward to receiving a new batch of wetsuits through our good friends at C-Skins and some amazing new boards that will revolutionise our coaching !…

Hope you like this shot – The pre holiday weather has been amazing.

Let’s hope it lasts ?

It’s a family affair

We’ve been doing this since we were kids!

Working from home and carving out a career, doing something we truly love 😍

Heat Waves

As predicted, we are currently enjoying a taster of this heavily touted heat wave !

Although the heat is somewhat sporadic throughout the South West, the waves have been exceptional !

Anybody who knows Sennen, understands it’s ability to look great in photos.

Here it is, doing a great job expressing some of its favourite features.

Sun, Surf and landscape!

Surfer: Seb Smart, Photographer: Tom Cox

Easter blunder!

Another fantastic Easter dusted !

I just want to take a quick moment to thank all of our customers this year, but to also apologise to those that didn’t get a reply to their bookings and enquiries through our website !

Unfortunately, all of your bookings went straight through to our spam folder so they didn’t get read.

It was a wordpress spam issue.

Hollie is on the case, processing these now but hopefully you guys called our booking line as we were still busy over the holiday.

Thanks again and see you all soon.

Sam Smart

Surfs up

It’s that time of year.

Our season has started and the Surf is pumping.

Easter is a great time of year !

Here’s Smart Surf’s head coach, Sam Smart giving this Sennen wave a new spray job..

..Photo by Sam Breeze

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…

Sennen, Surf, nixon, contest

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

- £35 -
1 x 2 hour session -
A great experience
- £85 -
3 x 2 hour sessions -
- £120 -
5 x 2 hour sessions -
The Best
- £80 -
90 minutes of private
surf coaching