Wave Salves is a registered charity run by a dedicated team of volunteers and qualified surf instructors. We aim to coach and help improve youth surfing skills in a safe and friendly environment. We are here for young people from Newquay and the surrounding area between 8 yrs to 18 yrs old. For those age 16 and above we can provide the opportunity to progress to train for the Beach Lifeguard and Surfing England Instructor awards as well as relevant work experience in all fields of the surf industy. Wave Slaves is based on Great Western Beach in Newquay and we surf Towan, Great Western and Fistral beaches depending on tide and forecast conditions.
We have 6 dedicated and qualified surf instructors running sessions from March to October. Sessions for 2019 will run on Monday and Thursdays with a max 40 members per session and split into smaller groups depending on age and ability. There is a maximum 1 instructor to 8 members, although this is often much lower at 5 or 6 members per instructor.
Membership for 2019 is £25, this includes Surfing England membership as we are a fully certified and accredited Surfing England Surf Club. Subs of £5 per session, paid in monthly blocks, are due on the 28th of each month. We aim to provide 36 sessions between March and October including the Joe Way Paddle for Life in June and the end of season party in November/December. Winter swim and fitness training takes place at Piran Meadows Resort November - March. Subs also cover the additional activity costs provided during high tide sessions this year including: bowling, swimming, monster SUP, coasteering, climbing, Aqua Park, Surf Fitness Training, Surf Cadets Sea Skills and iBounce.
We aim to build an inclusive community surf club that not only offers members the opportunity to be involved with surfing but to extend the surf culture experience to members families and friends with social gatherings and activities. For more details of events please see the club blog or events page
Wave Slaves History
Based in Newquay, focusing on working with young people aged between 8 and 18, Wave Slaves Surf Club has a mission to raise the profile of surfing with young people in the UK. Waves Slaves Surf Club was set up in response to a demand for affordable, quality surfing activities for local young people.
A survey was completed by Waves Slaves founders William Hinton and Charles Rusted in 2008, about how accessible surf related activities where to young people in the Newquay area (the UK’s surfing capital). The results showed that on average only 3 young people out of a class of 30 had, in the past had the opportunity to experience surfing. This is due the high prices set by surf schools in Newquay to cater to the tourist industry, prices averaging £35pp for half a day lessons and the high prices of surfing equipment. These factors make it very difficult for young local people to enjoy the very popular sport. So Waves Slaves was born!
Wave Slaves is now entering it’s 10th year of running and runs twice a week every week (apart from Christmas and New Year). The Surf club has also just received recognition from the Charities Commission as CIC charity.