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Peg has been surfing most of his life and has surfed breaks all over the world. He has surfed the beaches of Cornwall, and especially Perranporth and surrounding beaches in all seasons across more years than he cares to admit. He is well aware of both the perils and joys of surfing the local breaks

His passion is to share his love of the ocean and of surfing with people of all ages, abilities and challenges. 

As an amputee surfer himself, competing and coaching internationally,  Peg maintains a 'can-do' attitude in his approach to coaching whether that relates to your inexperience, fears, disabilities, confidence or anything else that may hold you back. We all have to start somewhere, and if you are prepared to give it a go, then he will join you on that journey, and find a way for you to fall in love with surfing!

You are in safe hands:

  • Qualified Level 2 surf coach (ISA, International Surfing Association)

  • Qualified Beach Lifeguard (SLSGB, Surf Life Saving GB)

  • Qualified, Adaptive Surf Instructor (ISA, International Surfing Association)

  • Qualified Level 2 Surf Life Saving Coach - Lead Coach (SLSGB)

  • Coach to members of the English Adaptive Surf Team

  • AASP World Champion (2022-23) in his division

  • Enthusiastic surfer with experience of breaks across the world, and 35+ years of surfing the beaches of Cornwall.

  • ... Peg sacrificed the opportunity to defend his World title in the summer of 2023, when instead he competed as a cast member of BBC's Survivor series, finishing in a creditable 5th position - the highest placed amputee across the long running series in USA & Australia! He has a story or 2 to share with you about that too!

Peg Bennett, Owner and Head Coach

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We are proud to introduce you to our  coach Emily, who is returning to join us for our second season. Emily has travelled and worked within the surf industry for the last 8 years, learning the trade by working in surf schools in South Africa, Fuerteventura and here in the UK. For the last 4 of those years she has coached in and around Devon and Cornwall. She knows our core beaches in Perranporth and Newquay well both as a surfer and coach. She therefore knows the quirks of the beach and the tides.

Emily has an infectious enthusiasm for surfing and for coaching individuals to develop their skills and love of the sport. She is experienced in video and photo analysis to help you understand your surfing style and identify where and how to take progress your surfing on the next stage of your surfing journey.

You are in safe hands:

  • Qualified Level 1 surf coach (ISA, International Surfing Association), with 4 years experience of coaching on local beaches

  • Experienced in video and photo analysis of individual surfers

  • Enthusiastic surfer with experience of surfing breaks across the world

Emily Marsay - Coach


We are delighted to introduce you to the newest member of the coaching team - Martin is joining us with a wealth of knowledge of local surf breaks in and around Cornwall and Devon, having surfed the beaches here since he was around 10 years of age.

Having returned to his home town of Newquay, after serving eight and a half years in the British Army on multiple operational tours, Martin has chosen to join Peg's Surf Coaching Team on Perranporth Beach for the summer of 2024. Martin brings with him the experience of having been Head Beginner Coach in the British Army Surf Team. 

Martin has a passionate love of surfing and the ocean, and a charming enthusiasm to share the stoke with surfers young and old!   

You are in safe hands:

  • Qualified Level 1 surf coach (ISA, International Surfing Association)

  • First hand knowledge of local beaches

  • Attentive to detail when working with individuals and small groups of surfers as they begin their journey into surfing

Martin Lowe - coach


No business could survive without an enthusiastic administrator who knows the business inside out and understands the needs of the customer, the skills of the coaches, and matches them up seamlessly.

Annie is an ISA Adaptive Surf Coach and an SLSGB Level 2 First Aider, and therefore often provides additional in-water or beachside support to the coaches, particularly within our adaptive sessions. What she lacks in 'elite' surfing skills, she makes up for in enthusiasm, a love of the ocean and an ability to laugh at her own attempts to aspire as a wanna be shredder!

Annie provides British Sign Language support for our deaf clients, and MAKATON to those individuals who use this communication system. As an ex-special needs teacher of 30years experience working with children and their families, rest assured that no question is too small or silly to be asked. All customers are treated with respect and with advocacy to ensure that from their initial contact with us to the time of leaving a successful lesson with Peg's Surfing Coaching, they feel that they are a part of our ever expanding surfing family.

Annie Etheridge - Administrator, Adaptive Surf Coach, First Aider and friendly person who answers phone calls and emails!

Meet the team: Testimonials
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