The Escape Surf School Newquay Cornwall

We are proud of our coaches, all of which as well as being ISA qualified, are all excellent surfers with years of experience in the ocean. We believe this is invaluable when it comes to giving you the knowledge and confidence to take to the water!

All our coaches are ISA Qualified Level 1 or 2 and qualified RLSS beach lifeguards, offering professional coaching in a safe environment.

As well as relying on coaching certificates, Escape Surf School also provides additional coaching to all our instructors, to ensure they are all teaching at the high standards we set ourselves


  • Age: 49
  • Years Surfing:  36
  • Years Coaching: 25
  • Most Likely to Say: How you doing?
  • Nick Names: Rubber Man, Surf Guru

Originally from South Africa, but now a British citizen our Elite Coach Mike is one of the most experienced surfers and coaches in Newquay, if not the whole of the UK. As well as surfing for fun, he has made a living surfing professionally all over the world and has competed in many WQS events over the years.

After surfing and coaching around the world and in Europe, Mike moved to the UK in 2001 and became Head Coach of the Escape Surf School. We are one of the only schools in the area to boast a professional surfer as an active head coach. Mikes passion for surfing and sharing his knowledge is infectious and second to none and the reason he is known as our own "Surf Guru"

Professional Achievements

  • UK Top 10 Pro surfer 2007 & 2008
  • BSA level 4 Coach / ISA level 2 Coach
  • 2015 British Masters Surf Champion
  • 2016 English Masters Surf Champion
  • Head Coach – British Junior Surf Team 2008 - 2010
  • South African Senior Champ
  • Pro Tour WQS and EPSA tour 1990-2002
  • O'Neill European Pro Team Rider - Holland and Germany 2001-2003
  • White Air Isle of White 2004 Men’s Open 1st
  • 3 x winner Elusive Welsh Open

You can keep in touch with Mike via his Twitter page


Reubin Pearce, originally from South Africa, but now firmly a Newquay resident, is our Senior Coach and Mike's second in command. He teaches all levels, but his passion lies in teaching our intermediate-advanced level surfers. Reubin has a real flair for imparting his vast knowledge of surfing to our customers. He's also currently training for his Personal Trainer Certificate

He's competed professionally for many years, in the UK, but also in Europe and around the world.

Professional Achievements

  • ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
  • 2008: UK Pro Surf Tour Champion
  • 2009 & 2010: Animal Open Champion
  • 2005: BPSA Tour Champion
  • 2005: Isle of Wight Pro Champion


 Henry the Surf Coach

Henry started surfing at a young age riding on the south coast of Devon. He moved to Newquay to study and complete his degree in Surf Science and technology. He has been coaching with us for 4 years now and is a great asset to the team. A firm favourite with the girls and kids alike!! 

As well as surfing, Henry is also a massive fan of the snow, often spending the Winter Season skiing & snowboarding.

  • Surf Science & Technologydegree
  • RLSS beach Lifeguard
  • ISA Surf Instructor (level 1)

 Henry: “Being a Surf Coach for Escape is my dream job. I meet loads of people and continually improve my coaching skills”



Pretty much the most important person in the Escape team.  Simone manages the office with a huge smile! She picks up the phone, responds to emails,  answers your questions, books your surf lessons, finds you accommodation and importantly keeps the surf coaches under control and well organised!

Simone also runs her own clothing label Amanzi:  you will see her iconic crocheted hats all over the heads of Newquay. Make sure you pick one up when you see her!

Simone is a huge ocean lover, although she's not that keen on surfing (too busy we think)!