about us

Newquay's premier O'Neill surf school

At SSS Surf School we offer group lessons for beginners and improvers, bespoke private lessons for groups and individuals, family lessons, lessons for children, and corporate packages for team building.

Stuart Maitland

With a lifelong passion for water sports, Stuart has invested most of his time in different water related hobbies over the years, however surfing is the one sport he can’t live without.

He says “Since the moment I caught my first wave, like most surfers I was hooked. It’s one of those sports I believe anyone can do at any age in life and will always walk away with a smile, a buzz of excitement and want more.”

Stuart’s vision was to create ‘a surf school with a difference’ – one that takes surfers to the best waves Cornwall has to offer, providing all students with the ultimate surf board collection designed by professional surfers, to help them reach their full riding potential. Providing the best quality surf gear to keep surfers happy in the water all year round – giving the ultimate surfing experience.

Sharing his vision with local pro surfer Ben Skinner and O’Neill, he found that their excitement and passion to be part of a new world of surfing was shared with his. From this association came the SSS Surf School –  providing the best that the surf industry has to offer to all its customers. Stuart’s dream and vision of creating his own surf school quickly became a reality.

water safety

Stuart has twenty years experience as a rescue diver and waterman.  He is a qualified commercial diver and diver medic, and has worked as an offshore survival trainer and rescue swimmer in the North Sea. He’s also a PADI Dive Master and Rescue Diver. If you can’t find him in the surf, you might well find him diving, wake-boarding or cruising on a SUP!

SSS Surf School operates with high standards of water safety, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience knowing you are in safe hands.

our surfboards

We are the only surf school in Newquay to offer custom boards for students and riders. We have a great range of specialist boards, including boards that have been designed by local pro surfer Ben Skinner and his team, with the student’s needs in mind. The easy riding characteristics mean you’ll progress quickly and provide the ultimate surf experience.

We’ll choose a board from our range that is suited to your current surfing level, and will push your surfing skills to a whole new level. Our current specialist board range includes:

  • Ben Skinner Skindog Thunderbolt carbon fibre longboards
  • Specially customised Softech soft-top boards – for beginners
  • Firewire shortboards and longboards, made with eco-friendly resin
  • Ben Skinner Skinpup boards –  uniquely designed for kids

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