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, corporate packages for team building and stand up paddle boarding tours.

About SSS Surf School

SSS Surf School has moved! From April 2021, we’ll be opening our doors from our new location on Towan Beach in Newquay.

Holding prime position right on the promenade, we’re just steps away from the beautiful Towan Beach and the surrounding Newquay beaches. We’re open all year round from sunrise until sunset and we cater for all levels of riders, from beginners to advanced.

We have a unique range of boards which cater for complete beginners to a specialist range of longboards for advanced riders. We’re the only surf school in Newquay that is sponsored by O’Neill, so you get to surf in style and warmth each time with top of the range O’Neill wetsuits, with hoods, gloves and boots as optional.

Our team are experienced, professional surfers, ISA qualified and are there to ensure that any budding surfers have fun in the surf while learning the core water safety and surf skills they need to start shredding those waves. Our customers always walk away with a smile on their face and lasting memories.

We also offer stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons and tours – our SUP coaches are experienced and knowledgeable and they will teach you the core technical skills you need to be able to paddle board but also how to judge weather patterns and surf conditions to be able to paddle board safely.

About Towan Beach

Towan Beach is located right at the heart of Newquay, it’s the first in a string of beaches which make up Newquay bay. Towan is nestled between the harbour or ‘New Quay’ and Great Western beach, it’s a lovely sheltered beach with flat golden sand.

Towan is easily accessed, its located right in the centre of Newquay and within easy walking distance of the shops and Newquay’s many carparks. The beach itself is super easy to find, it can be access via Killacourt (down the steps) or via Beach Road, which provides steep but easy access for buggies and wheelchairs. Disabled access to the beach is facilitated by a sand chair hire scheme on the promenade.

Towan is a pretty safe bet for families looking for safe bathing waters and budding surfers as its waters are protected by RNLI lifeguards from May to October. It is also a dog friendly beach all year round.

The Promenade at Towan Beach caters for many tastes with the Bakery, Fish and Chip Shop and shops serving different snacks and refreshments. It is home to the Newquay Aquarium, one of Newquay’s most popular attractions. There are also showers, lockers and changing rooms available on the Promenade, accompanied by a beautiful range of rainbow coloured beach huts. You can find SSS Surf School right at the end, perfectly situated with steps to the beach at each side. Check out our view!!!!

About Stuart Maitland

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.

Stuart Maitland of SSS Surf School in the luxury Surf Van
Stuart Maitland of SSS Surf School in the Surf Van

Where SSS Started

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.

In 2018 SSS Surf School opened its doors to its first customers, this was a surf school with a difference, a mobile surf school run out of a converted Mercedes Sprinter providing the ultimate surf trip to clients who were looked after in style in our top of the range Surf Van. With an insulated carpeted interior, LED lighting, and eight comfortable leather seats – customers could chill out and enjoy the journey whilst watching epic surf footage on our flat screen TV.

After a surf, customers could use our mobile heated shower, heated changing room or pop-up changing rooms before being treated to an ice cold or hot drink.

SSS Surf School was born, working mainly from Watergate Bay and providing the full range of lessons to all levels of riders, with nothing but amazing feedback from all of its lovely customers that return every year for more.

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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