Meet Robin! ASI surf instructor, school owner and trainer based in Bude, Cornwall. He first started surfing when he 10 years old. After moving Cornwall at the age of 17 he spent a number of years surfing at many different locations around the world, upon his return he set up his own ASI accredited school Freewave Surf Academy.
Recently, Robin became an ASI trainer where he holds workshops to train new ASI surfing instructors. Level 1 surf instructor workshops with Robin will be held in September and October. For more information please see our website: https://www.academyofsurfing.com/find-courses
1. What is your background?
Born and raised near the New Forest in Hampshire. I first cut my teeth into surfing during a summer holiday to Sennen in Cornwall when I was about 10. I continued my love of the sea by surfing on the Bournemouth and Boscombe beaches before moving to Cornwall when I was 17. Here in Cornwall, I trained in the outdoor industry gaining several qualifications that enabled me to stay well away from a desk and any sense of a 9 to 5 job. I spent several years surfing abroad before setting up Freewave Surf Academy.
2. What got you involved in the sport?
The love of being outdoors got me in to surfing. The waves, the travel, the sights and the people kept me coming back for more
3. Why did you become an ASI instructor?
I wanted to be part of peoples first taste of surfing. The first few waves that people ride is an amazing thing to be a part of.
4. What are you doing now?
Just put the kids to bed and arranging a full day of lessons for tomorrow…. Oh, and just had a wicked pizza!
5. What do you like about being an ASI instructor?
Being on the beach and making peoples holiday as special as possible.
6. Tell us about funny or interesting or nice situation that has happened to you with instructing?
Being recognised months later in a different town by people that I have taught to surf is pretty special.
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