The Team

We choose our team as much for their qualifications as well as their ability to give our customers the very best surfing experience. They are all fully qualified British Surfing Association Surf Coaches and qualified and experienced Beach Lifeguards. They are also trained in advanced First Aid, Advanced Resuscitation, Child Protection and are Criminal Records Bureau checked – so you and your family couldn’t be in safer hands.

Matt Stephenson – Beach Manager

Matt’s love for surfing is only second to coaching. With 5 years surf coaching at Big Blue, being a qualified ski instructor and also having 5 years experience as a tennis coach, Matt is a born coach. He says: “I’m loving using my skills to turn novices into surfers!” This year he has also stepped into the world of Paddle Boarding to expand his coaching repertoire!

Matt has always enjoyed the outdoors and graduated from Bangor University with an Outdoor Sports Science degree. Over the 3 years in North Wales, Matt learnt to surf and spent every free moment in the water, even becoming the Vice Captain of the Uni surf club!


Jeremy Latham – Surfing GB Level 1

Jez is on his third season here at Big Blue and we couldn’t be happier that he’s coming back. During term time Jez is head coach of  the local swimming club (Bude Sharks) as well as the coach for the British and Northern Ireland Transplant swim team.  Jez is a lovable and lively fellow, great with the kids and has the coaching experience from many years as a swim coach to get every one progressing with their surfing!


Cyril Cox – Surfing GB Level 1

Cyril was assisting with us last season, seeing potential in his coaching Matt then arranged for him to do his Level 1 coaching award. He is energetic and always knows how to make sessions fun. He is a passionate surfer himself and has been surfing and swimming since he was young.


Beth Wallace – Office Assistant / SGB Level 1

This is Beths third season surf coaching! She is great with the kids and will help get every one standing up right away. Beth is also helping us out in the office this season, so if you have any questions it will likely be Beth you speak to!


Pete Smith (Smudge) – ISA Level 2

This will be Smudge’s second season for Big Blue, he is mostly involved in the clubs but is around whenever he’s needed. He is a very keen surfer and whenever there’s good waves you can find him in the sea. He’s also a very keen paddleboarder, with many years experience you’re in very safe hands with Smudge.


Grace Cooper – Office Manager

If we have a problem in the office – Grace will fix it. With years of office administration and accounting experience she is a real wizz! Loves going surfing and is ridiculously brave in the big surf!  Regularly joins in with the Sirens Ladies sessions and in the local surf club!


Zoe Gascoyne – Office Assistant

This is Zoe’s third season working with Big Blue, she’s super keen for surfing and all things outdoorsy. She’s really come along with her surfing and joins in with our ladies surfing group, Sirens, every week. Zoe is off to study Marine Sports science at Newquay University this September so we look forward to big things from Zoe!