About Us

Our Heritage

Chris Rea grew up minutes from Harlyn Bay and after finishing his degree in mining, found himself on the UK competitive surf scene as well as travelling to some of the worlds best surfing hot spots. When he returned to Cornwall he was asked to give some private surf lessons and chose Harlyn as the most suitable beach. Loving the reaction of his pupils, who quickly became passionate about not only the sport, but the connection with the ocean and the great outdoors, he set himself up with a Renault 5, a deckchair and a blackboard.

That was back in 1994!

Things have come a long way from operating out of the back of a Renault 5 with a few old swelly surfboards and 1 instructor! A beach hut, changing facilities, a large inventory of great kit, and most importantly, a fantastic and passionate team who attract returning visitors year after year from those who want to brush up on their skills, try something new, experience private coaching and guiding, or simply enjoy water sports with a great bunch of people with the safety of experience and local knowledge.

Harlyn surf school is the ONLY surf school to hold a license from both Cornwall Council and Adventure Activity Licensing Service ensuring that we meet strict operating and safety parameters. Chris is also a director of the Water Skills Academy which specialises in watersport instructor training and lifeguard qualifications and Chris has since 2000 trained and continues to train the RNLI lifeguards that look after the beaches throughout the UK.

Chris and the Harlyn team will provide you with a fantastic watersports experience which will be fun, safe and inclusive for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. And just as important – whatever the weather conditions!

Lifegaurd boat - RNLIA-32

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Harlyn Beach, Cornwall, Air photo

Our Beautiful Location

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Sarah - Manager of Harlyn Surf School

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