Meet the team

The Extreme Academy team live, breathe and sleep all things extreme sports. True water babies having surfed from a young age, they’ve travelled across the globe to hunt out the best waves. Now back at Watergate Bay they’re passing on their passion – teaching every day of the year on one of the best surfing beaches in Cornwall.

Carl

Carl

Carl’s booming enthusiasm for all things watersports is infectious. He’s been at the Bay for 11 years since leaving the RAF – seven of them as sports manager of the Extreme Academy – and is only one of two Brits to be crowned waveski world champion. When he’s not waveriding, you’ll find him leading our popular cardio cycle classes. That, or enjoying a hearty breakfast in The Beach Hut. Sensational.

Specialist watersport: Waveski
Beginner’s #1 tip: Persevere
Sum up waveski in three words: fun, physical, rewarding

Nick

Nick

Blonde hair, nifty surfer, and fluent in four different languages. Nick is the XA poster boy. He’s been a team member for two years but has been surfing for 18 years and knows Watergate’s breaks inside out. When it’s flat you’ll find him skateboarding through Newquay.

Specialist watersport: Surfing
Best surfing memory: Catching my first wave on a cold April day in a summer wetsuit when I was 12
Surfing in three words: Addictive, wild, freedom

 Josh

Josh

Carl’s son Josh is keeping watersports and Watergate Bay firmly in the family. Affectionately he’s the baby of the gang, but don’t let that fool you – he rips in the water. He’s already been an XA team member more than four years and if he’s not surfing, kitesurfing, SUPping or hand planning, he’ll pop up in the water with his camera. Recently he just took the joint title of ‘Legend of the Bay’ for the unique multidiscipline competition featuring kitesurfing and SUP.

Specialist watersport: Kitesurfing
Favourite kitesurfing memory: Being part of the Virgin Guinness World Record kitesurf crossing with Richard Branson
Top Tip: You’re never too old to pick up a kite

Al

Al

Hear that hooting in the sea? That’s Al. He’s been an XA team member for five years and specialises in traction kiting – although he loves kiting and surfing just as much. He’ll be the one cutting shapes in the sand on a buggy and kite, or jamming on the guitar.

Spectialist watersportsport: Traction Kite
Favourite memory: Reaching 4m of air with my kite. And landing it
#1 traction tip: It’s quick to pick up if you’re a beginner so go for it

 Mike

Mike

Originally from Poland, Mike moved to Cornwall five years ago and has been a team member since June 2013. Having only taken up surfing six years ago, he’s hooked and loves teaching with the rest of the XA gang.

Specialist watersport: Surfing
Favourite place in the world to surf: Watergate Bay, of course
#1 beginner’s tip: Remember to keep a side stance at all times. No Bart Simpson surfing

Pete

Pete

Tall Pete (6’4”) has just returned from Indonesia for the winter but can’t keep away from the Extreme Academy – he’s been with us on and off for more than five years now. He’s a ripper in the water and loves surfing Watergate Bay because the crew makes it feel like home.

Specialist watersport: SUP and surfing
#1 beginner’s tip: Get in the water as much as you can and in all conditions
When out of the water: I’ll be eating toast, skateboarding and fishing