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The Big Green Team

For yet another year, we've got a simply incredible team lined up. With a wealth of experience across all activities you can rest assured you're in the best hands possible!

 All of our coaches are fully qualified Beach Lifeguards, with most of us playing an active part in Crantock Surf Lifesaving Club. We provide volunteer lifesaving patrols outside of RNLI hours and have been recognised with awards for our beach safety efforts.


On the coaching side, we're proud that the vast majority of our surf coaches hold an ISA Level 2 qualification, the top surf coaching qualification around. As far as SUP & Kayak go, our amazing team hold a minimum level of BCU Paddlesport Leader, which is an internationally recognised Qualification.


On top of this all staff have to pass our extensive in-house training, all so that you can rest assured you're able to enjoy your chosen activity safely and learn from the best.

Big Green Surf School owner Dale Unnuk surfing at Rock Island, Siargao Philippines. Practicing for being back in Crantock, Cornwall

Dale - Owner & Head Coach

SLSGB Beach Lifeguard, SLSGB Trainer Assessor, ISA Level 2 Surf Coach, SurfingEngland Trainer Assessor


Dale founded Big Green Surf School in 2011 after surfing and coaching his way around the world for years! A workaholic with a great business mind and always there to answer any questions, especially if there's a pint of Doom waiting for him at the end of the day!

Additionally, Dale is a Trainer Assessor for both Surf Lifesaving Great Britain (SLSGB) and Surfing England, helping to train new coaches and lifeguards and pass on years of knowledge to the next generation.

Favourite Surf Spot

Pacifico, Siargao Island, Philippines

Ross - Beach Manager & Senior Coach

SLSGB Beach Lifeguard, ISA Level 1 Surf Coach, BCU Paddlesport Leader


'Rockstar' Ross earned his nickname on one of our epic surf-trips to Siargao, why not ask him to tell you the story in your next lesson? King of the SUP Tours and runs our weekly Ladies Surf Club.

Favourite Surf Spot

Pisangan (Cemeteries), Siargao Island, Philippines


5'11" Karma Twinny

6'2" Rob Fletcher Evans Shortboard

6'6" Diamond Tail Thruster

9'1" Slide & Glide

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Petr - Surf Coach & Assistant Beach Manager


Rock by name, Rock by nature, Petr is first on the beach in the morning and last to leave at night, we're stoked to welcome him back for a fifth year in Crantock as Assistant Beach Manager! He's travelled extensively chasing waves around the world, pick his brains to find some secret top-tips!

Now spends his down-time trying to keep up with his son Sammie who, if we're honest, does more wetsuit washing than his Dad!

Favourite Surf Spot

Balangan, Bali & Lakey Peak, Sumbawa​

'T' - Level 2 Coach


A veteran of the Big Green team, fresh off yet another winter in J-Bay, South Africa. The Finnish Stylemaster is always keen for a dawn surf - you'll have to get up early to beat her to the lineup!

Favourite Surf Spot

Oh my, don't really know.

Basically any wave that goes right and the longer it lasts the better!


9'1" Seduction Longboard

6'0" Ocean Magic Single-Fin

6'4" Anderson Surfboards Thruster/Fish


Phil - Level 2 Coach


Phil has ​been helping us out on sessions for a few years now. An expert paddler on any craft, as well as a top surf coach with some great insights and even better hair, guaranteed to be 3 minutes late for every shift!

Favourite Surf Spot

Never give up a secret like that!

A ton of weird and wonderful shapes depending on the conditions, you'll regularly see him ripping on a foamy - best boards around!

Cade - Level 2 Coach


Cade​ has worked his way up from being our top wetsuit washer, to a fully qualified coach in just a few short seasons, probably the youngest ISA Level 2 coach around! He gets more Snapchat contacts than you've had hot dinners and is always full of energy!

Favourite Surf Spot

A secret cove on the North coast!


5'6" Blak Baron

5'10" Rusty Slayer

6' DHD Soft Top Twin

6'2" Monsta Box


Willow - Level 2 Coach


Willow is an absolute ripper on a surfboard and brings amazing passion to all of the lessons he coaches. A solid SUPer & Kayaker to boot, everyone comes back stoked! Missed his first day of work and has been grafting to make up for it ever since!!

Favourite Surf Spot

Never give up a secret like that!

A ton of weird and wonderful shapes depending on the conditions, you'll regularly see him ripping on a foamy - best boards around!

Adam - Level 2 Coach


Cade's​ arch nemesis and one of the most passionate coaches around. The first Czech Surf Coach to hold his ISA Level 2 qual. Very rarely seen in anything other than a wetsuit and once got a free pasty for having such a bad wetsuit tan!

Favourite Surf Spot

Crantock obviously


Sophie - Coach & Head of Social Media


Joined the team after helping to set up our Ladies Surf Club. Sophie is our newest surf & SUP coach with an amazing passion for coaching. Queen of social media and all photography needs at the surf school. ​Trying her best to match Phil's hair-do and getting pretty close!

Favourite Surf Spot

Learnt from the best at Big Green and will always love surfing Crantock!


9'2" Custom Karma Choptail Noserider

8' Lovely Lines Single Fin

Gem - Head of Customer Experience


Our admin Queen and a friendly voice helping to organise the chaos of Big Green. If we're honest, Gem is only here because of Jiggy & Gerty, her pack of deadly Chihuahua's  that are sure to draw a crowd whenever they're on the beach!

Favourite Surf Spot



7'6" Hot Surf 69 Foamie


Bex - SUP Coach


Pro SUP'er and experienced SUP coach, triathlon and Ironman competitor and all round fitness guru. Also a pretty awesome cake baker who makes sure all our sugar levels stay topped up! 

Favourite Surf Spot

Crantock & Le Pin Sec 

SUP Boards

7'11" Gong SUP mob fsp

8'3" Custard Point Hybrid Longboard

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