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Operating since 2016, Set up by Head Coach Mike Paterson, a passionate professional surfer / wakeboarder who has surfed competitively & for fun all around the world since he was 12, with over 28 years of experience! He’s won the National titles in South Africa/New Zealand/Italy, European Championship Medals and coached the Italian Junior team. Now he enjoys passing his knowledge and passion of surfing to others.

Our Speciality

Being a mobile surf school gives us an edge and the posibility to take you to the best beaches on any given day. As well as giving complete beginners their first taste of surfing, we specialise in coaching to a more intermediate and advanced level in small groups (max 5 people). Many of our customers are those who really want to learn to surf, and gain the skills, ocean knowledge and fitness to be competent enough to surf all over the world.  We are a Specialist Surf School, in that we only teach surfing, not kayaking, SUP, Coasteeering, etc


Our Coaching Team

As well as Mike, head coach who mainly teaches the intermediate & upper level lessons, we also have a dedicated team of surf coaches, who teach all levels from complete beginners through to advanced surfers. The team are fully qualified with ISA certification as well as being qualified beach lifeguards, & have many years of surfing & coaching experience – invaluable when sharing their knowledge with our customers. The whole coaching team have a passion of wanting to share their love of surfing and the ocean with all our customers.

Where we Teach

We use Gyllyngvase Beach as our primary teaching location if there's a wave, which is Falmouth's main beach near the town centre. Its an ideal beach for learning and progression, as its more exposed than many of the other beaches, so picks up any swell in the area.  Depending on surf forecasts and weather reports we do move our lessons further away to our beaches on the North Coast (Portreath,Porthtowan,Gwithian and more) and Further down the South Coast to Praa Sands, Perran, Marazion and Penzance. We strive to find you the best waves to coach you in on the given day. Occasionally we may use other beaches, depending on the type of lesson.

Teaching Methods

We are proud of our coaching team and their skills; we use a variety of unique techniques, not used by other surf schools, to ensure you will get to your feet on your first lesson. The coaching is “hands on”, with pushes, stability control and in water instruction. You won’t find any of our coaches standing on the beach with a whistle or surfing themselves during the lesson – this is common practise with some other surf schools!


Rapid progression is very much affected by the equipment, which is why we use top quality surfing equipment. We hold a range of surf boards, from soft beginner boards to progressive hard boards. Our beginner boards are selected based upon their ability to allow our customers to progress quickly.


Why Choose The Search Surf School?

  • A dedicated and highly skilled coaching team, with a passion for teaching and sharing their knowledge

  • We are specialists: we teach surfing and nothing else. If you want to learn to surf, we are the best choice!

  • Unique teaching methods and the best equipment to ensure a rapid progression for all our customers

  • We operate all year round, every day of the week. Whenever you want to surf, we are available!

  • We teach in small groups to guarantee quality coaching and time to each student.

  • Being a mobile surf school gives us the posibility to take you to the best beaches on any given day.

What is The Search 

  • The Search was, and is, a simple concept that allows you to enjoy an age-old surfing philosophy which by and large, seemed to have been forgotten. 

  • The Search represents what we genuinly belive that the true spirit of surfing and the behaviors of surfers and what they really liked.

  • The idea of adventure, looking for and surfing good waves, having a good time with friends and then getting up the next day and doing it all again.






Head Coach / Director



Assistant Coach/Manager



Little Princess



Assistant Coach/Trainee

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