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The Surf Coach International Team is amped to offer a fresh look to surf travel and mind blowing work experience gap year tours. We offer a wide range of great packages to suit everyone.

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Pat Renaud - Director

Pat aka Rat loves to entertain at social events and has over 20 years of Professional Lifeguarding & Surfing Experience. He has worked in South Africa, Australia & UK & has been a key player in Lifeguarding & surfing in the UK & abroad. With over 12 years experience working as a Lifeguard Manager & Lifeguard Training Manager an exceptionally high standard of training and management can be guaranteed. Pat is the Manager for the English Surfing Team & is on the Management & Coaching committees for Surfing GB

Pat has won multiple South African Championship Surfing Titles and gained sponsorship from the likes of Quiksilver, and other high profile surf brands. He has also competed on the ASP Africa Tour and Internationally. He has travelled and spent time surfing around the Indian Ocean Islands, Indonesia South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Canary Islands, Europe, Australia, California, and Caribbean Islands Sir -Lanka

Pat is also the Director of Bantham Surfing Academy, South Devon’s premier Surf School.

Dave Renaud - Tour Manager & Head Coach

Dave aka Runge is always in search of the next perfect wave & has over 30 years professional surfing and lifeguarding experience. He has surfed competitively for past 20 years & has won many South African National events. He has also won and been placed in numerous events in South Africa and on the European Professional Surfing Tour. Now the Head Coach for the English Surfing team & an active member on the Surfing GB Coaching Committee, Dave is extremely well travelled, visiting countries such as Indonesia, Maldives, Morocco, Europe, Canaries Islands, South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion and Mozambique.

Together with Pat, Dave also helped set up the first surf school in Umhlanga – South Africa (Quiksilver Summer Surf School) & later opened up his own surf school called the Ocean Academy.

He worked as Professional Lifeguard in Durban South Africa from 1982 to 1986 & surfed on the Professional Surfing tour from 1986 – 1991

Dave has featured in many South African & International surfing magazines and is regarded as a household name in South Africa and around the world.

He is the founder of African Surfaris Surf Travel Company the original Surf Tour Company in South Africa, providing many tours for A Listed Professional Surfers to Beginner surfers wanting to experience the wonders of South Africa & Mozambique, directly delivering many of the tours and has vast experience in the Surf Tour and Hospitality business. Dave is considered top of his game in the industry and well respected on an international scale.

Bobby Renaud – Operations Manager

Bobby aka Camp Fire Bob loves a good chat! Has been surfing for over thirty years both competitively and recreationally.  He has gained his Natal Provincial surfing colours during the 80’s & 90’s winning several National Championships & represented Ireland in the World Surfing Championships in 1992 in in France; where he was the highest European placed surfer in the Championships, beating National Springbok surfers in the event. Bobby was a part founder of the Wave Wizards Surf Club, South Africa’s premier surf club, producing many champions and springbok surfers.

As a competitive surfer Bobby has been coached and has adapted the coaching ethos to the highest degree of professionalism. He has coached and mentored others in their surfing ability and always strives to get the best out of friends in their heats or in the interests of team events.

Bob has surfed many different surf breaks during his travels, in places such as Indonesia, Mentawi Islands, Europe, Canaries Islands, Morocco, Caribbean, South Africa & Mozambique.

Now with over thirty years of lifeguarding experience, his early days as a Nipper in Umhlanga to managing the busiest beaches in Durban as a senior Lifeguard for ten years.  He also managed for 10 years, some of the busiest beaches in North Cornwall UK as an RNLI Area Manager. Bobby has a wealth of experience and if degrees were given to Lifeguarding Bobby would be a Professor!

Jason Jackson - Personal Trainer / Fitness Guru

Jason, aka, JJ is our fitness Guru. JJ takes training seriously and enjoys long distant ocean ski paddling, often raising money for charity. He is a positive charismatic character and a great team leader.

JJ has over twenty years of professional lifeguarding experience, working and managing some of the busiest beaches in South Africa, Australia and UK.

He is one of UK’s best Inshore Rescue Boat competitors winning many gold medals.

JJ is a fully certified personal trainer with fifteen years experience as a Professional Lifeguard actively involved in Training & assessing to the highest order.

JJ is a water sports enthusiast with essential knowledge regarding sports related goals and objectives. He offers training workshops in essential surfing skills, which include core strength, cardiovascular endurance and flexibility. These three ingredients will ensure success for surfers of all skill sets.

He also specializes in Health & Nutrition to ensure you get a balanced diet to enhance your surfing performance and wellbeing.

JJ is also one of our Lifeguard Trainer / Assessors & qualified ISA L1 Surf Coach.

JJ holds the current qualifications:

  • Level 3 Qualified in Fitness, Health & Nutrition
  • Level 2 Qualified in Fitness, Health & Nutrition
  • International Surfing Association (ISA) L1 Surf Coach
  •  SLSGB Lifeguard Trainer / Assessor
  • SLSGB Surf Lifeguard
  • St. Johns Ambulance - Advanced Life support
  • Casualty Care Management
  • Charted Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Risk Assessor
  • Inshore Rescue Boat Trainer / Assessor
  • 4WD Trainer / Assessor
  • Coastal yacht skipper

Richard Cazes - Photographer

Rich loves the ocean environment and is also a keen sailor and must admit a bit of a philosopher and walking encyclopaedia, so if you enjoy a good debate Rich is your man. Rich is fluent in English and can get by with speaking German. Rich has been taking surfing pictures for the past ten years and is lives in the sunny South West of France, principally within the Lacanau area of beaches, but it is not uncommon to see him on any beach in the SW of France, as he likes to get around and knows the coast very well.Keep a keen eye out for him at your local break!

Rich prefers to “shoot” from the beach but is also known to wade out onto sandbars to get the best possible pictures. He has an array of cameras and lenses to suit the moment.

Anna Renaud – Office Manager

Anna has been a key member to Bantham Surfing Academy for the past several years. Anna is the Office Manager for Bantham Surfing Academy (South Devon’s Premier Surf School) and Surf Coach International. Anna has excellent communication skills and a good sense of humour. Having traveled the world extensively has broadened her knowledge of surfing and tourism. Anna enjoys cooking, swimming & horse riding.


  • RSA – Royal Society of Arts – Personal Assistant Qualification
  • RSA – Royal Society of Arts – Secretary Qualification
  • Japanese - Language

Pascale Renaud – Office Manager - France (French Connection)

Pascale is an active outdoor person and loves the beach & surf environment. Pascal is a dedicated & hard worker, having worked in the Aviation sector for 20 years. Pascale helps manage the French branch of Surf Coach International. Pascale comes from Bordeaux, South France, and has excellent knowledge of the coastline, surf spots & culture, Pascale also speaks fluent English & has traveled many times to South Africa, Mozambique, Morocco, Canary Islands, to name a few.


  • French
  • English

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