If you’ve ever booked a surfing holiday or a coaching weekend through us, you’ve more than likely spoken to our helpful and friendly Operations Assistant – Monica Lewis. Cornwall born and raised, Monica grew up in the water and we’re fairly sure she has salt-water running through her veins. (Though the science behind this remains a mystery.)
Monica’s Cornish upbringing coupled with her passion for the ocean inevitably led to her picking up a surfboard around the age of 13. Along with her two sisters, the trio of Lewis’s had the Cornish coastline as their playground and they’ve since indulged their love of the water in many countries around the world.
After gaining a degree in Business and Management at Sussex University, Monica returned to the coast to complete her surf instructor qualification. For the next two years Monica worked on the beautiful Harlyn beach, spreading her passion and helping others to enjoy the surf as much as possible. Instructor life on Harlyn beach bookended four months of travel in South East Asia where Monica really got the bug for international surfing.
On top of surf coaching, Monica has also assisted in many other ocean activities including kayaking, coasteering and SUPing. This has been for us here at Newquay Activity Centre as well as our sister company, Women + Waves. Coaching ocean activities has taken Monica to many parts of the world including Perranporth, South Africa and Mozambique.
Monica’s personal passion for travel + surfing has almost shaded in the entire world map. She has managed to tick off many countries including Portugal, New Zealand, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Philippines, California, Singapore and Iceland. When she’s not on a plane, Monica also holds the role of Events Coordinator at Women + Waves and Operations Assistant at Bodyboard Holidays.