the wave project

Sorted Surf School is the home of the Bournemouth branch of The Wave Project! The Wave Project has developed an award-winning intervention that uses the local surfers to help young people reduce anxiety and improve their emotional health, by teaching them to surf. The sessions are delivered by a mix of paid staff and volunteer surf mentors who work in partnership with established surf schools. Some of our surf mentors started as clients them selves. Most importantly, Wave Project sessions are free of any pressure to succeed – clients work at their own pace and achieve their own goals. They can work 1:1 with their mentor, or get more involved with the group. The role of the surf mentor is to encourage and enable, not to push clients towards an arbitrary goal. We have found that this approach reduces anxiety and allows clients to feel empowered, enabling them to overcome challenges and develop a sense of pride in their achievements. The Wave Project takes referrals from professionals working with vulnerable children and young people, and also run private lessons for schools, charities and companies. Regular referrers include the NHS, social services, mental health services, GPs, family support services, counsellors and children’s charities. Click one of the links below to find out more or get involved! 

Our Shops

Sorted Surf School is part of our Beach Shop, and a 2-minute walk away from our Surf Shop on Sea Road (next to Reef Encounter Restaurant). You get 10% off in our shops when you have a lesson with us!


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