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MEET THE TEAM

Ocean High was established in Marazion, Cornwall in 2003 by Lawrence Smith. Initially, Ocean High focussed on power kiting and kite surfing, but more recently has introduced Stand Up Paddleboarding into the mix.

All our instructors are fully qualified by British Kitesports or BSUPA and the safety of our students is always our priority.

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Lawrence Smith, Founder and Lead Instructor

Lawrence started kitesurfing in the very early years of the sport in 2000.  His background is as a marine biologist and he ran some of the UK’s largest aquaria before travelling the world designing and building aquaria and ultimately setting up his own aquarium consultancy business.

His passion, however, was kitesurfing and that lead him to start Ocean High in 2007. He has been a British Kitesports Senior instructor for nine years and built up a wealth of knowledge on how to deliver lessons effectively and safely.  He started Stand Up Paddleboarding three years ago and is a qualified BSUPA and ASI SUP instructor.

His passion and knowledge of the marine environment adds a unique dimension to our SUP trips that can turn them into marine discovery sessions should our students desire.

Ryan Crawford, Head Instructor

Ryan has been kitesurfing for five years and has been an IKO Instructor since 2012. He is a very keen surfer and body boarder and although he still loves jumping high and performing tricks on his twin tip board he is finding himself more and more drawn to the surf using the kite to pull himself into the waves.

He has been an avid sailor all his life and has competed nationally and internationally in various catamaran racing classes.  Ryan is also the manager of our sister kitesurf and SUP shop Lodey Kite Loft and so has a wealth of knowledge on all the types of equipment available to kitesurfers and SUP riders.

Luke Bolsin, Senior Instructor

Luke is an avid water sports enthusiast, partaking and instructing in a diverse number of marine sports for over 15 years. Luke got into kitesurfing as a brand new sport back in 2001, when equipment was rather dangerous – 2 line kites with no depower or safety! He certainly learnt the hard way, so you don’t have to! He completed his British Kitesports instructor training in 2003 and has taught and ridden in a wide range of venues since then, from Egypt and Greece, to Western Australia and all over the UK.

Luke has also well and truly caught the SUP bug, purchasing his first SUP five years ago, when there were only two models of boards available! He has recently completed his BSUPA instructor course and can’t wait to share the stoke! As well as watersports, Luke has been a secondary school teacher for eight years and therefore has a solid understanding of the learning process.