Dan Jones

Dan is one of Tim´s sons and now owner of both Surf School Sri Lanka and Surf School Lanzarote. Dan has been surfing since the age of 3 years old with his passionate father by his side guiding him not only with his personal surfing but with his surf coaching too.

Grown up in and around surf coaching since he could walk, his sense for adventure has led him to live and travel to various places around the world for example Australia, California, Indonesia to name a few in search of the best waves while mastering his craft of surf coaching.

He uses an intuitive technical approach to those he coaches and draws on a huge ability to record and analyze almost instantly the progress of his surfers. He’s therefore able to take these skills into video analysis sessions that are truly progressive.

A highly skilled surfer on a wide variety of boards he has an in depth knowledge of surfboards and which boards will work for those he coaches. Dan is an International Surfing Association qualified instructor and holds an RLSS Royal Lifesaving Society qualification.







 Maximo Martinez

Max has been teaching surfing for over 12 years and surfing since he was 12 years old while living right next to our local surf spot that we use to teach in the Canary islands Lanzarote for the majority of his life.

He has travelled to various places around the world in search of the best waves and this has given him a great understanding of what is the world of surfing outside of his home town, learning different surf cultures and ways of living gives him a unique ability to connect with almost every person he meets.

Being devoted to his surfing has pushed him to surf all types of waves along side all types of surf crafts, his ability to change and mix his styles with various surf boards is unique and awesome to watch.

A fun and bubbly attitude and approach to his coaching makes those feel at ease when being taught to surf.

ISA International Surfing Association qualified and RLSS Royal Life saving certified.  




THARAKA Sandaruwan

Coming from the village of Kathalua and living next to the centre, Tharaka began his surfing at the beach of Kabalana and the challenging waves of “the Rock”. Tharaka has been coaching with us for 7 seasons now and has a real empathy for those clients who are in working on wave selection and regularly catching the right unbroken waves.

Tharaka is an International Surfing Association qualified instructor and holds an ISA/ILS Aquatic Rescue and Safety Certificate.

He’s the younger half of a father and son team at the Centre where his Dad Piadasa has been for many years. Speaking English and knowing a little Russian if he’s not surfing or working he’s bombing around the coast in his red tuk tuk looking for a waves and doing all the things a young Sri Lankan like to do… which is mainly party!



Piadasa has looked after our amazing house and Centre for over 20 years. He has a deep love for our building and we know what a joyful experience it has been for him to see it transformed into the wonderful Centre it is now. Shy, helpful and respectful and Tharika‘s Dad he is truly part of the lifeblood of our project here. We can only say thanks to his unending loyalty to us.



Our lovely chef Karmai keeps us fuelled and happy with the most delicious Sri Lanka vegetarian cooking. Always open to a new recipe she taken on some other vegetarian favourites from around the world and given them a small Sri Lankan twist. We are so happy to have her with us.

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