29 year old Allannah Brown is a freelance Surf Coach from Newquay In Cornwall and a Senior Surf Coach at Surf Sistas. She describes each coaching session as a couple of hours of pure joy!
As a child I was always outside from dawn to dusk, and then when I discovered surfing I knew within the first few weeks that I would base my entire future around the ocean. Becoming a freelance surf coach was kind of my natural path towards a surfing life and being around other ocean stoked people.
I first started surfing because I fell in love with Keala Kennelly. I saw her surfing on the extreme sports network, she had a mohawk and big baggie boardies and looked so cool. So I asked for a surfboard for my birthday and went to Tolcarne beach every single day and taught myself. I told my gran I was out dog walking with a friend.
I fell in love with surfing but I didn’t know any female surfers so I made friends with the older locals in the water and they would call me into waves, it was quite a funny time really. Boys from my school would make fun of me and how I looked in a wetsuit, calling me ‘man-child’, but it fuelled my fire and made me want to prove myself and push myself harder. I knew I had as much right to be in the ocean as they did.
I started coaching when I was 17, did my lifeguard course and my BSA level 1 surf coach award. Since then I’ve surf coached in England, France, Morocco, Mexico, South Africa, Costa Rica, Australia, Indonesia and India. Surf coaching jobs don’t always pay well but the experiences are amazing. It opens so many doors to go and explore different countries and actually spend a decent amount of time there, a couple of months, and really get to know an area and the people .. and of course surf really great waves.