08 Jul Meet the Team – Surf Coach Zac
Posted at 17:00h in News
Zac, age 20, is one of our surf coaches and has been with us since we opened in August 2015. As well as being an expert surf instructor he is a skilled Alpine racing skier. He is bilingual Welsh / English, and grew up in Llanfairfechan, on the North Wales coast.
Meet Zac Pierce
“I started working at Surf Snowdonia when I was 16. What a place to work when you love surfing! I already had a beach lifeguard and surf instructor award, and there was no way I was going to miss the opportunity of getting a job here. It was pretty amazing having this world-first surf facility suddenly appear out of nowhere in the North Wales countryside.
“My first role at Surf Snowdonia was as a lifeguard, but I with training I was able to progress pretty quickly to a coaching role. Having already spent a lot of time working at the beach in Rhosneigr, it was time for me to take my surfing to the next level. Surf Snowdonia’s regular waves have really helped me to improve my surfing, and with some great advice from my colleagues and fellow coaches I’ve been able to improve massively.
“I’m currently working towards an adaptive surf qualification which means I’ll be able to help surfers with disabilities to get on our waves too, which will be great.
“In 2016 I helped set up the Clwb Syrffio Dyffryn Conwy, a community surf club for local kids. Surf Snowdonia donates its waves and equipment to them for free every Saturday morning, and I’m one of the volunteer instructors. I’m with them pretty much every weekend from April to October.
“It’s ace to see the young grommets starting to shred and being able to help grow their own little surf community in the middle of the Welsh countryside is an amazing feeling. Some of the kids who started out in the club have trained for their lifeguarding qualifications and are now part of our team, which is also pretty cool. But mostly it’s just nice to see how much they love being on the water, and how much progress they have made.
“The best thing about working here is seeing the transformation in people. In their surfing skills, in their enthusiasm, and in how much they just love being out there. As jobs go, it’s pretty rewarding.”