First and foremost, Coastal Crusaders exists so our team can give something back to the county that’s supported their success.

Our directors have a lifetime of experience in surfing, beach-lifeguarding and ocean coaching between them, for all different ages, skill-sets and needs.

Tom and Adam have over twenty national surfing titles and have represented Great Britain at the world games. They have been ranked in the top five surfers at world level for their respective disciplines of big wave surfing and long boarding on the World Surf League tours and speciality XXL big wave awards.

Tom Butler


Tom Butler came up with the idea for Coastal Crusaders in 2016, after a fall on a big wave in Nazare, Portugal left him time to think while on the hospital bed. Grateful for a supportive family, who were instrumental in giving him a career which has taken him around the world, he developed the idea of using ocean sports as a way of supporting children who are struggling to thrive in education.

Tom had his own challenges at school, but came alive in a sporting environment, where he has always felt at home. He believes young people need positive role models to give them hope and show them their unique talents can lead them to a full and prosperous life.



Pablo grew up in Argentina spending summers lifeguarding and surfing along the coast before moving to the UK almost 15 years ago. He first lived in London with his family but after longing to be closer to the ocean they moved to Cornwall full time.

He competed at world level as a gymnast for Argentina focusing mainly on tumbling and trampoline. Since finishing his competitive acrobatic career he went onto complete his level 3 Personal Training certificate in London alongside his High Performance qualification in gymnastics. He has coached strength and conditioning and sport specific training for, gymnasts, athletics, swimmers, surfers and surf life saving athletes.  Combine Pablo’s competitive background with ocean knowledge and you have a very well rounded trainer who sets out fun sport specific training programmes. He has input into the fitness and physical aspects of your sporting session coaching with Coastal Crusaders.

Adam Griffiths


Adam has been one of the most successful Longboard surfers in the world over the past two seasons.

Adam’s life revolves around the ocean if he’s not on Great Western beach managing his Surf School and beach restaurant then he will be out at sea dropping a line off his 4.8 meter commercial fishing boat “Boy Fred”. Any spare time Adam has he will be at the beach relaxing with his wife and playing with his young daughter in the rock pools and tiny waves.

Adam and Tom have worked together for the last 15 years coaching different ocean sports for a mixed bag of clients.