About Ticket To Ride
Ticket to Ride offers the ultimate opportunity for those looking to learn, experience and enjoy the timeless exhilaration of surfing and travelling the world..!
We are proud to have developed an unrivalled reputation for taking aspiring surfers all over the world to inspiring locations offering the TTRide combination of world class surfing, adventure and the chance to put something back into the local community.?
Ticket to Ride ‘Worldwide Surfing Adventures’ offers an all round and totally unique surf travel experience giving our Riders the once in a lifetime opportunity to live the lifestyle and exceed all expectation.??
Surf, Training and Adventure Travel is what we do.
See you out there...!
Will Hayler & Linley Lewis
Co- founders of Ticket to Ride –Worldwide Surfing Adventures
Surf Instructor in South Africa
1978 World Champ
SA Masters Team Coach
Former SA Team Coach
National Team Selector
Ant lives to surf and one session with him will change your outlook forever. Ant has been surfing for over 40 years and honours include a World Title in 1978.
Ant has since turned his focus to coaching and as the South African Masters Team Coach, he led them to victory at the 2007 masters Championship in Puerto Rico. He has also worked with the Springbok National team and remains one of South Africa's most upstanding and highly regarded surf personalities. He has recently been appointed to the national selection panel for the World Surfing Games.
Together with his son Byron, himself an up and coming South African surfer and national competitor for Kwazulu Natal, he continues to offer professional and inspirational coaching for anybody looking to get a kick out of their surfing.
SSA Surf Coach
Theta Qualified Surf Guide
When it comes to running tours in South Africa they don’t come much more qualified than Bevan. Not only does he boast over five years experience of guiding surf groups along the coastline, but he has also had three seasons working as an overland tour guide throughout Southern and Eastern Africa.
Hailing from Durban, Bevan was brought up in and around the infamous heavy beach breaks. Originally learning his trade on a body board he soon realised that standing up on the board was the way forward, and has travelled and surfed South Africa’s East coast extensively.
He is a reputable photographer, and gets equal pleasure when he’s shooting subject matter in the oceans, or out on the African planes.
1986 SA Open Champ
1990 World Pro/Am Champ
1992 European Champ
1999-2003 & 2006 SA Masters Champ
Member of 2007 World Title winning SA Masters Team
Former Italian Team Coach
Older brother of Andre and one of South Africa's most successful surfer's, Dave's past honours make impressive reading! Dave has 26 years of surfing experience and won his first surfing title in 1986, winning the South African Open. He then went onto win the 1990 World Pro/Am crown, the 1992 European Championships and dominated the Masters Series winning from 1999 - 2003. He regained his master's crown again in 2006 and was a member of the South African Masters team that went onto win the World Master's Competition in Puerto Rico in 2007.
His coaching experience is equally impressive, working as the South African Junior team coach, the Italian team coach and has worked with current World Tour competitors Greg Emslie and Royden Bryson.
1988 - 2000 Durban Pro Lifeguard
1991 - Present Lifeguard Trainer / Assessor
1,200 Lifeguards Trained
He is currently the head of the professional lifeguard training service provider, namely the Lifeguard Academy, which operates throughout Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean.
Level 3 Instructor
Former SA Team Coach
SA Future Stars Coach
Etienne boasts one of the most complete coaching C.V's of any surf coach worldwide and is lucky enough to ply his trade on the legendary waves at Jeffrey's Bay. Etienne is a level 3 accredited instructor and is a former South African Team Coach.
To this day Etienne continues to coach at the highest level grooming the up and coming stars of the South African surf scene as the "South African Future Stars" coach. Etienne is an exciting addition to the Ticket to Ride coaching staff as riders will have the chance to sample some of the world's best waves with one of the world's most experienced surf coaches - a mouth watering opportunity for any surfer!
Pro Surfer 1986 / 1987
SA Big Wave Pioneer
Vice Chairman Atlantic Surf Club
Head Contest Director Atlantic Surf Club
Jon started surfing in the late 60's at Llandudno in Cape Town and began competing in 1975, participating in events both locally and abroad initially as an amateur and finally in 86/87 as a professional. In 1978, Jon was one of the first crew to regularly start surfing Dungeons, Cape Town's now famous big wave venue. In 1986 he became the vice chairman and contest director of the Atlantic Surf Club in Cape Town.
In 1999, together with his Wife Donna, he moved to the warmer waters of Plettenberg Bay where he established The International Surf School (I.S.S) which Ticket to Ride are privileged to attend.
SLSA Qualified Lifeguard
Klee grew up surfing Muizenberg, the very place where the Ticket to Ride SA Surf Adventure begins. From humble beginning but strong support from his parents Klee's surfing improved at a rapid rate. He quickly went from being one of the top local surfers at 'The Berg' to representing his Province and then being a dominant force in the Billabong Junior Series.
From there he went on to become u16, u18 and u20 SA Champion. He and his parents relocated to Durban which is a more competitive surfing area so that Klee could turn his focus to becoming a professional surfer. He has represented South Africa 6 times and surfed on the World Qualifying tour for several years. Being a pro surfer is not easy feat, especially on a south african budget, and more recently he has turned his attention towards coaching whilst still competing in some world qualifying tour events.
It is great to have Klee on board with Ticket to Ride and we are sure he will bring an exciting new dimension to the trip.
ISA Level 1 Qualified Surf Coach
Hailing from East London Nikita Robb grew up surfing some of South Africa's best waves. Given the size of East London and the number of surfers there compared to Cape Town or Durban, 'Slummies' has produced South Africa's best competitive surfers, with 4 of the last 5 world tour surfers coming from their tight knit community. Nikita is one of those four, fulfilling her dream of making it onto the world tour, but with a lack of sponsorship for women's surfing has moved on and is looking for new ventures, especially in coaching.
Ticket to Ride fitted perfectly into her portfolio and having travelled up and down the South African coast all her life it really is a natural extension of what she has done all her life. Nikita is always up for a laugh and amped to surf. She surfs better than most guys and for anyone coming on a trip she is someone they can really look up to. Having been coached by many different coaches through her years as a top South African and world tour surfer she has learnt a lot and is ready to start sharing that wisdom.
We are excited to have her on board!
Hailing from The Bluff, Durban, Chad and his surfing family grew up at the beach. Unsurprisingly his best friends are all surfers including Rudy Palmboom (WQS pro surfer). No longer a grom, Chad has really stamped his mark on the powerful waves on the Bluff.
Chad is no stranger to Durban’s Piers – the hotbed of pro surfing in Southern Africa.
As a youngster Chad was a regular competitor on the Pro Junior tour.
In looking for more ways to make a living from his surfing talent, Chad found Ticket to Ride Surf Tours, his application was quickly accepted, and Chad is now an asset to our South African team.
- ISA Level 2 Surf Coach
- BSA Level 2 Surf Coach
- SLA Beach Lifeguard
- 2007 SA University Surfing Champion
Chris has also generated a huge reputation for not only his coaching, but also for his surfing, and represents Western Province at the South African Championships, and can often be seen in the local South African surf magazines.
As an all round sports enthusiast he has also represented Western Province at volleyball, and played a lot of cricket, hockey, tennis, and basketball to a high club standard. Chris has done a Business Science degree at the University of Cape Town where he ran the surf club. Chris brings invaluable local knowledge to the South African team, he runs trips with quality and control, lives life to the full, and will always be the first up in the morning on the hunt for waves.
Dave has been on just about every Ticket to Ride course we have got - he now works in the office and is definately worth chatting to before you decide on the most suitable ticket to ride course for you.
Linley co-founded the company in 2005, off the back of a business plan written at Birmingham University in 2003 having gained inspiration from him own travels around the world which have taken him surfing around South Africa, Costa Rica, Panama, Guatemala, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, Morocco, USA, Ireland, France and Portugal.
He knows what makes for a great surf trip, and is able to share this enthusiasm with others.
Tom went on a the 10 week TTRide South africa course and liked it so much that he is now part of the Ticket o Ride Head Office team! His lifestyle revolves around his passion for snowboarding, surfing and playing guitar. He's a great team member and he's always putting smiles on faces!
BSA Level 3 Surf Coach
Swedish Surf Team Consultant Coach
Level 2 ISA Surf Judge
Costa Rican Surf Federation Judge
George has over 20 years surfing experience. He first visited Costa Rica in 1991 and after travelling much of the world has decided to call it his home from home.
Before making a fulltime living out of surfing, George spent three years in the Parachute regiment and a further 2 years in the Foreign Legion serving active duty in Chad. Other career paths have included professional Photography for both surfing and fashion.
George and his family have happily turned their lives into one endless summer spending half their year living in Santa Teresa and the other half over Europe.
George's involvement in Ticket to Ride Costa Rica gives us a fantastic local knowledge as well as unparalleled expertise and genuine enthusiasm for those lucky enough to be coached by him.
Linnea is our certified Yoga teacher, she did her training in India in 2002. Since then she has been teaching in Wales, London, Sweden and Costa Rica, incorporating several styles of yoga that have inspired her during her quest to perfect her own ever evolving practice.
Linnea is also a dedicated surfer out in the waves at every opportunity. Through her work with surf camps as well as her own surfing, she has come to understand the special needs of surfers and has created surf specific yoga programmes that would suit all levels.
BSA Level 2 Surf Coach
NARS Surf Coach
Pete is a true character who has committed himself to the ultimate season lifestyle. During the Summers he runs one of Cornwalls most prestigious surf schools, King Surf in Mawgan Porth, and will spend his Winters either in the Mountains hunting for powder, or travelling the globe searching for perfection in the water, sometimes doing both!
We first spotted Pete in 2005 whilst working for another Surf School on the same beach as him. We were simply blown away by the level of energy and enthusiasm he threw into his lessons; and no matter how hard we tried ours never looked as fun. So if you can't beat them, you've got to join them, and that's why we're so excited to have him on the Ticket to Ride team.
Awarded national South African surfing colours
1st place - South African Masters
1st Place - Senior Surfing titles
With a wealth of experience Ryan has been surfing for 25 years now and this is clearly displayed in his array of surfing achievements. Ryan has represented his province (KwaZulu Natal - Durban) in surfing many times and has also obtained his national (South African) surfing colours. He has also won the South African masters and seniors surfing titles, showing his surfing abilities are way above average.
Living in Durban has allowed Ryan to have some epic surf trips up and down the coast over the past few years - traveling with friends to well known and isolated spots to experience those surfing memories that can be reminisced about with people that were there and passed onto others that can imagine their journey.
Ryan runs surf trips throughout Southern Africa from Cape Town all the way up into deepest and most unspoilt parts of Mozambique. Ryans knowledge of all these places is vast so he knows the extensive beach breaks, left and right peaks, and perfect point breaks that south Africa and Mozambique have too offer.
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Ticket to Ride was founded in 2005 by Will Hayler and Linley Lewis. Good friends for almost 20 years they took the opportunity to travel and surf the world together on their own Gap Year in 2002 and have contiinued to do so eversince.
Happy Ticket to Ride Surfers Worldwide. As the numbers keep growing so too does our appetite for new courses and new adventures. We love what we do and the adventures we provide. See you in the water.
19Along the way we have been lucky enough to meet some of the most inspiring and influential people in the surf and travel work. 19 of them have even decided to work for us.