Darren was born and brought up in Devon and when he learned to surf on the beaches of North Devon and having surfed for over 30 years his enthusiasm for surfing is as strong as ever. He founded Surf South West in 1996 after returning to the UK following an extended surf trip around the world where he gained surf coaching experience and qualifications. His coaching career began in warmer climes, teaching Aussies to surf on the beaches of Queensland for the Australian Surfriders Association. He has set up and led all of the escorted surfing holidays that Surf South West run and has travelled and surfed in France, Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Ireland, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Costa Rica, El Salvador, South Africa, Azores, USA, Mexico, Indonesia, Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Barbados, Tobago, Virgin Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, Western Samoa, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Hawaii. He has lived in Croyde for over 20 years and if not at the surf school or in the Surf South West office he will probably be found surfing the waves of Croyde.