Daily surfaris around Cornwall
Great beaches, wedges and reefs
Warmest UK climate and sea water
Separate, tailored tuition and guidance for all riding abilities
The ultimate Cornwall bodyboarding trip, the Newquay Retreat guarantees you a mobile week of hunting the best waves on both coasts, so you can experience some ‘proper ansum’ Kernow magic … whether it’s pumping offshore beaches, hidden wedges or classic reefs.
Water temperature: 18°C
Local currency: Pound Sterling
Local beer: Doombar
Reliable Atlantic swell
Great variety of wedge, beach and point breaks
Perfect for riders of all abilities
Bespoke one-on-one coaching available
Daily surfaris to the best waves
Our customer feedback has suggested we extend our popular Cornwall bodyboard weekends to run over a whole week, and who are we to disappoint?
Our aim on the Newquay Retreat is to base you in the heart of the action, while remaining agile, so we can keep an eye on the swell and deploy to the best waves at a moment’s notice.
While Newquay has a number of top quality breaks, it’s only the tip of the iceberg – with two entire swell-soaked coastlines chock full of nooks, crannies and offshore winds to take advantage of!
We’ll check the charts every night, be on alert to mine some early morning Cornish gold every morning, and plunder the incredible beaches, shoreys, wedges, reefs and sandbanks, which we’ve been bodyboarding here for 30 years and often fly under the radar.
So if you want to take your riding to the next level, perfecting spins, boosting rolls, or simply pulling in and scoring some perfect hollow barrels in groomed groundswell, we have you covered on our epic Newquay Retreat.
Cornwall is of course the undisputed surf capital of the UK, and on the Newquay Retreat you’ll experience the best of its amazing variety of spots – think golden beaches, beautiful waves and epic sunsets.
As well as experiencing the best Newquay can offer, we’ll also be taking you around the county and off the beaten track to places that only a few know about.
We’ll find those gorgeous hidden gems littered along both of Cornwall’s intricate coastlines, making sure you bodyboard the best waves at the most beautiful spots, staying as crowd-free as possible.
Because this is where we’re from – as locals we understand the best tide-and-wind combination at every top beach, reef, wedge and secret spot. Over the years we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to.
Our aim is to improve your skills, maximise your fun and enjoy the best of beautiful Kernow’s incredible coastline.
A gorgeous stretch of golden sands in the heart of Cornwall’s north coast, Perranporth picks up loads of swell and has multiple peaks, so we can pick our own empty wedges to enjoy.
Offshore on a SE wind like many of Cornwall’s north coast beaches, it’s a great place to pick an empty peak and stroke into some nice long walls.
One of the premier beach breaks on the north coast, Porthtowan works throughout the tides, with a powerful low tide sandbar giving peeling tubes left and right.
Located in a stunning stretch of coast famed for its tin mining, Porthtowan is a popular spot but has ample room on the pushing tide to bag some excellent waves to remember.
One of the best wedges in the UK, Tolcarne is located in the middle of Newquay and stands up as a classic A-frame left which refracts off the cliff and fires riders down the line into advancing sections.
A hugely fun ride from mid to high tide, it’s the premier place on the north coast to launch big manoeuvres and see dramatic improvements in your air game.
The most sheltered of Newquay’s town beaches, Towan is the perfect spot when the unprotected west-facing beaches are big and blown out, still providing clean conditions.
The harbour at Towan provides fairly consistent lefts, and is best at mid tide on the push. A great place to head on a SW wind when everywhere else is too big.
The jewel in the crown of Cornwall’s surf scene, Fistral is a high-quality beachbreak providing excellent waves on an offshore SE wind.
It works on all stages of the tide and offers multiple peaks. There’s a reason it’s the UK’s most famous surf beach!
A hidden spot capable of giving some excellent left-handers, Spot W is tucked away and enjoys a decent swell and a S/SW wind.
Great Western Beach
The central beach of Newquay’s arsenal, located between Tolcarne and the more protected Towan, Great Western works best on a similar swell, and can give consistent, clean conditions on a SW wind, working both lefts and rights.
A great option when the bigger, more exposed beaches like Fistral are sizeable and suffering in cross/onshore winds.
Facing straight north, St Ives’ Porthmeor Beach enjoys slightly more protection from south westerly winds, and can deliver some amazing waves, peeling left and right in front of its golden sands.
The famous 3-mile long stretch of stunning beach curves around St Ives Bay on the north coast and gives plenty of room for beginner and intermediate riders to see huge gains in their riding.
Picks up a large amount of swell and can get extremely good with 150m+ long rides. A superb spot to watch the sun dip over the dunes after a fun evening session.
The best beach break on the south coast, Praa Sands produces punchy top-to-bottom waves on a mid-high tide. Praa gives you good chances to tuck into some quality tubes and is offshore if the winds switch N/NE.
One of the best reef breaks in the UK, Porthleven is a top spot for those riders with more experience, who’d like to drop into some heavier waves.
Actually featuring two reefs – with the smaller but bowlier spot in front of the famous harbour wall – Porthleven is revered and rightly so.
Picking up the faintest ripple of swell in the North Atlantic, Britain’s most westerly mainland spots can get extremely good on a NE/E/SE wind, and boast some of the clearest air and water you’ll find anywhere.
We’ll be setting you up in the heart of the action, staying in our bodyboard headquarters close to the famous Fistral Beach. The accommodation is of an excellent standard.
Whether in our large, luxury holiday apartment which overlooks Fistral or our big booger house a few miles in land (only a 2 minute drive to Tolcarne wedge – we’ve timed it!), you’ll be located just minutes from the best of Newquay’s breaks, so you can tackle perfect Fistral – or if the wind switches – the protected town beaches of Towan, Great Western or the seriously addictive Tolcarne Wedge.
Using Newquay as a base, we’ll surf around the county each day and head back to the digs between sessions to analyse the photo and video footage, before giving you time to explore the joys of Newquay in the afternoon (as well as sneak in a cheeky evening sundowner session for the super keen riders. The big house has a luxurious conservatory and hot tub. The Fistral apartment has a sun balcony with incredible views. Which ever you stay in, you’ll be stoked!
The properties have all of the mod-cons that you could expect from modern living. Internet connection, sound system, flat screen TV’s, all kitchen appliances and a limited amount of off road parking.
The vibe created by our Newquay Retreat is relaxed and well-natured. Don’t forget, all the people you’ll meet on this trip are feeding the same addiction for scoring sick waves, improving their riding and meeting new people. We create the perfect environment for this with the best accommodation to chill between sessions. We guarantee you’ll make new bodyboarding friends and contacts you’ll surf with in the future.
Cornwall’s air and sea climate is the warmest in the UK. Thanks to both the jet stream in the atmosphere and the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean, Cornwall is blessed with a comparatively mild climate and temperate seas, all year round.
With a long, intricate and varied coastline developing its own micro-climates from one beach to the next, you’re likely to be soaking up the rays as much as the waves, and you can always find somewhere offshore!
Our Newquay Retreat is prime time deliverance – low crowds, the warmest sea temperatures of the year and the most consistent opportunity for swell. It’s also normally a banker for good weather, so long-period barrels and barbecues, what could be better!
As Newquay natives, we of course know all of the best places to eat in the town, guaranteeing you fresh, healthy food at good rates. Look to budget around £10 per meal, as well as any drinks.
Newquay is rapidly expanding its culinary offering and has some of the best bars, restaurants and eateries in the county. If you’d prefer to swing a spatula in our accommodation’s kitchen and cook up a storm instead that’s fine – there are a number of places to pick up ingredients a short distance away.
When on our daily surfaris, it’s worth bringing some change as we’ll be popping into a number of Cornwall’s beachside cafes to refuel between sessions, as well as grabbing a coffee and planning our next destination on the mission.
Within hours you’ll be becoming a local, in always keeping a couple of quid in your change pocket as an emergency pasty fund!
Our coaching team offers daily tuition, tailored to your ability with instructors who are in-house qualified and fully insured. Experienced lifeguards, some have 30 years of surfing experience and 20 years of worldwide travel experience, including multiple-times British National Champion and Team Coach Rob Barber.
You’ll never be thrown straight into the deep end. We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Likewise, intermediate and advanced-level coaching is also tailored towards the individual.
Don’t stress if you’re a beginner – on this camp there’s something for everyone, and we all have to start somewhere. In fact, you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good-quality waves, and we’re committed to patiently helping you progress.
To aid with this, we send out a pre-event form to measure your ability before you arrive. If you’ve not attended a coaching weekend or holiday before, don’t worry – we can have a surf assessment, get to grips with your riding and help plot you a path of improvements.
Our coaching cover all levels of riding, with separate ability groups and instructors to suit your standard, whether you’re a novice or a pro.
If you’re coming by car, our accommodation is located close to Fistral Beach, Newquay. We will email you an information pack with directions three days before the retreat starts.
If you’re coming by train it’s even easier – send us your train’s arrival time at Newquay and we’ll come and collect you. Likewise, if you’re flying into Newquay airport, send us your flight number and scheduled arrival time, and we’ll come and collect you.
We offer limited transport to all the spots on the retreat, but if you’d like to drive yourself, this is fine, so long as you’re fuelled up and don’t mind giving some other guests a lift – we try and minimise our footprint when on surfari, both to the atmosphere and in the often small coastal car parks!
If you do volunteer for this, we of course split any fuel or car parking costs between the passengers in each vehicle.
The Bodyboard-Holiday is £599, this is for a shared room (twin or triple)
For a private room the price is £799
If a non-bodyboarding partner attends their price is £449.
Budget £10 for a meal in a local pub or restaurant. There are self catering facilities at the house and super markets nearby to it is easy to eat well on a low budget.
Photo and Video Package
Photographs will be taken through out the holiday to help improve your riding, you can buy the shots at the end of the week for £50 and £30 for the video.
We have pro standard equipment available to hire for the week. Just let us know at the time of booking what you need and your sizes.
Pro standard Bodyboard Hire £40 per week
Wetsuit £40 per week
Fins £20 per week
Cornwall – also known as ‘Kernow’ in its mother tongue – is a wild, rugged county, located in the far south-western tip of England.
Apart from its world-class beaches, excellent variety of waves and high swell consistency, it boasts a unique culture, incredibly clean air, and bright light – it’s no wonder poets, authors and artists have been coming here for centuries!
Head back in land from Cornwall’s beautiful beaches, bays and coves and you’ll find wilderness moorland, granite-topped hills, ancient stone structures and ubiquitous tin-mine pump houses, unmistakable silhouettes of its famous mining history.
Today, Cornwall’s main industry is tourism, and there is a million and one things to do in Newquay alone. For instance, why not experience the thrill of coasteering, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding at our sister company, the Newquay Activity Centre?
It’s a fun way to make the most of a lazy afternoon or to get through the mid-tide crisis. As retreat guests you’ll have a discount, so let us know if you plan to widen your adrenaline-seeking buzz in advance so we can get you on a session.
Pro-standard bodyboard hire – £8 per day
Swim fin hire – £8 per day
Wetsuit hire – £8 per day
Bodyboarding is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re convinced if you haven’t already, you’ll want to get kitted out to be able to enjoy the waves for many years to come.
That’s why we offer an excellent selection of kit hire for the retreat, which can be ordered in advance and that we’ll bring along, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun!
Feel free to call us on 01637 879571 and we can chat with you about what you’d need to hire so it’s ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Being Britain and not the tropics, we’d recommend a board with a bit of flex! Therefore aim to bring a board with either a stringered PE or a low-density PP core.
To help with this, we can supply hired boards which are perfect for use in British temperatures and wave types.
If you need to hire one for the week, or are interested in trying one different to your own, get in touch and we can get you sorted with the right-sized board so you can get the most out of the retreat.
Although Cornish waters are the mildest in the country, we’d still recommend bringing along a decent wetsuit.
A sealed-seam 3/2mm is ideal for sunny Kernow’s shoulder seasons, or a winter 5/3mm is perfect for the cooler times of year.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the camp.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip, so don’t forget a leash – it’ll save you a whole load of unnecessary swimming.
Bodyboard travel bag
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is a great all-rounder.
Fin socks are a regulation piece of kit. They protect your feet from rub and sharp rocks, as well as keeping them toasty on the early morning sessions.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duck dive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding, and we can attest they actually stay on in the water!
While we can’t guarantee bright blue skies, there’s nothing worse than having to sit out on an epic session because your sun cream washed off yesterday and today you’re painfully crispy.
- One week’s Newquay accommodation
- Plane / train collections and transfers
- Daily surfari to find the best waves to suit your ability
- Video and photo analysis to advance your riding
- Expert tuition tailored to your ability from Rob Barber’s elite coaching team
- Guaranteed good times!
We want to maximise your time in the water on this retreat, which is why – having check the charts the night before – we usually get up early, giving us the jump to get to the best waves in good time.
If Newquay’s pumping, we’ll have a short stroll to the action. If instead the wind is looking like the south coast is the go, we’ll load up our vehicles and head straight to the best spots, as well as giving the more advanced group the opportunity to experience some of the heavier breaks.
In the unlikely event there’s a lull on the charts, we know all of the spots in the county which hoover swell, so we can maximise the waves available to still see progression in your riding.
All of your in-water sessions each morning will be photographed and filmed, and these will be covered in the post-surf video analysis. This will include demonstrations and move-by-move break downs to help you progress faster. We will also use our instructional clips to break down moves for you.
As well as coaching, we’re also keen to develop your learning and understanding of the sport in general. This is why we offer a separate Q&A session, answering all things bodyboarding: equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction, understanding pressure charts and bodyboarding fitness. Learning is tailored to each ability group, and no question is too big or small.
Photography and video analysis will be available throughout all sessions to help improve your riding, and each of these will be available to take away and keep at the end of the camp too, for an additional £50 and £30 respectively.
2 – 9 October
Frequently Asked Questions about our Portugal One To One Holiday.
Do I need a visa?
At present, there is no visa is required to enter the UK for European citizens. However, this can vary for non-European visitors, so you should seek advice about any possible visa requirements from your travel agent in advance.
I’m a silver surfer, will this be a problem?
If you’re over 60 years old – or will be turning 60 on the trip – we need to chat on the phone prior to booking. Please call us on 01637 879571, or email us to arrange a time for a call.
What’s the best way to transport my bodyboard and kit?
If you’re flying into Newquay, remember to check the baggage size and weight allowance with your airline, as well as read their guidance for carrying bodyboards. Baggage handlers can be unforgiving, so a tough bag and intelligent packing are a must.
Firstly, pack your board(s) in a protective, padded board bag, and write FRAGILE and TOP LOAD ONLY on it with the largest, most permanent marker you can find. Make sure you wrap your towel and clothes around your board inside the bag for added protection. Place your shampoo and other wet toiletries in a separate sealed bag in case of leakage. We also recommend locking your bag zips with a padlock.
What currency should I take and how much will I spend?
The currency in the UK is the British Pound, which you can pick up from UK travel agencies, banks or post offices.
If you are an international traveller, please get your money changed before the trip or bring a card to take money out from the ATM. Getting this done ahead of time will help to maximise your surf time and minimise the stress of looking for a place to exchange your currency in the week. There are self catering facilities in the accommodation so it is possible to eat for a great price. Budget £10 for a good meal at a local pub or restaurant.
Can I make contact from outside the UK?
If you are based outside of the UK and would like to chat through the trip details, we can be contacted through WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, just let us know by email and we can arrange this with you.
How do I pay?
Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment. I
What happens if I want to cancel my booking?
If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost
However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here. https://bodyboard-holidays.com/terms-conditions/
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