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A weekend on the beautiful Gower Peninsular

Wales

£149

Beautiful Gower Peninsula
One of the best beaches in Britain
Uncrowded waves
Perfect for all riding abilities

Do you like the idea of bodyboarding the perfect peaks of the Gower at the beautiful Llangennith Beach? Fringed by rolling golden dunes and rising green hills, we’ll be in prime position to score the best peaks in sight, extending for miles in either direction.

Quick Facts

Water Temperature: 7°C to 18°C
Local Currency: Pound Sterling
Language: English
Local Beer:Gower Gold
 Mixed climate
Beach and A-frame surf spots at the beach
Surf 2ft – 12ft
Consistent swell
Perfect for beginners/intermediate/advanced riders
Camping, campervan or nearby accommodation options
A stunning stretch of coastline

Upcoming Trips

2019

DATES
EVENT NAME
PRICE
28/09/2019 > 29/09/2019
Wales Coaching Weekend Sponsored by Tafia
£149

Trip Information

Our Aim

Simply put, our Welsh bodyboarding weekend is a chance to enjoy a super-chilled couple of days catching waves, improving your technique and meeting a bunch of like-minded boogers in a beautiful part of the world.

If you’ve never been bodyboarding before and fancy learning a new sport in a safe environment, this weekend provides the ideal introduction. At the same time, if you’re a keen rider wanting to master the sport’s most difficult moves, our coaching will help you improve no end.

It’s an opportunity to experience the best coaching available at one of the top beaches in Britain. Every rider is taught as an individual, so you aren’t pushed along too quickly or held back by others.

Waves

The Gower has a great variety of bodyboarding breaks, from huge expanses of open beach to punchy reefs, peaky A-frames and hollow shories.

Llangennith

On the exposed west coast at Rhossili Bay you’ll find the famous three-mile long Llangennith Beach, a gorgeous stretch of golden sands. There’s a reason it’s constantly voted as one of the most beautiful beaches in Britain.

In the water, it’s a bodyboard coaching paradise, offering bowly peaks at high tide and hollow banks at low.

Three Peaks

At the Three Peaks end of the beach there’s a whole heap of wedgy goodness, and on a SE/E wind the waves are groomed and open all the way down, providing long walls and carveable sections.

Llangennith offers something for everybody, and the best thing is there’s always room!

Accommodation

You need to organise your own accommodation for this bodyboard coaching weekend.

The majority of our guests choose to camp at Hillend Camp Site. The camp site is perfectly positioned for easy access to the beach each day.

If camping’s not your bag, there is also the bed and breakfast accommodation at the nearby Kings Head pub. Whichever option you choose, we recommend booking your accommodation early, as it can get busy.

Climate Wales

Climate

The Gower’s climate is a positive combination of factors – being located only a short distance from Devon’s north coast means it likewise benefits from good average annual sea temperatures, with warm summers, mild winters and excellent swell exposure.

This is great for a few reasons – we maximise our chances of hitting decent swell year-round, giving us the best run of the banks at one of the most consistent spots in Wales.

Whatever the season, Llangennith is hugely reliable and a perfect playground to progress your riding and build on your skills so you continue to reap the rewards – whether that’s tweaking your speed line, improving your rail control, or flat out shredding in high-quality waves, regardless of the temperature.

As for the weather, it’s Wales! We’d suggest packing both sunscreen and a warm, lightweight, waterproof jacket to cover all bases.

Food Wales Bodyboard Holiday

Food

If you are camping, we recommend that you bring food for breakfast and snacks/fruit for throughout the day. We will eat lunch at the beach café, as that is where we review the video footage and look through the session’s photography. It has a good selection of hot and cold food and drinks.

One popular part of the weekend is our Saturday night barbecue, as we hang out, talk about the day’s waves and watch the sun go down.

There won’t be time to leave the beach after Saturday’s bodyboard sessions to go and buy food, so please remember to pick up some burgers, sausages or a healthy veggie alternative before you arrive. We will send you further details about the barbecue on the run up to the weekend.

If the weather isn’t playing ball, we’ll all go for a meal at the nearby Kings Head pub instead. If you aim to budget about £15 each day for food you’ll be fine.

Coaching Wales

Coaching

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.

Wales – Foundation level instruction

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.

Wales – Improver Instruction

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.

Wales – Advanced Instruction

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. Some of the riders that have attended our weekends have wanted to learn the most gymnastic aerial moves. The use of video and photo analysis plus the invaluable in-water tips after each ride can see you improve your style and nail those specfic moves that you’ve always wanted to land. We help everyone achieve their goals.

We want to maximise your time in the water on this camp, which is why we offer three in-water sessions over the two days.

The Saturday sessions are each two hours long, and can be catered to cover any aspects of bodyboarding you wish to focus on. The Sunday session will be longer, giving you a chance to put into practice the developments you’ve made, and build on things you’ve learned.

Two or more of your in-water sessions 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 £20 and £10 respectively.

Travel

One of the great things about the Gower is how accessible it is, being located much closer to the Midlands, the North and the east of the country than Cornwall or Devon.

The M4 motorway delivers you right to Swansea and the gateway to the peninsula, and the city also has a train station with regular ‘explorer’ buses taking you into the heart of the action. Alternatively taxis from Swansea to Llangennith are around £25.

If you are using the bus, Gower explorer buses run regularly from Swansea’s Quadrant Centre – call 0870 608 2608 for a timetable. Services 116 and 118 go to Llangennith village at the end of the line. Once you’ve arrived, get off at the crossroads, turn left at the mini-roundabout and walk ¾ mile to Hillend Camp Site.

If you’re flying in, Cardiff International Airport is only 1.5 hours away by road. Please inform us if you’re early or delayed for any reason by calling or texting 07974 729639. Alternatively, you can call our Newquay office on 01637 879571.

Price

The bodyboard weekend is £149

Photo and video packages

Photographs will be taken thought the camp to help you to improve your riding. You can buy the shots at the end of the weekend for £20 and £10 for the video. 

Equipment hire:

We have pro standard equipment available to hire for the weekend, just let us know at time of booking what you need and your sizes.

Pro standard Bodyboard Hire £8 per day
Swim fin hire £8 per day
Wetsuit hire £8 per day 

Food

We visit our favourite beach cafe on Saturday lunch time and enjoy fantastic local produce. Budget £7 for lunch and a drink. On Saturday evening we have a barbeque in he campsite. Please bring your own food and drink to this.

Area Wales Bodyboard Holiday

Area

The Gower was designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956, and features truly stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, wild moors, sheltered woodland and gorgeous views everywhere you go.

While many people bypass South Wales for the golden allure of the South West of England, the Gower has a huge and surprising amount to offer wave riders too, with a great variety of beaches and reef breaks (and facing a variety of different directions, so much so that stormy westerly winds can be bang offshore).

It comes as no surprise that a third of the peninsula comprises national nature reserves or sites of special scientific interest. It doesn’t take long to traverse and explore, and once you’ve visited once it’ll be forever on your radar.

The Gower is a little nugget, easily accessible for much of the country’s population but often overlooked. This is great for us bodyboarders – it’s easier to find a quiet peak to surf ourselves silly!

Kit List

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 with the best possible kit for the job.

That’s why we offer an excellent selection of kit hire for the weekend, 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. 

Bodyboard

Being Wales 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 Welsh temperatures and wave types.

If you need to hire one for the weekend, 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 weekend.

Wetsuit

Although Welsh waters are relatively mild, we’d still recommend bringing along a decent wetsuit.

A winter 5/3mm is perfect for the cooler times of year, or a sealed-seam 3/2mm is ideal for Wales’ warm summer and autumn seasons.

Fins

It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the camp. 

Leash

It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip or weekend, so don’t forget a leash – it’ll save you a whole load of unnecessary swimming. 

Bodyboard bag

A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected, and have room left over for bulky things like your wetsuit, fins and a towel. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better storage and protection you get.

Board sock

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

Fin socks are a standard piece of kit for Britain, even in the summer. They protect your feet from rub and sharp rocks, as well as keeping them toasty on the early morning sessions. 

Heel shields

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. 

Fin tethers

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 duckdive and wipeout with both fins still attached.

Sun protection

There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding. We can attest they actually stay on in the water, and we’ve tested them in some searing conditions.

While we can’t guarantee bright blue skies, there’s nothing worse than having to sit out on an epic session because your suncream washed off yesterday and today you’re painfully crispy.

What’s Included

Three days before the weekend – when we have a fairly accurate picture of what is happening with the waves and wind – we will send a comprehensive email to everyone, detailing the time and place to meet, what to expect and the things to remember.

Guests need to make their own way to Wales for the Saturday morning. Once everyone has arrived and met up, we’ll have a welcome meeting, go through what is to come, and search for the best conditions for the day. The coaching weekend will come to a close mid-afternoon on the Sunday. For those that arrive early on Friday evening there will be the option to meet for some social drinks in the Kings Head Pub.

We have a high hit-rate with our Welsh coaching weekends, and Llangennith does a reliable job of hoovering up any swell hitting South Wales. However, if in the build-up to the weekend the forecast looks terrible, we’d rather postpone the event than run it in poor conditions. If this is the case we’ll of course let you know as soon as possible and offer an alternative date. This has never happened in our 10 year history of Wales weekends.

We want to maximise your time in the water on this weekend, which is why we offer three in-water sessions over the two days.

The Saturday sessions are each two hours long, and can be catered to cover any aspects of bodyboarding you wish to focus on. The Sunday session will be longer, giving you a chance to put into practice the developments you’ve made, and build on things you’ve learned.

Two or more of your in-water sessions 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 weekend too, for an additional £10 and £20 respectively.

Dates

The bodyboard weekend begins on Saturday morning.

On the Wednesday before the weekend you will be emailed with the exact time and meeting point.

For those travelling to Wales on the Friday there will be an option to meet for a social drink at the Kings Head pub.

On Sunday the bodyboard weekend will finish just after lunch.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions about our Wales Holiday.

Do I need a visa?

At present, there is no visa 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.

What currency should I take?

The currency in the UK is the British Pound, which you can pick up from UK travel agencies, banks or post offices. There are also exchange facilities in Cardiff International Airport as well as an ATM.

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 on the weekend.

How do I make payment?

We require full-trip payment at the time of booking. However, in certain circumstances we can accommodate a payment plan, so please contact us if you need to discuss this. You must pay in full no later than six weeks before the weekend begins.

 

To pay with debit or credit card, we will send you an online Stripe invoice, which is quick and easy to pay. This applies to both UK and international customers.

Can I make contact from abroad?

If you are based outside of the UK and would like to chat through the weekend details, we can be contacted through WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, just let us know by email and we can arrange this with you.

How to book

Once you have read all the info and made your selection. Book your holiday in 3 easy steps

Booking Steps 1

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Booking Steps 3

Completion

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Tripadvisor

“This was my second weekend with the Bodyboard holiday team and once again they delivered. The coaching and instruction was of a really high standard and tailored to each person. Would I recommend them? Certainly, I can’t think of a fault.”

Sam C

“What a wonderful way to spend a weekend! Having just returned totally inspired form my first coaching weekend with Rob and his team. Fantastic fun, thanks guys

Rhonda P

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