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With a 75% return rate on these weekends – we get results! Why? … because Rob has lived in Newquay for more than 40 years, devoting every waking minute to scoring the best waves, giving him a unique knowledge of town’s 7 beach breaks, the best eateries, accommodation and nearby secret spots.
It’s our promise to maximise the bodyboarding fun throughout the weekend by making sure that you are in the right place for the best waves for your ability. We create separate ability groups which will see you developing your skills with likeminded riders of a similar ability level. On Saturday evening we will enjoy a group meal at one of our favourite local restaurants, the weekends are very social. We get results, but it certainly isn’t a boot camp, the focus is fun and improvements.
Please don’t feel that you are too good or too inexperienced for these weekends they are completely inclusive. So, whether you’re an aspiring pro or completely new to the sport our Newquay coaching weekends offer tiered tuition and guidance to the best spots for each session. Learn that move that you’ve always wanted to nail and make long lasting friendships! Be sure to take advantage of our excellent onsite changing facilities and top class kit too.
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£219 per person
Can’t make it for a whole week, why not join us for a day!
Saturday only, £139 per person
Sunday only, £119 per personAdditional bonus Friday afternoon session, £60
Cornwall’s biggest seaside resort is the birthplace of the British surf scene and the centre of the UK’s multi-million-pound surf industry. It’s a great place to be based, with access to dozens of quality beach breaks. 7 beaches in one town, all working on different tides, wind and swell directions. If you know it well you can always find a fun rideable wave.
‘Coast of Dreams’ reads the welcome signs as you drive into Britain’s best known surf city, and for many people that’s what it is. As soon as you arrive the place reeks of surfing and bodyboarding: the road signs are covered in surf stickers, you’ll see someone skateboarding down the road within five minutes, and the town is full of pseudo-surfer dudes with long hair, tatts and a tan. But look off the well worn track and there are some incredibly beautiful beaches and coves and it is these that we love to visit.
The town, and Cornwall in general, is home to some of the most awesome scenery in Britain, with dramatic cliffs dropping into the blue waters of the Atlantic. The view across Newquay Bay on a clear evening, with the sun setting behind Towan Head, is comparable to anything you’ll see on your travels abroad.
Towan is unique in its appeal for bodyboarders as it has something for all abilities. Sitting in the shadow of Towan Head, the beach is protected from big swells and benefits from shelter to strong winds, which can spoil the shape of the Atlantic swells. If you’re learning to bodyboard this is a huge bonus as the waves are more manageable, making the process of catching them easier.
For bodyboarders of more experience there’s the left hand breaking wave known as ‘Kiddies Corner’. Catch it at low tide at the southern end of the beach where it breaks off the rocks close to Newquay harbour’s north quay. As the tide pushes in towards mid tide there is a wave called ‘Bothwicks’ after the rocks of the same name in front of the island. This is popular with locals and offers a great option during medium sized three-to-four foot swells. Also look out for the unique ‘Habour Left’ wave which can be found on the other side of the beach at mid tide when the incoming swells ride up the side of the south quay harbour wall. At high tide the waves refract off the island and even bounce off the promenade wall. These refracting and wedging waves are a highlight of any bodyboarding session at Towan.
The jewel in the crown of Newquay surf breaks and home to the UK’s biggest surfing competition – the Boardmasters. If there is any swell out there, Fistral will be serving up a wave. With the many different options it offers something for riders of all abilities. From the dredging tubes of low tide at north Fistral. To the fun high tide wedges of south Fistral. A little local knowledge goes a long way to making sure you get the best waves.
Home to the the UK’s best bodyboarding wave. Tolcarne Wedge is the name given to the wave that is created in the south corner of the beach when the incoming waves refract of the headland and create ‘corner’ waves or wedges as experienced bodyboarders call them. The collision of the incoming wave and the refraction offers twice the power and speed of a normal wave. When you get a good one you will long remember it and always want to go back for more.
Other spots include; Great Western, Crantock, Perranporth, Watergate and numerous others that we don’t like to name. But offer uncrowded perfection on their day. You just need to know where and when to look!
Our coaching weekend takes place in Newquay and it’s here that we recommend you book accommodation.
Luckily you won’t need to travel too far from the waves as the weekend is based close to many accommodation options right in the heart of Newquay. Our personal favourite accommodation is the Oceanside Hotel which is just a short walk from our meeting point.
If you don’t fancy staying at Oceanside, there are plenty of other options including our very own bodyboarder-friendly apartments which you can book via Air BnB
SUNSET VIEWS APARTMENT, PENTIRE, NEWQUAY
Our first apartment overlooks Pentire Headland and benefits from lots of natural light in a spacious living area. This two-bedroom property is perfectly located close to Fistral Beach and Newquay Town Centre; ideal for a post-lesson surf or a bite to eat in the evening. Both the Gannel Estuary and Crantock Beach are within a five-minute walk too, with the coastal path or main road being accessible from the apartment.
Our luxury apartment is located on the third floor with both elevator and staircase access. There is also a spacious, open-plan kitchen diner to enjoy home-made meals after a hard day of training. There is a juliet balcony in the kitchen that enjoys morning sunshine for alfresco breakfasts too. The dining room houses a large dinner table which is a great space for working or eating while enjoying ocean views out across Fistral Beach.
In the large lounge you will find a sofa-bed, flat-screen TV, plenty of space and a private south-facing balcony. This means you will benefit from sunshine all day alongside excellent opportunities to check the surf and catch some epic sunsets.
Each of the two bedrooms have a set of twin beds, a wardrobe, chest of drawers, bedside table and reading light. One has an en-suite with two hand basins, a bath, shower and toilet. There is also a separate bathroom and WC. Both bedrooms have stunning sea views for that ultimate hint of luxury.
NEWQUAY BAY APARTMENT, NEWQUAY
The second choice of accommodation is our Newquay Bay Apartment, a place where you really couldn’t get any closer to the action if you tried. This apartment is ideally located just minutes from the centre of Newquay town. With plenty of surf shops, coffee shops, independent retailers and gourmet restaurants close by, you’ll definitely get that laid-back surf vibe during your stay!
Newquay Bay Apartment is a modern, quiet, two-bedroom property that benefits from brand new fixtures and fittings due to a complete refurbishment in 2021. There is a new and modern kitchen as well as a brand new bathroom. The apartment is just a two-minute walk to Newquay Harbour where you will find one of our favourite wild swimming spots and idyllic ocean views. In the opposite direction, but just as close, you’ll find Newquay Town Centre with an abundance of coffee shops, restaurants and surf shops.
Inside the property there is a large and spacious living room/diner, comprising a sofa bed and a brand new 52” TV. There is also a sizable dining table that lends itself nicely to group meals. Alternatively, it can double up as a large work or study space to go over your course notes in the evening.
The two bedrooms are both twin rooms with zip-link beds; these can be connected together if you’re after a private double room or you’re staying with a partner. Both rooms have wardrobes, chests of drawers, bedside tables and reading lights.
The living room space benefits from four large windows that face out across Towan, Great Western and beyond – all the way to Watergate Bay on a clear day! There is also a large south-facing courtyard to the rear of the property, perfect for catching some rays or hanging wetsuits out to dry.
We run our Newquay coaching weekends near Oceanside Hotel, located just above the world-famous Fistral Beach. All bodyboard weekenders receive discounted accommodation at the Oceanside, just head over to their website and use code: BBoardHol10.
Make sure you book as soon as possible as they only have limited availability! Here you’ll have epic views of the beach, be able to check the surf while eating breakfast and have a short walk down the stairs to the meeting point!
Check out Smarties Surf Lodge and tell your wonderful host Jackie that you are a bodyboarder on our weekend and you will receive a cold beer and some cake when you check in!
In the heart of Newquay, overlooking Towan and with stunning views stretching all the way to Watergate, check out Lotus Lounge. This two story flat has a sun deck and can sleep up to 8 people. Also check out their properties on Pentire Headland, Little Lotus and Ocean Lotus!
Cliff House has stood proud with its four identical tall neighbours on Fore Street since it was built over 100 years ago. These grand iconic buildings were originally holiday homes for the gentry as Newquay established itself as a destination for the wealthy to take in the sea air at the beginning of the 20th Century. Cliff House is located in the heart of Newquay close to many great restaurants.
It has breathtaking sea views over Towan Beach which can be accessed via a footpath, just a stone’s throw from the property. Fistral Beach, one of the best surfing beaches in Britain, is less than a 10 minute walk away. Following extensive renovations, Cliff House plugs that gap between large hotels and traditional seaside guest houses. Bodyboard Holidays customers can benefit from a 10% discount when booking direct with Cliff House and using the code: BODYBOARDHOLIDAYS10
Why not check out Lazy Waves who boast stunning sea views overlooking Towan Beach. Roll out of bed and right into the surf!
Fancy a Travel Lodge or Premier Inn in Newquay? They both benefit from awesome sea views.
For those of you who prefer a slightly more wild adventure, have a look at our favourite camping spot – Trethiggey Holiday Park. For the van-lifers, there are also wild camping spots in the area if you are lucky enough to find that perfect place!
If these options aren’t what you are looking for you can also browse Booking.com and Airbnb as there are countless options in the area.
We’d recommend fruit, nuts and other fibre filled snacks to keep you energised for your water sessions. Tea, coffee and other drink options are also available to purchase throughout the day. Our Saturday meal will also take place at a restaurant or cafe of our choice, depending on where we surf that day, giving you the opportunity to enjoy fantastic local food. All dietary requirements can be catered for.
We have four levels of bodyboarding progression. Using our exclusive Tree of Bodyboarding Knowledge we plot your progress through each stage using land, water and video analysis. We use our online training aids to help you develop fast, following our bespoke training methods. These include pre and post weekend video’s and tutorials.
Our coaching team comprises multiple time national champions, Damian Prisk and Rob Barber. The photography and video analysis team are highly trained to capture all of your rides and deliver high standard land and water footage.
If you’re coming by car, head to Newquay. Normally people arrive on the Friday evening or first thing Saturday morning. We will email you an information pack with directions on Wednesday prior to the event.
There are also good air links into Newquay, find the full fight list here:https://www.cornwallairportnewquay.com/flying-to-cornwall
Newquay also has centrally located train and bus stations if you are arriving by public transport.
DURING THE WEEKENDAfter a coffee and a welcome meeting on Saturday morning, we will split off into various groups being separated by ability. We will then get changed and have our first bodyboarding session of the weekend at one of the nearby beaches (all within an 8-minute walk).
If our local beaches aren’t serving up the conditions that we need, we then ask those who have driven to the camp to share their car with others. You will follow our instructors and we will travel in convoy to the chosen beaches. The journey time is rarely longer than 15 minutes. You will be asked prior to the weekend if we need you to drive. Although occassionally we will journey over to the south coast of Cornwall, you will be told about this in advance of the weekend. We are focussed on getting you to the best possible waves!
We try to minimise the number of vehicles to minimise our environmental impact and to reduce our carbon footprint. We kindly ask to split any car parking costs between the passengers in each vehicle so please bring a pound or two in change.
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 benefits from some of the best sun sets in the UK – it’s no wonder poets, authors and artists have been coming here for centuries!
Head back in land from Newquay’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 are a million and one things to do only a short distance from our base. Newquay is booming with independent shops and a great cafe culture – you are never far away from a flat white!
Why not turn your weekend into a week, and experience the thrill of coasteering, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding at our sister company, the Newquay Activity Centre. As a bodyboard weekender you’ll be entitled to discounted rates on any of their activities. Just one more reason to keep you smiling!
FOOD, DRINKS & SHOPPING
£12 – £15 for optional Saturday evening meal
We sometimes hit the road and go on surfari. We maximise sustainability by carpooling. Please contribute a pound or two to car parks and fuel if you share cars with another rider from the weekend.
If you decide not to bring your own kit (or you don’t own it) to hire equipment for the weekend the prices are as follows;
Swim fins – £8 per day
Board – £8 per day
Wetsuit – £8 per day
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 year-round.
With a long, intricate and varied coastline developing its own microclimate from one beach to the next, you’re in the most likely spot in the UK to be soaking up the rays as much as the waves, whatever season you decide to visit.
At the time of booking, you will receive an email listing all the kit you need for the Newquay bodyboard weekend.
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If you are not paying in full at the time of booking, we do offer a deposit system if needed.
You can either:
Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the trip start date.
We can’t guarantee your place until we receive payment (in full or a deposit).
You’ll then be sent a trip confirmation email and a link to an enrolment form to complete.
Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with a host of new bodyboarding buddies.
Due to this trip being in high demand and having limited spaces, we can only hold your space for up to 24 hours without payment.
Single day options are available, just select a day that when you book
Group booking discounts are available, please contact us for more information.
ASAP! These weekends fill up quickly and, with limited spaces available, sell out fast. We operate on a first come first serve basis. If you want to secure your place on the weekend, it is advised that you pay as soon as you can.
If you are based outside of the UK and would like to book or chat through the weekend details, we can be contacted through our online chat.
We have a great mix of all ages from young whipper-snappers to silver surfers.
The gender ratio at the moment is around 60% men to 40% women. However, this is constantly changing and Bodyboard Holidays is inclusive to all.
You’ll be asked to fill in an enrolment form as part of the booking process. You’ll signify which level of bodyboarder you are. You may be in a different group suited to your ability, however, there will be plenty of time to see each other back at the villa and during our social evening meals.
We choose the time of year and location for our events based on local knowledge and historical swell data. In the event of flat waves or stormy conditions, we will offer alternative activities to help you get the most out of the ocean conditions. This may include stand up paddleboarding, coasteering, kayaking or other coastal activities.
We may also adjust the format of the weekend. For example, choosing to run all of the sessions on Sunday if that’s when the waves are at their best.
Please visit our T&Cs for more information.
With decades of experience and knowledge within our team, we pick the best dates when the surf conditions are most consistent and will be most suitable for the group. We’ll send you a brief predicted forecast in the pre-weekend pack on the Wednesday before the weekend.
We chose Newquay due to the huge variety of beaches. The beautiful long sandy beaches offer peaks for all abilities, the skill is to know which is best on the tide and wind conditions that are on offer. That’s where our local guides are worth their weight in gold. We pride ourselves on having you in the right place for the best waves for your ability each weekend.
We do not offer a discount for bringing your own equipment.
Yes! This is a scenario that we are very familiar with. You can join the bodyboard weekend with us while the rest of your family enjoy Newquay. Please see our “Accommodation” section for recommendations. Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best prices.
You will be sent your pre-arrival information email on the Wednesday before the weekend. We will also send you the Saturday morning meeting time and location in the same email.
Yes, absolutely. We offer a bonus bodyboard session on Friday. Just message through our online chat to let us know that you are interested in attending this. We can deliver extra bodyboarding lessons at any time just let us know when you would like one.
Yes! There are wild camping spots in the area if you are lucky enough to find that perfect spot.
We choose our favourite coastal restaurant because of the range of great menu options that it has available. All dietary requirements are catered for.
We finish after lunch on Sunday afternoon. We often have lunch together and you can expect to leave by 3pm. If you need to leave earlier then please let us know at the time of booking and we can make sure that your group sessions are organised so that you finish in time to get away.
Yes, we can store your bag and other belongings at the event.
We have a full range of hire equipment that we can present to you. We can also recommend the most suitable board for you to progress on but this would need to be pre-booked before the weekend. If you have reservations about your kit please let us know in advance and we can help you out.
If you are under 18, we will need to chat to you on the phone and you will need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian throughout the holiday. If you are 60 or over we’d love to chat with you about the trip before you book. Please contact us via our online chat.
Please refer to the “What to budget for?” section.
After meeting on Saturday morning, we’ll split each group according to ability levels. After getting changed, we’ll take a short walk to the beach. If we decide to go mobile to a different beach, you may be asked to drive your own vehicle. This would be organised with you prior to the weekend, we car-share to reduce our environmental impact. If you don’t want to drive – no worries!
There is a pay and display car park a short walk from our meeting point. We will supply further details and costs in the pre-weekend information pack.
Yes! Several people bring their dogs on our Newquay coaching weekends. Some customers leave their dog in their van whilst they surf.
Alternatively, we have a selection of dog-friendly care options to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Get in touch via our online chat to find out more today.
There are warm outdoor showers at our partner business, The Newquay Activity Centre. If we are nearby you can used them. Perfect for a quick rinse off.
Please refer to the “Food” section.
Yes, partners are welcome to join the meal, just let us know at the welcome meeting and we will add them to our booking.
If your circumstances change and you can’t join the weekend, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.
We hold part or full costs, depending on when you cancel:
Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.
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