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A WEEKEND ON THE BEAUTIFUL GOWER PENINSULAR
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Simply put, our Welsh bodyboarding weekend is a chance to enjoy a super-chilled couple of days catching great waves, improving your technique, and meeting a bunch of like-minded boogers in a breathtakingly beautiful part of the world, the Gower Peninsular, designated as the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Gower features truly stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, wild moors, woodlands, and gorgeous views everywhere you go. While most bypass South Wales for the allure of the South West of England, the Gower has a huge and surprising amount to offer wave riders, with a great variety of beaches and reef breaks, it’s easier to find a quiet peak to surf ourselves silly!
If you’ve never been bodyboarding before, fancy learning a new sport in a safe environment and meeting likeminded folk, 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. Every rider is taught as an individual, so you aren’t pushed along too quickly or held back by others.
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september 23 (Saturday) – 24 (Sunday)
£239 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 person
The Gower has a great variety of bodyboarding breaks, from huge expanses of open beach to punchy reefs, peaky A-frames and hollow shories.
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.
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 plenty of room!
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. There are also numerous options on Air BnB. Whichever option you choose, we recommend booking your accommodation early, as it can get busy.
On Saturday morning, jump out of your campervan or tent and grab yourself a coffee from the on-site cafe. Enjoy your cup of morning brew whilst watching the sun rise and the waves roll in with your fellow bodyboarding buddies. Backed by rolling sand dunes, the campsite is just the spot to check the day’s conditions as you fuel up on breakfast together.
At lunch, we may head to Eddy’s, a great little beachside cafe with sea views and a sun terrace. The menu is varied, with plenty of local dishes that cater to different dietary requirements. Check out local art and photography displayed on the walls, or simply chill out and chat after a great morning’s surf. This is often where we do our photo and video analysis session. Our plans are always subject to change in order to ensure that we always hold our bodyboarding sessions when the waves are at their best.
Our Saturday evening meal is a highlight of the weekend. We’ll head to our fave country pub for a group meal where we will continue our bodyboard related chat. This is the time that the instructor team will spend time with the group answering questions, explaining techniques, discussing kit, travel and sharing stories of their best bodyboarding experiences.
Our bodyboard weekend wraps up after lunch on Sunday.
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. These include pre and post weekend videos 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.
One of the Gower’s main benefits is its accessibility. Being located much closer to the Midlands, the North and the east of the country than Cornwall or Devon, the Gower makes for a perfect spot for those who don’t fancy a long drive down south.
The M4 motorway delivers you right to Swansea, 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, you can get a taxi from Swansea to Llangennith.
If you are travelling by public transport, 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 Campsite.
If you’re flying in, Cardiff International Airport is only 1 hour 30 mins away by car.
The Gower was designated the UK’s first Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1956 and it’s easy to see why. The peninsula features truly stunning beaches, dramatic cliffs, wild moors, sheltered woodland and gorgeous views in every direction.
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. There are a great number of beaches and reef breaks and the coastline faces 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 when 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!
FOOD, DRINKS & SHOPPING
£12 – £15 for optional Saturday evening meal
On the rare occasion that we do change location we tend to carpool during the retreat. If you are sharing a ride with somebody on the event it’s expected that you will contribute a few pounds towards fuel or car parks.
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
The Gower’s climate is a positive combination of factors – being located only a short distance from Devon’s north coast means it also 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. The weekend is all about enjoying the swell and building on your skill set.
As for the weather, it’s Wales! We’d suggest packing both sunscreen and a warm, lightweight, waterproof jacket to cover all bases.
At the time of booking, you will receive an email listing all the kit you need for the Wales 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 Wales 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 the Gower. Please see our “Accommodation” section for recommendations. Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best prices.
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 recommend staying in Hillend Campsite though.
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.
There are no showers available at the location, unless of course you are camping at Hillend Camp site who have good facilities.
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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