Rob grew up in Newquay, Cornwall and began bodyboarding as soon as he could swim. The last 30 years has him chasing swells, competition titles, magazine covers, and dream waves all over the world. He's been chosen to represent England and Britain on many occasions and has been fortunate to travel right across the globe. He is a self-taught bodyboarder who learned the hard way through trial and error, by scouring through magazine articles and hounding his peers for tips.
Mt third time on one of these weekend and yet again it was awesome. Despite some sketchy weather on the Saturday the waves were good. Rob and his team are absolutely brilliant, they split you into smaller groups to suit your ability and put each group with an instructor. As the groups are smaller you get some good guidance of your instructor. You then review the photo and video footage afterward and get more tips from Rob and his team. These are a great weekend and as well as the bodyboarding there is a real social, friendly vibe as well. Highly recommended!!
These guys are friendly, professionals with great coaching skills based at a great beach. We got 1-1 tuition for a great price over two days - awesome. Our coach (Helen) was really great, enthusiastic, patient, skilled and a really knowledgeable coach. A bonus was these guys are kitted out with action cameras so we got loads of photos and videos to remember the action with. This was particularly useful as parents standing at the water's edge (especially when the tide was out) as it allowed us to see the fun as if we were there. The only downside is the walk up and down the hill between the surf shack and the beach (oh, and the jelly fish on Newquay-Fistral beach). In summary, great surf lessons on a great beach for surfing.
I had a fabby time on the Bodyboard Coaching weekend headed up by Rob Barber and top coaches Brendan and Mark. Lots of new faces joined the weekend which was nice to see and meet new people. Conditions in the water were fun, mostly clean and some sick sets. The coaches were quick to notice when my positioning/ style was wrong so I was able to correct myself quickly and not go back to bad habits! Thanks to Aaron and Emma for photos/videos which really helps for analysis throughout the weekend! Thanks all, super fu. Yeeewww!
Brilliant weekend of bodyboarding and coaching. I am trying to tackle a fear of waves and this weekend really helped me! The team were all so supportive and encouraging and made me feel really safe. The coaching tips and video/photo review were invaluable. I am feeling so much more confident now after just one weekend and cannot wait to get back in the water.
The others on the course ranged from very beginners to advanced so there was a great mix of people, all split in to ability groups accordingly so that the experience and coaching could be tailored to our individual needs. I made some great friends and look forward to meeting up for a surf with as many of them as possible in the coming months.
I could not recommend the coaching weekend or any of the activities at the Newquay Activity Centre more - a great team who love what they do and want you to be able to do it and love it just as much as them! I will be booking in for another weekend very soon, and maybe even one of the holidays!
A big, big thanks to Rob, Mark and the rest of the crew for a hugely enjoyable and fun weekend. Right from the start of the weekend you get a warm welcome and everyone there at Bodyboard Holidays is really helpful. All the gear is provided so you don't need anything other than a swimsuit and sun tan lotion!
The coaching is top notch and covers all levels from absolute bigger (like me) with no previous experience to people who've been bodyboarding for several years and are perfecting their 360s (not me!).
A truly great course for all, I'll definitely do another weekend course soon!!!
A great course for couples, families and solos - anyone and everyone! Thoroughly recommended for anyone - even
non-swimmers who want to build their confidence in the water.
A great sport for all ages and comparatively cheap to get fully kitted out - just a board (with leash) and a wetsuit (and find if you want to go in deeper water!)
Thanks again for a brilliant time and introduction to bodyboarding.