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Fun In The Sun - August Bodyboard Coaching Weekend Goes Off!

The swell forecast we were so eagerly awaiting was met with a bit of an onshore hooley for the start of the bodyboard weekend here in sunny Cornwall! This however, did not deter the budding boogiers from belting out some cracking rides in some glorious sunshine! The sheer determination from everyone was clear to see from the off and deservedly their hard work was rewarded with a cleaner more respectable surf as the weekend progressed. We had riders on the course from as far a field as Essex, Wales and Norfolk, just itching to get into those infamous Cornish waves! Many of whom have now signed up for our next bodyboard weekend we are holding across the border in Wales http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/ as well as the bodyboard weekends we are holding in the Autumn in Newquay, more info here. http://robbarber.com/weekend-info.html By the end of the two days they were showing vast improvements in all areas proving that a weekend of bodyboarding tuition and coaching was just what the boogie doctor ordered, no matter what Mother Nature served up!
Carol O Hanlon Burnett from Ireland had this to say:
"Amazing bodyboard lessons today with Rob Barber. Was very nervous at first but it is so worth getting coaching to learn technique and build confidence - caught a few great waves too."   [caption id="attachment_1963" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rob heads out to demonstrate catching a wave firstly without fins, prioritizing with the jump launch technique in shallower water before heading out back! Rob heads out to demonstrate catching a wave firstly without fins, prioritizing with the jump launch technique in shallower water before heading out back![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1971" align="alignnone" width="600"]The Saturday saw us having separate bodyboarding lessons going on the same beach. We all decided to group up for a big gang photo. It seemed to pose some sort of world record attempt, how many boogiers can you get in one shot! What a sight! The Saturday saw us having separate bodyboarding lessons going on at the same beach. We all decided to group up for a big gang photo. It seemed to pose some sort of world record attempt, how many boogiers can you get in one shot! What a sight![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1974" align="alignnone" width="600"]As the tide pushed in on the first afternoon so did some lovely sets! Everyone was soon catching decent rides demonstrating how quickly you can grasp the bodyboarding basics! As the tide pushed in on the first afternoon so did some lovely sets! Everyone was soon catching decent rides demonstrating how quickly you can grasp the bodyboarding basics![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1968" align="alignnone" width="600"]The guys leaving Towan Beach after the last session of the day which offered a more sheltered cleaner wave than Fistral. They were all stoked and slightly pooped after heaps of awesome rides! The guys leaving Towan Beach after the last session of the day which offered a more sheltered cleaner wave than Fistral. They were all stoked and slightly pooped after heaps of awesome rides![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1969" align="alignnone" width="600"]New dawn, new day as the guys head their way to South Fistral on a beautiful Sunday morning! New dawn, new day as the guys head their way to South Fistral on a beautiful Sunday morning![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1972" align="alignnone" width="600"]The group receive some expert advice from Rob before heading out at Fistral on the Sunday Morning. He takes the newbies through the different parts of the board and gives everyone a bodyboard specific warm up. It was soon time to hit the water! The group receive some expert advice from Rob before heading out at Fistral on the Sunday Morning. He takes the newbies through the different parts of the board and gives everyone a bodyboard specific warm up. It was soon time to hit the water![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1962" align="alignnone" width="600"]Rob leads the riders out! Rob leads the riders out![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1970" align="alignnone" width="600"]Sarah who was visiting from local paper, The Newquay Voice was loving this massive ride which got full approval from Rob! Sarah who was visiting from local paper, The Newquay Voice was loving this massive ride which got full approval from Rob![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1961" align="alignnone" width="600"]Becky from Bournemouth catching a sweet ride! Becky from Bournemouth catching a sweet ride![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1967" align="alignnone" width="600"]bbblogsmall_7 After some more epic waves, Rob even found time to show Becky some of the local wildlife![/caption]   [caption id="attachment_1965" align="alignnone" width="600"]Steffan from Carmarthen in Wales, demonstrating sheer grit and determination as he thrashes on through! Steffan's improvement was patent to see as the weekend progressed to the point where he was catching any and every wave he wanted! Cracking effort!  Steffan's Mum gave us a fantastic 5 star, 'Excellent' review on Trip Advisor and had this to say: A big thank you to Rob and his team for making a long weekend in Newquay so much fun. Made to feel very welcome by everyone we met at Newquay Activity Centre. Watched my son have his first bodyboard lesson, and was impressed with the preparation before hand including essential safety details. Then watched the fun unfold as the waves were impressive that day! There was time given individually to each member of the group ....and bags of encouragement. Decided to join my son the following day and was not disappointed! Great value for money both days and a full morning on the beach both days. Longer in fact! Rob and his team came highly recommended.....so highly in fact I thought it would be a big ask to live up to the expectations.....but it was done with ease. My son is especially delighted with the photos he was able to bring home courtesy of Aaron. Printed and framed ...they will soon be on display! Already planning trip to Newquay next year ....but even thinking about joining one of the Centre's week long courses in Morocco! Thanks again to you all, Sara and Steffan Steffan from Carmarthen in Wales, demonstrating sheer grit and determination as he thrashes on through! Steffan's improvement was patent to see as the weekend progressed to the point where he was catching any and every wave he wanted! Cracking effort!
Steffan's Mum gave us a fantastic 5 star, 'Excellent' review on Trip Advisor and had this to say:
"A big thank you to Rob and his team for making a long weekend in Newquay so much fun. Made to feel very welcome by everyone we met at Newquay Activity Centre. Watched my son have his first bodyboard lesson, and was impressed with the preparation before hand including essential safety details. Then watched the fun unfold as the waves were impressive that day!
There was time given individually to each member of the group ....and bags of encouragement. Decided to join my son the following day and was not disappointed! Great value for money both days and a full morning on the beach both days. Longer in fact!
Rob and his team came highly recommended.....so highly in fact I thought it would be a big ask to live up to the expectations.....but it was done with ease. My son is especially delighted with the photos he was able to bring home courtesy of Aaron. Printed and framed ...they will soon be on display! Already planning trip to Newquay next year ....but even thinking about joining one of the Centre's week long courses in Morocco! Thanks again to you all, Sara and Steffan"[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1964" align="alignnone" width="600"]Multiple wave sharing and thumbs up from the the big man! Multiple wave sharing and thumbs up from the the big man![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1975" align="alignnone" width="600"]Josh from Bristol who has been bodyboarding for a number of years but has had a recent spell took no time in getting back into the game and shredding out back! Josh from Bristol who has been bodyboarding for a number of years but has had a recent spell out took no time in getting back into the game and shredding out back![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1960" align="alignnone" width="600"]After the Session on Sunday Morning, it was time for some detailed video analysis, where Rob could look at each individual's techniques and show them the specific areas they could work on. After the Session on Sunday Morning, it was time for some detailed video analysis, where Rob could look at each individual's techniques and show them the specific areas they could work on.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1959" align="alignnone" width="600"]Whilst back at the Centre, Rob pinned down some valuable techniques to improve the group's riding. Whilst back at the Centre, Rob pinned down some valuable techniques to improve the group's riding.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1977" align="alignnone" width="600"]The instructors invited the group to Wedge on the Saturday evening to show them some of their best maneuvers and they certainly delivered! The instructors invited the group to Wedge on the Saturday evening to show them some of their best maneuvers and they certainly delivered! Here Sam Bishop busts an invert![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1978" align="alignnone" width="600"]bbblogwedgemall Rob Barber busts a back flip![/caption] [caption id="attachment_1976" align="alignnone" width="600"]bbblogwedgemall_1 Joe Woodhouse Junior coach busts an air reverse![/caption]     Our next bodyboard weekend is taking place in Llangennith, Wales August 31 - September 1 and our next bodyboard weekend in Newquay is on September 14. For more information on our bodyboard weekends and holidays take a look at our websites http://robbarber.com/weekend-info.html and http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/
  • August 27, 2013
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