Bodyboard Coaching Weekends

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Bodyboard with a British Champion

Damian Prisk Progression Session Weekends


Advanced Cornwall bodyboard weekend
Top-level coaching with multiple national champion
Great selection of beaches, wedges and reefs
Small group tuition

This special coaching option runs alongside a selection of our standard bodyboard weekends. The weekend is aimed at those riders who already know how to ride to a good standard, but are looking to reach that next level. It will help you focus on waves of higher consequence, in a smaller group, with more varied surf and the chance to look at bigger manoeuvres.

Quick Facts

Water Temperature: 16°C
Local Currency: Pound Sterling
Language: English
Local Beer: Offshore
Reliable Atlantic swell
 Surf 2ft – 6ft
British champion coaching
Great selection of local beaches
Huge variety of different wave types
Perfect for riders of intermediate to advanced ability – limited spaces
Private Q & A session with the British champ
Video and photographic analysis to see your riding improve fast
25 year knowledge of Cornwall’s coast to see you in the right place for waves each day.

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Our Aim

Whilst you still get to enjoy all the social fun of our regular bodyboard coaching weekend, the pro sessions see you leave the main group and head off with multiple national champion Damian Prisk for your in-water sessions. You’ll receive the highest-level of coaching from one of the best riders in the UK. You will then catch back up with the rest of the bodyboard coaching weekend crew for the Saturday evening meal, the Sunday pre surf coffees and other social times.

Maybe you’ve been bodyboarding for a while now and are quite comfortable paddling out when it’s sizey, or tackling the drop at some of the heavier breaks around. Maybe you’re ready to move on from rolls and lip launches and start stepping it up to more complex moves, such as ARSs and inverts…

We’ll make sure you’re guaranteed the best conditions at the optimum breaks available, all under the tutelage of one of the most successful riders the UK has ever produced – Damian Prisk.

A pro rider for 25 years, Damian has excelled nationally winning many British titles and is on hand to work closely with you to make sure you reach that next level in your bodyboarding.

Damian Prisk Progression Session Bodyboard Weekends


Cornwall is of course the undisputed surf capital of the UK, and on this camp you’ll experience the best of its epic north coast spots – think golden beaches, beautiful waves and epic sunsets.

You won’t need to worry about battling the crowds that can swamp the waters of Newquay. Instead, we’ll take you off the beaten track to places that only a few know about.

We’ll find those gorgeous hidden gems up and down the coastline, and will make sure you bodyboard the best waves at the best spots.


Portreath, in its sheltered harbour, is the epicentre of British bodyboarding. At high tide, the wedging waves are fabulous for bodyboarders, and the combination of a reef and the harbour wall make for some challenging waves, which can keep you guessing. The local crew here are an inspiration to watch.  This is Damian’s homebreak where he cut his teeth as a young professional bodyboarder, nobody knows it better.


Lovely Blue Flag Porthmeor, in the heart of St Ives, is ideal for bodyboarding all year. The ‘Boiler’ on the right hand side of the beach services up some of the thickest barrels on the north coast. Expect super fun walls, the odd ramp and some wide , throaty barrels at low tide.


A gorgeous stretch of golden sands in the heart of Cornwall’s north coast, Perranporth picks up loads of swell and has multiple peaks, spreading out the crowd.

Offshore on a SE wind like many of Cornwall’s north coast beaches, it’s a great place to pick an empty peak and stroke into some nice long walls.


One of the premier beach breaks on the north coast, Porthtowan works throughout the tides, with a powerful low tide sandbar giving peeling tubes left and right.

Located in a stunning stretch of coast famed for its tin mining, Porthtowan is a popular spot but has ample room on the pushing tide to bag some excellent waves to remember.

Tolcarne Wedge

One of the best wedges in the UK, Tolcarne is located in the middle of Newquay and stands up as a classic A-frame left which refracts off the cliff and fires riders down the line into advancing sections.

A hugely fun ride from mid to high tide, it’s the premier place on the north coast to launch big manoeuvres and see dramatic improvements in your air game.

Towan Beach

The most sheltered of Newquay’s town beaches, Towan is the perfect spot when the unprotected west-facing beaches are big and blown out, still providing clean conditions.

The harbour at Towan provides fairly consistent lefts, and is best at mid tide on the push. A great place to head on a SW wind when everywhere else is too big.


Newquay is the centre of the British bodyboard scene, and it’s here you’ll stay on the Friday and Saturday night, following a long day of booging!

Luckily you won’t need to travel too far from the waves for your accommodation, staying at the bodyboarder-friendly Carnmarth Hotel, located just above the world-famous Fistral Beach.

Here you’ll have epic views of the beach, and be able to check the surf while eating breakfast!

Climate Damian Prisk Progression Session Bodyboard Weekends


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, all year round.

With a long, intricate and varied coastline developing its own micro-climates from one beach to the next, you’re likely to be soaking up the rays as much as the waves, whatever the season.

Food Damian Prisk Progression Session Bodyboard Weekends


We ask you to prepare a packed lunch for both days so that we can enjoy our surfari along the coast. We’d recommend fruit, nuts and other fibre filled snacks to keep you energised for your water sessions. We offer free tea and coffee from our base at Towan beach and all eat our lunch while watching the video review sessions. You will hang out with Damian during your lunch hour, where ever your surf mission takes you! We visit our favourite beach bar or local restaurant on Saturday evening and enjoy fantastic local food with the rest of the bodyboard coaching weekend group. Budget £14 for the meal.

Coaching Damian Prisk Progression Session Bodyboard Weekends


Under the watchful eye of UK champ Damian Prisk, our intermediate and advanced-level coaching is tailored towards the individual.

Damian will speak with you to assess what you want to get out of each session, and work with you to ensure you maximise every wave you ride over the weekend. Damian will first watch you surf a session, then paddle out with you to be on hand dispensing his immense knowledge and experience to get you riding at a higher standard.

When progressing in bodyboarding it is easy to reach a natural plateau, where you’ve nailed certain moves and can do them in your sleep, but the more technical ones remain elusive – this is where having an expert on hand is invaluable, to work closely with you both in and out of the water.

Nobody knows Cornwall’s bodyboarding waves better than Damian, so benefit from the best surf guide in the county.

To join the progression sessions with Damian you need to be at a comfortable level to paddle out in overhead surf, to confidently catch waves, to trim, gain speed, hit the lip and get tubed. Basic moves should not present a problem for you. This coaching is very much focussed on those that want to take their riding up a level and are interested in the technical side of their riding.

Unless Damian is ill, injured or otherwise he will be delivering the coaching. If he becomes unexpectedly unavailable the coaching will be delivered by Rob Barber or another suitably experienced British rider.


If you’re coming by car, head to Newquay. Normally people arrive on the Friday evening or first thing Saturday morning, and we will email you an information pack with directions three days before.

If you’re coming by train it’s even easier – send us your train’s arrival time at Newquay and we’ll come and collect you. Likewise, if you’re flying into Newquay airport, send us your flight number and scheduled arrival time, and we’ll come and collect you.



Photo and video packages

Professionally shot photographs and video will be taken through out the camp to help you to improve your riding. This will be supplied to you at the end of the weekend as part of the package price.

Three coaching sessions – going mobile to Damian’s chosen waves.

A minimum of 4 hours in-water coaching on Saturday and 2 hours on Sunday.

Two video and photo analysis sessions

Incredibly valuable feedback after each session in the ocean to see you improve fast!

Bodyboarding Q + A session

Damian will answer all questions to help you progress your bodyboarding. Be sure to ask the 5 x British champ how he made a career in the sport and beat the world champ.

Social good times

We meet for dinner on Saturday evening, coffee on Sunday morning and Bodyboard-Holidays are focussed to create plenty of opportunities for bodyboarders to get to know each other, learn from each other and have a fun weekend!


Discounted accommodation available, see ‘Accommodation’ tab for further info.

Payment Plans

You can pay in full at time of booking or you can split the payment into two or three instalments. The dates of these instalments can be agreed at time of booking.  Until your first payment is received your place on the trip is not reserved. The full balance for the trip must be received 12 weeks prior to departure.

Area Damian Prisk Progression Session Bodyboard Weekends


Cornwall – also known as ‘Kernow’ in its mother tongue – is a wild, rugged county, located in the far south-western tip of England. Damian is born and bred in the heart of Cornish mining country – Camborne. He is a true-blue, pasty eating Cornishman! You’ll have no better guide.

Apart from its world-class beaches, excellent variety of waves and high swell consistency, it boasts a unique culture, incredibly clean air, and bright light – it’s no wonder poets, authors and artists have been coming here for centuries!

Head back in land from Cornwall’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 is a million and one things to do only a short distance from camp.

For instance, 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 camp guest you’ll be entitled to discounted rates on any of the activities, which are guaranteed to keep you smiling.

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 to be able to enjoy the waves for many years to come.

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.


Being Britain 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 British 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.


Although Cornish waters are the mildest in the country, 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 sunny Kernow’s summer and autumn seasons.


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


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

Bodyboard travel bag

A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected throughout your journey, especially when you consider the brutality of some baggage handlers. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better protection you get. The best on the market is the Creatures wheelie bag, it’s heat-reflective, padded and you can wheel it around, saving your arms and shoulders for paddling.

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. 

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.


Please bring warm clothing suitable for all weathers. Layers are the best option to make sure you are covered for all weather conditions.

Reuseable Water Bottle

Please bring a reuseable water bottle as we won’t always have time to get to the shops before our sessions.

What’s Included

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 answer any technical questions you have, and let you reach into the mind of Britain’s best rider. This is why we offer a separate Q&A session, answering all things pro bodyboarding: equipment, manoeuvres, bodyboarding fitness, how to handle big landings, etc. Damian has focussed his life on improving as a bodyboarder. If there is something that you want to know, he will be able to answer it.

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 £10 and £20 respectively.


If you need to use our kit, please arrive before 4pm on Friday.

If you don’t, please arrive on Saturday morning. All dates, times, location and check-in info will be supplied to you by email on the Wednesday before the weekend begins.

The weekend finishes after lunch on Sunday.


Frequently Asked Questions about our Newquay Coaching Weekends.

Do I need a visa?

At present, there is no visa is 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 and how much will I spend?

The currency in the UK is the British Pound, which you can pick up from UK travel agencies, banks or post offices.

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.

In addition to food costs (detailed below), we recommend bringing around £8 in change for any beach car parks which we may use on the surfari.

What will we do about food?

For Saturday morning we suggest that you organise your own breakfast, and to prepare a packed lunch to bring along for both Saturday and Sunday. This is so that we can stay mobile on the surfari – we can’t guarantee we’ll be near a spot with a cafe.

On Saturday night we will have a group meal with the rest of the bodyboard weekend crew. Budget around £14 for that.

How will we travel around?

After meeting with the rest of the bodyboard weekend crew on Saturday morning, we’ll split each of the groups in to ability levels.

Within these groups, we then ask those who have driven to the camp to share their car with others and follow our instructors 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.

We try to use the minimum number of vehicles possible to minimise our environmental impact and reduce our footprint in coastal car parks, and we split any car parking costs between the passengers in each vehicle.

Am I good enough to join the Damian Prisk Progression Sessions?

To join the progression sessions with Damian you need to be at a comfortable level to paddle out in overhead surf, to confidently catch waves, to trim, gain speed, hit the lip and get tubed. Basic moves should not present a problem for you. This coaching is very much focussed on those that want to take their riding up a level and are interested in the technical side of their riding.

Will Damian coach every session?

Unless Damian is ill, injured or otherwise he will be delivering the coaching. If he becomes unexpectedly unavailable the coaching will be delivered by Rob Barber or another suitably experienced British rider.

Can I make contact from abroad?

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

How do I pay?

Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment. In some circumstances we can facilitate a payment plan, just let us know if you wish to discuss this. Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the holiday start date.

Payment Plans

You can pay in full at time of booking or you can split the payment into two or three instalments. The dates of these instalments can be agreed at time of booking.  Until your first payment is received your place on the trip is not reserved. The full balance for the trip must be received 12 weeks prior to departure.

What happens if I want to cancel my booking?

If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:

Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost

However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here.

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

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“Such an epic fun weekend on the bodyboarding coaching weekend with Rob Barber and his awesome team (Luke, Gareth, Chris, Jamie, Jack, and Hannah). Fun waves to be had even though the forecast was looking small the swell definitely picked up or the forecast was wrong so proves you should always turn up and get in!  I was learning rolls and spins 70% there!”


“Have just completed the coaching weekend in Newquay with my 13 year old daughter. I am totally shocked at the level of improvement she made over a single weekend…. she has gone from playing in white water to competently getting out back and trimming on open faced waves. We both can’t wait for the next coaching weekend!

Mick P

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