Hand Plane Sessions

Hand Plane Sessions

£70 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
Unique and exciting hand plane lesson - no prior experience required!
 Sea swim with fins to catch powerful ocean swells
 Start with small waves and build your technique
 Learn body surfing skills before mastering the hand plane
Learn to hand plane in Cornwall at Newquay Activity Centre’s surf school. Hand planing is the latest, coolest and most minimal way of being at one with the energy of the ocean.
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What's Included

  • Allocation of wetsuit, hand plane and fins
  • Small group lesson for maximum progression
  • Comprehensive tuition and feedback
  • Photography of you in action
  • Heated changing rooms and secure storage for valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers and male & female toilets
  • Assessment of ocean conditions and identification of hazards
  • Full beach and ocean safety briefing
  • Introduction to swim fins
  • A lively warm-up on Newquay’s stunning Great Western or Fistral Beach
  • Discount card for apres surf food and drink at local eateries
  • 10% off further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
  • 15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl Concept store


Riding a wave using just your body and a 30cm handboard is an art in itself. It’s also regarded as the original and most pure form of wave riding. This ancient au naturel style of catching waves (which even predates surfing!) is thought to have stemmed from early Polynesians emulating the graciousness of wave-riding dolphins.

Popular throughout the 60s and 70s, bodysurfing was deemed “a lost art” in the early 90s, and abandoned by the surfing industry as it offered very little to marketers. However, the 2000s has seen a renaissance for hand planing following surfing’s neo-retro movement and renewed interest in alternative surf crafts. It really is just you, the surfer, and the wave. There are no logos or sponsorship deals – people bodysurf for the sheer love of it!


On the one hand (no pun intended!) hand planing in Cornwall is accessible to all and offers immediate results. It’s easy to master the basics and we guarantee you’ll be riding your first wave within the first ten minutes of trying. To begin, you’ll learn how to use swim fins efficiently, catching white wash in the shallows as you practice. Next, it’s onto the unbroken (or green) waves. What’s more, bodysurfing in Cornwall is safe. There’s no wayward 8ft surfboard tied to the end of your leg and you require no previous surfing or ocean experience to give it a go.

On the other hand, for experienced wave riders, hand planing in Cornwall is an additional string to their bow in the pursuit of becoming a true waterman. World body surfing champion Mike Stewart describes handplaning as, “the best interaction between man and nature that exists.” It offers a completely different wave riding experience and forces a new raw perspective. You can feel the wave from within your soul whilst achieving a greater sense of speed and control.

It’s also a great way to mix up your wave riding – especially if you’ve lost your surfing mojo or when the waves are not suited for surfing but ideal for the handplane (shore breaking waves in particular). 


For your handplane lesson in Cornwall, we provide you with first-rate equipment including handplane, swim fins, rash vest and a top of the range Rip Curl wetsuit. We have heated changing rooms to get kitted up in, as well as separate male & female toilets. We also have storage space for your clothes and bags before you make your way down to either Fistral or Towan beach. We will assess the conditions on the day and choose the best beach to match the group’s ability.


Back in 1995, bodyboarding was the fastest growing watersport in the world. Yet there was no official pathway to learn how to do it. Born out of necessity, we developed the world’s first bodyboarding lessons, which followed with us writing the world’s first bodyboard instructor training course for the International Surfing Association and Surfing Australia. Our Director Rob Barber has been British Bodyboarding Champion multiple times and even European Champion! He’s surfed and competed all over the world.

Nearly 30 years later we have delivered over 200,000 coastal activities from our base in Newquay. We have the biggest bodyboard instruction channel on YouTube and we have diversified to offer bodyboard coaching weekends around the UK and bodyboard coaching holidays around the world. Recently we have created the first bodyboard specific rescue protocols in order to keep our guests safe.


We take huge pride in providing the best bodyboarding lessons in the business and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay.

 qualified Beach Lifeguards. More recently, 

Our team of Bodyboard instructors are qualified to the following standards:

  • SLSGB Beach Lifeguard
  • They have also completed our 3 month long Outdoor Activity Instructor module qualification which comprises the bodyboard instructor qualification which we wrote for the sports biggest governing bodies.
  • Our staff team have worked with trainer assessors from Surf Life Saving Great Britain to develop bespoke rescue techniques which enable rescues to take place using bodyboards and swim fins.
  • Ongoing inhouse training


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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