Bodyboarding Lessons

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.

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.

The Newquay Activity Centre Bodyboarding School is the longest running provider of its kind in Newquay. We have been introducing customers to the world of bodyboarding since 1997 and over the years we’ve helped thousands of happy students catch their first waves.

We have the necessary qualifications and experience to consistently maintain a high level of safety and fun. We are a two-time Gold winner at the Cornwall Tourism Awards and a Gold award winner at the South West Tourism Awards.

Our Hand Plane Lessons have been designed by British Bodyboard Team Coach, Rob Barber. This means that when you learn to hand plane with us, you’re guaranteed the highest level of unparalleled tuition in the industry.

With safety at the forefront of our lessons, we must advise that children under the age of 8 are welcome to hand plane with us, but they must be booked on with and accompanied by an adult for the whole lesson. Alternatively, please check out our Private or Family Bodyboard Lessons for some quality family fun!


Our purpose-designed centre, conveniently located near Towan beach, is your one-stop shop for ocean adventure activities in Newquay. We’re not in the business of just making a quick buck. When you book with Newquay Activity Centre, you get the care, attention, knowledge and feedback that you need.

On site we have hot showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, separate male & female toilets and clothing storage. We also have a hire centre for all of your needs after your lesson.

Book online or contact us via our online chat and our friendly team will be more than happy to answer your questions. Book tomorrow’s activity today!

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