Press Coverage

Newquay Activity Centre Press Coverage

Men's Fitness

“Training centres such as Rob Barber’s Located at Fistral welcome all skill levels”

Nathan Ditum
Men’s Fitness

“It was the most insane, radical, extreme experience I’ve ever had! All joking aside I had a fantastic time and Rob got me riding on my 6th wave. Thanks!”

Carrie (news reader)
Radio 1

“Fistral beach, an easier, cheaper and safe starting point for learning to bodyboard and this beach is britains surfing capital, provides the best local spot.”

The Guardian

“Rob Barber is a guru for the realists who have given up the dream of being the next Kelly Slater and have taken up the instant and rewarding buzz of bodyboarding. On a family bodyboarding safari Rob Barber improved our skills and finessed our style; Brendan had my learning disabled brother catching waves. This was a day none of us will ever forget. Proper priceless family harmony, chuckles and joy. Try achieving that on a surfboard. Skills are high and the attitude is low from teachers at the Bodyboarding School. Even the surfers in our family loved learning about bodyboarding. Everyone who enjoys riding waves should do a bit of time with Rob.”

Kate Spicer
Sunday Times Style

“But when I finally catch one, it’s a euphoric feeling giving me the confidence to seriously consider taking up the sport.”

Lisa Scott

“After a couple of failed attempts to catch a wave, Aidan showed me some personal attention. My finest moment in the waves was the first time I rode a wave all the way to the shore”

Emily Payne
The Sun

“Rob, the English surf-team coach, is around to show us the ropes. Within minutes he’s run through the basic manoeuvres and got us catching four-foot waves.”

Front Magazine

“It is one of those experiences, like first-time sex and driving at great speed, which will stay in the memory. There is a burst of power, a surging, swelling roar of water, a rush of adrenalin and I hurtle towards the shore on the crest of a wave, moved beyond my usual element, mixing water and air, where are the cameras? Where are the lights? Because I’ve got the action.”

Antony Sattin
Sunday Times

“This was it: what hooks you and drives you to the beach in the rain and shine. Exhilarated and breathless I joined Rob on the beach. We ended on a high.”

Miranda Krestovnikoff
Coast Magazine

The Gadget Show

“Under Rob’s expert guidance I managed to catch an amazing ride back to the shore, with the waves crashing around me I got some great waves, one in particular was an absolute belter, it was brilliant!”

John Bentley
The Gadget Show

“You can see how people get hooked on this! Even though I had done relatively no bodyboarding in the past I had some amazing moments! Rob my coach was undoubtedly competent with his two decades of coaching that enabled me to succeed.”

William Cook
The Observer

“Rob has helped me loads, but specifically in my competition surfing, and in nailing certain manoeuvres. The video analysis sessions are an excellent way to see what you are doing wrong, or how to improve certain aspects of your riding.”

This Is Cornwall

“After six days of surfing, beachside yoga and a whole lot of fun, I’m feeling fit and invigorated. I’ve come a long way. I’m braver, I can catch a wave and I’ve made at least one lifelong surf-buddy. Bodyboarding? I’d say it’s ‘totally sick’…”

Jane Labous
Zest Magazine

“The beaches around Newquay in Cornwall offer some of the best year-round surf in the world, bodyboarding is fast gaining popularity as it’s easier and more accessible than its sister sport of surfing, Rob Barber and his team will show you how.”

Gary Weeks
Daily Mirror

“The atmosphere is perfect, bodyboarding is a minority sport and this is a chance to meet like-minded people. You get less benefits surfing on your own, when you bodyboard with more people your confidence grows and you progress, the instruction really works.”

Rebecca Stott
Newquay Voice

“Bodyboard instruction will see you progress fast, you’ll be out back catching the unbroken swells, before you know it you’ll score your first tube ride.”

Louise Searle

“‘Paddle!’ shouts Rob. It seems to me that I hang for a moment on the crest of the wave, suspended above the drop – it’s only about five foot but it looks enormous. Gosh, I think, peering down and then I’m off, me and my board divvying down the cool blue edge of the wave. I can feel its contours, every change and movement of it. It’s a wonderful feeling like being part of the wave itself.”

Jane Labous
Cornish Guardian

“As featured in Lonely Planet’s Make It Happen guide to Cornwall
Lonely Planet Traveller, September 2017”

Lonely Planet