Bodyboarding in Wales: Rob Barber is teaching everyone

The ThreeSixty Bodyboard Magazine's Coaching Tour has been spreading the bodyboarding virus through the UK beaches. This time, 17 bodyboarders aged between 16 and 53 got in touch with the sport and developed their skills in Llangenith, Wales.

The Tour, an initiative of current UK Senior Champion Rob Barber aims to increase public awareness of bodyboarding through five stops at prime surf locations, in the UK and Ireland.

The group comprised of a great mix of experienced bodyboarders looking to refine techniques and work on specific manoeuvres to riders who were complete novices, testing the water for the first time.

The first day the crew were treated to some challenging overhead waves at Llangenith. The conditions provided the group with plenty of opportunity to practise paddling, duckdiving and wave selection.

The second day saw a dramatic increase in swell size so after consultation with local expert Lloyd Cole of Lloyd Coles Surf Academy the group moved along the Gower to Caswell Bay.

Caswell treated the group to a whole day of clean 2-3ft surf, which meant perfect conditions for Head Coach Rob Barber to really push the level of performance through use of video coaching and manoeuvre specific saturation training.

“There are so many bodyboarders from Wales that come for lessons with us at Newquay Activity Centre or on our overseas trips that it is really great to get up to Wales and see where they all surf and to meet some new faces. This is our second year up here and Wales is definitely my favourite stop on the whole tour", says Rob

The winner of the coveted most improved rider award went to Jason Hughes from Swansea who won a new Science board. Jason showed some fantastic improvements throughout the weekend and landed two barrel rolls in the afternoon session at Caswell.

“It was a great weekend as always, I've been working on rolls for a while now and for it all to come together and then to win a new Science board as well is just awesome. I will definitely be doing some of the overseas trips with Rob’s bodyboard school this winter. Thanks guys", said Jason.

The next bodyboard coaching event is in Newquay for the Bodyboard Summer Camp at the Newquay Activity Centre from the 22nd – 28th August. The week long camp will give bodyboarders the opportunity to hone their skills on the most consistent waves in the country using video feedback and the most cutting edge coaching methods.