2018 Indonesia Bodyboard Holidays… grab your place now!

In 2018 we’re offering 4 trips to this mystical, wave drenched island chain.

Join us and you’ll experience bath-warm water, a tropical climate, a rich history and environment, unique biodiversity, varying cultures, ethnicities and people, cheap living, great food and a staggering swell consistency.

Indonesia Bodyboarding HolidaysNusa Lembongan 8 days

7 – 15 March

http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/the-holidays/asia/nusa-lembongan/

Take a look at Bali, then roll the clock back by thirty years. Beaches that are straight from the Bounty chocolate bar advert. White sands fringed with palms and iridescent aqua marine waters. A pace of life that puts everything into focus. With the best sunsets that we’ve ever seen. Welcome to our bodyboarding island retreat – Nusa Lembongan!

Indonesia Bodyboarding HolidaysIndonesia (14 days multi stop tour)

19 March – April 1

http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/the-holidays/asia/indonesia/

Indonesia is revered as the home of perfect warm-water barrels. A distant swell-pumping machine, Antarctic storms generate almost non-stop corduroy lines out of the south Indian Ocean from April to October, they quietly travel for thousands of miles before striking the pristine beaches of Bali and Nusa Lembongan. Boasting some of our Indo’s most iconic waves, these islands have naturally become popular destinations for travelling bodyboarders.

Indonesia Bodyboarding HolidaysSanur (7 Days)

1 – 7 April

http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/the-holidays/asia/sanur/

Since we first visited Bali in 1996 the east coast was generally undiscovered. Walking along the black sand beaches in searing heat in the Padang Galak area, picking our way through paddy fields on motorbikes and following tip offs and hand drawn maps we knew that there had to be some awesome bodyboarding spots. Slowly but surely they have been unearthed and fortunately we have had years of enjoyment scoring waves on the east side of the island. Now it’s time to share them….

Indonesia Bodyboarding HolidaysMentawai (9 days)

11 – 20 October

http://www.bodyboard-holidays.com/the-holidays/asia/mentawai-islands/

At the fringes of the Sumatran jungle we’ll be staying in our awesome camp and travelling by boat each day to numerous waves running along the edge of the Mentawai’s archipelago, you’ll encounter simple island life and off the beaten track travel.
Ground swells are consistent during October and the variety of waves available means crowds are easily avoided. Winds are light at this time of year so it’s guaranteed to be offshore somewhere every day. Wherever it’s on, we’ll be there!

Your bodyboarding trip of lifetime to Indonesia starts here! 

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Secret Morocco Bodyboard Trippin…

A few days in to our November Secret Morocco trip and the reports and images and it’s shaping up in to an absolute classic.

A mix of Australian, American, French, German, Portuguese and British riders are staying in our cliff top villa overlooking our favourite wedge. Some have recorded up to 8 hours in the water in a day. The crew can’t get enough of it!

If you want to sample this awesome secret spot in March contact us now… limited places.

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2018 BODYBOARD WEEKEND AND EVENT CALENDAR – UPDATE

After a brilliant 2017 of bodyboard coaching weekends and camps we are stoked to introduce our awesome calendar of bodyboard coaching weekends for the new year.

We’ve got some exciting new additions and they have already begun to book up so please don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

After the huge success of our North Wales / Surf Snowdonia wave pool weekend we are pleased to be returning again and our new Croyde weekend was such a hit that we are running two in 2018! We have also listened to you guys and now added the dates for our new Ireland coaching weekend in autumn (full details about this will be coming soon).

We’re pleased to be working along side our event sponsors NMD, Science, Ocean Corduroy, Tafia and Bodyboard-Depot again.

Please note, there are a few small changes, like the Wales weekend being in mid September instead of the end of the month.

We can’t wait for our February weekend and are taking over the Ocean Surf Lodge again to offer awesome accommodation and food.

Please take a look at the calendar below and drop us a line if you would like to join us for some bodyboarding and good times!

2018 Bodyboard Weekend CALENDAR

DATES
EVENT NAME
EVENT TYPE
PRICE

24 Feb 2018 > 25 Feb 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend
£139

12 May 2018 > 13 May 2018
Croyde Coaching Weekend
£139

19 May 2018 > 20 May 2018
Surf Snowdonia & North Wales Coaching Weekend
£259

26 May 2018 > 27 May 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend
£139

16 Jun 2018 > 17 Jun 2018
Cornwall Bodyboard Camp
£149

21 Jul 2018 > 22 Jul 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend Sponsored by NMD
£139

1 Sep 2018 > 2 Sep 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend Sponsored by Science
£139

8 Sep 2018 > 9 Sep 2018
Wales Coaching Weekend Sponsored by Tafia
£139

15 Sep 2018 > 16 Sep 2018
Cornwall Bodyboard Camp
£149

6 Oct 2018 > 7 Oct 2018
Ireland Coaching Weekend
£139

6 Oct 2018 > 7 Oct 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend
£139

13 Oct 2018 > 14 Oct 2018
Croyde Coaching Weekend
£139

20 Oct 2018 > 21 Oct 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend
£139

24 Nov 2018 > 25 Nov 2018
Newquay Coaching Weekend
£139

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Bodyboard Fitness – Training For A Bodyboard Holiday

How to prepare physically for a Bodyboard Holiday. Get your bodyboard fitness up to scratch!

If I got a pound each time a Bodyboard Holidays’ client bemoaned their level of fitness or regretted not training before the boogie trip …well let’s just say I wouldn’t be writing this blog.

It’s normally around day 3 or 4 of the bodyboarding holiday that riders begin deploring their lack of match fitness and see their sessions shorten and wave count deteriorate.

On our recent Portugal Bodyboard Holiday we were joined by Joe Brigham a passionate fitness coach, nutrition geek and keen bodyboarder of 20 years.

I caught up with Joe between two epic surf sessions at Praia das Macas to find out how one could really improve their fitness prior to attending a bodyboard holiday, and so as to make the most of their water time.

Bodyboard Fitness TrainingSo Joe, can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I am a strength and conditioning coach for sports as well as a Personal trainer, and crossfit coach. I am currently based at fit4ocr.com where I coach obstacle course skills.

In my free time I love to bodyboard, and in recent years I have been fascinated by the concept of creating an exercise programme specific to bodyboard fitness.

In your opinion, what sports are most suitable in preparation for a bodyboarding holiday?

I would say swimming should be your absolute priority, as it will help make you safer in the water and give you the relevant cardio fitness for the paddle. Biomechanical relevancy is important here too, so if your local pool allows, practice swimming lengths in your fins.

What stretches / exercises would help in preparing for a week of bodyboarding?

Yoga is an excellent complimentary exercise because helps give the hip, trunk, and spinal mobility necessary for keeping good posture and applying directional force.  Using lightweights such as a medicine ball and performing twisting movements will help with force production for all manoeuvres, and all body dumbbell routines are good for your conditioning and keeping you robust. Aim for 15 reps for 2 to 3 sets. This will give you a good starting point per exercise.

Bodyboard Fitness TrainingWhen should one start their preparation and how intense should the training be?

The longer run up you can give to a training program for a specific event or period the better, but with dedication and the right training you could notice an increase in your conditioning in as little as 6 weeks. However if you know you have a trip planned in, for example, 6 months and start training with relevancy and consistency, the difference in fitness will be considerable.

What food / drink should we be eating during a bodyboarding holiday?

When you first wake up in the morning hydration should be a big priority (especially in warmer climates) – getting around a pint to litre when you wake up will help kick start that process. Squeeze half a lemon in your water and gain even greater hydration benefits.

A breakfast of easy to digest proteins, carbs for fuel, and healthy fats will help fuel your session. Bananas and avocados are rich in potassium and will help stave off cramping. I eat flapjack bars made of oats, chia seeds, coconut oil, and sea salt flakes upon getting out of the water to refuel my energy and electrolytes. A source of magnesium such as ZMA will help your recovery, sleep, and ease off muscle soreness.

What would be the best 5 min warm up stretches before bodyboarding?

Learn the popular yoga flow known as the Sun salutation as soon as your ready to get in the water – this will loosen you up and activate your core ready for your session. Pay special attention to your calves and hamstrings, as these are your paddling powerhouses. 3 to 5 minutes of light jogging, swimming, or paddling on your board will help raise your heart rate ready for you to catch some waves!

You can find out more about me at instagram.com/holoholo_joe or enquire about my fitness services/training plans at brighthammerfitness@gmail.com.

And for those of you interested in physical prep for a bodyboard holiday, then watch this space, I am creating for a 6-week bodyboarding specific program to get you in shape for your surf adventure.

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Bodyboarding for Injury Rehabilitation: School and Depot sponsors Naval Veteran, Gareth Davies for Help For Heroes Surfing Championships at Surf Snowdonia

adaptive surf championships

adaptive surf championships

Our Bodyboard School and Depot works closely with both serving and veteran military personnel, encouraging adventure activity participation of groups from all corners of the Forces. So when Naval Veteran, Gareth Davies approached our bodyboarding team for some expert instruction as part of his rehabilitation, we were stoked to support his progression.

Having retired from the Navy because of a persistent injury, Davies set his sights on staying active around the water, finding a new lease of life through bodyboarding for injury rehabilitation and charging bigger and better waves.

As the world’s first and most developed Bodyboarding School headed up by British bodyboarding Team Coach and National Champion, Rob Barber, we 100% believe bodyboarding Is for everyone. From those wanting a challenging and physically technical sport, to those recuperating from serious injury, the weightlessness of being in the water mixed with the stoke of riding a wave, compliments all levels of skill and ability.

With the help and sponsorship of Rob Barber’s professional surf and bodyboarding team and the Bodyboarding Depot, Davies received bespoke instruction on a series of Bodyboard Coaching Weekends and holidays, designed to boost ability and bodyboarding confidence whilst hunting out the best waves along our coastline.

Davies is now set to compete in a Help For Heroes bodyboarding contest for veterans at Surf Snowdonia in Wales, busting skills built with us on professionally tailored gear in the UK’s first wave pool.

We can’t be more stoked for Davies and will be following his achievements as he continues to surf and bodyboarding for injury rehabilitation!

BONUS: We offer 40% discount for military groups

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