Hand Planing Lesson

Hand Planing Lesson

£ 70

Newquay, Cornwall, UK

Hand planing at Towan Beach, Newquay.
Taster & Beginner
Family-Friendly, Lessons & Courses
Minimum age: 8
Newquay, Cornwall, UK
Max. group size: 10
Cancellation: Strict
Minimum booking size: 1
Start time(s): 09:00, 12:00, 15:00
Duration: 2 hours
£ 70

Activity Highlights:

Join us for a friendly splash at our surf school, where you can dive into the thrilling world of hand planing. It’s a beautiful and minimalistic way of connecting with the ocean’s energy, and we’re here to guide you every step of the way!

What’s Hand Planing?

Hand planing is a form of body surfing that involves the use of a small, flat board called a hand plane or handboard. This board is typically about 30cm long and is held in one hand while surfing a wave.

The technique is simple but offers a unique experience. The hand plane is used to create more surface area for the body as it glides across the wave, allowing the surfer to ride the wave with more speed, control, and grace. By positioning the hand plane just beneath the water’s surface, the surfer can better steer and control their movement, maneuvering across the face of the wave with ease.

Hand planing harkens back to the ancient, minimalist form of wave riding, where it’s just the surfer, the wave, and a small tool to enhance the connection with the water. It’s often regarded as a pure and authentic way to experience the ocean’s energy, offering an immediate connection and an opportunity for both beginners and experienced wave riders to enjoy the waves in a new way.

Popular in the 60s and 70s and considered a “lost art” in the early 90s, hand planing has seen a resurgence thanks to a renewed interest in alternative and minimalistic surfing methods. It’s a way to surf for the sheer love of it, without the commercialism associated with traditional surfing, and it’s a sport that can offer immediate enjoyment, even for those new to ocean activities.

Whether you’re a beginner seeking some water adventure or an experienced wave rider looking to try something new, hand planing in Cornwall offers something for everyone.

What To Expect

  • No prior experience required!
  • Start with small waves and gradually build your technique.
  • Learn body surfing skills before mastering the hand plane.

Our friendly instructors will warmly welcome you and guide you through a comprehensive safety briefing to ensure a secure and fun experience. You’ll be using top-of-the-range equipment, we’ll help you build your technique starting from the very basics. You’ll learn to use swim fins efficiently and catch small waves, progressing to unbroken waves as you gain confidence.

With us, you’ll not only enjoy the waves but also the beautiful surroundings of Newquay’s stunning Great Western or Fistral Beach.

Why Choose Us?

Our Bodyboarding School is the longest-running provider of its kind in Newquay, having guided thousands of happy wave riders since 1997. Awarded for our excellence, we are committed to ensuring a high level of safety and fun.
Our purpose-designed centre near Towan beach is more than just a surf school. We believe in providing personal care, attention, knowledge, and feedback that you deserve. With hot showers, heated changing rooms, lockers, toilets, clothing storage, and a hire centre for all post-lesson needs, we aim to make you feel at home.

Ready to ride the waves with us? Book noe! If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Adventuro team via online chat. Our friendly team awaits you.

Come on in – the water’s lovely!

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What's Included:

  • Equipment - Wetsuit, hand plane, and fins.
  • Small group lessons for maximum progression.
  • Comprehensive tuition and feedback.
  • Photography of you in action.
  • Heated changing rooms, secure storage for valuables, hot outdoor showers, and male & female toilets.
  • Full beach and ocean safety briefing.
  • Discounts on food, drink, further activities, and Newquay’s Rip Curl Concept store.
  • A dog sitter if you need one – just let us know!


Storage locker
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced surfer, our hand planing lessons in Cornwall are designed to suit all levels. Children under the age of 8 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

Our hand plane sessions are 2 hours long. You’ll start with a sea swim with fins to catch powerful ocean swells and build your technique from small waves up. You’ll also learn body surfing skills and get comprehensive tuition and feedback from our experienced instructors.

Safety is our priority. Hand planing in Cornwall is considered safe, and our experienced instructors will provide a full beach and ocean safety briefing, including assessment of ocean conditions and identification of hazards. Unlike traditional surfing, there’s no surfboard tied to your leg, making it a safer option for beginners.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts