Bodyboarding Lessons

We offer the best Bodyboarding Lessons in Tenerife and Cantabria (Northern Spain). Our teachers are experts that can help you learn great moves. If you haven’t got material do not worry, we have all you require for the proper practice of Bodyboarding.

In the Canary Islands there is a long tradition of Bodyboarding, even more than surfing… and therefore our instructors are professionals that can mingle on the beach with high level bodyboarders, including world champions competing in international championships.

If you have little time to take a course or get started in a water sport, this is much more convenient and usually more fun … because Bodyboarding basic maneuvers can be learned faster than surfing! But if you want to be the best real Surfer in town, just take a look at our Surf School in Tenerife. You can also go directly to our Surf School Rates.

What is Bodyboarding ?

Bodyboarding is the evolution of Body Surfing, a sport that consists in surfing waves off the board, using only the human body. This practice spread to various parts of the world but its origins date from the earliest eighteenth century when James Cook himself (Captain Cook) informed us about the new sport practiced by the natives of the islands of Hawaii. The Bodyboard itself, unlike other boards in modern sports like Kitesurfing, does belong to the original surfboards, being the smallest in size. It is composed mainly of carbon fiber, polyethylene, polypropylene and glass fiber in its lower deck. A bodyboard can be used just like a surfboard. There is even a mode called Stand Up, which is precisely the same as if you were surfing a surf board.

Bodyboarding Riding Forms:

The basic form in which we lie above the bodyboard, so that our stomach is touching the rear of the board. If you catch a wave to the right, you have to stretch your right hand gripping the top right of the board firmly, even pressing the elbow across the right side, while with the left you should hold tight the board to provide stability and maneuverability.
It consists, as its name suggests, on putting a single knee on the board, while the other leg remains flexed but stepping on the board with the flat side of our foot, and stepping on to have maneuverability. As in the case of prone, depending on where you go to catch the wave you have to put one leg or another, but the great masters vary feet to win points with creativity.
As we talked before, bodyboarding can be used just like a surfboard, only that as the board is smaller, you must be better, you need to have more stability and more quality. You can safely say that this method is the most difficult of the three. In fact it is more difficult than standing on a surfboard because it is smaller and therefore less stability. Who ever learns to stand on a bodyboard, will have no problem standing up with a board, regardless of size.

Required Materials:


Wetsuit (NOT needed at high temperatures)

Pair of Fins

Tie or Grip

Sex-Wax or paraffin

Footpads (Optional, to avoid feet damage)

Bodyboarding Tricks:

We go down the wave and turn off to the side that you are addressing, simply do not catch the wave in a straight line toward the shore. If you do this, you will be like a total newbie!
Cut Back or Estela
involves lifting the top of the board to the opposite side of where we are heading, with the aim not only to stop but to create an interesting effect on the water called trail, so we can take the wave again at the correct speed
The rollo is to hit the right or left lip of the wave (the top of the wave) and rotate naturally with its power. That is, do the same effect that makes a tube into a wave, climbing to the top and then flying down, having rotated 360 ° as when a car accident.
The board must rotate 360 ??degrees in the same direction as the wave.
Reverse 360
The board rotates 360 ??degrees in the opposite direction of the wave.
Inverted Air
It is like a rollo but when we are about to turn, we have to turn back again to the original position, creating an Inverted effect. It is quite difficult to do especially since you have to know how to fly. If you can not separate the board of the wave, if you can not take off, then you never will do this trick. Try it.
360 Aerial
complicated maneuver which involves making a 360 but in the air, ie up to the peak of the wave with peak power and leverage to make a 360 º horizontal in the air! Impressive trick.
Reverse Aerial
Reverse in the air. You can see an example in the video on this page.
Roll or Rolo 360 Trompo
This trick is really complicated, you will not learn it overnight. It is to combine a normal rollo with a 360 air. The move begins as if we were to do a normal rollo but suddenly we have to turn our body and the board so we fall back into the water, having moved 180 degrees. This maneuver is done both in the air and in the water, although professionals are able to do the whoel trick in the air, but it depends on the size and strength of the wave.
When you have done all the other tricks, then you’re crazy enough to do a backflip, in which you will be violently propelled back by the wave and doing a somersault or backflip behind.

Bodyboarding is about radical maneuvers that will make everybody go crazy. Observing a pro bodyboarding might be more interesting than watching a surfer, because bodyboard’s about tricks, one after another.

What are you waiting to learn Bodyboarding? We are open 365 days in Tenerife, where the waves do not stop, but every summer you can also find us in Cantabria, Norht Spain,  from July to September at the Playa de Ajo. See you there!


Bodyboard Lessons in Tenerife


190 €

5 days Course

  • 3 hours / day
  • Material Included
Bodyboard Lessons in Tenerife


40 €

1 Lesson

  • 3 Hours
  • Material Included
Bodyboard Lessons in Tenerife


149 €

6 days Course

  • 15 Hours
  • Material Included
Bodyboard Lessons in Tenerife


25 €

1 Lesson

  • 90 minutes
  • Material Included