Stand-Up-Paddleboarding, or SUP, is one of the fastest growing sports in the South-West, and once you’ve spent time on our beautiful coastline it’s not hard to see why so many people choose to go paddleboarding in Cornwall!
Wherever you are in Cornwall, you’re never far from a community of people who have fallen in love with the ocean. As well as the traditional sports of sailing, surfing and sea-swimming, increasing numbers of people are taking to the water on paddleboards – enjoying the fitness and wellbeing benefits of getting afloat.
For many people, moving to Cornwall is about embracing an outdoor lifestyle and connecting with like-minded people. So, we’ve listed some of the best places to paddleboard in Cornwall, and make new friends along the way.
There are many friendly watersports centres across the region, where you can learn to SUP and make taking to the water part of your new Cornish lifestyle.
South Coast and Creeks
You can book a one-off lesson, a paddling tour of the bay, or join the club as a member where social meet-ups and skill sessions continue throughout the year.
Although more exposed to the prevailing South Westerly winds, Cornwall’s southern coast is more sheltered from the Atlantic swell, so the waves tend to be smaller than in the North. This makes paddle boarding more suitable than surfing here, from Fowey to Falmouth, to Coverack and the Lizard.
Newquay and North Cornwall
If your new Cornish home is nearer the rugged North Coast, then Freewave Surf School is near the town of Bude. They offer SUP and surf lessons as well as beach yoga classes to leave you feeling extra relaxed after your day at the coast.
A little further West, the surfing hub of Newquay also hosts a growing community of paddleboarders, with multiple surf schools also offering paddleboard lessons for the days without waves. SUP-ing can be done in a wider range of conditions than surfing and is more easily accessible for beginners.
The Inland Option
If you (or your little ones) feel safer paddling on inland waters, the reservoir at Stithians near Redruth is the perfect place to find your balance on flat water.
There’s no need to organise your SUP session around waves or tides, and they have a wonderful café for refuelling once you’ve had your paddle.
They also offer sailing and windsurfing if your love of water sports begins to grow… which we’re sure it will!
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