Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Cornwall | SUP Boarding | Holidays in Cornwall
What is SUP Boarding?
Stand up paddle boarding, also known as SUP boarding, has had a surge in interest in recent years and is one of the fastest growing board sports in the world! SUP derives from surfing, with one of the key differences being that the rider stands or kneels on the large board and uses a paddle to travel through the water.
This water sport is a fun activity, with boards for all levels of competency and experience. It is a great form of exercise, offering a full body core workout. On average, stand-up paddle boarding burns between 330 – 460 calories per hour!
There are a wide variety of stand-up paddle boards can be purchased. Most solid paddle boards are made of fibre glass and epoxy resin. Inflatable paddle boards are becoming increasingly popular, as they are portable and versatile. There are a range of types of paddle board, from all-rounders, to surf SUP boards, touring boards and race boards.
History of Stand Up Paddle Boarding
With roots in ancient Polynesian culture, Africa and South America, the history of paddle boarding dates back to the 16th-Century. There are records of some early forms of stand-up paddle boarding that date back to 3,000 BC!
The modern form of SUP boarding originated in the 1900s in Hawaii. A Hawiian surfer began paddle boarding when he found that he could no longer get up and down when surfing. He would stand up on his board and with a canoe paddle, he would catch waves from the break.
Places to SUP Board in Cornwall
Explore Cornwall’s 300 miles of unspoilt coast from a different perspective and find a “SUPer” spot for any ability! With flat water harbours, rivers and beaches with beautiful back drops, Cornwall is a haven for stand up paddle boarders. Explore popular locations, such as Marazion and Porthpean, or for more adventurous paddlers, discover hidden spots, beaches and coves.
1. Carbis Bay
The calm waters of Carbis Bay are perfect for SUP boarding. Whether you’re a beginner looking to learn how to paddle board, or if you’re simply looking for a beautiful spot to refine your techniques, this is the perfect spot! St Ives Bay is sheltered from most swells, so Carbis Bay Beach is a relatively calm body of water to paddle on, dependant on the conditions.
If you’re looking to learn from the professionals, take lessons with the Ocean Sports Centre, located on Carbis Bay Beach! The centre offers group lessons, where beginners can learn the basics of how to paddle board and ‘pop up’. You can also book private lessons, or a SUP clinic, which is great for improving your technique and becoming more confident on the water! Incorporate fun into your SUP experience and try out the Mega SUP, which fits up to 8 people on the one inflatable board!
Newquay has a number of stand-up paddle boarding spots that are perfect for people of all levels. Practice your SUP skills on the flat water in Newquay’s Harbour, or for more confident riders, try riding the waves at Towan Beach!
Perhaps try out a tour that’s suitable for all abilities (dependant on conditions) – meander along the Gannel River! From the lower part of the river, start by Newquay’s boating lake and travel through a salt marsh, before reaching Crantock Beach. Whether you’re looking to improve your skill, practice river paddling or ride the waves at the beach, you’re bound to have fun at this Newquay SUP boarding spot!
Falmouth is a stand-up paddle boarding paradise, with a number of beaches, coves and rivers to explore. WeSUP Paddle Boarding Centre, located on Gyllngvase beach, offer paddle boarding experiences for everyone! Explore the stunning south Cornish coast by paddling along the sub-tropical waters of Falmouth Bay. The centre offers taster lessons, beginner lessons and private lessons. They also offer the “Gylly Bay Tour”, which can be tailored to any group type! The centre even offers SUP Yoga!
There are some fantastic SUP boarding spots in Falmouth! Start your journey at Gyllyngvase beach and venture either side of the coast. To the left of the beach, venture to Pendennis Point and test your courage by cliff jumping! To the right of the beach, paddle beside the dazzling reef towards Swanpool Beach. Stop off for a famous ‘quirky’ ice cream from the Swanpool Beach Café, then venture further along the coast, past a number of cool coves and caves to Maenporth Beach.