SUP Spots in Cornwall
Laura Ramage - 18th January 2017
Cornwall has a coastline of over 400 miles, so it’s the perfect place for SUPing. With miles of sandy beaches, winding estuaries, rugged coves, historic harbours and sheltered creeks, you really are spoilt for choice. We have picked out our 5 favourite spots:
SUP spot 1 - Gannel Estuary
A couple of miles outside of Newquay, the Gannel Estuary is perfect for SUPing. ThisSUP adventure really gives you the opportunity to connect with nature. You can explore winding banks that will lead you along the Pentire headland to Crantock beach. During your journey you can enjoy the pristine aquamarine water and beautiful views of the beach and surrounding countryside.
It's advised that you only SUP along the estuary for one hour around hide tide.You can launch your SUP at the beach, where the estuary flows into the sea.
Start by paddling away from the beach up the Estuary. After 30 minutes you will need to head back before the tide starts to change direction. On days where there are no waves and light wind you will also be able to SUP at the beach.
There is SUP hire at one of the huts on the beach in the main season, however you will need to get there early before they are all rented out. There is also a company in the car park running SUP tours.
SUP spot 2 - Roseland Peninsula
The pretty Roseland Peninsula is on the South Coast of Cornwall in-between St Austell and Falmouth. One of the best places to SUP is along the Fal Estuary. You canset out on your voyage from the Percuil Sailing Club, and from there you can paddle towards a little village on the right called St Mawes. In total it’s a one hour round trip. This journey will lead you pastincredible houses, as well as some very pretty yachts. Once you arrive at St Mawes you will be offered unbelievable views across to Falmouth.
It's really easy to paddle along the estuary providing you go at mid to high tide and in light winds. Always check the conditions with the locals before starting your journey. Also be aware, there may also be other water vehicles moving up and down the estuary.
You can hire SUPs from the Percuil Sailing Club.
SUP spot 3- Stithians Lake
Stithians lake is another great place to SUP in Cornwall. It's actually a great place to go if you are a complete novice because you can practice your technique in much calmer and safer water. The lake is beautiful and somewhere you can experience a range of wildlife. In the summer months Jen Austin from Shine Yoga also runs SUP yoga classes on the lake, which is definitely one to try.
The team at the lake will only let you SUP if the conditions are safe.
You can hire a SUP at the lake.
SUP spot 4 - Newquay Harbour
At hide tide you can SUP at Newquay harbour. You can paddle past the boats through to the harbour entrance. Once you have passed the entrance you will experience incredible views across Newquay. There are many beautiful beaches to explore in the area such as Great Western, Tolcarne or Lusty Glaze Beach.
Newquay Harbour is a great place to SUP when there is little or no swell and wind at the beaches. Always check with the lifeguards before heading out. Also remember that this is a working harbour so always give way to the larger watercraft.
There are a few surf shops in Newquay town where you can hire SUPs.
SUP spot 5 - Camel Estuary
The Camel Estuary is one of Cornwall's areas of outstanding Beauty. It covers many miles from Wadebridge inland, past Padstow and out into the ocean. There are various spots along the estuary where you can experience the local wilderness, visit beautiful beaches and explore secluded creeks.
The estuary is again impacted by tides and winds, with high tide and light wind being best. You will need to make sure you get local advice before heading off.
There are quite a few places to hire SUPs in the area, or alternatively you can book a SUP safarior guide.
What to wear
The type of water apparel you will need to wear whilst SUPing in Cornwall will really depend on what the temperature of the weather and water is like. On a cooler day you will need a good 3/2 wetsuit or neoprene leggings and a vest. On hot days you could SUP in a neoprene one piece or even a bikini if you don’t intend on falling in. Either way you need to ensure that whatever you wear is comfortable and it doesn’t restrict movement. You can see GlideSouls amazing full range of women’s waterwear here.