Watersports in Cornwall

When you think of watersports in Cornwall, you probably think of surfing, and rightly so, as Cornwall is home to some of Europe’s best surfing hotspots. But there’s more fun to be had in the Cornish waters than merely catching a wave; in Cornwall, you can try your hand at stand-up paddleboarding – a watersport that’s surging in popularity. Shark fishing and canoeing are also popular outdoor pursuits.

Two surfers at Fistral Beach

Fistral Beach by Bryan Ledgard licensed under CC BY 2.0

Popular watersports in South Cornwall

  • Shark fishing – Fishing Cornwall, Polperro: Aboard Fishing Cornwall’s Invictus catamaran you’ll have the opportunity to fish for shark, mackerel, reef and conger eels. Evening fishing trips are also available

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Popular watersports in North Cornwall

  • Surfing – Fristral Beach, Newquay: Cornwall is renowned for its stunning beaches and their optimum surfing conditions, and Fistral Beach is no exception. In fact, it’s regarded by many to be the best surfing destination in Europe
  • Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) – Harlyn Surf School, near Newquay: With its roots in Hawaii, this sport has grown in popularity in recent years, and nowhere in the UK is it more popular than in Cronwall. At Harlyn Surf School you can rent all the equipment you need, as well as have a lesson to get you started
  • Swimming – Bude Sea Pool, Bude: This tidal pool was created in the 1930s. It provides a safe place to swim in the refreshing Atlantic waters, and is free of charge. Man-made, but surrounded in natural beauty, swimming at Bude is a unique experience

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Popular watersports in West Cornwall

  • Kite surfing – Ocean High, Marazion: The beach at Marazion lends itself perfectly to kite-surfing, and when the wind is south-westerly, which it often is, the conditions couldn’t be better. Ocean High offers a number of courses beginning with a half-day taster
  • Windsurfing, rowing and canoeing – Loe Beach Watersports Centre, near Truro: Loe Beach’s location makes the waters here calm and safe, and from the Watersports Centre you can rent equipment for just about every watersport imaginable. There’s also a delightful café nearby offering refreshments

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Popular watersports in Bodmin Moor and the Tamar Valley

  • Wakeboarding – Lakeview Wakepark, Bodmin: Cable wakeboarding is available at Wakeview Lakepark, enabling you to comfortably try your hand at the exciting activity. The park also offers spa treatment and has a swimming pool and gym

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At a glance

With more than 300 miles of coastline, and it's many rivers, estuaries and lakes, there's a variety of wet and wild fun to be had in Cornwall

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