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Water sports

Stand up on it, dive into it, or paddle through it… However you enjoy the water, enjoy it to the full.

Surrounded by some of the best surfing and water sports locations in Cornwall, we’re spoilt for choice. It doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro; being on holiday is all about embracing freedom and trying something new.

Surfer on the headland at Polzeath Beach

Windsurfing and kitesurfing

You’ll find the best conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing at Daymer Bay, with its perfect combination of clean wind and Atlantic rollers. Hire one of our houses close to the beach or park in the Daymer Bay car park, which sits just above the sand. If you’re a beginner, the more sheltered areas near Ferry Point and Porthilly Beach are good places to start.

Kitesurfing at Daymer Bay, North Cornwall


If you’re ready to go one step further, Camel Ski School offers wakesurfing – a combination of surfing and wakeboarding – on the Camel Estuary. Their specialist boat the Axis T22, creates a much bigger and steeper wave than the waterski boats, making it perfect for wakesurfing.

Wakesurfing on the Camel Estuary

Water skiing

The Camel Estuary is a great place for water skiing. If you have your own boat you can ski with the Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club. Most skiers start from Rock and you'll need to buy a permit from the Sailing Club or from the Harbour Master next door if you're heading out without an instructor. For those without a boat, there's Camel Ski School, based on The Pontoon. They cater for all abilities and are accredited by the British Waterski and Wakeboard Federation.

Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club, North Cornwall


If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll love coasteering: a high-energy mix of swimming, scrambling, climbing and diving. Cornish Rock Tors, based in Port Gaverne, provide introductory and intermediate experiences that take in the best of the North Cornwall coastline.

Coasteering with Cornish Rock Tors in North Cornwall

Stand up paddle boarding

A great (and more relaxed) alternative to surfing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is rapidly growing in popularity. If you’re new to the idea, Camel Ski School in Rock offers one hour 'Pay & Play' sessions. At the beginning of the session you’ll get a quick land briefing on how to stand on and paddle the board and then you’ll head out onto the Estuary to ‘play’ and practise your new skills. There will be a qualified member of the Camel Ski team on a safety boat out on the water with you at all times should you need any additional guidance or help. There are a few different routes all within the Estuary depending on the wind and tide conditions. For larger groups, Camel Ski also has a ‘Monster SUP’ that is 15 foot long! The Monster can take up to six people, which makes it a great activity for families and groups.

If you’d rather venture out independently, boards and wetsuits can also be hired from Wavehunters in Polzeath or Cornish Rock Tors in Port Gaverne.

The Camel Estuary, Rock, North Cornwall You will be spoilt for choice with all the watersports to choose from at Rock


Slow down to paddle pace with a guided sea kayak tour. If you’re a beginner, both Cornish Coast Adventures and Cornish Rock Tors offer safe, instructor-led sessions, with the chance to spot some fantastic wildlife as you go. If you’re already proficient and have completed a standard session, venture out on an advanced sea kayaking tour with Cornish Rock Tors: you’ll stay out a little longer, with a chance to explore more of the Port Gaverne coastline.

Kayaking in Port Gaverne, North Cornwall

Jet skiing

Pop down the coast to Newquay for a jet ski tour with Cornwall Waverunner Safaris. Choose from taster and advanced sessions and jet ski safaris, taking in miles of Newquay’s waters. If you’re visiting us for a corporate break or celebration, opt for a group experience with extras like food and activities.

Boat tours with Wavehunters in North Cornwall
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