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Water sports

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.

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.

If you’re ready to go one step further, Camel Ski School offers wakesurfing – a combination of surfing and wakeboarding – on the Camel Estuary.

Water skiing

The Camel Estuary is a great place for water skiing, either using your own boat, with the Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club, or through the Camel Ski School. Most skiers start from Rock, and you’ll need to buy a permit from the sailing club, or from the Beachmaster next door, if you're heading out without an instructor.

A range of sailing events are hosted at the nearby Rock Sailing and Water Ski Club, including Shrimper Week and Camel Week

Coasteering

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.

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, Harlyn Surf School in Padstow offer beginner lessons on the calm waters of the Camel Estuary. Once you’re able to stand up and manoeuvre the board, you could build your confidence and see more of the scenery with a guided SUP tour around the estuary or coast (all equipment provided).

If you’d rather venture out independently, boards and wetsuits can also be hired from Harlyn Surf School, and from Wavehunters in Polzeath.

Kayaking

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.

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.

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