SUP Cornwall | Stand Up Paddle Boarding Cornwall


Where to SUP in Cornwall

Based in Plymouth at Reactive we have probably some of the best SUP locations in the UK. Cornwall has lots of beautiful, quiet picturesque estuarys to cruise around, these offer relaxing easy paddling, great for first trips or exploring with friends and most of them have gentle sand bar waves at the mouth. This sort of location is perfect for SUP as you'll have a deep water channel to paddle out in (no breaking waves) and easy uncrowded waves to ride. Hayle river mouth, St Ives Harbour Wall, Daymer Bay and Looe all provide great SUP waves on their day. When surfing a SUP you can explore other reef breaks further afield, further than would would ever paddle a surf board, the journey is all part of the experience. Catching larger waves on your SUP is not always that simple. If you're looking for bigger waves getting out can be a bit tricky. Getting over a head high breaking wave is not too difficult, but getting over 8 feet of white water isn't going to be too easy, always look for a channel around the white water. Venues with lots of white water are less suitable for SUP, it simply makes it more difficult to get out. Start in smaller surf and as you become more experienced try some bigger stuff. We have been running a SUP Night every wednesday for the last few years all year around for people to try out SUP 7pm each week , we've introduced hundreds of people to paddleboarding over the last few years often getting up to 30 people out paddling in the evenings click here for more information. for more info on the best beaches, check out our Beach Guide

SUP Etiquette

Being a SUP rider in a busy surf break is not going to make you many friends (just like canoes, kayaks and windsurfer's). Always start well away from other water user's, being hit by a 11ft surfboard isn't going to go down well. If you're riding with other surfers always let surfers drop in if they like (they don't usually). But never paddle on to a surfer's wave (he'll have spent a long time getting into the right place to catch it) you can also catch the next one alot easier. Simply give way to everyone else and stay well away from crowded surf. You can always paddle 200m away in no time and then have plenty of waves to yourself.

SUP Boards in Cornwall

At Reactive we have the best range of quality paddleboards to try on you trip we are the countrys leading Starboard Paddleboard dealer offering a full range of race boards to try or down to the tiny 6'6 surf paddle boards (more specialist boards on request). Click here to see our full range in our online shop or pop in and have a chat and see the boards and paddles in store we have flat water 5m away from the back of our shop (most of the day, tidal!) for you to come and test any board from the Starboard range . Starboard boards come in five constructions, TAC(full wood), Tuffskin (more robust with full foam deck all tuffskin boards also have windsurf option too!) Also Technora (ultralight) , AST (light) and Classic White (value, in selected models only). We'll always be happy to offer you a free paddle board trail out the back of the shop when the tide is in and chat over the range over a coffee in the shop afterwards.

Paddles in Cornwall

Black Aluminium "Cut to size shaft" Alround paddle with plastic blade. Starboard Full Carbon - This fantastic looking super lightweight paddle gives more performance per storke and feather light too "Cut to size shaft" or custom fit. SUPinsure. Stand Up Paddleboard Insurance. Online SUP insurance Quotes and Cover