River Super SUP & Forage Tour

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A Super Day For A Super SUP In Newquay – Exploring The Past 

Vol 2 Part I

By James Fisher

Here at Newquay Activity Centre we’ve recently been appreciating the past so we can plan ahead for the future. Being surrounded by crystal-clear water, Atlantic swell and dramatic coastline means that we feel inspired every single day to provide the best activities we possibly can. When it comes to surf lessons in Cornwall, we’ve got you covered with our variety of options to choose from here. The same goes for coasteering, bodyboarding and stand up paddle boarding in Newquay too. Another big option (pun intended) is our super stand up paddle board section. 

If you’ve ever enjoyed the ocean with your friends or family then you know just how much fun can be had out there. There’s something magical about the ocean, you don’t need an awful lot of equipment to have a good time. Often less is more and that’s exactly the philosophy behind our Super SUP Tours in Newquay. Strip away lots of little boards and stick the whole team on one big one – only then will you appreciate the ultimate fun and teamwork needed to navigate these giant inflatable beasts. 

Over the years we’ve had many reincarnations of our Super SUP lessons. We’ve provided fun and laughter to hundreds of customers and introduced the world of giant stand up paddle boarding to our epic little corner of the world. As paddle tours and Super SUP safaris have evolved though we’ve naturally had to say goodbye to some old favourites. 

This mini-series of blogs has been taking a look at some recent classics and taking time to appreciate how far we’ve come. Today we’re looking at our previously offered River Super SUP & Forage Tour. 

The Monster SUP

Estuary forage adventure

  • Epic river super SUP tour and lesson with a foraging focus
  • Explore Newquay’s secluded River Gannel estuary
  • Adrenaline-fuelled fun – combine super SUP and foraging skills
  • Sample local wild food produce

One of our most popular group activities takes on a new twist! Experience the fun and giggles of navigating our giant super SUP and learn how to forage at the same time!  If you aspire to follow in Ray Mears’ footsteps and enjoy an exhilarating time on the water, this unique activity is definitely for you!

Super SUP – super fun!

Ideal for families, friends and adventurous groups, book a river super SUP tour with a difference. After a safety brief and land-based paddle instruction, your group will hit the calming waters of Newquay’s River Gannel – a protected marine conservation area abundant with rare plant species and seasonal produce.

Together with your instructor, you’ll put your new paddle techniques into practise and navigate the giant Super SUP across the river. Along the way, you’ll identify local river wildlife and points of interest.

Pausing at Penpol Creek, a secluded tranquil lagoon, you’ll paddle under overhanging trees and forage for wild mushrooms known as ‘wood ear’. Before continuing your journey, there’ll be time for optional games as you try to outrace your team in ‘tug of war’, ‘last man standing’ and our favourite, a ‘capsize survivor’ challenge. Will you succeed and avoid getting wet?!

Learn how to river forage

Penpol Creek’s also home to a threatened flora species – sea celery. You’ll moor up the super SUP and forage wild food produce that you’ll find in many Cornish restaurants including samphire, sea beet and sea purslane – a British sea vegetable with edible sea-salt tasting leaves. Wander into the woods and discover more flora and fauna including the UK’s most deadly plant which, we hasten to add, isn’t safe to eat!

Paddle back up stream while pausing to forage the estuary’s salt marshes and seagrass beds. Soak in the tranquil scenery before heading back to Newquay Activity Centre and resting those paddle weary arms!

What’s Included

  • Scenic river super SUP and forage lesson and tour
  • Instruction on paddle techniques and navigating the super SUP
  • Weather condition, tide checks and safety brief
  • Foraging instruction and guidance
  • Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, super SUP and paddles
  • Flora and fauna identification
  • 10% off our other adventure activities
  • Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)

We have plenty of other options for super stand up paddle boarding in Cornwall, each one offering a different aspect depending on where your passions lie. Be it history, heritage, eco or adrenaline, we have something for everyone!

If you would like to see what paddle boarding in Newquay can offer you, feel free to get in touch via our online chat. Alternatively you can head over to our Super SUP FAQ page where you’ll find all of the answers you’re looking for. Check out our full range of super stand up paddle boarding in Cornwall activities here. Booking can be completed quick and easily online through our website for any activity you may be interested in. We hope to see you in our new centre soon!


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