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Estuary SUP Tour

Estuary SUP Tour

£75 pp

2 hrs
Over 8
 Idyllic SUP safari along the beautiful Gannel Estuary
 Free photography for you with this activity!*
 Full safety briefing and a lesson in correct techniques
 No prior experience is required; all kit included
The Gannel Estuary feels a world away from the buzz of Newquay. Bordering the town just south of the headland, this sheltered stretch of water flows with the tide and is perfect for exploring by standup paddleboard.
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What's Included

  • Informative and relaxed River Gannel Paddleboard tour
  • Qualified and knowledgeable SUP instructors
  • A wetsuit, buoyancy aid, SUP board and paddle provided
  • Heated changing rooms and secure storage for your valuables
  • Hot outdoor showers, plus separate male and female toilets
  • Full safety briefing, kit familiarisation and weather condition checks
  • Option to meet at the River Gannel if preferred
  • River Gannel wildlife watching and identification
  • Tales of the area’s rich history, biodiversity and heritage
  • A 10% discount on further Newquay Activity Centre activities
  • Discount card for apres SUP food and drink at local bars and cafes
  • A 15% discount at Newquay’s Rip Curl store
  • A dog sitter if you require it. Just contact us for more details.
  • Excellent bad weather options in case of adverse conditions – we’ll get you guys in the water! This activity can go ahead in the rain – no worries!


If you want to learn some new skills while exploring Newquay’s quieter side, this is the tour for you. With the correct safety advice and instruction, standup paddleboarding is quick and easy to learn. First, our instructors will teach you the basics, then the tour sets off with a relaxing paddle along the scenic Gannel Estuary. Most of our SUP groups begin paddling on their knees, advancing to a standing position when they feel safe, balanced and confident enough to do so.

Our Estuary SUP Tour has been designed to teach you many core skills. These include how to launch and land, stand up and balance, hold your paddle, perform basic strokes and make directional changes. This tour is a great place to start if you’re completely new to standup paddleboarding. The calm, clear water of the estuary makes for an excellent learning experience.

There is no pressure on our Estuary  SUP Tour. Feel free to enjoy the session from the comfort of your knees, or give standing up a go – it’s entirely up to you! Our experienced instructors are there to help, no matter your skill level.


The River Gannel flows north to the coast, joining Newquay’s tidal estuary towards the vast sands of Crantock Beach. The water meets the sea in long and winding rivulets that you’ll navigate on your boards following our expert SUP instructor.

During the adventure, you’ll flow with the tide beneath overhanging trees, past magnificent dune systems and through clear water pools. It’s a peaceful setting that’s packed with history and wildlife.

To call the Gannel a river is to somewhat undersell it. The Gannel will be like your very own winding stretch of crystal-clear ocean water, flowing its way along golden shores, against a backdrop of vibrant green hills and woodland.


The Gannel Estuary is a different habitat to the rugged cliffs and surfing coves of Newquay. Its sheltered waters have carved a unique route through the sandbanks, and with no swell to negotiate, it’s the perfect place to learn the basics of standup paddleboarding.

This is a simple activity to learn and it’s super addictive to practise. With the expert guidance of our SUP instructors, your board becomes the perfect platform to see the Gannel’s wildlife up close, including a vast array of native bird life. Look out for everything from curlews and little egrets to different types of gull. Otters and kingfishers have also been known to make an appearance, along with the local seals that sometimes pop up to say hello.


As you paddle through the estuary, you’ll discover Penpole Creek. Once known as the Port of Truro, this is where goods would be sailed in and transported to the southern coast of Cornwall. The remains of the quay and the moorings of small sailing boats are still visible – if you know where to look.

Listen out for “The Crake”. This haunting cry, heard day and night, is said to be the sound of a thousand human souls forever trapped in the Estuary waters. The legend lives on: “Like a thousand voices pent up in misery, with one long wail dying away in the distance.” It’s a chilling tale – and a memorable one to take back home.

A few times this has been referred to as ‘River SUP Tour’ but I’ve changed it to ‘Estuary SUP Tour’ to keep it consistent with the headline


After launching the company in 1996, we have catered for over 200,000 guest experiences. Through 27 years of offering coastal experiences in Newquay, our coastal and Gannel estuary Paddleboarding lessons and tours include signature routes that get the best of the daily weather conditions.

The Newquay Activity Instructors pass through a 3 month long training course prior to starting work in order to deliver our lessons and tours. Using professional, technical advice from the counties top level paddle sports expert, John Paul Eatock, the standards of safety while maintaining fun lesson delivery are sky high. Each of our instructors are qualified as a minimum, with a Beach lifeguard (or equivalent) and a British Canoe Paddlesports leader.


We take huge pride in providing the best paddleboarding tours and offering an amazing experience for our guests.  Don’t just take our word for it though, our reviews back this up!  We have over 3000 5 star Tripadvisor reviews and some amazing Google reviews…

We’re number one rated for Outdoor Activities in Newquay for a reason!


We are licensed by AALA (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority) and are a recognised Training centre for SLSGB (Surf Life Saving Great Britain), the only one in Newquay. We are also a British Canoeing Delivery Partner which is a testament to our constant high standards of paddlesports delivery.

Our instructors are trained and qualified to the following standards:


You can learn more about our instructors qualifications and what they mean on our blog.


We are 3 x Cornwall Tourism Awards Winner and 1 x South West Tourism Awards Winner

As well as the general public we have also delivered activities for a number of special clients including:

  • The England Rugby team
  • England Surfing Team
  • BBC Radio One
  • The Gadget Show
  • The Sunday Times
  • Cristian Dior


We are the number 1 choice for all local schools including:

  • Newquay Tretherras
  • Newquay Treviglas
  • Newquay Junior School
  • Mawgan in Pydar School
  • Cornwall College


Our safety record is unblemished, as we work alongside the RNLI to ensure conditions and activities are appropriate for our activities.  We also hold an Adventurous Activities Licensing Authority Licence (AALA) which ensures our standards are maintained at all times and checked by external bodies, we hold extensive public indemnity insurance with up to £10,000,000 cover, so you know you’re in safe hands, whatever outdoor activity you decide to do with us.

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