2-hour river SUP lesson and guided tour
History focussed - discover the heritage of the River Gannel
SUP tuition from our expert, friendly instructors
Ideal for beginners
Second World War bombings, haunted creeks and smugglers deeds! We’ve combined fun facts with a SUP lesson on Newquay’s River Gannel estuary. Learn how to navigate the river on a SUP whilst discovering the history of one of Newquay’s secluded spots.
Newquay’s River Gannel - steeped in history
Up until the 1800’s, sailors used the River Gannel as passage to deliver coal and limestone to Newquay - once called ‘Towan Blystra.’ You’ll paddle past the remains of an old shipyard and lime kiln, used to burn limestone for spreading on soil to improve its quality.
Listen out for the cry of The Crake on your tour - a wailing sound unique to the River Gannel heard at various times during the day and night. Is it a bird or a tortured human soul? You decide!
Second World War shipwreck
But that’s not all. And the sea isn’t the only place you’ll discover shipwrecks.
In the Second World War, enemy air forces targeted the museum ship Ada, mistaking it for a warship. The bombs missed and landed at nearby Trethellan Farm. The Ada fell into disrepair and later burnt in 1959.
SUP skills and techniques
As well as a history tour, you’ll develop basic SUP skills to navigate your way along the river. Before hitting the water, you’ll get a full brief and kit familiarisation talk with our instructors. They’ll run through some safety procedures and give you the essentials on-land first. From basic paddle strokes to using your knees to get to your feet, they’ll guide you every step of the way.
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2-hour River Gannel heritage SUP lesson and tour
Expert SUP tuition - basic paddle strokes, turns and balance techniques
Full safety brief
Wetsuits, buoyancy aids, helmets, SUP and paddles
History and heritage focus
10% off our other adventure activities
Discount card for apres surf food/drink and the Rip Curl shop (15%)