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Top 6 Health benefits of SUP Boarding

Added 6 months ago

Top 6 Health Benefits of SUP Boarding- Written by David de Haan, owner of Standuppaddleboardsreview.com

At this point, it is okay to conclude that standup paddleboarding is one of the greatest sports of the 21st century. It has become a favorite to very many people—and you cannot blame them. SUP has very few limitations. Anyone, regardless of age and size, can enjoy it. It is the ultimate sport for the entire family, and this includes dogs and kids. Moreover, paddling can be done throughout the year, even during winter.

Our main goal here at Harlyn Surf School is to ensure that you learn how to SUP like a pro; but just as importantly, that you reap the commonly praised health benefits of this activity. Do not be fooled when you see SUPers looking calm and relaxed in the water; muscles are being worked. So what are these benefits that have people going all crazy over this sport?

Benefit 1: It Is Gentle To Your Body

Sports can be intense and strenuous to the body. Well, that is not the case with stand up paddleboarding. It is a low impact activity, very kind to your body. There is a minimal chance of you damaging your ligaments and tendons while SUPing. This can hardly be said for activities like weightlifting.

Paddling is, therefore, ideal for anyone looking for a gentle sport (that should be everyone) and it is recommended for rehabilitating athletes who have suffered injuries. It helps with the healing process without causing further damage.

Benefit 2:  It Burns A Ton Of Calories

This has got to be the best benefit of stand up paddling (but you be the judge). Many activities are no match for SUP when it comes to burning calories. While paddling leisurely, you burn double the number of calories you would burn while taking a normal paced walk.

Paddling leisurely entails SUPing at a moderate pace on calm waters and you can burn 305-430 calories in an hour. SUP yoga is an interesting variation of SUPing and helps you burn 416-540 calories in an hour. 

SUP racing is very intense—as you can imagine—and you burn the most calories while at it. You can burn an average of 713-1,125, depending on the intensity of your stroke, water conditions and wind speed. Good luck finding a fun workout that burns this much calories in an hour.

Benefit 3: It Reduces Stress Levels

It is common knowledge that when people spend some time in the water, they tend to relax. The water is very soothing to both the mind and the body. The pleasing sounds of water as you wade through it, the thrill of walking on water and the beautiful scenery all make you forget the world for a moment.

As you get into a paddling rhythm and lose yourself in nature, your brain releases endorphins and serotonin making you happy. This is a great way to combat depression and stress without having to pop pills that have side effects.

Benefit 4: It Keeps Your Heart Healthy

SUP enhances your cardio fitness. Given the modern-day lifestyle, where you do not often get the chance to eat healthily and exercise, your heart is at risk. As you paddle, your body is in constant motion which increases your heart rate and in turn, speeds up cardiovascular circulation. This minimizes the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack and diabetes, among others. A healthy heart also means a healthy you, in general. This benefit alone should be reason enough for you to get yourself one of these best inflatable paddle boards and hit the water.

Benefit 5: It Builds Your Endurance and Balance

There is no way you can become a good paddler without building your balance and endurance. To stay on the board, you need to attain and maintain an upright, stable position. At first, you will be doing more swimming than paddling and it is only through persistence that you will master the skill. After a while, you will notice that you are going for longer distances without getting tired or falling into the water.

You will realize that your focus and balance in day to day activities increases as you become better in SUP. This helps you handle life better and makes you healthier. If you play another sport like basketball or football, paddleboarding is a great way to enhance your balance while playing. It strengthens your ankles and weak muscles and reduces the risk of getting injured during games.

Benefit 6: It Is A Full Body Workout

Standup paddleboarding works just about every muscle in your body. For you to stand upright on the board, your leg muscles have to be engaged for the stability of the centre of gravity. Your arms, back and shoulders are used while propelling the paddle. The core, abdominal muscles and back are used to maintain balance.

Since balance is the most important part in SUPing, the core is the most used muscle which has greatly contributed to the sport being popular. Everyone desires to have abs of steal—and SUP has proven to be effective in attaining that.

Benefit 6: It Boosts Your Vitamin D Levels

More outdoor time means more sunlight on your skin. This translates to getting your vitamin D fix—something you will not be getting from working out in the gym. The sun is also soothing and relaxing which enhances your mental wellness. However, ensure that you wear sunscreen to protect your skin from burns.

Stand up paddle boarding is an outstanding sport. It is no surprise that it is growing fast and gaining popularity more than most other activities. Staying healthy today is a real challenge and SUP offers great solutions. This exercise is very gentle on your body, despite being intense. You get the numerous benefits without having to sustain injuries or straining your muscles too much. Standup paddling burns a lot of calories, even more than most of the common sports. It reduces stress levels—a reason for everyone to consider taking it up. Your day to day routine can make you go crazy.

Having Fun? - win some special prizes!

Added 11 months ago

If you are having fun let us know!

Ever keen to encourage the Boy scout/Girl guide in us all, we have some keyrings to give away.

With each year, we introduce more newcomers to the calm ocean waters of Harlyn Bay. From learning to surf, the fast growing sport of paddle boarding, the aqueous rocky adventures of coasteering and the adrenaline of sea kayaking, our 20+ years of fun have been a true adventure.

This year we have had an interesting British summer that has produced some great conditions for all watersport activities. We have also noticed a lot of last years faces returning for more fun on the water. We have got a few giveaways tucked away for those of you who are sharing the fun. Let us know that you have posted a recent picture of your trip to Harlyn Surf School and we will dig into our treasure chest and see what we can find.

Win a Multi Tool Keyring

Amongst the giveaways is a useful keyring, a multi-tool pen with a rubber grip, torch and can opener for those of you who like to be prepared. Do not forget, if you have posted a great photo of your trip on Facebook or Instagram, let us know and you may be lucky!


Where To Stay Near Harlyn Bay

Added 11 months ago

 Where to stay near Harlyn Bay


Harlyn Bay is one of the best family beaches in the UK. This beach is situated on the east of Trevose Head and on the west of Padstow and is one of the safest in the country. This crescent-shaped bay is popular place to just relax and unwind or participate in the many water sport activities such as learning to surf, experience sea kayaking, explore the rock cliffs on a coasteering trip or indulge in the UKs fastest growing sport of stand-up paddle-boarding.


We have listed the local places to stay and it is worth booking early due to seasonal demand.


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There are some great hotels nearby. Some offer therapies such as massage and beauty treatments, sports and social entertainment options. There are even those that offer childcare options to give you that extra peace of mind.


      Trevose Golf & Country club

      The Metropole Hotel

      Treglos Hotel Restaurant & Spa

      Carlyon Bay Hotel



Most of the campsites are family run with a high standard of amenities. Located within walking distance of the beaches with pet friendly areas. You can also hire caravans offering world class sea views. Tariffs vary as per the location, facilities and services offered. For motorhome owners, there are individually landscaped pitches with great sea views, water and electrical hook-up and drainage.


      Higher Harlyn Park

     Mother Iveys Bay Holiday Park


Self-Catering and Accommodation agencies


Booking a self-catering accommodation is the easiest holiday option when you have a large group or family. The cottages can accommodate 4-5 people and some have the option to book multiple units. You also enjoy facilities like Broadband connection and basic gadgets, utensils to run a kitchen, washing machine, Digital TV & DVD players, free parking etc.


        YHA Treyarnon

        Cornish Traditional Cottages

        Cornish Horizons

        Polmark Cottages

        Harbour Holidays


Other local accommodation




Bed & Breakfast accommodation offer the luxury of a high quality authentic English and Continental breakfast often sourced locally, Wi-Fi connection, TV and DVD player and more. Many are pet friendly too.


       The Old Ship Hotel Padstow

       Althea Library Padstow

       Woodlands Padstow

       London Inn

      Wingfield House


Caravan and campsite

From basic camping to pitches with full amenities are available to suit your budget.


        Padstow Touring Park

        Dennis Cove Camping

        Treyarnon Bay Camping

        Harlyn Sands

        Carnevas Park


        Atlantic Bays Holiday Park  




Reputed agencies have beautiful properties located around Padstow and surrounding villages. Some offer exclusive 5-star accommodation including stunning boutique homes and unique cottages. The properties offer all other facilities including a functional kitchen, entertainment options like TV &DVD, parking space and more.


     Ocean Blue

     Yellowsands Harlyn

       Perfect Stays 



Accommodation agencies


Depending on your priorities the agencies below cater for most types of holiday requirements.


      Harbour Holiday

      Cornish Horizons

        Raintree Holidays

       Classic Cottages  


You've got the bug, try instructing

Added 2 yearss ago


SUP Adventure Trip Of A Lifetime

Added 2 yearss ago

 Wanna be the world's first at something? We are proud to announce our SUP adventure to trip to Nepal and Bhutan run in conjunction with Live the Adventure - check it out!!

Pic of the Week | Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

Added 2 yearss ago

 Love this photo of Harlyn bay by car park man Johnny Bullingham. If you are visiting Harlyn and would like to buy some of his photos have a chat with him at the car park entrance.

Pic of the Day | Harlyn Beach, Cornwall

Added 2 yearss ago

 Easter 2016 at Harlyn! Great shot by local surfer Jamie Neale.

So what is SUP?

Added 2 yearss ago

 Blog by our great friends at www.cornishconcierge.com 

Move over surfing. There’s a new kid in town…


Definitely the water sport du jour, stand up paddle surfing (or stand up paddle boarding) originated in Hawaii as an offshoot of surfing, and has gained a somewhat cult following in recent years. Here in Cornwall, SUP (as it’s known to its many devotees) is fast becoming one of the most popular waterborne pursuits, thanks to the endless stretches of water that surround our beautiful county.

To give you a bit of a crash course in all things SUP, we asked Chris Rea, founder of the Harlyn Surf School (one of our wonderful preferred partners) to give us the low down and tell us why everyone should be hopping on a board and giving it a go…


So Chris. For the total novice – what exactly is SUP?

SUP stands for stand up paddle surfing. And, no prizes for working out that it entails standing on a board and paddling yourself around. Stand up paddle boards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. There are many different facets to SUP, paddling on rivers, oceans, estuaries, lakes and of course the ever increasing popularity of SUP yoga. There is something for everyone, gentle cruising, SUP exercise, SUP surfing, SUP expeditions and for the adrenaline junkies, SUP down-winding.

Learning the art of SUP with Harlyn Surf School

Who do you think would enjoy the sport?

SUP is for everyone who wants to try a new activity experience and discover a unique way of exploring wonderful areas.


Which are your favourite spots for SUP lessons?

We use include the stunning Camel Estuary, paddling both the Padstow and Wadebridge end and launching from the many beautiful beaches in the area. There are amazing coastal paddles when conditions allow. We are also exploring new areas to paddle and will be introducing them this year. We are also offering SUP yoga retreats in Crete and SUP expeditions to Bhutan and Nepal.

What makes Cornwall such a great place for SUP adventures?

Cornwall is perfect to learn to SUP as it offers such a diverse range of environments, the sheltered south coast, beautiful rivers and estuaries and the stunning north coast. There is something for everyone.

The Camel Estuary

What level of fitness do you need to give it a go?

A very basic level of fitness for intro sessions is required, if you can walk up the stairs without becoming out of breath, then you’re good to go. All the kit is supplied.

What advice would you give someone thinking about trying SUP for the first time?

Get an introduction from a recognised provider to teach you the basics.

Learning the ropes with a qualified instructor

What are the advantages of SUP over other water sports like surfing or kayaking?

The advantage SUP has over other sports is that it is a unique way to explore – you are standing up and paddling giving a much better vantage point to take in the wonderful scenery and wildlife. SUP is very diverse and has many different aspects as mentioned above. Gentle cruising can be much better for your body, especially if you suffer from lower back problems which surfing and kayaking can irritate. It’s also a really social sport, with new clubs starting up annually. SUP is a great way to improve general all round fitness and can be used at different intensity levels.


Are there any essential bits of kit you’d recommend or couldn’t live without?

The essential kit includes board, paddle and leash, and for novice paddlers a PDF. There is often no need to wear a wetsuit for flat water paddling once the basics have been learnt.


What has been your best SUP experience to date?

Too many to mention! Paddling in the Bay Area of San Francisco, the Hamptons, Abu Dhabi and the Algarve. In the UK, it has to be coastal paddling in my local area. If I had to choose two it would be Cornwall followed by wild camping and paddling in Abu Dhabi amongst the outer islands.

For the more adventurous, Chris and his team at the Water Skills Academy are offering you the opportunity to be part of a unique and one-off Stand Up Paddle Board experience across the Himalayas. Visiting Nepal and Bhutan, this spectacular adventure has access to parts of the planet rarely seen by western eyes, guided by some of the most experienced SUP guides and expedition leaders in the world. Descend the rivers of Bhutan by SUP and become the first people ever to SUP through Manas into India! For more information on this incredible adventure or their unique SUP trips to Crete, click here to contact us.

Waterskills Academy SUP adventure to Nepal & Bhutan

If all this has inspired you to give SUP a try, get in touch or email us onhello@thecornishconcierge.co.uk and let us arrange a private SUP experience with the fantastic Harlyn Surf School on your next trip to Cornwall.

Storms Batter Harlyn Surf Schools Shacks Once Again

Added 2 yearss ago

 Normal service resumed! Got a level container again after the battering from the mega storm!

Why Are Some Surfers 17 Times More Likely To Go Deaf?

Added 2 yearss ago

 Surfer's ear is a common cause of deafness among young people. Many surfers have heard of it but unfortunately most do not take adequate precautions to prevent it. It is widely known that using earplugs for surfing can prevent the problem. Unfortunately most do not know that a surfer's cap is also necessary to keep the condition at bay.

Recent research from ZenPlugs has shown that a certain group of surfers of 17 times more likely to go deaf. So what are they doing wrong?

Surfer's ear occurs due to an overgrowth of the bone around the opening to the ear canal. This happens in response to the cooling of the ear by the wind and water. The process and it's prevention are poorly understood as little research has been performed in this area.

ZenPlugs found their group by using social media. They also emailed the workers at Treliske hospital in Truro to find themselves a number of surfers who would be happy to take part in the research. 203 people filled in the questionnaire.

Surprisingly 60% of people who had been surfing for 10 years or more were already aware that they had the condition. It is likely that the actual number within the group is higher than this as many people may have the condition but have not had it diagnosed. Most of the people in the group surfed in and around Cornwall. Other research has shown that surfer's ear is less likely when surfing in warm waters. It does still occur due to the cooling effect of the evaporation of seawater from the ear. The evaporation and the cooling are sped up by wind. Image by www.magicseaweed.com


The survey showed that people who wear a surfing cap as well as earplugs are 17 times less likely to get surfer's ear. The small group who wore both of these more than 90% of the time did not get the problem at all, despite surfing for many years.  Conversely, most of the people who did not wear them ended up with the condition. The evidence also showed that the longer people had been surfing, the higher the chance of the problem emerging. It is interesting to note that some of the group never developed the affliction despite not taking any precautions. No cause for this was found but it is likely that they have some resistance. It is possible that there anatomy is different; narrow hairy ear canals may offer some protection. There is no evidence to support this.

Summary. When are you surfing wear earplugs regularly if you don't want to go deaf. This makes you 17 times less likely to lose your hearing.

Dr Toby Bateson



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