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Added 11 months ago


SUP Adventure Trip Of A Lifetime

Added 11 months 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 11 months 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 11 months ago

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

So what is SUP?

Added 11 months 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 12 months 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 1 years 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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Harlyn Surf Release Their Surf School App

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Pic Of The Day | Harlyn Bay, Cornwall

Added 1 years ago

 Here is another shot of the amazing clouds tonight taken by instructor Matt

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