With over 600 miles of beautiful coastline, the South West of England naturally plays host to some of the country´s finest water sports centres, offering a staggering choice of exciting water based experience days.
From exploring the stunning and tranquil rivers of South Devon to catching huge waves as they rip and curl onto the world famous beaches of Newquay, Bude and Croyde - you have an un-paralleled choice of fantastic experiences to choose from.
Surfing obviously springs to mind when you talk about water sports in Cornwall. Every year Newquay hosts international surf and wind-surf competitions, thanks to the natural phenomena of the coastline which is the breeding ground for perfect waves. Whether you are a complete novice or the next Kelly Slater, you will find the ideal surfing experience day for you. Private surf lessons, group surf lessons, surf lessons for couples - you name it and you´ll find it.
From the exciting atmosphere of Europe´s Atlantic surf capital, the other side of the South West coastline offers totally different experience days. For couples, families or indeed groups why not join a Canadian style Voyager Canoe Adventure and witness South Devon´s beauty in all its magnificent splendour. These gentle canoe trips follow the River Dart as it meanders´ through some of the country´s most spectacular scenery. Stop for a BBQ or picnic on a shady riverside beach or fill yourself up on delicious homemade ice cream at one of the charming little hamlets nestling along the river banks. You could even schedule a stop at Sharphams Vineyard and explore the acres of perfectly cultivated vine orchards while enjoying a glass or two of their award winning wines and cheeses. Managed by the National Trust, Agatha Christies Devon home ‘Greenway´ is visible from the river and well worth a visit.
Stepping up a gear you might like to try your hand at Water Skiing or Wakeboarding. Both of the experiences take place in Exmouth which includes a RIB ride out to the famous River café where you can watch life go by after your experience, sipping a cool drink and enjoying a tasty lunch. For you speed fans, also on offer are the exciting Zap Cat experiences. These tiny but incredibly fast powerboats are the ultimate adrenaline thrill and take place along the beautiful beaches of South Cornwall. Enjoy a passenger blast, leaping over waves or learn how to drive one yourself from top RYA instructors.
Kite surfing is now one of the top water sports activities in the South West and needless to say you can find superb experience days on offer on both coasts. Novices are as welcome as experienced surfers so there is always something for everyone. If you would like to keep yourself dry but still enjoy the power of kite sports then why not try out a Kite Buggy or Blokart Land Yacht experience.
Other great South West watersports days out include sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and coasteering, all of which are available as experience days that you can enjoy yourself or give as fantastic gifts.
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