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Last Friday I did something that i've been wanting to try FOREVER. I tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time. But it wasn't just your basic SUP........ oh no no, this was SUP with a twist, this was SUPER SUP where up to 8 people can all be on a gigantic SUP board at once. 

I managed to persuade my family to tag along with me (it didn't take much persuasion if i'm being honest, we're all quite an active, adventurous bunch). We got to Newquay Activity Centre for 9am and was greeted by our fabulous instructor Brendan. Once all the relevant paperwork had been completed we got wetsuited and booted.

It was an absolutely stunning morning, the sun was out in full force and it felt great to be up early making the most of a beautiful day. 
We set off with our massive paddle board and walked it down to the old lifeboat station at the gazzle (which is now an art gallery) and believe me when I say that board was heavy, we had to stop and swap arms on a couple of occasions. 

After Brendan explained the ins and outs of paddle boarding and showed us the technique he then gave us a little history lesson about the old lifeboat slip way (honestly he was like a tour guide.... I told you he was fabulous) and then explained what the gazzle actually was because we all had no idea (it's Cornish for armpit btw...... who knew!) we got the board into the water and started swimming out to it. Swimming in shoes is very weird and I haven't done it since I did my lifesaving swimming course when I was a teenager. 
Once on the board we got going, working as a team to get the board moving. We immediately spotted a seal bobbing her head out of the water but she swam away before we could get a bit closer. We started off on our knees which was nice and steady and we got a good rhythm going but when it was time to get up onto our feet,  well that was just hilarious. Trying to get 6 people steady on a board is difficult, we wobbled all over the place, I think mostly due to Brendan shaking the board on purpose! But boy was it fun. Dylan was the first to fall in and it wasn't long before we were all in. 
After a bit of cave exploring and finding out some more history about the smugglers caves we then played a few games which involved us pushing each other off the board, it was so much fun. Fletcher was crowned King of the SUP after being the last man standing on the board. We then had a bit more fun jumping off the board. My niece, Morgan did a cartwheel off the end, Fletcher, my sister Laura and I all dove off the end and Dylan made a pretty good attempt at a somersault. By the end we were all tired out and I felt like I'd completed a full body workout. 
It was genuinely a great day had by all, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did and we're already looking at returning to try the coasteering, I've even been on the hunt for my own wetsuit as I'd quite like to get in the sea a little more next year. 

So if you're looking for something fun and a bit different to try with your family, in a group or even on your own there is something for everyone at Newquay Activity Centre. They also offer all types of surfing lessons depending on what level you're at. They are the friendliest staff and have so much knowledge about the area. 

Thank you so much for having us NAC we honestly had a blast. 

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NB This was a complimentary experience offered to me in return for a review. All opinions are my own, genuine and completely honest. Please note that I would never recommend anything that I didn't truly love or enjoy. 

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