On May 24th in Newquay it was a warm spring day and for most of the towns and villages inland in Cornwall, it stayed that way all day. However along the coast it was a different matter…
At around midday a thick sea mist blew onto the coast reducing visibility dramatically. Most beaches were red flagged and many ferry routes cancelled. However a few surfers (familiar with the beaches) still surfed. Here are a few images from that afternoon.
There has been a real surge in the popularity of stand up paddle boarding in the last few years. The sport has become more and more popular in Cornwall and perhaps nowhere more so than in Newquay.
With some talented local SUP-ers and shapers based in the town, the sport has gone from strength to strength. For some, this is a wonderful thing to see happening, but for others (including many shortboarders) it’s viewed with some cynicism.
As more and more people enter the line up to practice their new hobby on giant boards, can the shortboards and those on ‘big boards’ really live in harmony?
Image by Dave Young
Accused of wave hogging and being a potential danger to other surfers, stand up paddle boarding is not without its critics. But where have all the SUP-ers come from? Have people really traded in their longboards for something bigger…have windsurfers traded in their sails for a paddle…or is it just people ‘giving it a go’?
Whatever the reason, stand up paddle boarding is certainly on the up. So whether you love it or hate it, there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to SUP-ing…here are the NewquaySurfer arguments, for and against.
The day before the sea mist crept in. The sky looked pretty interesting and it was the first decent surf for a few weeks in Newquay so there were a few folks on the beach. Photos taken on the 23/5/2012.