Foiling in Poole with Poole Harbour WatersportsImage credit: Poole Harbour Watersports

Love watersports? So do we! Our coast is a hot spot for watersports if you are a spectator, amateur or avid watersports fan, there is something for all.

Did you know being near water creates the blue mind effect? The term “blue mind” describes the somewhat meditative state our mind goes into when in, on, near or under water. It feels like Portugal here in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole with serene blue water and the growing watersports scene set against the backdrop of the Jurassic Coast.

Here are our top 6 fun watersports and some that are thrilling to take part in this year:

1. Paddleboarding (SUP) in Poole

Enjoyed by all, paddleboarding has blown up in popularity in the past few years. Poole harbour and beyond to Sandbanks provide the perfect paddle boarding setting with stunning views over to Brownsea Island. Poole Harbour Watersports are on hand to offer paddle boarding lessons and hire.

Book with Poole Harbour Watersports

2. Surfing in Bournemouth

Try surfing at Boscombe or Bournemouth Piers. It is a surfer’s paradise! Wetsuits and surfboards can be rented from Sorted Surf Shop. Remember to keep an eye on the swell for the best waves and luckily, Sorted Surf Shop have you covered with the Bournemouth Surf Cams installed to check from the comfort of your own home.

Book with Sorted Surf School

3. Windsurfing in Poole

Poole offers safe waters for windsurfing and is home to a few watersports schools operating in Poole harbour. Learn to windsurf amongst other water sports with the qualified instructors at Poole Harbour Watersports or EasyRiders. They both offer lessons or you can simply hire equipment. 

Book with EasyRiders or Poole Harbour Watersports

Surfing in Boscombe at sunsetImage credit: Adam McVey

4. Foiling in Poole

Foiling is the latest watersports craze for thrill seekers looking for new flying challenge! Learn or improve your kite, wind, wing or surf foiling with EasyRiders this year. A great water sports activity for those looking for a thrill.  

Book with EasyRiders

5. Sailing in Christchurch

With 1,400 small boat moorings in the Harbour, Christchurch is a hub of nautical activity and home to Christchurch Sailing Club and Mudeford Sailing Club. Learn to sail amongst other watersports with qualified instructors at ShoreSports. They offer courses, lessons and boat hire.

Book with ShoreSports

6. Canoeing in the New Forest

Take yourselves away and explore the 20kms of beautiful Beaulieu River east of Bournemouth for a different kind of water adventure. Explore the wildlife and creeks in a Canadian style canoe in a session to suit you and your fellow canoers. The wildlife lovers amongst your group will love bird spotting and admiring the moon jellyfish on your river adventure.

Book canoeing with New Forest Activities




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