Downwind is the most fun that can be had on any craft but downwind paddling on an OC presents unique challenges, particularly in the bigger boats. Unifying paddling and surfing skills paddlers takes full advantage of strong winds and open ocean swells on a one way adrenalin fuelled journey. Despite this, paddling downwind can be immensely frustrating particularly as others seem to effortlessly slip by or continually missing bumps on a run. This is what makes downwind paddling unique, its mixture of art and skill – it is something which can take a lifetime to master (if this is at all possible) and what brings us back again and again to go just that little bit faster.
We will help you recognise the right swell or bump to go for; when to paddle hard and when to ease off. Ultimately we want to get you onto the faster moving lumps of open ocean swell with the least amount of effort. The aim is, to paddle confidently with correct technique, negotiate swells and above all be safe.
The beauty of St’Ives Bay is not only its stunning coastline but access to a variety of paddling conditions from chasing 200m wave rides at the ‘Poles’ or ‘Breakwater’, downwinding across the bay or access to alternative wind directions on the south coast only 15 minutes drive away. What ever your current ability we will be able to access conditions ideal for you.