The coastline of the United Kingdom stretches around 11,000 miles, so there are plenty of great places where you can go to take part in some fun extreme watersports when you want to get your adrenaline pumping. From the sunny shores of Cornwall (yes, we do occasionally get sun in Britain), to the beautiful lochs in Scotland, Britain’s coast is a thing of beauty that can boast of headlands, islands, peninsulas, and bays. Below we are going to have a look at four of the best watersport activities that you can do in the UK.
The lakes and rivers in Britain provide ample opportunities for recreational and competitive paddlers, with plenty of locations being remote, surrounded by stunning scenery, and tranquil. The rivers through the UK are grade one to six, with one being a calm river and six representing a rough river. If you have not tried kayaking before, then you should try it out on one of Scotland’s many lochs or the lakes that you can find in the Lake District. The waters in these locations are peaceful, so you will be able to focus on finding your kayaking feet. These peaceful waters are great for those experienced kayakers who just want a leisurely afternoon out.
This watersport originated in Hawaii, but it has since gone on to become one of the more popular water activities in the world. It is pretty similar to surfing, but it is easier because you are standing on top of a wide and long board, while making use of a paddle to propel yourself across the water. This is a great way to relax and explore the river and canal systems that can be found throughout the UK. Dorset is a great place for this type of activity as there are jagged cliffs and stunning rock formations that line the coast, providing you with a great stand-up paddleboarding sea experience.
If you think yourself to be a thrill seeker, then you really need to give jet skiing a go. These vehicles are very easy to get the hang of and you will have a huge adrenaline rush when you are using one. They are great for when it comes to exploring inland lakes or cruising over the waves in the sea. You will be sitting down all the time, meaning that this is a great water sport for people who are looking for something exciting and leisurely. If you have a lot of experience with a sit-down jet-ski, then you can try the stand-up variety, which are harder to come to terms with. There are many great jet skiing locations throughout Britain, but one of the best destinations is Cornwall due to its stunning beaches. It must be said that jet skiing is one of the most expensive watersports, but it is certainly worth it.
Flyboarding is highly popular at the moment and it is possible to give it a go in the UK. Frank Zapata, a jet ski champion, was the one who made this watersport popular after footage of him flying over waves on some type of weird looking machine went viral. Many who saw the video got the urge to go and give it a shot themselves. Flyboards look like something from a futuristic movie, but they are quite simple bits of technology. The boots draw in the water and then propel it out at such speeds that you will be sent soaring high into the air. This really is one of the most entertaining types of watersports that you can do.