Written by Nat Louis
If you have visited us recently you may have noticed the arrival of some handmade bellyboards in reception and our shop. No, they weren't left behind by a guest who tried it once. We have collaborated with our good friends at Dick Pearce to bring a selection of custom bellyboards inspired by the colours of Bedruthan.
These are the eco-friendly alternative to polystyrene and foam bodyboards, which are often discarded after use and end up in landfill. As well as being an eco-friendly option for coastal exploration, bellyboards have a rich history here in Cornwall.
Records show that the sport was popular as early as the 1920s. In fact, Perranporth, located on the north coast of Cornwall around 40 minutes from Bedruthan, is considered by many to be the birthplace of bellyboarding in the UK. The first ever British Bellyboarding Championships were held in Perranporth in 2002, and since then the annual Bellyboarding Championships have moved around the North Coast of Cornwall, attracting enthusiasts from around the country.
In addition to Perranporth, there are several other beaches in Cornwall that are popular with bellyboarders, including Fistral in Newquay and Porthmeor in St Ives and Chapel Porth. These beaches have long been known for their excellent surf conditions, and bellyboarding has become an important part of the surfing culture in the area.
Riding along a wave with nothing more than a hand shaped plank of wood is a very uniquely naïve experience of fun and adrenaline for the whole family.
Our bellyboards are available for hotel guests to hire during their stay and for purchase here.