A windsurfing centre in Cornwall has scooped a tourism award for the quality of its tuition. At the annual Cornwall Tourism Awards, the Polkerris Beach Company collected the Silver accolade for Leisure Experience of the Year.

Polkerris Beach provides a full range watersports both for local people and holidaymakers. The award was judged on the centre's short taster sessions but the full range of facilities and the business as a whole are scrutinised as part of the process.

Centre Manager, Bob Shillito said “Given the importance of tourism to the Cornish economy, the tourism awards are hotly contested and this proves that a modern, well-equipped windsurfing centre can compete with the best across a huge range of leisure experiences on offer in the South West. The award is a terrific endorsement of our efforts to present windsurfing in the best possible light".

“With the one-and-a-half hour tasters we aim to give people the opportunity to get out on the water and try something new, adventurous and challenging. They complement our courses and regular Team15 club sessions, for local children and adults."

Set in a stunning , sheltered location on the South Coast of Cornwall near Fowey, the Polkerris Beach Company operates its watersports centre off a sandy beach protected by a harbour wall. The Company also manages the private beach, as well as operating a shop, cafe and holiday accommodation, all of which are designed to enhance the experience for watersports enthusiasts.

Established in 2008, the family business is run by Bob and Lynn Shillito, with son George – a Tushingham team rider and regular Boards contributor – leading the windsurfing tuition.

More at www.polkerrisbeach.com