Christchurch's spectacular location at the edge of the Jurassic World Heritage Coast and on the shores of its own natural harbour makes it the perfect destination for watersports enthusiasts of all ages.
Local sailing clubs regularly host national regattas and windsurfers travel from all over the country to enjoy the wave sailing at Avon Beach and Steamer Point and to compete in national championships.
Body boarding is popular with most ages and skimboards are great for catching a ride at the water's edge.
As well as the traditional type of canoeing, sit-on-top kayaking has become very popular over the years and the waters of the rivers Stour and Avon and Christchurch Harbour are perfect for paddling and exploring.
If you fancy a thrill, why not try a fast boat ride from Mudeford Quay - WARNING, will lead to a bad hair day! Or if you prefer a more leisurely trip, seasonal ferry services operate to Mudeford Sandbank from Mudeford Quay and Christchurch Quay.
Christchurch is embracing it's involvement with The 2012 Olympics and Robert Pattisson will be opening an exciting exhibition in May 2012 at the Red House Museum. The exhibition entitled 'Our Olympic Glory'- will celebrate Christchurch's link to the Olympics.