Surfing Beaches in Wales 2
The core of Welsh surfing centres in the south and on the Gower Peninsula, yet expands up through Pembrokeshire and into mid Wales, right up to the north and onto the Lyn Peninsula. It has one of the most varied stretches of coastline with scenery varying from industrial backdrops, to mountains, picturesque cliffs, coves and beaches. Surf breaks range from mellow beach breaks to full on, high octane reef breaks.
South Wales has a similar climate to Devon and Cornwall and benefits from the same swells although they tend to be a little smaller. There are plenty of surf schools around, and the beginner friendly spots of Rest Bay and Porthcawl prove popular with city surfers from the Midlands and London.
Llangennith in the heart of the Gower is a three-mile stretch of beach and is popular with beginners and experts. It is also the home of PJ’s surf shop run by Welsh surf legend and former European champion Pete Jones.
North Wales is less consistent yet has some real gems. With the right conditions, Hell’s Mouth is the area’s best known surfing spot with Aberdaron offering a smaller option if the latter is too big. The nearby village of Abersoch has a real surf feel thanks to its surf community, surf shop and surf school at Hell’s Mouth.
In 2015, the Surf Snowdonia water park opened in the Conwy Valley, providing an artificial in-land wave making surfing even more accessible than ever.