From hollow barrels to friendly beach breaks, Wales' impressive coast throws up some incredible opportunities for surfers. Whether you're a novice looking for a fun, reliable wave or an experienced surfer seeking out famous reefs, we've picked 10 amazing surf spots for you to check out.
Tywyn, Cardigan Bay
Usually working best around 1-2 hours either side of high tide, Tywyn can offer a great wave, ideal for beginners and more experienced surfers. It's generally a quiet spot so it's perfect if you're looking for a less crowded wave. Look out for wooden groynes along sections of the beach!
Llantwit Major, Glamorgan
Llantwit Major in the Vale of Glamorgan is an exposed beach offering fairly consistent waves in the winter months. When the conditions are right, Llantwit Major offers an outstanding wave. The point works best with large swells and can hold waves of up to six feet, definitely not suitable for beginners. With dramatic cliffs surrounding the beach, it's also an incredibly picturesque place to spend the day.
Manorbier is a small, south westerly facing bay with a famous reef break known as the "dak". Sheltered at high tide by the cliffs, Manorbier is worth checking out if the wind picks up elsewhere. It's best to go between mid and high tide during bigger swells. This wave is advised for only more experienced surfers.
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
Known as the most consistent surf spot in Wales, Freshwater West is the site of the Welsh nationals. The beach holds a fast, hollow sand bar wave at low tide. When the swell is at its biggest, people tend to opt for the reef in the middle of the bay. The bay can get tricky due to its under currents and rips, so keep an eye out.
Hells Mouth, Llyn Peninsula
Don't be fooled by the name! Hells Mouth is actually a fairly agreeable wave. This four-mile stretch of south westerly facing beach is mainly sand with a few rocky areas. Picking up any swell going, Hell's Mouth attracts surfers from all over the country. While there are waves all along the beach, the reef at the north end is most popular.
Whitesands is a very popular surfing spot and is sheltered from the wind due to Ramsey Island. The beach holds reasonably large waves, occasionally up to ten feet! It's best to aim for mid to high tide in the bay. With a solid beach break, beautiful views and potential for bigger, punching waves, it's little wonder why Whitesands has become so famous.
Facing west, if Llangennith isn't working, you'll struggle to find anywhere else that is. The beach has breathtaking views, especially from the cliffs above Rhossilli looking down. Llangennith can hold waves of up to six feet before becoming unmanageable and is popular with all types of surfers, from novice to professionals. Enjoy this fun, varied wave and everything that surrounds it.
Anglesey, North Wales
The Isle of Anglesey is Wales' most northerly surf spot. Though it needs a huge south westerly swell to get it working, when it does, surfing here is incredible. Winter is the best time to visit and scope out some of the more secret surf spots. For most surfers, the most popular areas are Aberffraw, an exposed beach, Cable Bay, a small bay which can hold fairly large waves, and Broad Beach and Rhosneigr, facing west and ideal for beginners.
Porth Ceiriad, Llyn Peninsula
Porth Ceiriad can be found at the tip of the Llyn Peninsula, between Abersoch and Hell's Mouth. Working best with a south westerly swell, the beach feels incredibly remote and is a 15-20 minute walk away from the car park. Porth Ceiriad works best with large winter storms, allowing it to kick up steep, hollow barrels around mid to high tide.
Set in the rural Conwy Valley near Snowdonia , there is a fresh-water lagoon, roughly the size of six football pitches. This is Surf Snowdonia! With a powerful head-high wave, peeling perfectly for more than 150 metres, this is now one of the best and definitely the most consistent wave in Wales. This incredible creation makes it possible to surf all-year round.
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