How is it the 14th of August already? It feels as though it should be March. And if the year feels like it’s slipping by too quickly, how fast has this summer gone? Before long we’ll be huddling round a crackling open fire drinking thick hot chocolates. But, the summer isn’t over yet and before we descend into another very British winter, we thought we’d share some ideas and tips for surfing holidays in Wales.
Whether you’re a beginner to surfing or an absolute pro, Wales is a great place to go on a surfing holiday. Especially if you don’t fancy a long, long drive to Cornwall. As always, if you’ve got some surfing ideas or tips you’d like to share, we’d love to know. Feel free to add a comment to the bottom of this blog, or contact us via our Facebook page or by tweeting us @TouristsOnline.
Surf Snowdonia, Wales, Snowdon
Much anticipated, Surf Snowdonia is an inland surf lagoon that opened in August 2015. Since opening, it’s not disappointed. With breath taking mountain views of Snowdon’s mountainside, clean, clear water and the perfect, albeit orchestrated, waves, it’s a winning combination for any surfer.
There are several options if you want to surf. You can do free surfing, which means you are allocated a bay. There are three types of bay – beginner, intermediate and advanced. The waves within each bay are suited to your ability. Prices for free surfing sessions depend on your ability. Beginner sessions go from 19 for one hour, whilst intermediate and advanced free surf sessions go from £29 per hour.
If you’d prefer some guidance, whether you’re a beginner or just want to brush up on your surfing skills, you can also get lessons from Surf Snowdonia. Kids’ lessons go from £29 per hour, whilst adult lessons are from £39 per hour. Again, the price gets higher the more advanced a surfer you are.
There’s also a coffee bar, shops, glass viewing platform and a soft play shack for the kids, which makes Surf Snowdonia a practical and handy day out, as well as an exhilarating one.
Here’s a video to give you a taste of what Surf Snowdonia is all about:
Newgale beach, Wales, Pembrokeshire
Newgale beach is well-suited for beginners. It’s a wide beach, which means you should be able to find a decent amount of space. During the summer holidays, the beach is also patrolled by lifeguards.
Newsurf, a surf school, is based on the beach. So if you wanted a lesson, or needed to hire your board or wetsuit, you can do for a reasonable price. You can also hire body boards, kayaks and go coasteering at Newsurf, which is good if you’re just easing your way into the srfing world, or your family and friends want to come along for the holiday, but don’t fancy taking to the waves on a surfboard.
Surfboard hire is from £5 to £15 and lessons cost £35 for a two and a half hour group lesson.
Rhosneigr, Wales, Anglesey
For lessons and hire, you can go to FKS surf shop. FKS also offer paddle board lessons, which can be useful if the weather isn’t suited to surfing the day you head down.
Beginner surfing video
If you’re a beginner surfer, to make the most of your lesson, you might find these tips useful: