South Wales is where we do the bulk of our kitesurfing. We are pretty lucky in that the UK’s predominant wind direction is South Westerly and South Wales has a load of different beach options to suit most types of riding. They are pretty different as well – some are more idyllic where as others have distinctly industrial backdrops. Here are five of our favourite spots.
1 – Rest Bay
Rest is one of our most frequented beaches. It is easy to get to so there is always a good crew here making it is pretty social. Drinks and snacks in the cafe after a session are a great way of meeting your fellow kitesurfers.
it is easy to get to
can handle a wide variety of wind conditions
gets flats by the shore and waves further out.
plenty of parking and its only £1 in winter
public toilets and cafe
always other kitesurfers out
large sandy beach with very few hazards at low tide
It can be a little challenging as a beginner due to the waves
parking warden is always about
doesnt work at high tide
not the shortest walk from car park to beach
2 – Pembrey
Pembrey is great for long days in the water especially in summer. We love heading to pembrey for the whole weekend, camping in the van and getting a lot of hours on the water. this is another popular spot where there are bound to be other kitesurfers.
great looking beach
huge amounts of space
large areas of shallow flat water for freestyle
surf out back
free parking (outside country park)
long walk to the water at low tide
long walk from car park to beach
very limited parking space
no landboarding allowed on beach
3 – Llangennith
Llangennith is well known as one of the best surf spots on the Gower and is a popular kite spot too. access is through hill head camp site which is free in the winter but not in summer. It is a huge campsite so best avoided at busy times.
great conditions for wave riding
large beach with few hazards (1 wreck)
loads of parking space
toilets and showers
cafe/restaurant on site
Long walk to the water
very busy in summer/holidays
4 – Newgale
Newgale offers some great conditions and is in a great setting however it takes a while to get there. nice for a weekend when you want a change of scenery.
parking isnt the best
big pebble ridge to get over
it is a trek to get to
5 – Oxwich
Oxwich is a beach no one goes to regularly but a saviour when the wind comes from the east and then everyone will be there.
Takes an easterly
easy parking near the beach
Not the easiest to get to
Always have to pay for parking
rarely epic conditions
can be busy with kitesurfers as its the only beach to take an easterly
very busy in summer with bucket and spade brigade
There are loads of other spots we have not mentioned – but if you are getting started in the area these are good options to start with. Variety is the spice of life and all that – when we get the opportunity to go somewhere more epic we do!