The first of our surfing beaches in Wales is Freshwater West. A vast sandy beach known for its powerful waves, reefs and point-breaks, it has been said to be the scariest in Wales. There are a few surf schools which operate at Freshwater West. The beach is situated in south Pembrokeshire and can be found to the south west of Pembroke off the B4319.
Whitesands near St Davids in Pembrokeshire is a fantastic beach for surfing and is certainly one of the best in Wales. The waves at Whitesands can reach intimidating heights for beginners, however don't avoid going in the water, just keep close to the shore and pick up the tails of the waves if the surf is high. Whitesands can be found at the end of an unclassified road off the A487. Follow signs from St Davids Rugby Club.
Next is Newgale beach and again a very popular surfing hotspot in Pembrokeshire. The flat sandy beach is 2 miles long and has been awarded the blue flag for its clean waters. Surf lessons are available and a surf hire shop that is very reasonably priced is located close to the beach. A life guard is in operation throughout the school summer holidays and there are plenty of refreshments available along the road side. Newgale is situated along the A487 some 7 miles south east of St Davids.
Manorbier is an exposed beach with fairly constant surf although during the summer months the swell tends to be quite flat. The beach is mostly sandy but does have some rocks that you should be careful of while surfing and also bear in mind that there are no life guards at this beach. The water is very clean and there are shops and pubs in walking distance of the beach. Manorbier can be found in south Pembrokeshire. Take the B4585 off the A4139 some five miles south west of Tenby.
Poppit Sands is a beautiful sandy beach near Cardigan, it tends to have much smaller waves which are consistent and means that it is more suited to the less experienced surfers. Poppit sands is a very clean beach with a cafe and large car park. Make sure you stay to the west side of the beach as near the river mouth are strong currents. Life guards are on duty between July and August. Poppit Sands can be found on the north Pembrokeshire coast. Follow the B4546 off the A487 in Cardigan.
Aberderon on the Llyn Peninsular has a great beach with an even better name - Hells Mouth. A well-known, pretty beach which gets extremely wild during south westerly gales. Ideal for beginners (on clam days) to the more advanced surfers. It gets its name from old sailing days when many a ship was wrecked here trying to shelter from high seas. Hells Mouth can be found at the western end of the Lleyn Peninsula. Follow the B4413 to Aberdaron.
Llangennith/Rhossili on the Gower simply have to be on any list of surfing beaches in Wales. When the swell hits the southern shores of Wales - Llangennith can reach some great heights. Head to the northern end of the beach for the big powerful waves or to the south (Rhossili) for less swell and a more sheltered surf. To find Llangennith, follow the B4295 through the village of Llangennith, pass through Hill End caravan park to a small car park. Take the foot path through the dunes to the beach.