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Above photo...Marc at Rest Bay!
Blast Kiteboarding is right in the heart of South Wales Kite surfing based and living in Porthcawl but also close to Aberavon and the Gower beaches.
We have been using and were the 1st to use many of the beaches here for kitesurfing. This includes the now very popular beach at Rest Bay and Coney Beach, Porthcawl
Porthcawl – Rest Bay.
Porthcawl - Rest Bay
About a 50-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge, leave the M4 at J37. Head towards Porthcawl (only 2miles off M4)then follow signs for Nottage/Rest Bay. Pay and Display car park overlooking the beach, with a kite surfer friendly café !
Picks up the swell so popular with wave riders.. Lots of hard sand as the tide drops back for the land kiters too but to be avoided 2 hours either side of high tide due to the rocks.
Very popular beach with surfers and holidaymakers so beware of the crowds. Kitesurfing restricted to the Western end of the beach, past the red building to the right as you look out to sea!
One of the most popular Kite beaches in S.Wales and for good reason! The water is genearally better quality here than Aberavon. Best on South through to North West!
Porthcawl – Coney Beach
About a 50-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge, leave the M4 at J37. Head towards Porthcawl head towards the fun fair. There is a car park near the High Tide Inn overlooking the beach. With plenty of places to get food and drink close by.
Medium sized sandy beach flanked on one side by a sea wall and rocks on the other. Flat sand in between with no rocks. Being adjacent to the funfair it gets busy in the summer with donkey rides etc. Set up at the easern end of the beach away from the other beach users.
Can be awesome on a South East wind with swell for the wave junkies out there.
Best winds are S.East to South
About a 55-minute drive from the second Severn Bridge J41 M4, There’s a garage with shop nearby and good chip shop on the prom.
2 miles of beach with flat hard packed sand, kitesurfing/landboarding/buggying is permitted from the car park at the very western end of the prom. One of the most popular beaches in the area for kitesurfing, the close proximity of a steel works, chemical plant and council estate keeps most of the tourists away. Kitesurf in the permitted zone only at the very far west end. (West of the carpark) Has a Blue Flag but the water can still get a bit iffy! They say it's algae!?
Works from S.East around to Westerly. N.West can get a bit iffy as wind can quickly swing cross offshore. Great Landboard and Buggy Beach with firm smooth sand.
Situated at the Northwest tip of the Gower. Access is via the caravan park at Broughton Farm. From the car park it’s a short walk to the beach through the caravan site. Don’t be tempted to park amongst the caravans as the farmer will spot you and likes to block your car in with his tractor.He can not be reasoned with! (especially if he has his gun)
There’s a small seasonal shop on the caravan site.
Mainly sand beach with small sand banks and some shallow tidal lagoons. As the tide drops back there are numerous small patches of rocks exposed by the shifting sands to watch out for. The estuary to the north is renowned for its fast flowing tides so don’t venture out too far. Fairly sheltered from the swell but when there is waves they wrap round into the bay nicely and can peel all the way across the bay on a good day. Best on Northerlies or North East.
Situated at the western tip of the Gower Peninsula. Access to the centre of the beach is via a short walk over the dunes from the car park at Hillend Caravan site. There is a small seasonal shop and a café.
A large flat hard sand beach with a small pebble bank bordering the dunes. The centre of the beach is popular with surfers and the bucket and spade brigade. On busy days it’s best to walk further north past the stream to the unoficial kiteing area. This beach picks up the most swell in the area so be prepared to deal with lots of white water.
Best on South/South West through to North West
Situated on the southern side of the Gower Peninsula, a large curved bay with easy access at the western end with parking right on the beach. Snack kiosks in the car park and a shop near the entrance to the car park. The Oxwich Bay Hotel overlooks the beach and serves food and drink, it makes a nice retreat for a bored wife or girlfriend while you are out on the water.
Large flat hard sand beach with no rocks or submerged hazards. Only the largest winter swells make it round to this sheltered bay, so the worst you’ll usually have to deal with is local wind chop. Popular with jetskis, motor boats and holidaymakers in the summer so when it’s busy walk along the beach to find some space to rig up and launch. Best on Easterlies!
About an hour's drive from the second Severn Bridge, M4 J42 head for city centre.Best spot to head for is near the St Helens Rugby ground. Lots at sand at the high tide area but as the tide drops back there is lots of mud to deal with. You are near the heart of the city so there’s plenty of amenities close by
Swansea Bay is the most sheltered bay in the area and gets little or no swell. The main drawback of Swansea Bay is the large tidal range, which makes it a long muddy walk to the water at low tide. This bay used to have a bad reputation for water purity, but since the new advanced treatment plant has opened, the water is very clean (but still a very murky).
Best on East round to S.S.West
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