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Blast Kiteboarding Beach Guide
Kitesurfing Lessons in South Wales
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. Please note there are many other beaches in S.Wales however most of these are not so suitable/safe to use. i.e cliffs/crowded/currents etc
- Weather - This is the UK and in particular WALES. Whilst Wales has a reputation for rain rain and more rain the mainly falls on the higher ground inland with the S.Wales coast often receiving plenty of sunshine. However being on the coast the weather can change like the erm weather, as the saying goes if you don't like the weather here wait 5 minutes. Check the usual weather apps and ideally look for settled weather with winds from a Westerly direction. The most commonly used kite sizes are 9m-12m with smaller sizes during the winter season and larger in the summer. Wetsuits are used all year, 3/2mm shortie during the summer with 5/4mm full winter steamer/gloves/booties during the coldest winter months.
- Accommodation - Porthcawl has a great new cafe at the beach with a beach watersports centre attached with shower/changing facilities etc Most beaches inn the area have cafes on them but many are still natural beach havens with sparse facilities. See our "Links" page at the top ^^
- No wind activities - Surfing is extremely popular on most west facing beaches here often with large numbers when the swell is up. S.Wales is not only blessed with some of the best huge sandy beaches it also has some of the very best Mountain Bike trails in the UK (and Europe). nearby Afan Argoed is one of the longest established MTB centres in the UK but there are many more including the newer and spectacular Bike Park Wales. The Brecon Beacons are less than 30mins away and offer many hiking opportunities plus the whole Welsh Coastline has a "National Coast Path". There are lots of other local activities including horse riding (on the beach near Porthcawl) three Golf Courses in Porthcawl alone, perfect Paragliding in the surrounding hills.
- Wales obviously has an abundance of historic sights well worth visiting including hundreds of spectacular castles.
- Practicalities - A car is obviously a necessity to take advantage of the area, but it's an easy destination to reach and explore with super easy access via the M4. Every town/village has a large number of pubs and restaurants for all tastes. Blast Kiteboarding have a very active kitesurfing scene around Porthcawl with regular events being held locally.
View some of our main useable beaches here: