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Guest Houses

Edmon House 33 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YS +44 (0)1656 788102 (the one we can reccomend)


Fairways Hotel

Fairways Hotel refurbished in 2004, 18th century building panoramic views of Bristol Channel Tel: 01656 782085

Great House Restaurant & Hotel - Laleston

Magnificant Grade Ii Listed Hotel & Restraunt, Luxury Rooms, Health Suite, In Laleston, Bridgend.Tel: 01656 657644

The Atlantic Hotel - Porthcawl

South Wales Hotel on seafront, comfortable lounge bar and restaurant offering fine cuisine Tel: 01656 785011

Coed Y Mwstwr Hotel - Coychurch

Perched on Welsh hillside, set in 17 acres of woodland base for exploring Heritage coast Tel: 01656 860621

Minerva Hotel - Porthcawl

Small family run hotel with a warm and friendly atmosphere, situated near sea front Tel: 01656 782428

Porthcawl Hotel

has benefited from a complete refurbishment to become one of South Wales' premier hotels.John Street, Porthcawl, Bridgend. CF36 3AP Tel: +44 (0(1656 782257

Sandville Hotel

Small family run hotel where visitors are guaranteed high quality accommodation 19 Mary Street, Porthcawl, Bridgend. CF36 3YL Tel: 01656 773774

Brodawel Caravan & Camping Site

Moor Lane, Nottage, Porthcawl CF36 3EJ +44 (0)1656 783231

Guest Houses / B&B

Edmon House 33 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YS +44 (0)1656 788102
Foam Edge Guest House 9 West Drive, Porthcawl CF36 3LS +44 (0)1656 782866 Hunters Gate Heol Las, Mawdlam, Pyle CF33 4PL +44 (0)1656 740735 
Marllew Guest House 39 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YS +44 (0)1656 789319 
Oakfield House Pen y Bryn, Pyle CF33 6RA +44 (0)1656 740652 
Protea Guest House 25 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YS +44 (0)1656 786526 
Rossett Guest House 1 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YS +44 (0)1656 771664 
St Sebastien House 30 Esplanade Avenue, Porthcawl CF36 3YU +44 (0)1656 771594


This is the same kite and board that Marc learnt to kite with in 2000


KITEBOARDING and it's history


The Chinese are credited with using kites for propulsion in the 13th century.

In the 1800s George Pocock used kites of increased size to propel carts on land and ships on the water, using a 4-line control system - the same system in common use today. Both carts and boats were able to turn and sail upwind. The kites could be flown for sustained periods. The intention was to establish kitepower as an alternative to horsepower, partly to avoid the hated "horse tax" that was levied at that time. In 1903, aviation pioneer Samuel Cody developed "man-lifting kites" and succeeded in crossing the English channel in a small collapsible canvas boat powered by a kite.

In the late 1970s the development of Kevlar then Spectra flying lines and more controllable kites with improved efficiency contributed to practical kite traction. In 1978, Ian Day's "FlexiFoil" kite-powered Tornado catamaran exceeded 40 km/h.

Through the 1980s there were sporadic and occasionally successful attempts to combine kites with canoes, ice skates, snow skis, water skis and roller skates.

Two brothers, Bruno Legaignoux and Dominique Legaignoux, from the Atlantic coast of France, developed some kite designs for kitesurfing in the late 1970s early 1980s and patented the first inflatable kite design in November 1984, which has since been used by many companies to develop their own products.

In 1990, a practical kite buggying was pioneered by Peter Lynn at Argyle Park in Ashburton, New Zealand. Lynn coupled a three-wheeled buggy with a forerunner of the modern parafoil kite. Kite buggying proved to be very popular worldwide, with over 14,000 buggies sold up to 1999.

The development of modern day kitesurfing by the Roeselers in the USA and the Legaignoux in France carried on in parallel to buggying. Bill Roeseler, a Boeing aerodynamicist, and his son Corey Roeseler patented the "KiteSki" system which consisted of water skis powered by a two line delta style kite controlled via a bar mounted combined winch/brake. The KiteSki was commercially available in 1994. The kite had a rudimentary water launch capability and could go upwind. In 1995, Corey Roeseler visited Peter Lynn at New Zealand's Lake Clearwater in the Ashburton Alpine Lakes area, demonstrating speed, balance and upwind angle on his 'ski'. In the late 1990s, Corey's ski evolved to a single board similar to a surfboard.



In 1996 Laird Hamilton and Manu Bertin were instrumental in demonstrating and popularising kitesurfing off the Hawaiian coast of Maui.

In 1997 the Legaignoux brothers developed and sold the breakthrough "Wipika" kite design which had a structure of preformed inflatable tubes and a simple bridle system to the wingtips, both of which greatly assisted water re-launch. Bruno Legaignoux has continued to improve kite designs, including developing the bow kite design, which has been licensed to many kite manufacturers.

Bruno with the 1st Wipika..

In 1997, specialist kiteboards were developed by Raphaël Salles and Laurent Ness. By 1998 kitesurfing had become a mainstream sport, and several schools were teaching kitesurfing. The first competition was held on Maui in September 1998 and won by Flash Austin.

By 1999 single direction boards derived from windsurfing and surfing designs became the dominant form of kiteboard. From 2001 onwards, wakeboard style bi-directional boards became more popular.

What is kiteboarding?

Kiteboarding - also known as kitesurfing or flysurfing is a relatively new sport that first gained popularity in the late 90's.

Kiteboarding is a mixture between windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding. Different size kites allows you to kiteboard in various wind strengths. The bigger the kite, the lighter the wind you can go in and vice versa. With bigger kites you can get going in as little as 10 knots, and with smaller kites you can still sail along in strong winds of 35 knots or more. 

Learning to Kiteboard

Compared to windsurfing and surfing, kiteboarding is a relatively easy sport to learn. Most students are able to get up on their board after two or three lessons from a certified kiteboarding instructor, and with a bit of practice you can do your first jump in a few days. 

Once you get more experienced you can catch some huge air. The pros can easily jump 10 meters or even higher. 

What sort of equipment do I need? 

You will need a kite, a control bar with lines, a board, and a harness. Just about all kites come standard with control bars. You will also need a wetsuit and a helmet. Most beginners wear helmets as an added safety measure.

Year 2000... 






The Blast Kiteboarding Team

  Emily & Sarah

We are very lucky to  have not one but two female Instructors at Blast ..............Sarah Rowley &Emily-Jo Rowley
Blast also has Marc Rowley, Tom Butler, Mark Walker Richard Webb and all are BKSA Qualified Kitesurf Instructors

Emily Rowley is just 23 years old and is a BKSA Instructor, she has been kitesurfing since she was 12 years old!!!  Emily is a very very competant kitesurfer and can be seen out on some pretty knarly days at her local beaches in S.Wales.Her favourite place she has kited so far is Venezuala and Brazil where she spent 4 months teaching kitesurfing.

Sarah Rowley has been kitesurfing since 2003 and is a very competent kiter, she has competed in several UK conetests and recently came 3rd in the BKSA Wave Event! So she's pretty handy on a Surfboard too!Sarah has travelled extensivly including S.Africa, Brazil, Portugal, France, Morroco, Canaries, Egypt
Other interests include Snowboarding, SUP, and Horse Riding,

Marc Rowley has been kitesurfing/kiteboarding since 2000 and competed in many National events as well as organising events for both the BKSA as well as for the South and West Wales Kitesurf Clubwhich he helped set up.
Marc is a Senior level BKSA INSTRUCTOR

Marc recently competed in the IksurfMag Wave Challenge and became British Champion for the 3rdyear running (over 35), this is his favoured side of kitesurfing in the surf although he has also competed in Freestyle and Race at British level often placing in the top 3.

He is an acomplished rider and has travelled extensivly kiting many of the best areas in the world such as S.Africa, Brazil, Morocco, Greece, Canary Islands, Egypt, Portugal, Spain, France, Sardinia,USA. Many of these have been group trips that Marc has organised, keep an eye on this website for more trips to folllow.

As well as kitesurfing Marc is past British Champion Wave ski champion and competed all over the the world surfing (see pics below). He is also past Welsh record holder for 100m Breast stroke and again competed at internatiuonal level he also swam the English Channel and also acheived 4th in the British National Long distance championships.

As well as instructing in Kitesurfing, Marc is also qualified in Snowboarding, waveski surfing and kayaking.

Richard Webb is Marc and Sarah's right hand man...super enthusiastic and always up for a kite and a laugh too! Richie can usually be found lurking at the beach in the  brightest coloured pair of floral board shorts and has a personality to match!

Tom has been kiting for over 8 years having bought his 1st kite from Marc and learning with him and the local crew in S.Wales, he has competed in the National BKSA competitions over the years and is now sponsored by Mutiny Kites as well as Blast Kiteboarding.
He is well known for busting out huge mega kite loops when the wind is nukin'

Mark Walker had lessons just two short years ago and now is one of the main Instructors for the coming season. Mark has progressed at a extremely rapid rate and is lucky enough to get in the water most days it's windy....yup he's a jammy Fireman!

Monty is the Blast Kiteboarding mascot but also protects the kit whilst on the beach, just don't leave your sandwhiches unattended!
He is also known to answer to "for f*ck sake" !




 Click logo above for BKSA

Blast Kiteboarding was set up by Marc & Sarah out of their passion for kiteboarding and their love of the ocean in 2007.

Marc ran a Kiteboard/Mountain Bike/Surf/Snowboard shop in S.Wales for almost 10 years before setting up Blast Kiteboarding and specialising in the tuition of kite sports and importing and retailing several major kitesurf brands from France.
Blast Kiteboarding works very closely with the BKSA (British Kite Surf Association)  and the SKA (Student Kite Association)  teaching Bristol & Cardiff University as well as specialist coaching with the RAF etc
Being based in Porthcawl both are able to get in the water almost every day, whether teaching, testing equipment or just plain having fun!

Marc has been kitesurfing/kiteboarding since 2000 and competed in many National events as well as organising events for both the BKSA as well as for the South and West Wales Kitesurf Club which he helped set up.
Marc is a Senior level qualified BKSA INSTRUCTOR
As well as instructing in Kitesurfing, Marc is also qualified in Snowboarding, Waveski Surfing and Kayaking.





   Compteting up in Tiree at the British Wavemasters


Sarah has been kitesurfing since 2003 and is a very competent kiter, she has competed in several UK conetests and recently came 2nd in the BKSA British Wave Event! So she's pretty handy on a Surfboard too!

Sarah has also travelled extensivly including S.Africa, Brazil, Portugal, France, Morroco, USA, Canaries, Egypt 



Richard Webb is Marc and Sarah's right hand man...super enthusiastic and always up for a kite and a laugh too! Richie can usually be found lurking at the beach in the  brightest coloured pair of floral board shorts and has a personality to match!



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