Posted on 11/07/2016 by David
Kitesurfing is an increasingly popular water sport throughout the UK. If you’re a bit of a water baby, and want to try something new, or you love kitesurfing – North Wales is the place to be. There are several great beaches to hop aboard that board plus with a laid back holiday atmosphere and reliable winds, you’re sure to get some fantastic waves.
Here are some of our favourites…
Rhosneigr doesn’t just have amazing waves to put you to the test, but with spectacular views of Snowdonia – it’s a special spot which is very popular with kite surfers. It has a variety of different spots which offer different wind conditions from flat water to choppy waves, making it the ideal location for both novices and professionals. This beautiful village, located in Anglesey, is also a good place to try out different types of water sports such as sailing and scuba diving.
2. West Shore Llandudno
Llandudno is the largest seaside resort in Wales, so it’s no surprise that it is high up on the list of our favourite places to go kitesurfing. The West Shore has a range of different waters, and is known for having some tricky spring tides to challenge any kite surfer. There’s a range of different activities available at West Shore, but an afternoon of kitesurfing followed by the freshest fish and chips on the beach is definitely recommended.
3. Kimnel Bay
Kimnel Bay is a quiet beach located in Conwy, and although it is a popular destination with surfers – there are lots of times where the beach is quiet, allowing you plenty of space! The water is usually quite flat, making it ideal for learners and those who are trying to master a new trick or technique! Kimnel Bay requires you to purchase a permit for kitesurfing but there is a friendly atmosphere, and you’ll always have a kite surfer or two to watch you, and help with launching and landing.
4. Porth Oer
Porth Oer has some fantastic waves and swells, making it an exciting kitesurfing destination. Although kitesurfing is banned here during the summer months, the sheltered bay will protect you from some of the harsh winter weather that can hit the coastline. Porth Oer is an idyllic spot with beautiful scenery for miles around.
5. Newborough Beach
Located on the South West coast of Anglesey, Newborough beach is an unspoilt beach of shining golden sands. Kitesurfing is popular in the area, with most surfers heading to Llanddwyn Bay. There are waves for all experiences on Newborough Beach so whether you’re a seasoned professional or still trying to get to grips with spinning and grabbing – this spot is well worth the trip.
Never been kitesurfing before?
Don’t worry – there are several schools in North Wales which you can have great fun giving it a go (with the help of the professionals!):
Pro Kitesurfing offers a range of courses as well as team group days out, which could be the perfect activity for a family do. Plus, with every booking there is a free bacon sandwich and cuppa – heaven!
Offaxis, located in Abersoch, offers kitesurfing on both flat water and in surf conditions, so is ideal for beginners. Like Pro Kitesurfing, they offer group coaching or individual lessons, inclusive of all the equipment you may need!
So, there we have it – 5 great surfing spots for you to try, plus coaching for beginners! Why not spend a week away in North Wales and try your hat at all these great beaches with a group of friends? Spend your day’s kitesurfing with the wind blowing the cobwebs away, and your evenings cosied up in cottage, catching up with your nearest and dearest.
Where is your favourite kitesurfing destination? Let us know in the comments below…