Kayaking in Porthcawl

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Porthcawl is a mecca for surfers and watersports lovers in general as it is ideally situated, facing a westerly direction in the path of Atlantic Swells, on the South Wales coast.
Porthcawl is also a traditional seaside town with a wealth of additional seaside attractions and places to stay. Whether you are looking for an upmarket hotel or a budget B&B Porthcawl has much to offer.

Porthcawl Beaches

Rest Bay

Wave Type: beach break peaks
Breaks Over: sand
Best Tide: All tides Best
Wind: Easterly
Quality:Blue Flag award, Tidy Britain Seaside Award

The most well-known spot in the Porthcawl area because of its consistency and surprising quality of the full force of the Atlantic swells, which produces excellent surf. Well-formed beachbreak peaks at this consistent and busy spot. Not so good when onshore. Beach car park. Popular with tourists. Rest Bay works pretty much up to high tide but is best around mid tide. There is a rip here which pulls you towards the cliffs on the left-hand side, but the beach is fairly safe and there is also a boat ramp to be aware of. On bigger swells this can act like a reef causing waves to break inside and onto it.

The beach here holds waves up to 6ft+ on good days and, more often than not, has nice hollow sections at low tide around the cliff. Being a beach break, the banks can shift and vary in quality but the best ones can usually be found towards the golf course.

Beginners should try and stay in front of the car park and be aware of rips as the tide pushes in. Nowadays the beach gets very busy on good days, so make sure you abide by the surfing rules! Don’t drop in and try and stay out of the riders way, if they’re up and riding. Paddle across the wave into the white water if necessary!

Lifeguards cover the beachs at weekends from May to September 10am to 6pm; Daily July and August 10.30am to 6pm. First aid is also available.

Esplanade

Wave Type: submerged reef left
Breaks Over: uneven reef
Best Tide: High tide only
Best Wind: North Easterly

Short, hollow, left reef in front of Porthcawl esplanade. Popular with lids and air loving groms. Park in town or car park. This spot is for experts only, nasty rocks so watch out when paddling in and out and make sure you know what the tides are doing! Generally only worth surfing on a fairly hefty swell.

The Point

Wave Type: pointbreak right
Breaks Over: uneven reef
Best Tide: High tide only
Best Wind: North Easterly

Right point located between and Trecco Bay, south of town. Fast, sucky drop before mellowing into a long wall. Only works when big swells make it up the channel. Busy local line-up when on. Advanced surfers only. Access through the caravan park.This spot works on a big NW swell and rarely gets classic. As such when it’s on, the local rippers are on it so don’t expect to get any waves!

The wave is steep, hollow and heavy with various jagged rocks near the take off area but the rides are long!

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Coney Beach

Wave Type: beach break shallow peaks in a Sheltered Bay
Breaks Over: sand
Best Tide: Incoming
Wind: North Easterly
Quality:Blue Flag award

The most well-known tourist beach in the Porthcawl area – very popular with tourists on sunny days – good safe place to practice in winter

Trecco Bay

Wave Type: beach break shallow peaks in a Sheltered Bay
Breaks Over: sand
Best Tide: Incoming
Wind: North Easterly
Quality:Blue Flag award

Another popular tourist beach in the Porthcawl area – very popular with Caravan Park guests on sunny days

Newton Bay

Wave Type: beach break peaks
Breaks Over: A sandy bay with some rocks
Best Tide: Incoming
Wind: Easterly
Quality:none

Stetches east from Trecco Bay. Backed up by Merthyr Mawr extensive Sand Dunes, best waves to the left hand side of the beach looking out to sea near the mouth of the Ogmore river. No parking – a long walk, best accessed from Ogmore but you will need to cross the river!

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