Surfing and Windsurfing

With its numerous beaches and secret reefs, Gower is considered to be the base for surfing in Wales.

Surf the Atlantic rollers at Rhossili

  • Swansea Bay is an excellent place for the experienced windsurfer and the beginner alike.
  • Langland is best surfed at low to mid tide but can become crowded, especially during winter months. Popular amongst enthusiasts here is the Crab Island wave.
  • Caswell is another crowded bay and, because of its smaller waves than Langland is more ideally suited for beginners. Here, mid to high tides produce the best conditions for the sport. The sea at Caswell also produces ideal conditions for windsurfing.
  • Oxwich is another favoured locale for the windsurfer as it is suitable to sail here at most tides. At high tide, the bay produces quite a large swell for surfboarding.
  • Port Eynon (and Horton) are not the ideal spots for the beginner as the area has some of the most challenging waves on the peninsula. Windsurfing is also popular here, but is again only advisable for the more adept at the sport.
  • Heading west from Port Eynon, the coast from here to Rhossili has numerous reef breaks. None of these are suitable for beginners, however.
  • There are two further reef breaks at Mewslade. This bay can only be surfed at low tide though.
  • Rhossili is only really surfable at high tide, but the northern half of the bay, known as Llangennith Sands, is the best known area for surfing in Wales. Surfable at all stages of the tide, Llangennith is the first place on the peninsula to pick up the swell. Although very popular, the size of this bay ensures that the waves never get too crowded.
  • Broughton Bay is the last bay in Gower that is suitable for surfing. The sea here is only for the more experienced however, as the bay produces the longest waves in the whole of Wales.

 

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