When I first started taking my boys out surfing, safety was obviously a paramount concern.
Although the surfing community in general is well known for it’s friendly, cooperative attitude accidents can still happen and it can be dangerous to introduce children into this environment – regardless how well meaning the fellow surfers might be.
Thankfully, my kids didn’t get into any scrapes when they were learning to surf as sprogs and they’re now old enough take care of themselves.
I’ve collected together a few stand-out family friendly beaches that are hot on their safety and also practical for parents who want to keep an eye out on their little learner surfers:
Coney Beach, Porthcawl
Anyone who’s read the blog before will know how big a fan I am of this charming resort town – there are a number of beaches to choose from here but Coney comes head and shoulders ahead of them in terms of easy-to-handle surf. Coney is nice and sheltered making the break nice and smooth, just make sure you head out there at high tide to make the most of it!
Aberdaron, Llyn Peninsula
You can find the sleepy village of Aberdaron tucked away in the heart of the Llyn Peninsula, thanks to its secluded location its much quieter than other beaches on this list and it’s small waves are ideal for beginners. The village itself is home to a quality pasty shop amongst a handful of other lunch options. Make sure you stay wrapped up on cloudy days, the wind can often whip up and make this tranquil spot a little chilly for spectators.
Caswell Bay, Gower
Gentle swell and clear views make Caswell Bay a great option for large families who want to get to grips with surfing in a relatively safe environment. Thanks to it’s close proximity to Swansea this beach does get busy during peak season, but because of the calm nature of the tides you won’t have to worry about pros cutting up your young learners. If you fancy a walk whilst you’re there you can take advantage of some great coastal tracks that are suitable for all ages.
Traeth Mawr Beach, Aberffraw
Many families looking to surf overlook Anglesey in favour of Wales’ more established beaches, but there are some great opportunities to hang ten at this secluded spot. You can park close to the golden sands here, making it a no-brainer for young families; there are also some lovely sand dunes that make for a cracking walk over to nearby Aberffraw. This Special Area of Conservation is a lot of fun for young kids and makes for a good distraction in the late afternoon sun.
Lastly, this beach has a special place in my heart and whilst it might be a little tricky to get to, I always find myself driving the boys down at least once a year to make the most of it’s consistently safe waves and gorgeous views.
In addition to the amenable surf the village itself is also home to a decent ice cream shop and a few other little attractions. This place stays blissfully quiet during the off-peak season which is usually when you’ll see me and my boys out cutting up the surf!