Having lived in Wales for pretty much all my life, it probably comes as no surprise that I highly recommend it as a place to holiday in.
In the thirty odd years (yes – I’m choosing to keep my age secret) that I’ve spent here it’s been a pleasure to see more and more tourists flock to the beaches, castles and towns that make Wales such a fantastic place to visit.
Whilst there’s a whole host of great outdoor and extreme adventure activities to get involved in, it will once more come as no surprise that I put surfing at the very top of my list of must-do activities for visitors. There’s no better way to see the Welsh coastline than from a surfboard, but getting on one can admittedly be a little intimidating at first.
Thankfully there are a tonne of great surf schools in Wales that specialise in getting newbies upright for the first time. Here are my top picks, don’t forget to say ‘Hi’ from me if you drop in at one of them!
I’ve mentioned before how much fun Porthcawl is to surf at, it’s a great little seaside town with so much to offer the visiting tourist but it’s also home to one of the most legit surf schools in the country. Hugh and his team at Porthcawl Surf School are so enthusiastic, they also offer a great range of classes from basic surf lessons to paddle board lessons and advanced manoeuvre classes.
Surf School Wales
Port Talbot is a cracking place to drop in at for a couple of days, in spitting distance of both Swansea Bay and Afan Forest Park; it’s ideal for families who want to make the most of the land and sea that Wales has to offer. Surf School Wales might only be a small outfit, but their 4-person private lessons are cheap and if you fancy simply going it alone then you can hire a board for just £10 a day!
You can probably guess that with my predisposition to the sea I don’t often work my way inland that often – however, I will make an exception for this spot. Surf Snowdonia is based in a former quarry in the heart of the stunning National Park and offers some of the most consistent waves you’re ever likely to learn on. It’s a little pricey at £20/30 for an off peak beginners lesson but if you’re planning to visit North Wales it’s definitely worth it.
Llangennith Surf School
The Gower Peninsula is a great place to learn how to surf – as long as you have capable trainers to take you through the basics first. Llangennith Surf School offer some great value packages that can take you from complete novice to capable surfer. A single lesson is only £25 during peak, but the best way to learn is over the course of an extra long weekend. For £135 you get three lessons over the course of four days with plenty of opportunity to practice in between.