Wales is a great place to visit if you’re looking to learn how to surf.
There are dozens of dedicated surf instructors who have the time and the patience to show you the ropes on beaches that are easy to get to grips with.
Still, it might be worth noting these spots down in case you feel like challenging yourself or in case you accidentally stray off the beaten track and find yourself facing down an 8-ft monster that you’re simply not ready for!
Hells Mouth, Gwynedd
Although many surfers down play the extreme nature of the spot, Hells Mouth was given this name for a reason! This spot is best saved for advanced intermediates or pros, not only does the 4-mile stretch get murderously busy at times, there can also be a lack of lifeguards, making the strong rips not suitable for beginners or weaker swimmers.
Llantwit Major, Glamorgan
When you catch a wave off Llantwit Major you’re greeted by a feeling of elation and an awe-inspiring set of cliffs – however, you’re just as likely to feel the tug of a rip and find yourself barrelling into a salty tunnel. Despite how beautiful this break is, it’s really best left to more experienced surfers. Ride it on a south-west swell with a north-east wind.
Getting to understand how the mellow peaks of Manorbier morph into gnarly rippy reefs is part of learning how to surf – with that being said, tackling this unpredictable wave is best to left to those who’ve learnt the ropes first. By all means come and visit this lovely beach for the pleasant sandy cove and gorgeous castle, just keep away from the surf if you’re a newbie!
Oxwich Bay Beach, Gower Peninsula
Finally, despite the Gower Peninsula being littered with surf schools not every beach is suitable to visit for beginners – Oxwich Bay Beach being one of them. This is a great spot for intermediates, but beginners will inevitably struggle getting along with the unpredictable waves here. If you’re starting out and insist on going then make sure you have an instructor with you.
Note: All of my views on these beaches are my own, it’s important to remember that you might well hear differing opinions on them.
My best advice is to never paddle out unless you’re 100% confident that you can handle yourself. Surfing alone might have it’s own allure, but it’s inherently risky – take a friend to spot for you!