Kitesurfing in Wales
From a coastal perspective, Wales is unofficially divided between North Wales (everything upward of Gwynedd’s southern boundary) and South Wales (everything south of the North boundary of Ceredigion).
Both regions have some stellar kitesurfing spots, arguably some of the best in the UK.
Western areas of the UK tend to be wetter and milder than the East. They also experience a smaller variation in both daily and seasonal temperatures. The UK’s weather is strongly influenced by its latitude (Southern areas are generally warmer than those in the North) and the Atlantic Ocean. The West Coast is affected more by the weather systems coming off the Atlantic than the East.
Wales’s Westerly aspect means it has a maritime climate, characterised by weather that is often cloudy, wet and windy but mild.
Wale’s Westerly aspect means above average levels of wind, compared with the rest of the UK. With UK’s prevailing wind direction being South Westerly, Welsh spots are some of the most wind-sure in the UK.
Our Favourite Kitesurfing Spots in Wales
So many to choose from, but if we have to pick…
We’re massive fans of Rhosneigr, Anglesey, with its laid back holiday vibe, reliable winds and awesome waves. It’s a real winner.
Newgale Sands is very cool. 2 miles of beautiful, firm sandy beach. With its south west facing aspect, it’s a safe bet for reliable winds if you plan to visit.
Our full list of guides for the Wales is below (or you can use the map at the top of the page):
Dinas Dinlle is a nice, sandy beach with great views of the Llyn Peninsula and Anglesey, and just a stone’s throw from Snowdonia’s highest mountains. Expect clean waves with good intervals, suitable for wave riding or throwing down some tricks.
Though it is flanked by industry, Aberavon is arguably the most popular kite beach in South Wales. It features a huge, sandy beach backed by sand dunes.
Newgale Sands is a stunning 2 mile beach. Backed by a shingle bank that limits kiting around high tide, at low tide it provides hard smooth sand perfect for kitesurfing.
Borth is a small seaside town with a few shops, cafes and an amusements arcade. High wind you’ll find big waves if you venture out, light wind mainly small choppy waves.
Aberdyfi is a beautiful Welsh fishing village. At the edge of The Snowdonia park, flanked by mountains and the Dovey estuary, it’s a great place to kitesurf.
Black Rock Sands, Porthmadog
Black Rock Sands is situated at Morfa Bychan, 2 miles from Porthmadog. Popular with kitesurfers, it features a gentle gradient for those of you that like shallow water.
Porth Oer (Whistling Sands), Aberdaron
The beautiful National Trust beach Porth Oer is sometimes known as Whistling Sands. A NW facing beach which can produce excellent waves when conditions are just right.
Newborough is on the South West Coast of Anglesey. It’s an unspoiled spot featuring miles of golden sand, backed by sand dunes. Kitesurfing is in the Llanddwyn Bay.
Rhosneigr is on the South West Coast of Anglesey. There are 2 sandy bays divided by a rocky outcrop. Only the northerly one is ideal to kitesurf from, due to rock hazards.
West Shore, Llandudno
Llandudno is between the Great and Little Ormes, North Wales. West Shore has a bit of everything: flat water, chop and small kickers can all be found in the same session!
Kinmel Bay is situated next to Rhyl. The beach is pretty good and provides an excellent spot for newbies. At low tide there’s a huge sandy beach with loads of room for launching.