Always wanted to have a go at kitesurfing, or looking for the perfect wave to test your skills? Wales has some of the best beaches in the world just waiting for you to visit.
Abersoch has several beaches perfect for an easy kitesurf. The main beach enjoys spectacular views over the mountains of North Wales, with a sheltered location which means any breezes will be unlikely to scupper your fun. Porth Ceiriad and Harbour Beach are nearby. It's also host to Glass Butter Beach - the music, wake and surf festival.
Freshwater West, Pembrokeshire
Adored by ardent surfers, Freshwater West is a large beach and a wild one, with smooth waves, wind coming in off the land, a reef and sandbanks inviting the more adventurous visitors to try a few tricks. Highly recommended if you have some experience of the waves and are a strong swimmer.
Porth Neigwl, Llyn Peninsula
Translated as ‘Hell’s Mouth’, Porth Neigwl is set in the jaws of the Llŷn Peninsula’s edge. It’s large waves and windy conditions make it a magnet for thrill seekers looking to harness the power of the wind. The beach features a gently shelving beach, pebbly at high tide, but revealing large expanses of sand at low tide. The glorious mountainous backdrop and south west facing beach also make it one of the most picturesque locations for kitesurfers to glimpse from above.
This flat, wide and sandy expanse is widely-regarded as one of the best in Britain for surfing, with a three mile bay making Llangennith Gower's go-to beach for water activities. An ideal starting point if you're a beginner - try a pint in The Kings Head after you've had a go.
Receiving a mix of swells from the wind and land, the golden sands of Rhosneigr are hugely popular when it comes to just about every beach sport you could imagine. Visit the village, enjoy a sunbathing session or relax on a wildlife stroll once you've finished.
A great place to dip your toe in and try a taster session, Porthcawl's sandy beach attracts an Atlantic swell against the backdrop of the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. Find out why surfers from Bristol and Cardiff often stop off here, then visit the rock pools or the Wales Coastal Path.
Tenby South, Pembrokeshire
Three miles of sand and shingle make Borth an uplifting, slightly wild place for a surf, with the rugged surrounding coastal scenery well worth a wander afterwards. Set in the Cardigan Bay, it's best to check the tide in advance - the beach is much larger when it retreats.
Horton Beach, Swansea Bay
Positioned on the glorious Gower Peninsula, Horton Beach is one for the braver surfers on a good day it attracts quite a swell, accessible through the sand dunes of Port Eynon Bay. Popular with bodysurfers and kitesurfers during the summer, you should also take a walk around its coast.
Oxwich Bay, Gower
A picturesque, 2.5-mile stretch is yours for the surfing here, with a large, flat beach and conditions making it popular with watersport lovers throughout the year. Take a clifftop stroll to see why this is considered one of the world's most beatiful beaches, or visit the nearby National Nature Reserve.
Carreg y Defaid, Llŷn Peninsula
The Llŷn Peninsula’s south facing coast is a watersports playground for adventurous souls and Carreg y Defaid is an ideal place for those of us who like to play hardest. A secluded and appealingly moody lump between Pwllheli and Llanbedrog, this beach offers ideal conditions for kitesurfers. The cheerful multi-coloured row of huts along the beach also offer an ideal backdrop for your coastal adventure.