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Water sports

Surfing at Whitesands Bay near St Davids

Wales is surrounded on three sides by water, so it should come as no surprise that water sports make perfect sense as a way to take advantage of our perfect setting. We boast some of the best beaches for surfing in Europe.

We have so many water sports for you to try, so it’s difficult to know where to start! Imagine sea kayaking in West Wales or dinghy sailing in Abersoch, North Wales. 

We’ve even pioneered our own water sport…coasteering.

Coasteering is a Welsh invention that blends rock-hopping, shore-scrambling, swell-riding, cave-exploring and cliff jumping. It is the ultimate aquatic adventure amidst our beautiful scenery and wildlife. Find out where to start your coasteering adventure on our sister site Visit Wales. 

With water all around us and numerous lakes throughout 4 mountainous regions, Wales is a prime location for amateur and elite sailing.  

In June 2018 Cardiff hosted the Volvo Ocean Race and Extreme Sailing has taken place here from a number of years. If being on the water is your thing, we have a number of local sailing clubs.

Did you know that Welshman, Alex Thompson, finished 2nd in the 2016/17 Vendée Globe? This is the only non-stop solo round the world race without assistance. Since its beginnings in 1989, 138 sailors have lined up at the start of the Vendée Globe, while only 71 have managed to cross the finishing line!

National White Water Centre, River Tryweryn in Snowdonia National Park
Water sports venues
In addition to more than 100 beaches dotted along our coastline, we have plenty of venues to suit a variety of water based activities. Find out about Surf Snowdonia, the National White Water Centre and other venues.
Wales National Pool, Swansea
DId you know that swimming is the most popular sport in Wales?