Surfing, windsurfing, landsurfing or kitesurfing - Ceredigion's coast is a favourite with experts and beginners alike, with New Quay's sheltered bay and Borth's open sands among Wales's most popular beaches for watersports.
Be adventurous - find your epic along Ceredigion's coast
If you've never had a go, you can try your hand at all kinds of watersports, including sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding and windsurfing with Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre at New Quay or with Aber Adventures at Borth. Adventure Beyond at Cardigan use several sites along the Ceredigion and north Pembrokshire coast for kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing as well as coasteering. Ask about their regular taster days, when you can try out a range of activities.
Ceredigion's surf beaches
South of Aberystwyth, Aberarth is also popular with surfers, whilst the large, horseshoe shaped bay and sandy beach at New Quay are sheltered from rough winds, making it a great location for family watersports. In southern Ceredigion, on the Teifi estuary the conditions at Gwbert are good for surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing too.
Sea kayaking is a perfect way to explore the Ceredigion heritage coast’s hidden coves and sea caves and to spot wildlife including seals, dolphins and seabirds.
See Ceredigion Beaches and check the Ceredigion Tide Tables.
River and and whitewater sports
A centre of excellence for Canoe UK, the Paddlers Canoe Club and Outdoor Education Centre at Llandysul offers a range of coachiang, courses and outdoor adventure experiences.
You can try whitewater kayaking, or even gorgewalking or 'tubing' with Adventure Beyond who know where the best places to go to are along the coast and rivers.
Sailing along Ceredigion's coast
With a strong heritage of seafaring it's no surprise that sailing is a popular sport along Ceredigion's coast, with clubs at the harbours of Aberaeron, New Quay and
at Gwbert, near Cardigan on the Teifi Estuary. There are also visitor berths at Aberystwyth harbour and marina.
Sailing competitions start as early as February in New Quay, with a three day focus on the sport at the Cardigan Bay regatta in August, combining sailing races with on shore swimming and a range of fun activities. Regattas are also held at Aberaeron, Tresaith and Cardigan.
Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre
New Quay is a popular sailing centre, with the Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre providing pre-booked boat hire for events as well as courses for beginners and improvers. There are taster sessions available for sailing, kayak, paddleboard, winsurfing, wakeboarding and watersking. You can also book for courses at all levels of RYA sailing and windsufing and evenpowerboating.
Sailing events at New Quay are organised by New Quay Yacht Club in partnership with Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre.
Frostbite dinghy races– New Quay, from January
South Staffordshire sailing weekend – 16 and 17 June 2018
Aberaeron Yacht Club Sailing Regatta: Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 July 2018
Tresaith Regatta - 11 August 2018
Cardigan Bay Regatta – New Quay, 17, 18 and 19 August 2018
The Cardigan Bay Regatta is an annual three-day event with dinghy and cruiser racing for all ages as well as a full programme of on shore events including crabbing, sandcastle building, barrel filling and raft building, as well as swimming and rowing competitions.
The Aberaeron Yacht Club organises a number of events at the Clubhouse and around the harbour too.
Celtic Longboat rowing
Celtic longboat rowing is a popular sport in Ceredigion with seven established clubs along the Ceredigion coast at Aberporth, Tresaith, Llangrannog, New Quay, Aberaeron, Aberystwyth and Borth.
Every two years, the clubs compete in the a gruelling race held every two years between Arklow in Ireland and Aberystwyth in Ceredigion. The fastest boats can make the crossing in just under 15 hours. Competitors from several countries compete in teams of 12 who take it in turn to row in fours with a cox in open celtic longboats or skiffs.
Teifi Skiff Challege, Cardigan Saturday, April 21 2018
Aberystwyth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 16 July 2018
Aberaeron Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 17 June 2018
Borth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 24 June 2018
Cardigan River and Food Festival Saturday 18 August 2018
Mermaid Race, Cardigan Saturday 25 August 2018
Aberporth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 2 September2018
Llangrannog Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 16 September2018
For the full programme of Celtic Longboat rowing regattas with Ceredigion clubs and others along the Welsh coast see the Welsh Sea Rowing Association website.
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