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Watersports

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 ​Cardigaay Watersports Centre ,at New Quay,  where you can also hire equipment 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.​ Ty Cwch at Cwmtydu has a programme of activity discovery days and events. 

Discover the outdoors: April 29 - May 3, 2019

Celebrating the Wales Coast Path, with Ramblers Cymru: Saturday may 11th 2019

Outdoor Adventure 16-20 September 2019

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

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.​​​ 

Conditions can change quickly, so please keep do not kayak alone on the sea, keep an eye on the weather, and check the check the Ceredigion Tide Tables.

Most of Ceredigion's beaches are easily accessible and good for launching kayaks. Once you're on the water, you can get to secret coves, otherwise inaccessible to beach users or coast path walkers. 

Equipment Hire

You can hire paddleboards, kayaks, sailing dinghies and windsurf boards from Cardigan Bay Waltersports​ in New Quay, and kayaks, surfboards, paddleboards and wetsuits can be hired from Aber Adventures, who are based in Aberystwyth and have a mobile fleet, based at Borth for the north Ceredigion beaches.

​​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 coaching 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 Ceredigion  and north pembrokeshre 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.

​​Sailing events

Frostbite dinghy races– New Quay, from January

'Three Ships' sailing race between Tresaith, Llangrannog and Aberporth: 1 June 2019​

'Round the Island' sailing race from Tresaith around Cardigan Island:  9 June 2019

South Staffordshire sailing weekend at New Quay:  15 and 16 June 2019

New Quay Yacht Club Keel Boat Regatta: 18-21 June 2019

Aberaeron Yacht Club Sailing Regatta: 5 - 7 July 2019

Tresaith Regatta: 3,4 August 2019

Cardigan Bay Regatta,  New Quay: 22- 24 August 2019​

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.

Aberystwyth Marina also has events on the quayside, including  A Day on the Quay (26 May 2019) and a Street Food Festival (19-21 July 2019)

Celtic Longboat and skiff 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 in the Celtic Challenge rowing race 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.

'Celtic Challenge' longboat rowing race from Arklow, Ireland to Aberystwyth: 3-6 May 2019



Celtic Longboat rowing events with the Welsh Sea Rowing Association are scheduled for: 

St Dogmaels: June 9th 2019

Aberporth:   16th June 2019

Llangrannog: 23rd June 2019

Borth: 30th June 2019

Cardigan Mermaid Race:  July 20th 2019

Aberystwyth: Sunday 22 September 2019

There are all kinds of craft on the River Teifi at Cardigan providing displays and competing in fun challenges during the Cardigan River and Food Festival, taking place in 2019 on August 17th.


For the full programme of Celtic longboat and skiff rowing events  with Ceredigion clubs and others along the Welsh coast see the Welsh Sea Rowing Association​.

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