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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 Cardigan Bay Watersports Centre at New Quay or with Aber Adventures at Borth.  Adventure Beyond​ in the Cardigan area offer kayaking, paddleboarding and surfing as well as coasteering.  Ask about their regular taster day, 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.

See Ceredigion Beaches​ and the Ceredigion Tide Tables​

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 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.

Rowing and paddling

Sea rowing is also a popular sport, with seven clubs along the Ceredigion coast. Every two years, the clubs compete in the Celtic Challenge a gruelling race between Arklow in Ireland and Aberystwyth.

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.