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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​ at Cardigan use several sites alongthe Cerediigon and Pembrokshire coast for 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.

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.​​​

See Ceredigion Beaches​ and check 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.

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.

Sailing events 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 – 10, 11 June 2017

Cardigan Bay Regatta – New Quay, Monday 14 to Wednesday 16 August 2017

The Cardigan Bay Regatta​ is an annual three-day event with dinghy and cruiser racing for all ages, On the Tuesday there is a full programme of on shore events including crabbing, sandcastle building, barrel filling and raft building, as well as swimming and rowing competitions.

New Quay Keel Boat Regatta Thu 22 -Sun 25 Jun 2017

Open series incorporating Westerly Fulmar National Championship for Keel boats, especially Bilge Keel and Lifting Keel Boats

Aberaeron Yacht Club Sailing Regatta: Fri 21 - Sat 22 Jul 2017

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.

Llangrannog Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 17 June 2017

Aberporth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 9 July 2017

Aberystwyth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 16 July 2017

Aberaeron Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 30 July 2017

​Borth Celtic Longboat rowing regatta: Sunday 6 August 2017

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.