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  • Surfing should only be practiced if you are a confident swimmer
  • The tides can be fast and the water can be unpredictable so it is important you can swim
  • Surfing is becoming a very fashionable sport, particularly among young people
  • There are many popular surfing spots across Wales, so it's easy to get involved and give the sport a try
  • You will need to wear a wetsuit, as the sea around Britain is extremely cold. You should be able to hire one from most surfing centres


  • Kitesurfing involves surfing while holding onto a kite and using the wind to help you ride the waves
  • There are various styles of kitesurfing including: freeride, speed, boardarcross, kickers and sliders, hangtime, waveriding and freestyle

Surf Life Saving

  • Surf Life Saving is a unique activity, combining humanitarian goals with elite competition
  • Its aims and objectives are:
    • to save lives
    • to develop and improve national and international standards of life saving
    • to co-operate with all organisations with similar aims
    • to provide the facilities for young people to participate in organised life saving
  • Surf Life Saving Association Wales (SLSA) is a not-for-profit registered charity with 26 affiliated voluntary lifeguard clubs - from Jackson's Bay, Barry, in the east, to Aberystwyth in the west. It covers every local authority from the Vale of Glamorgan to Ceredigion
  • Lifesavers compete to test their fitness and surf skills in local competition and in Welsh, British, and International Championships
  • The Surf Life Saving Championships of Wales is the biggest meeting of lifesavers to be held in Great Britain
  • Competition begins at 12 years with junior events, the intermediate age group is 16-18, followed by seniors to 35, and masters from 35-plus
  • Surf life saving competitions are divided into six main categories:
    • swimming
    • surf ski paddling
    • Malibu Board paddling
    • beach (beach flags, sprints, 2k run)
    • team events
    • stillwater / pool events (conducted through the winter months)

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