Freshwater West: great lines

Wales is the 74th nation represented in the International Surfing Association (ISA).


Wales is one of the best surfing regions in Europe. It was fully discovered and explored for surfing back in the 1950s. The Welsh Surfing Federation was born in 1973.

The country enjoys the benefit of prevailing Atlantic swells from the southwest, for all types of surf crafts from shortboards, longboards, SUPs and bodyboards, on all types of break from long sandy beaches, to off-shore sand banks, reefs and points.

Located on the western side of British Isles and the eastern side of the Atlantic Ocean and the Irish Sea, the country boasts over 750 miles of coastline.

You even can ride waves in the regional tidal river bore - The Severn Bore - and in the soon to be built Wavegarden, a facility with high-quality man-made surfing waves.

"We are a passionate and committed sporting nation possessing our own rich culture and Celtic heritage. We have been a core member of the European Surfing Federation (ESF) for 40 years" says Huw John, president of the Welsh Surfing Federation.

"Our surfers have always been successful on a European and world stage and our members are extremely passionate about their achievements being fully recognized at World level as Welsh".