Newborough, North Wales

A beautiful beach with clean sand and water although it gets very busy in the summer with tourists. The bay is a very wide bay and is good for kitesurfing & windsurfing (if you must) at all states of the tide. The beach also has some sheltered areas of water at different tides, most notably one good, flat water lagoon. Otherwise the water can be choppy when it blows above a Force 4. Any wind direction with south in it works.

Beach Faces:

Southerly.

Best Wind Direction:

SE/S/SW. S is onshore, SW is slightly cross on, as is SE.

Best Wind Direction For Waves:

This is very dependant on the swell and needs a couple of days to build regardless of the wind direction. The beach never gets particularly clean waves but always something good to play on.

Not Good:

Anything with North to East in it. Gets very gusty and not nice and there isn’t much to stop you going on an off-shore mission.

Tide:

All tides. At low tides there are lots of flat water lagoons. At high tide they disappear and you get better swell but more chop.

What’s On The Bottom:

Sand and muscle beds.

Any Hazards:

Large muscle beds lie just in front of where you walk onto the beach. Walk 50 meters right or left when you get onto the beach and you should avoid them. However, much better to get a look at low tide first as it can vary a huge amount as the sand bars are always shifting. The channels can get very shallow as the tide drops and the sand appears quickly.

There are a number of rip tides at Newborough and they can be very dangerous so be careful. The tide can also move very quickly on a spring so watch where you leave your kit bags.

Other Water Users:

Some pole dancers and kayakers.

Suitability / Levels:

Beginners to Advanced. The further out you go the more room you will have. There are lots of lagoons but not much room in them so just give each other plenty of space.

Wipeout Factor:

At low tides you have lots of sand and things to wipeout on, the further out you go the more room there is. At high tides the water is relatively deep but be aware of the rip tides.

Instruction:

Contact Turbulence in Llandudno Junction if you want some kitesurf instruction www.ukkiting.com. Forget it for windsurf.

Kit Hire:

Funsport in Rhosneigr is the closest kit hire location for windsurf equipment. Kite stuff can be rented from Turbulence.

Friendly Factor:

Not a hugely busy spot for windsurfers, but lots of kitesurfers. Can get very busy on a good day.

No Wind Alternatives:

Not a hugely busy spot for windsurfers, but lots of kitesurfers. Can get very busy on a good day.

Facilities:

Toilets

Yes, on site.

Shower

No.

Windsurfing Shop

No, but a good kite shop called Turbulence 45mins away!www.ukkiting.com

Food

Co-op, sandwich and chippy shop in village.

Parking

£2. Payable at the Foresty Commission gate at the entrance to the Park.

Pub

Yes, in village, but only for the brave or the six-toed.

Accommodation:

www.welshtouristboard.co.uk

Local Hotshots:

To be seen out regularly; BKSA 2005 Ams champ, Martyn Hogg & the rest of Team Turbulence. The Turbulence Angels, Ali Barrett, Tommy Chammings and occasional visitors, Arron Hadlow, Danny Seales and Jason Furness. (Not too sure about the Hotshot windsurfers, try Rhosneigr.)

How To Get There:

Follow the A55 towards Holyhead. As you cross the Britannia Bridge the first exit is for Newborough. Follow the left fork at the T junction. After approx. 2/3 mile turn left (signposted Newborough). Follow this road for approx. 10 miles until you come into Newborough village. Turn right at the roundabout. As you come into the village there is a post office on your right hand side. Turn left opposite the post office. Remember that you will need £2 for the barrier to get into the beach area.

Report By:

Turbulence (www.ukkiting.com)

Photo Credits:

Courtesy of Turbulence & North Wales PowerKite Club

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