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West Shore, Llandudno, North Wales

12:25 23rd February 2012 by Letitia Hristodorescu
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West Shore is a little known beach on the opposite side from the North Shore beach in the tourist town of Llandudno. At high tide it provides bump and jump with mirror flat water on the inside behind the breakwater. However, best to go at low tide and play in the flat, waist deep, freestyle and speed run channel. Then wait for the water to cover the sand bars so you can play in the breaking waves then finish off with some high tide bump and jump.

Fees: Officially you have to pay £5 to the local harbour master to sail here. This is a new charge and has not gone down well. Consequently, the kitesurfers are refusing to pay it so join their campaign! I think this fee could be dropped soon so please refuse to pay. However, regulars can join the Kitesurfing Club and pay £10 per year or you can pay £35 for a seasonal permit if you can’t bring yourself to join a kitesurfing club. Phone the Conwy Harbour Office for an application form on 01492 596253      .

Beach Faces:

South-west

Best Wind Direction:

West to North-west

Best Wind Direction For Waves:

North / North-west for riding on the sand bar, North-west to South-west for jumping

Not Good:

North-east to East as wind blocked by the Great Orme, South is too gusty.

Tide:

Very tidal but it can be sailed at almost any state except for very low water springs. You just need to pick your spot.

What’s On The Bottom:

Sand

Any Hazards:

Running aground on the sandbanks if sailing at mid to low tide.

Other Water Users:

Instructional beach for Extreme Kiting Shop in Llandudno Junction so plenty of kitesurfers. Also land kites at low tide.

Suitability / Levels:

Beginners to advanced but mainly an intermediate beach. Very flat inside the breakwater and in the channel at low tide, which is ideal for beginners. However, at mid to high tide in a Force 4 and above it can get very choppy with breaking waves. At this state your waterstart needs to be bomb proof. The low water channel is ideal for learning freestyle, whether a 360 or a vulcan as well as being perfect for beginners.

Wipeout Factor:

On a very windy day the bump and jump can really get to your knees, but other than that, if you do lose your kit, you will get blown into a sandy beach. The sand bar is quite far out; break something here in an out going tide and next stop is the Isle of Man!

Instruction:

No

Kit Hire:

No

Friendly Factor:

If you get on with kitesurfers, you’ll be OK! Not a busy place, maybe 5 or 6 windsurfers out on a good day.

No Wind Alternatives:

If you get on with kitesurfers, you’ll be OK! Not a busy place, maybe 5 or 6 windsurfers out on a good day.

Facilities:

Toilets

No

Shower

No

Windsurfing Shop

No

Food

Cost Cutter 2 mins walk away

Parking

Free and plenty of space

Pub

Lots in town, Weatherspoons in the nearest and cheapest.

Accommodation:

www.llandudno-tourism.co.uk , Llandudno Tourist Office 01492 876413 or emailLlandudno@nwtic.com

Local Hotshots:

Louise Emery, Gavin Rodgers

Local Knowledge / Secrets:

A SE wind funnels down the Conwy Valley giving more wind than forecast. It will be quite flat though.
During and after a northerly gale, the swell wraps around the Great Orme. If it’s still blowing N/NW then sail upwind infront on the big, posh houses on the side of the Orme. You can get proper down the line riding at mid tide even if it’s only a couple of turns. Happens once a year if you’re lucky!

Extra:

The Extreme kiting surfing shop in Llandudno Junction is becoming really active at this beach with kitesurfing festivals and competitions.

How To Get There:

Get on the A55 and come off at Llandudno Junction/Deganwy exit (The one AFTER the main Llandudno turn off). Pass Tesco and Cineworld and follow signs for Deganwy. Drive through Deganwy village, pass 2 golf courses, over a railway bridge until you reach a mini roundabout. Turn LEFT. At immediate T-junction turn RIGHT. Carry on this road and park on the left just before Pen Morfa Hotel.

Report By:

Louise Emery

  1. Rob+Carter

    The fee for sailing has been dropped for 2013, but be prepared to show 3rd party insurance to the beach warden in the main season.

  2. Rob Carter

    There is now a fancy new toilet (near the kids’ playground). 20p per visit though!

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