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Wales Surfski

Ynyslas surf

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photo from Alan Cole video


Wales is a country and part of the United Kingdom.

Downwind


Surf

  • Fishguard Harbour
  • Rhosneigr, Anglesey video
  • Ynyslas - Long Shore Waves - video
  • Saundersfoot video
  • Traeth Penllech - video

Flatwater

  • Lyn Padarn - glacial lake in north Wales. Motorized craft require permits for lake video, video2

Tidal Races

About Safety

  • Anglesey
    • Carmel Head
    • Menai Strait
    • North Stack video this video is a good introduction to North Stack (but seek out good local knowledge!) though it does not really look at where and how to paddle the tidal race as a surfskier.
    • Rhoscolyn Head
    • South Stack
    • Penrhyn Mawr Tidal Race - (Inner, Middle and Outer Race - increasingly faster and larger waves) famous among sea kayakers, advanced paddling (at least when it looks like these videos) multi-directional waves, can be very technical and challenging (more tidal races). Obviously (from the videos) some skilled sea kayakers with bombproof rolls can handle the race in severe conditions. We do not currently (2020) have reports yet of paddle runs and conditions that safely favor various skill levels (if any) of surfskiers. This may be a tidal race that is simply too full of counter currents, intersecting waves, whirlpools, etc. to allow many if any surfskiers to thrive on its waves. In other tidal races such as Deception Pass, surfskiers have already spent significant time learning angles of entry and exit, zones for surfing without excess turbulence, and weather and tide condition sets that are likely to favor their skill levels.

Penrhyn Mawr Tidal Race Waves (Sea Kayak)



The Bitches Rocks Tidal Race Standing Waves (Wave Kayak)


Tidal Bores

  • Dee Bore - distance depends on start and end point - several options. Downwindable.com (Wales/GB)

Videos


Races


Coaching/Clubs


Injury and Recovery

  • Richard Blacklaw-Jones of Haverfordwest Ben Edom recommendation: “Nerve impingement from a herniated disc in my neck pretty much switched off my left shoulder and arm, leaving me in constant pain and making me feel sick. Four superb sessions of osteopathy from Richard…and I'm most of the way back to normal!”

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