Top Abersoch watersports

Each spring, it all kicks off in Abersoch.This appealing coastal village is the Llŷn Peninsula’s top spot for all things wet and wild – from gentle paddling to high octane sailing, surfing and wakeboarding.

  • Wakeboader performing a jump whilst wakeboarding near Abersoch.
    Wakeboarder near Abersoch, North Wales

    This is the big one – the sport that Abersoch has made its own. There’s even a massive annual music and watersports festival devoted to it, Wakestock. For the uninitiated it’s a cross between waterskiing, snowboarding and surfing. To find out how it’s done, sign up for lessons with a local expert.

  • A group of sail boats out to sea near Abersoch
    Sailing in Abersoch, Llyn Peninsula, North Wales

    If the idea of a regatta conjures up uneasy thoughts of cliquey boating types in stripy blazers, think again. Abersoch’s annual splash mixes up serious dinghy races with happy-go-lucky family events such as raft racing, a sandcastle contest and competitive crab catching. It’s held in early August.

  • Boats on Abersoch beach at the shoreline.
    Abersoch, North Wales

    Experienced dinghy sailors love Abersoch. It’s a great place to learn the ropes, too. Abersoch Sailing School offers lessons for complete beginners and RYA courses for those keen to get qualified. They also have a variety of boats for hire, from Lasers and Darts to a skippered seven metre yacht.

  • Bright coloured boats on Abersoch beach in North Wales.
    Boats on beach, Abersoch, North Wales

    Hire a sea kayak at Abersoch and you’ll be on the water in no time. Stable and easy, kayaking is a fun way to explore the bay and get a healthy workout into the bargain. A double kayak will test your two man team skills to the max!

  • The manufacturers claim that if you can ride a bike, you can sail a Funboat. While they don’t have pedals or a handlebar, these nifty little dinghies are very stable and perfect for near beginners. They take solo sailors, two adults, or one adult and two kids. You can hire them by the hour.

  • Pupils learning to surf at a surf school on Hells Mouth beach
    A surf school on Hells Mouth beach, Llŷn Peninsula by Paul Sandham

    Two miles southwest of Abersoch, Porth Neigwl, also known as Hell’s Mouth, is a cracking surf beach. Even beginners can tackle the waves here, although an undertow and occasional jellyfish make it less good for swimming. Local outfits rent and sell boards, offer lessons and post surf reports online.

  • So you want to get out on the water, but don’t want to work too hard? Relax – just pick up a pedalo and potter along the shore at your own pace. They’re fantastic for families, with room for two adults and two kids.

  • Swimming

    Three people snorkelling off Abersoch beach in North Wales.
    Snorkelling off Abersoch beach, North Wales

    Abersoch’s main beach is always busy with swimmers on warm summer days. And in January, keen beans can shake off their festival hangover by rushing into the sea for the annual RNLI New Year’s Day Dip. Fancy dress is encouraged – expect plenty of Santas, mermaids and sea monsters.

  • Ready to crank up the speed? The RYA instructors at Abersoch Sailing School will make sure you have a safe and exciting time on the water. Alternatively, launch your own boat from the Golf Road slipway. With fine scenery, the bay is a spectacular place to feel the breeze.

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