Launched on 11 October 2019, the new Watersports Centre overlooks Porthcawl’s Blue Flag Rest Bay beach, and will provide the perfect base for adventure seekers eager to sample South Wales’ outdoor activity offering in 2020.
Local experts Porthcawl Surf School will use the new centre as a base to offer year round surf lessons and hire as well as stand up paddle board lessons. There will also be a fleet of thirty vehicles for hire including mountain bikes, fat bikes, e-bikes, California cruisers and a beach wheelchair. Visitors will be able to join bike tours to points of interest throughout Porthcawl and Newton, as well as a tour based on the legends of Kenfig Dunes.
The centre also promises to benefit the local community, acting as a base for beach cleans and courses on environmental education, outdoor learning and ocean literacy. It will also act as a training centre for life guards and surf instructors and as the base for the Welsh Coast Surf Club.
The opening of the new water sports centre further cements Porthcawl as one of the UK’s fastest growing surfing destinations. Less than three hours from London, it is the closest, most consistent water sports destination from the capital.
The centre will also include a café, ice-cream kiosk, toilets, showers, changing cubicles and a function room.
Published 18 October 2019
Hugh Murray, owner of Porthcawl Surf School
We’re hugely excited to be unveiling Rest Bay’s new water sports centre. We believe that Porthcawl is among the best outdoor adventure destinations in the UK and our new centre will help more people discover this, while also helping educate visitors on the importance of coastal conservation.”