Watersport Expanded

Jan 18, 2014 Comments Off on Watersport Expanded by

Wakeboarding, Wet Jets, Catamarans, Sailing, Rowing, Paddle Boards……. it’s all booked in for 2014

 

North Wales offers a large number of beautiful locations for canoeing and kayaking including hidden creeks, tranquil rivers, idyllic lakes as well as steep chutes and boulder strewn rapids for a spot of whitewater rafting and not forgetting the expanse of sea for a spot of sea kayaking.

Canoeing, for those that aren’t in the know is often called open boating or open decked, while kayaking is its closed deck relative.  Both are rapidly developing sports and it’s not hard to see why as they’re a fabulous way to explore while having the time to take in your surroundings.  Plas y Brenin at Capel Curig is a unique centre for both canoeing and kayaking with access on its doorstep to some of the most beautiful lakes and scenic white water in the UK while the National White Water Centre near Bala and Whitewater Active in the Vale of Llangollen offer the thrills of fast flowing white water and Anglesey and the Lleyn Peninsula are the most popular destinations for sea kayaking.  But if the open sea is not for you then visit Llangollen which offers canoeing and kayaking on the River Dee and the Llangollen Canal.  The Dee is also used for slalom competitions and down river races on weekends during the winter months.

 

You’ll also find many centres that hire out canoes and kayaks, as well as a wide range of watersport centres offering canoeing, kayaking and sea kayaking tuition.  Many of these also offer full on adventure courses  which can include mountain biking, rock climbing, pony trekking and 4×4 off road driving and even a trip to Tree Top Adventure, the thrilling high ropes centre.  For more information on Canoeing and kayaking visit www.canoewales.com, the website of the national governing body for paddle sport in Wales.

The surf is definitely up in North Wales as it’s famed for offering some of the best conditions for surfing, kitesurfing and windsurfing.

Not sure which one takes your fancy?  Well if you want to hit the surf on a surfboard and then ride on the crest of a wave towards the shore then surfing is for you.  If you’d like to combine water skiing, snow boarding and surfing then it’s wakeboarding or windsurfing which combines surfing with sailing offering plenty of thrills.  But the ultimate extreme sport is kitesurfing which combines wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics all  in one!

If you’d like to give this a try you’ll find a very good selection of approved surf schools and centres across the region.   Rhyl is known for its Water Ski Club which takes place on Marine Lake, a 12.6ha man-made reservoir offering a variety of other watersports including sailing, canoeing, wakeboarding and windsurfing.  Glasfryn Wake Parc on the Lleyn is perfect for anyone wanting to try their hand at wakeboarding or if you fancy learning to wakeboard on the Menai Strait, then RibRide on Anglesey also offers wakeboarding lessons.

But if you’re already hooked on the sport but want to know where to head to, Rhosneigr on Anglesey is known for having some of the best conditions in the UK for windsurfing and surfing with another favourite hot spot for surfers being Porth Neigwl (Hell’s Mouth) on the Lleyn.

If you’d rather just watch the keen sports people then make sure you don’t miss the popular Wakestock wakeboarding and music festival on the Lleyn from 6-8 July.  To watch the wakeboarding in Pwllheli Marina or at Abersoch Beach is free but you do require tickets to attend the music festival.

If you’d prefer a spot of action under the water, shipwrecks abound a plenty and with clean, clear waters and a profusion of marine life, the region also offers divers the ultimate underwater experience.  Again there are diving schools across the region which offer a wide range of services including tuition and training, equipment hire and servicing, together with boat charter.

North Wales is also a fisherman’s paradise from inshore angling to deepwater expeditions so if you’d like to try your hand at angling there are charter boats to take you offshore, plenty of jetties and piers which are ideal for shore fishing and inland you will find lakes and reservoirs, each with their own challenging possibility.

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