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Rest Bay Watersports Centre

The Porthcawl Surf School Sign and building, with surf boards in the window and people passing by

Master watersports with expert lessons in Rest Bay. The centre offers surf hire and year-round classes with the award-winning Porthcawl Surf School, as well as stand-up paddle board training. Also, you can study to become a lifeguard or surf instructor here.

It’s a really great location to learn at. The centre overlooks the beautiful, clean waters of Rest Bay, a blue flag beach, and Porthcawl is one of Britain’s fastest growing surf destinations. Perhaps that’s because it’s a convenient three hour trip from London. That makes it the closest, most consistent watersports destination to the UK capital, and it’s less than an hour from Cardiff. Indeed, this state-of-the-art centre is the Welsh Coast Surf Club’s home.

Other beach activities

There’s lots more interesting things to see and do here too. There are courses for environmental education and ocean literacy, with outdoor learning. Also if you’re keen to help the environment, the centre is a hub for beach cleaning events.

Families visiting Rest Bay can pre-book household lessons and take part in group class workshops from Rockpooling to Beach crafts, all available to pre-book through beach Academy Wales.


  • all-weather cycle storage
  • café/bistro
  • changing cubicles
  • external showers
  • ice-cream and refreshments kiosk
  • secure equipment lockers
  • toilets
  • tourist information
  • Beach wheelchair
  • Surf shop


Rest Bay Watersports Centre and Café/Bistro

Address: Rest Bay, Porthcawl, CF36 3UP.



Bridgend County Borough Council

EU funded

£1.5m of EU funding made this centre possible. Also the Welsh Government’s Tourism Attractor Destination Programme, a £61.9m programme launched by Visit Wales, chose the project. The programme aims to create thirteen must-see tourist destinations with a total of £27.7m of EU funds.

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