Surfing Lessons in Pembrokeshire
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Surfing Lessons in Pembrokeshire

Minimum age 8 years Non-swimmers welcome! Open all year!

Surfing…the basics:

Surfing is great fun and accessible to everyone.
  • ….check wave is on its way
  • ….paddle with your arms to try and catch said wave
  • ….once you feel like you’re riding the wave…wait..
  • ….then go for a stand-up
  • ….enjoy your ride, you’re surfing!
Yes it really is that simple! We will show you how if you book a surf lesson now.

Why surf?

Have you ever tried surfing in Wales or just been in the sea? Yes? Then you’ll know the feeling you can get from this simple pleasure! If you have never been…then come on down…it’s super fun! Surfing is a sport for everyone, young and old. At Board Games our priority, second to your safety, is that you’re having fun! We aim to give you an experience that will leave you feeling happy but tired from all the laughter and newly learnt skills!

Why Board Games Surfing?

We guarantee you’ll make a splash….surfing, bodyboarding or bodysurfing! We are passionate and enthusiastic about surfing and the coastal environment in Pembrokeshire. We really care for everyone that wriggles into a wetsuit and wants to get in the sea. We’ll ensure that, despite being in a group environment you will get individual attention and tuition. If required, we can tailor a bespoke surf experience just for you or your group.

How we roll?

From the moment you turn up at the beach you will be greeted by a member of our team who will take the time to find out your expectations and any previous surf experience that you may have. No need to worry if you’re a beginner surfer, we’ll soon have you feeling relaxed in the sea environment! We will teach you everything you need to know in easy bite-sized chunks so you don’t feel overwhelmed. Throughout your experience you will have a dedicated, fully qualified and fully fun instructor close at hand.

What about kit?

We supply all the kit and equipment you’ll need including: a full winter steamer wetsuit, wetsuit boots and a surfboard or bodyboard too! If it’s a bit chilly out there we also have wetsuit hoods and gloves to keep you cozy and warm. Our team take safety equipment and a first aid kit down onto the beach. If you need to take anything to the beach with you no worries…we’ll have our handy bag with us! The only thing you’ll need is swim wear (to go under our wetsuits) and a towel. Oh and maybe some sun screen!

Location, location?

One of our favourite Pembrokeshire surfing locations is Newgale beach, a long sandy beach, situated to the north east of St Brides Bay. Westerly facing, it is ideally placed to catch the prevailing Atlantic swell. It’s beach break is ideal for beginner and intermediate surfers alike.
“Surfing novices”
Fantastic location (super weather helped), great instruction and one of the best 2 hours I have ever spent. Although I didn’t manage to stand and stay on the board (I am over 65!) it was still great fun. My teenage son soon got the hang of it but even he was exhausted by the end of two hours. We both slept well that night. Absolutely recommended.
Written by: Eric A
Half-Day Surfing Lesson
Date published: 13/09/2015
5 / 5 stars
Surfing Origins & History....+

Surfing History

For centuries, surfing was a central part of ancient Polynesian culture. Surfing may have first been observed by Europeans at Tahiti in 1767 by Samuel Wallis and the crew members of the Dolphin who were the first Europeans to visit the island in June of that year. Another candidate is the botanist Joseph Banks being part of the first voyage of James Cook on the HMS Endeavour, who arrived on on Tahiti on 10 April 1769. Lieutenant James King was the first person to write about the art of surfing on Hawaii when he was completing the journals of Captain James Cook upon Cook’s death in 1779. When Mark Twain visited Hawaii in 1866 he wrote, In one place we came upon a large company of naked natives, of both sexes and all ages, amusing themselves with the national pastime of surf-bathing. References to surf riding on planks and single canoe hulls are also verified for pre-contact Samoa, where surfing was called fa’ase’e or se’egalu (see Augustin Krämer, The Samoa Islands) and Tonga far pre-dating the practice of surfing by Hawaiians and eastern Polynesians by over a thousand years. George Freeth (8 November 1883 – 7 April 1919) is often credited as being the “Father of Modern Surfing”. He is thought to have been the first modern surfer. In 1907, the eclectic interests of the land baron Henry Huntington brought the ancient art of surfing to the California coast. While on vacation, Huntington had seen Hawaiian boys surfing the island waves. Looking for a way to entice visitors to the area of Redondo Beach, where he had heavily invested in real estate, he hired a young Hawaiian to ride surfboards. George Freeth decided to revive the art of surfing, but had little success with the huge 16-foot hardwood boards that were popular at that time. When he cut them in half to make them more manageable, he created the original “Long board”, which made him the talk of the islands. To the delight of visitors, Freeth exhibited his surfing skills twice a day in front of the Hotel Redondo. In 1975, professional contests started. That year Margo Oberg became the first female professional surfer.

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