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Latitude: 51° 35.12' N
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Straight off the m4 into port talbot and head for the coast (sign posted aberavon beach)
DistanceIn the city
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Good day length
Good swell directionNorthWest, West, SouthWest, South
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at and holds up to
Best tide position
Best tide movement
- Rips / undertow
Aberavon picks up as much swell as gennith perhaps more if the direction is right
. Its pretty exposed and only really works on mid-high tide. There are a few chioces of wave here .
The first point is mainly for the ripping locals , swell bounces off the breakwater and creates a nice
steep powerfull wave (lefts mostly) Further along th beach are several other places to surf all with good quality and power
The water can be really bad and it can get pretty hectic in winter. Get out well before high tide on big swells otherwise you will
be in trouble cos the waves bounce off the man made breakwater and cause havoc.
On big winter swells the smaller bay to the right hand side has a really good wave but again very polluted!
As usual do respect any other surfers, first rule; there is a high standard of surfing here. Only use the groyne to get out to the main peak if you are very comfortable surfing reefs with difficult entry/exits, climbing on very slippery rocks, duckdiving set waves without bailing your board, and sharing a competitive tight take-off zone without stepping on any toes. you might get some silent treatment and cold stares from the "this-is-my-wave" crew, but that is just the locals being protective (bless em!).
Not exactly the tropics and the water is nasty but the wave can more than make up for it. Low tide can be a super wave on the right swell direction, hollow, and very powerful.
By Anonymous , 18-01-2010
Hmm. - From Port Talbot, and wondering if 'afan was suitable for beginners, and where and when is the best time to go down without annoying the locals, hehe.
By Anonymous , 10-08-2008
Message For Funny Banter - Call the police and press charges....... I think that would be the worst thing to do,you would not only deal with 1 problem, but you ll have another 8 or 9 problems to deal with too. Who will the police beleive? you or 10 others. Funny Banter you are an idiot! Im sure the locals like myself will be laughing at you. If you got any guts say something to the locals, im sure you'll have a nice reply, and i think they be laughing at you.
By Anonymous , 24-07-2008
Reef - One of the best waves I have ever surfed. Surfed it nearly everyday for 4 winters. Steep drop, hollow right, all tides, take off behind the peak and get barreled. As I got older I have travelled and surfed all over the world. Inside the harbour still holds a special place for me. Be nice to locals and establish yourself before you start charging, thats not just here but everywhere, so get over it or stop surfing.
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