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Drive to the small roundabout at Nottage(near Porthcawl) and take the turning right sign posted Rest Bay.The road contiuies for about a mile and you can see the beach at the end.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Easy to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Wave qualityRegional Classic
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthWest
Good wind directionSouthEast, East, NorthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 2m+ / 6ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movementRising tide
Week crowdFew surfers
- Rips / undertow
Can be very small at low tide then overhead at high tide. Check the outer sand banks out to sea to see how much swell there is. If it is too big check out Coney beach/porthcawl point, round the corner. There is also a high tide wave in Porthcawl called the ESP, popular with bodyboarders. It is a short reef break; don't ride the wave for too long, it turns into a very heavy shore dump onto concrete.
Really, really nice on a medium winter swell at high tide when the sun is setting, this place is far less crowded in the winter. Coney can often get frustrating becasue the waves have a tendecy to close out. The locals are very tollernt of all the goatboters etc, but it is fair to say give them thier space. They have a much higher stanard of surfing than the visitors and this is obvious out in the water. Canoeists F@?k off!
If their were less canoeists, especially at high tide this would be a really fun place to surf, canoeists you are hated, go somewhere else!
By Anonymous , 17-04-2010
Good surf???? - Rest bay is one of the sloppiest waves around the south west. It is consistently choppy and very rarely hold a good wave. Now don't get me wrong when it does being a good swell, then Its sweet but the truth is, it only seeing one in a blue moon. I have been surfing in and around that area for 5 years and there are much much nicer breaks just a few mins away with much fewer crowds. Take the time to look around and you will be blessed with a higher reward.
By Anonymous , 22-12-2008
Moan moan moan - Yeah Kate, I'm with u. I was jus checking out cos some of the boys from my kayak club are thinking of going down and what do i see? - hate!
Bout time someone grew up and realised surfers and kayaks are on the same side: we ride the river, u ride the sea. Maybe we shud work together the clean the planet up and swop notes, not dump on each other's fun. I wouldn't want to be in a club that expressed the sort of feelings i get off this site. F u right back!!
By Anonymous , 29-06-2007
- i regularly surf rest bay mid week, were from gloucester and rest is one of out nearest surf spots, longboarding isnt just for the old. im 20 and love long boarding, i have ridden shortboards in the past and love both styles of surfing. I have a lot of respect fro the locals here, very friendly and good vibes everytime we go here. can get very very good on the right swell, just the chavs in their cars in the car park in the evening are a bit fo a problem, other than that the surf is great
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