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Fuel your adrenaline with adventurous activities

Throw yourself into the exhilarating world of Bridgend County’s outdoor adventure activities.

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Bushcraft Adventures, Axe Throwing

Visit Rest Bay. Later.

It’s eerily quiet at Rest Bay. Launched just six months ago, the new Watersports Centre overlooks Porthcawl’s Blue Flag Rest Bay beach, and when it is safe to do so will open its doors again to provide the perfect base for adventure seekers eager to sample South Wales’ outdoor activity offering.

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Watersports Centre

New Year, New You: Explore the world of Bridgend wellness

This January marks not only the start of a new year but also the start of a new decade, making it the perfect time to jump into the world of Bridgend's wellness. From leg-burning sand dune assents to stress-relieving nature reserve saunters, read on to uncover your ideal outdoor activity.

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Winning runner finishing at the Porthcawl 10k

Ride the Welsh waves with Porthcawl's new £1.5m water sports centre

Make a splash with adrenaline spiking adventure activities at Porthcawl's newly unveiled state-of-the-art £1.5m water sports centre.

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The Water sports centre glistening in the sun

How Porthcawl became one of the UK’s best waterside holiday destinations

It's considered one of the best surf destinations in Wales, home to one of the UK's highest ranking golf courses and a paradise for holiday makers. This summer, Rest Bay in Porthcawl will launch its brand new watersports centre.

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Display board of Porthcawl history

Coastal Hero Tom Simonds talks Porthcawl, Powerboats and Skis

Ever wondered what powerboating is all about? We spoke to Tom Simonds of the Porthcawl Powerboat and Ski Club to learn more about motorised watersports and how to enjoy them safely in Porthcawl. From safety first to qualifications around the coast, here's what we learned…

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Tom Simonds on a Powerboat at sea

Free surf lessons at Rest Bay to celebrate International Surfing Day

This Saturday (16 June) is International Surfing Day. Bridgend County is quickly establishing itself as one of the best places to surf in the UK.

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Waves crashing on shore

Surf instructors needed - spend this summer on the beach!

Love surfing? Fancy spending this summer at the beach? Some of Wales' leading activity providers are seeking experienced and trainee surf instructors to help teach lessons on South Wales' beautiful Blue Flag beaches throughout the 2018 summer season.

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Surfer in wetsuit walking towards the sea

Coastal heroes: An interview with Hugh Murray

For the next interview in our 'Coastal Heroes' series we talk to Hugh Murray, owner of Porthcawl Surf School about how he established his award-winning business and what makes Bridgend County such a unique surf destination.

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Hugh Murray smiling wearing a hoody

This is the Year of the Sea: A guide to Bridgend County

This is the Year of the Sea in Wales. In 2018 discover new epic coastal experiences in Bridgend County. Welcome to Rest Bay, a surf spot which rivals any in Europe (Lonely Planet agrees), and which is one of the closest surf beaches to Cardiff, Bristol and even London.

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Choppy waves hitting the rocks at Ogmore by sea

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