Surf Llangennith Beach
This was the website for Llangennith Beach located on the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. If you surf in South Wales between 2005 - 2010 you probably depended upon this site for its web cam and timely information. I know that my kids did.
Whenever I look at my younger son's old beat up T-shirts with the faded and torn Batman logos I think of his heading out to Llangennith Beach early in the morning with his friends on the days when it seemed the waves would be good enough to surf. I think those t-shirts have seen their days of wear-ability as being over. They're still good for cleaning rags, though. I actually have found a new website where they offer the newest Batman T shirt. It's a fun site with an attitude of irreverence that my son would like. In addition to regular cotton T-shirts, this site also offers Tir-Blend Performance T-shirts. The fabric is made by blending polyester, ring-spun cotton, and rayon that are akin to the warm up shirts worn by the NBA. I figure those T-shirts should last longer than regular cotton ones. I'm not familiar with all the different designs, but I'm sure my son will know what the Batman Elephant Signal is, and recognize the Batman and Robin team design from Marvel Comic books, or the Arkham Knight City Watch design. There is also a Batman v Superman shirt that includes Wonder Woman. He's going to visit in a couple of weeks. I think I might order him the DC Comics Sketchy Shadows t-shirt.
Recently I discovered that the domain was available, so I bought it with the goal of recreating as much of its original content as possible from archived pages. I did not want someone else to purchase the domain and re-purpose the site for something that had nothing in common with the original Llangennithsurf.com/ website. Unfortunately I could only take screen shots of some of the sites pages that has graphs for the swell forecast, tide prediction, and wind forecasts. Likewise there is no live cam on this site for Llangennith Beach. One of the big draws of this site was because of its web cams.
If you are looking for Llangennith surf forecasts there are other sites for you. Two sites that come to mind are:
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PAGE CONTAINS SELECTIVE ARCHIVED CONTENT FROM THE ORIGINAL SITE.
Since the site will not be exactly as you remember it, please be indulgent.
Now let's take a nostalgic stroll back to those surfing days from 2005-2010.
Llangennith, Swansea, Wales, SA3 1JD
No of pitches: 300
Caravan quota: Some privately owned caravans
Opening times: Apr 1-Oct 31
How to book: Not taken in advance
Typical prices: £15-£18 per pitch
Toilets etc: Pristine; new showers
Other facilities: Baby-changing, disabled toilet, laundry, washing-up
Campfires: Not directly on site, so head for the dunes
Midge rating: 1/5
Best thing about this site
The Gower Peninsula in South Wales is one of the most naturally beautiful areas of Britain. Llangennith Beach is situated on the edge of its most dramatic stretch of coastline. Huge dunes flank a vast expanse of sand that stretches for several miles. There's a cosy and friendly spirit to the beach area and to Llangennith village as a whole.
Llangennith has drawn generations of surfers, canoeists and now kite-surfers with hang-gliders and para-gliders taking off from Rhossili Down where they can fly out over the bay. In addition there are numerous tempting rock faces for climbing enthusiasts.
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From the Swells Page
Wednesday June 27 2007 at 16:34
(updated, again) There are two steel posts sticking out from the sand about 18-24 inches high, a few metres apart and about 150 metres down the beach from the sand dunes more or less straight ahead from where the pathway from the carpark comes out. It is thought to be part of a shipwreck that has been exposed by the winter swells. Please, please, please take care surfing in this area at mid to high tide. I've had lots of people emailing me to confirm their existence and the location seems to be accurate. Any information, please email me at
email@example.com. Thanks to Derek and Topher for bringing this to our attention, and to everyone else who has emailed. Cheers, Rich.
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From the Tides Page
And Now For Some Reviews
“This beach definitely separates the skilled from the unskilled, the fittest from the fit, known through out the world, not just the UK as one of the hardest paddles out, on Earth.
A Gennith surfer will regularly argue with Caswell, Langland and Aberavon surfers, regarding the heights of the massive waves out deep, when you get passed the mish mash they can be frightening to any surfer, just take binoculars down to Rossilli and size up the dots (people) walking on the beach to the towering waves out deep.
This beach is suited to all levels of skill and being so large, there’s plenty of space. I recommend getting use to the dreadful paddle out, so you can paddle out easily on all other beaches.
On a clear day you can watch the sun set into the sea, (priceless)
It also has a nice café and pub to put the calories back on.”
chris from UNITED KINGDOM - 03 Jul 2012
“Llangennith is one of the most consistent beach breaks on the South Wales Coast and the Indicator Beach for the Gower Area so if there is no swell here it will be flat all along the Welsh coast.
It's a very popular spot, even in the depths of winter, but the huge 3 mile wide expanse of the beach means that it is always possible to escape the crowds by walking some distance away from the car park. In general the further South you walk, the smaller the waves and the easier the paddle out will be.
The paddle out at Llangennith is infamous. It is unusually difficult because the gently sloping beach profile means that on a big day outside is a very long way away and inside is a very big washing machine. Once the surf gets over about 4 feet, apart from dangerous rips against the cliffs at either end of the bay, there are few currents to help. Watch the sets for a while before going in you can usually see areas where the surf is less heavy and after you pick your spot, timing is everything.
The surf here can be very good, with long lefts and rights. It can handle a lot of size when conditions are right and on these days longboarders especially can score some very long rides by sitting way out the back and waiting for the sets. Often, however, 'gennith is a frustrating wave that tends to back off and then close out in a shorey. This is usually the case on very clean long period ground swells - the beach is just too flat to make anything of these because there are never any decent banks. Sometimes a light onshore SW breeze behind the swell seems to improve things by adding some short period swell into the mix and making the waves that bit more peaky. NW breezes, which are common in summer totally ruin small surf.
Three Peaks, which is a long walk up the beach, is the best spot around mid to high tide and as a result it is often crowded here. On rare days brief tubes are possible.
The quickly shifting tide means that for most of the beach it can go from poor to very good and back to poor in any one spot over an hour or less and full spring tides generally cause the surf to back-off.
Apart from the surf, there is a busy but mellow camp site at hand and a cafe on site too. The local pub, The Kings Head, is deservedly popular with surfers. PJ's surf shop is in the village too and there are dozens more breaks to explore within a short drive so if it is big and onshore here, somewhere else not far away may be firing.”
webmaster from UNITED KINGDOM - 05 Mar 201
“This beach is crazy, hardest paddle out waves breaking everywhere, loads of surfers, bodyboarders, swimmers.
One of the most consistent beaches in the Gower coast, when the swell is big here it will give you an idea of how the swell is on other beaches and reefs.
Lots of surf schools come down here but as the beach is huge you can just move away and it will be fine. Worms Head will block out a lot of the south winds which is the prevailing wind for the beach.
[Editor writes. If only. The prevailing wind, sadly, is WNW, which is onshore here. Ahead of an approaching depression the wind pulls S or SE, and if the depression stalls you get cross to cross-off winds and swell with shelter at the south end, but less swell there too]”
Hugo from UNITED KINGDOM - 30 May 2015