Newgale Beach

Newgale Holiday and Accommodation Guide and Big Blue Kitesurfing

Introduction

Situated close to the magical city of St David’s and the pretty harbour village of Solva is the small village of Newgale.

Situated close to the magical city of St David’s and the pretty harbour village of Solva is the small village of Newgale.

The approach to Newgale is spectacular, as it is situated at the bottom of a hill and has a huge west facing beach; Newgale Sands, with the village of Newgale at the north end. This end of the beach is popular with families and with surfers and other water sport enthusiasts. The southern end of the beach is usually quieter. The beach is a blue flag beach, which is a European standard that means the water quality is excellent and the beach has public toilets and dog controls, amongst other things. The beach is both sand and pebbles, and there is a lifeguard on patrol during the summer. The beach is fully exposed to the Atlantic winds, and is the longest beach on St Bride's Bay. Facilities at Newgale include a campsite, a surf shop Newsurf which rents out equipment as well as selling it. Last but by no means least is the Duke of Edinburgh pub, a very welcoming place that offers good food and drink.

 BIG BLUE KITESURFING

Big Blue Kitesurfing is a professional watersports centre offering tuition and adventure in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales. Big Blue was established to promote the safe development of kite sports through professional tuition in Power Kiting, Kite landboarding and Kitesurfing. New for 2007, Big Blue is now offering Zap Cat powerboat trips and courses as well as the opportunity to hire traditional yurts for your stay in Pembrokeshire. For further information on courses or general advice on Pembrokeshire contact us. Big Blue is an RYA recognised training centre.

Big Blue Kite surfing is a professional kite sports centre offering a range of courses in Power Kiting, Kite landboarding, Kitesurfing and Powerboating. Big Blue has been an established BKSA/IKO, WTB and visit Wales accredited centre for six years. Big Blue runs courses all year round and endeavours to give the best introduction to and development through kite sports as possible.

Although Big Blue can teach in a wide range of weather, in order to maximise the conditions and your learning, experience has taught us to be honest and up front in this heavily weather dependant industry. As a result we will contact you prior to any booking to inform you of the forecast for the course and therefore the chances of achieving what it is you want to do. If the forecast isn't ideal for your choice of course then we will offer a beneficial alternative or re-schedule the dates saving you a wasted journey. It has to be mentioned that the forecast isn't always right so if it changes prior to or during a course we will only cover what is possible and give you the chance to experience the Pembrokeshire Coastline in a number of different ways.

All Big Blue instructors have previous teaching experience in a wide range of activity sports including sailing, windsurfing, power boating, snowboarding, snow kiting and yes, kite surfing. They are very approachable and have an in depth knowledge of all safety aspects involved and what it will take for kite sports to develop safely. All Big Blue instructors are qualified and recognised by the British Kite Surfing Association, the International Kite boarding Organisation and the Power Kite Sports Federation. Big Blue instructors also hold first aid certificates and RYA power boating qualifications. The school is comprehensively insured through In 2 Sport (£5,000,000).

Groups (Schools, Corporate, Stag/Hen etc.) and Vouchers

Big Blue can cater for groups of people looking for an exciting and adventurous break in Pembrokeshire. From school groups to corporate teams Big Blue can arrange a package of kite sports, accommodation (hotels to camping) and other activities such as surfing, coasteering, horse riding, boat rides, kayaking, coastal adventures, massages and spa treatments to name a few. Please contact us for a tailor made package.

Big Blue also offers vouchers for all courses. They make a great present for a Birthday or Christmas. Please contact us for a tailor made voucher.

Learning on the sand
Power Kiting

Power Kiting is the best way to gain the basic flying skills and to experience the thrill of traction kites for the first time. An hour-long course is the best grounding from which to move on to other kite sports such as Kite land boarding and Kitesurfing. Ideal for all ages and abilities, once mastered, forever hooked.

Here's what we cover:-
Wind Awareness
Site Assessment
Safety Points
Set up of equipment (4 line foil kites)
Launching and Landing
Basic Flying Skills
Pack-up and Kite Maintenance
The courses are held on Newgale Sands and at Brawdy Airfield (dis-used!) when the tide is high or the beach too busy.
One hour Power Kiting Course costs £20pp.

Kite land boarding

Kite landboarding is a perfect, inexpensive light wind compliment to kitesurfing, involving similar skills without getting wet. Big Blue can teach all levels of kite landboarding, from a complete beginner with no previous experience to those looking to master advanced techniques such as jumps, power slides, turns, rotations..

Charged on an hourly basis (min 2hrs), courses are tailored to achieve as much as you want before you get exhausted!

A Typical Beginners' Course

Following on from a power kiting course the beginner landboarding course is geared to making life as simple as possible to get maximum progression.

Here's what we cover:-
Wind Awareness
Site Assessment
Safety Aspects
Advanced Flying Skills
Controlling the Board
Getting Going
Stopping
Basic Turning
Maintaining Position on the Beach
Board and Kite Maintenance

Advanced Coaching

If you would like to learn advanced techniques we can tailor the course to suit your needs. Advanced techniques can cover;-

Setting up and use of de-powerable foils
Advanced board set up
Controlling and maintaining speed.
Going up wind
Turns, toe side, heel side, power slides
Flat rotations
Jumping
Jump Transitions
Rotations, back loops, forward loops
Anything you want.
2 hr Beginners Kite Landboardiing Course - £40
1 day Kite Landboarding Course - £95
Advanced Coaching 1 on 1 - £25 per hour


All kite landboarding courses are held on Newgale Sands out of season or Brawdy Airfiels (dis-used!) when the tide is high or the beach too busy.


All courses are available every day all year round weather permitting. Please ring for further info and to book.

Learning on the water
Kite Surfing Courses

Big Blue can teach any level of kitesurfer, from a complete beginner with no previous experience to those of you looking to master advanced techniques such as going upwind and jumping.

Kitesurfing courses consist of approximately 5-6 hours tuition a day.

The beginner's course is two days at a cost of £190pp. This covers the use of all equipment, apart from wetsuits, which can be hired from Newsurf next door. Changing rooms and showers are also available. Single days are charged at £95pp.

The aim of a two-day beginner's course is to get you hooked on the best wind sport around and to arm you with all the skills you need to kite surf independently and safely. We can also give advice as to which equipment is right for you.

Big Blue also runs a three day course which gives you longer to master the final stages of the beginners course. This is popular as it leaves you with greater confidence to go it alone. Three-day courses cost £250pp and qualify you to Level 1 IKO.

A Typical Beginners' Course

There is a lot to learn, so kitesurfing is best taught in stages, each stage has to be mastered before combining all the skills together to achieve your first attempt at getting up on the board. Kitesurfing is 80% kite skills, so it is important that you are comfortable flying the kite first. Any small kite flying experience prior to the course is going to be hugely beneficial, but it's not essential!

Here's what we cover:-

Wind Awareness, tidal awareness, site assessments and safety aspects to kite surfing- Essential information you need to know.

Setting up and flying the kite- We will show you how to set up the gear (foil and inflatable kites), avoiding nasty knots and tangles. Then we'll teach you how to launch and land the kites safely.

Flying Skills- This is where you take control of the kite and show it whose boss, learning how to get the kite to take you where you want to go.

Self Rescue Techniques- Essential information on taming a wild kite and recovering yourself in various ways from various situations. Essential Knowledge!

Body dragging- a progression of the flying skills, with more power in the water. Hugely exciting and useful as it happens a lot when you fall off whilst kitesurfing

Harness Technique- A harness takes the strain off your arms and allows you to use more advanced kites. Amongst other things a harness helps you recover the board and to body drag up wind!

Kitesurfing

Here you put all the skills you have learnt together and experience the thrill of planing along on the water powered by your kite. From here it is just a question of practice.

Advanced Coaching

Advanced coaching is taught on a one-to-one basis at a cost of £85 for 1 day. If you would like to learn advanced techniques we can tailor a course to suit your needs.
Advanced coaching can cover:

Advanced rescue techniques
Going up wind
Wave riding
Jumping
Riding different style boards –
directional, mutants, twin tips, wakeboards and strapless boards.

Looping, dead mans, board offs, transitions, kite loops…………

Learning on Snow
Big Blue - in partnership with Paracademy snowkite camps 2007

Silvaplana - Switzerland

Whether you ski or snowboard its time to enter a whole new world, grab some snowy air and fire across the flat bits at mad speeds. This is a great option for all you kitesurfers out there facing the long cold winter months and for those snow fiends that want to check out the latest snow happening. Paracademy is the only UK company offering the opportunity to experience snow kiting, with over five years experience in the field. The UK kitesurf season may just be coming towards it end, but Paracademy has already planned a wicked range of snowkite camps for the winter months, everything from beginner to kitesurfer crossover courses and progression coaching for those of you who have made a start in snow kiting. So why not pack away that fat wetsuit for a week or two and make use of all those low cost flight packages into Europe and get snow kiting this winter!

Paracademy Snowcamp Dates
Jan 2007 15-19, 22-26
Feb 2007 12-16, 19-23
Mar 2007 12-16, 19-23
Paracademy
- for booking

The Paracademy X snow kite camps will take place at Lake Silvaplana in the Swiss Alps. The location is perfect for people wanting to learn the sport, with the spot offering miles of perfect flat snow on top of the frozen lake. Silvaplana’s geographical location also uniquely provides a consistent wind pattern, with valley winds driving up from Italy across the Engadine lake plateau, providing a prevailing south west wind generally between 3-5 bft.
Paracademy X has joined forces with Kitesailing Silvaplana located right at the edge of the lake. This not only enables Paracademy X to ensure you have all the correct equipment for the day’s conditions, but also provides a café to warm up in after a hard days kiting on the lake. Plus there is the all important kite shop for those bits and pieces you might find you suddenly can’t live without.

Paracademy snowkite camps 2007
Silvaplana Switzerland part of the Engadine lakes Plato next in line to the St Moritz ski fields at the foot of the Corvatsch Mountain. The snow kite camps will be operate from Paracademy X’s Swiss partners school Silvaplana Kitesailing, located at the edge of the snowkite site on the frozen lake.

Course Type
Paracademy X is an approved IKO school and runs all of its courses in accordance with the international IKO snow kiting standards. Courses at all the camps will follow the IKO snow kiter card scheme.

Snow starter courses – IKO levels 1-2
For those with limited or no kiting skills, but can either snowboard or ski to competent blue run level. The Snow Starter course will take you from the point of how to set-up and fly your power kite through to cruising around on the snow. During the course you will cover all you need to know from handling the kites, equipment and location safety, weather, wind and kiting conditions, starting to ride, riding cross and upwind, how to stop and the all important emergency safety procedures.

Run over 5 days of 3 hour teaching sessions.


Crossover courses – IKO levels 1-3
For traction kiters from other fields of the sport, like kite landboarding or kitesurfing. Okay you still need board or ski skills to but you will not need to start from scratch. All key skills will be covered for you, set-up and pack down in the snow, moving off on your ski’s or board, all the safety knowledge for snow, ice and mountain conditions, plus of course the all important jumping on snow techniques.

Run over 5 days of 2 hour teaching/coaching sessions.

Progression sessions – IKO level 3 and beyond
These sessions are designed for those of you who have already gained some snow kiting skill. You may be riding, but not turning well or going upwind. You might be ready to start jumping or indeed want to push your jumps on to the next level. With the progression coaching our instructor will work on the snow kite skills you already have and progress you towards the next level from what ever point you are currently at.

Run over 5 days of 2 hour coaching sessions.

For Bookings contact the Paracademy Direct - 01305 824797
or go to www.Paracademy.co.uk - for booking


Open Ocean and Ten Mile Down Winders

Ever felt like there's more to kitesurfing than going out, turning round and coming back? WELL there is! Big Blue are proud to offer competent kitesurfers and windsurfers the chance to explore St Bride's bay and the stunning Pembrokeshire coastline from the Open Ocean.

There's something special about actually going places and heading out into the open ocean with the support of a safety boat. Newgale is located in a perfect position within St Brides bay for either a sea adventure or a ten-mile beach hop to or from Broad Haven. Regardless of the wind direction Big Blue can arrange an escorted open ocean trip for windsurfers and kitesurfers. Those participating need to prove a certain level of competence and ideally have their own equipment. Big Blue will arrange safety boat cover and pick-ups. We can arrange additional boats for larger groups, or if you want to bring spectators and a film crew….

Big Blue uses a Zap-Cat as an escort on the open ocean tours. These little beauties are perfect for launching and landing kites, as well as able to handle most sea states. Our crew are all RYA powerboat qualified with extensive experience in Zap Cats. The activity is fully insured by In 2 Sport.

Big Blue Kitesurfing

Big Blue Kite surfing is a professional kite sports centre offering a range of courses in Power Kiting, Kite landboarding, Kitesurfing and Powerboating. Big Blue has been an established BKSA/IKO, WTB and visit Wales accredited centre for six years. Big Blue runs courses all year round and endeavours to give the best introduction to and development through kite sports as possible.

Big Blue can teach in a wide range of weather, in order to maximise the conditions and your learning, experience has taught us to be honest and up front in this heavily weather dependant industry. As a result we will contact you prior to any booking to inform you of the forecast for the course and therefore the chances of achieving what it is you want to do. If the forecast isn't ideal for your choice of course then we will offer a beneficial alternative or re-schedule the dates saving you a wasted journey. It has to be mentioned that the forecast isn't always right so if it changes prior to or during a course we will only cover what is possible and give you the chance to experience the Pembrokeshire Coastline in a number of different ways.

All Big Blue instructors have previous teaching experience in a wide range of activity sports including sailing, windsurfing, power boating, snowboarding, snow kiting and yes, kite surfing. They are very approachable and have an in depth knowledge of all safety aspects involved and what it will take for kite sports to develop safely. All Big Blue instructors are qualified and recognised by the British Kite Surfing Association, the International Kite boarding Organisation and the Power Kite Sports Federation. Big Blue instructors also hold first aid certificates and RYA power boating qualifications. The school is comprehensively insured through In 2 Sport (£5,000,000).

Groups (Schools, Corporate, Stag/Hen etc.) and Vouchers

Big Blue can cater for groups of people looking for an exciting and adventurous break in Pembrokeshire. From school groups to corporate teams Big Blue can arrange a package of kite sports, accommodation (hotels to camping) and other activities such as surfing, coasteering, horse riding, boat rides, kayaking, coastal adventures, massages and spa treatments to name a few. Please contact us for a tailor made package.

Big Blue also offers vouchers for all courses. They make a great present for a Birthday or Christmas. Please contact us for a tailor made voucher.

Zap Cat Courses

Big Blue now offers the opportunity to experience the thrill and excitement of Zap Cat whilst exploring the stunning Pembrokeshire Coast. The speed and manoeuvrability of these boats allows us to visit secluded beaches, drive deep into enormous caves and cover large sections of the coast in one day.

The aim of these trips is not only to explore the coast and visit the wildlife but also to learn the basics of boat handling resulting in a recognised qualification.

Below are the trips and courses offered:

30 minutes : a short sharp exhilarating ride to experience the unique qualities of Zap Cats. No driving skills acquired - £20

One day course : a great chance to explore the cliffs, caves and beaches, lunch on your own secluded beach and achieve a Level 1 qualification - £95 (4 hours).

Two day course : a more intensive course whilst exploring, resulting in a proficient boat handler and seafarer Level 2 qualification and International Certificate of Competence - £190 (9 hours).

All trips are weather dependant. Prices include everything apart from wetsuit hire and lunch. Numbers are limited to three people per course.

Pembrokeshire and the hotspots

Pembrokeshire is the most South-western county in Wales . It juts out into the Irish Sea and is exposed to the Gulf Stream from the Atlantic . This provides some of the best conditions for water sports in the UK with fairly consistent wind and waves. With outstanding coastal and mountain scenery combined Pembrokeshire has everything for an exciting and adventurous holiday for all ages and in all weathers. Pembrokeshire has over 30 sandy beaches and very high standards of water quality marked by an unprecedented number of Blue Flag beaches.

Pembrokeshire's maritime heritage is second to none, the waterways, ports and harbours have been used since prehistoric times to transmit goods, people and ideas all over the world. This heritage continues in the vast number of water users, both commercially and recreationally who live by or visit our shores, as well as in the importance of Milford Haven as an industrial centre.

Despite being no further than 7miles from the sea at any point in the county, Pembrokeshire is by no means entirely coastal. The Preseli hills in the north offer visitors a taste of barren moor land intersected by beautiful wooded valleys, while the Upper reaches of the Cleddau in the south are home to a myriad of water ways and the plant and animal life that abound here. In between is a rural, agricultural landscape that has much to offer, not least the celebrated Pembrokeshire new potato.

Pembrokeshire is also a cultural centre in itself, much influenced by being historically well visited and inhabited by outsiders, the county has a cosmopolitan and exciting culture that is both unique and unexpected.

St Brides
St Brides Bay is a large bay on the Western coast of Pembrokeshire . It is an ideal playground for water users of all types. It holds the two main beaches of Newgale and Broad Haven – the hot spots. It also has several smaller, stunning beaches for surfing and exploring. Located within the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park it is the only protected stretch of coast within the UK . Whilst there are a lot of sandy beaches that you could fly kites on, we ask that you consider going to the larger, less obstructed beaches, especially during the summer holidays.

Newgale
Home to Big Blue, Newgale is one of the best beaches in the UK for kitesurfing. Ideal for power kiting and landboarding the vast expanse of sand stretches for two miles and at low tide falls by up to 7m. The beach picks up the majority of swell but is not too heavy, perfect for jumping and wave riding. The waves can be knee to waist high at the south end and pick up to well over-head high at the north end. So you can pick your spot along the beach depending on the size of waves that you want. Best used 2hrs either side of high tide and ensure you have plenty of space. Restrictions apply during July and August so check the notice boards. It can get crowded but is generally capable of catering for all. The best wind direction is S (Cross shore from the left), but it works in SW, W, NW, and N (in this direction the wind is cleaner at the southern end of the beach).

Broad Haven
This sandy beach is backed by broad haven so for land-based kiting ensure the tide is out and that there is plenty of space. For kitesurfing it is sheltered from the main brunt of the swell and so provides small waves to learn in. Best wind directions are SW (cross-shore from the left), W (Onshore), NW (cross-chore from the right) and N (Cross-shore). All the others come off the cliffs or through the village and are very gusty so you're better off going to Newgale, ten miles up the coast. There are no restrictions on Broad Haven but I wouldn't recommend it for land kiting during July and August or Bank holidays. It can get very busy.

Be Safe

Kite sports can potentially be very dangerous, causing serious injury or death. It is essential that you receive proper training from a recognised school prior to attempting them. Among important safety information you can learn in two days what will take you many months and bruises to figure out for yourself. Join up through the link at the bottom of this page.

Once you're going out and using kites regularly, you should join a local club, and the British Kitesurfing Association. This will provide you with third party insurance, a must in a sport where others can be harmed by your mistakes.

Join up at kitesurfing.org

Below are some recommended guidelines all kiters should adhere to.

General Guidelines
Stay clear of power lines and overhead obstructions.

Never fly a kite in a lightning storm.

All kite fliers of any type are asked to respect other beach users. Do not fly kites irresponsibly, over powered or in crowded conditions.

Other beach users are asked to be aware of kite fliers and their equipment. Do not approach kites or kite fliers from downwind as some equipment e.g. lines may cause harm.

Do not approach within striking distance (50m) of a flying kite.

Be aware of beach zones (see map). If unsure ask the lifeguards.

Do not fly kites two hours either side of high tide since beach space will be severely restricted.

If you can't walk backwards when the kite is flying directly overhead the kite is too big and/or the wind is too strong.

Never tether yourself to a kite with a closed system, only the open quick release harness or kite killers systems

Do not fly power kites without referring to the manufacturer's manual or seeking professional tuition.

Keep our beaches safe, clean and free.

Power Kiting- static beach flying.

Select a safe site.

Do not fly stunt or power kites in crowded areas or over-powered conditions.

Ensure power kites are flown with the appropriate safety leashes.

Ensure a downwind safety zone of 90m is maintained at all times.

Prevent kites from launching with sand (or other ballast) to weigh it down.

Disable unattended kites.

Kite Buggying and Kite Landboarding
Please observe any restrictions on these kite sports. Look for notice boards or ask someone.

Only practice these sports around low tide and ensure a downwind safety zone of 90m is maintained at all times.

Always wear protective clothing.

Ensure that your kites are used with the appropriate safety leashes.

It is your responsibility to give way to other beach users who come within your selected flying area.

Kite surfing

When learning seek professional tuition.

Be aware of tides, do not kitesurf two hours either side of high tide as beach space will be severely restricted.

Never kitesurf if you are not a competent swimmer.

Never kitesurf in congested areas with swimmers, boats or other craft obstacles.

Do not kitesurf in off shore winds.

Use kite leashes; ensure they are well maintained and that you are familiar with their use. Don't be afraid to use it.

Do not kitesurf alone or without informing somebody of your whereabouts.

Do not launch kites in crowded areas; move as close to the water as possible before launching. Adhere to the launching and landing zones. (see map)

Ensure you are familiar with the kitesurfing rules of the road and the rules of the sea including navigation laws and abide by them at all times

Once on the water, maintain a 90m-safety zone from other water users. Do not attempt jumps close to the beach and stay away from the bathing areas.

A kitesurfer must be fit and healthy and over 18 years of age (under 18's should have parental permission and supervision)

If going off shore kitesurf in pairs or with a rescue boat in attendance.

Never kitesurf in conditions too extreme for either you or your equipment.

If in doubt don't go out!

All Kite fliers must act responsibly and should hold third party liability insurance.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015


Big Blue Kitesurfing is a professional watersports centre offering tuition and adventure in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Wales. Big Blue was established to promote the safe development of kite sports through professional tuition in Power Kiting, Kite landboarding and Kitesurfing. New for 2007, Big Blue is now offering Zap Cat powerboat trips and courses as well as the opportunity to hire traditional yurts for your stay in Pembrokeshire. For further information on courses or general adv