Hell's Mouth - Porth Neigwl

A surfer at Hell's Mouth by Martin Turtle @ Turtle Photography

A surfer at Hell's Mouth by Martin Turtle @ Turtle Photography.

Porth Neigwl or Hell's Mouth as it's better known is one of the most consistent spots on the Llyn Peninsula.

This four mile stretch of south westerly facing beach is predominantly sand with a few rocky areas located at the north and eastern end of the bay.

The beach is an excellent swell magnet - picking up any swell going, so if it's flat here you are out of luck on this stretch of the coast.

There are waves all the way along this beach, but the reef at the northern end tends to attract the most surfers.

The beach can handle large swells, with waves up to eight feet in height but it's normally too big and messy to surf then, so try to catch it before or after big storms have passed through.

Article written by Martin Aaron

A view from the eastern end at low tide

Porth Neigwl at low tide by Grumpy Old Surfer
Image by surf photographer: Grumpy Old Surfer

The reef in the eastern corner of the bay holds steep, hollow barrels - on a par with Broadhaven South as the waves refract off the cliffs to form powerful wedge shaped barrels.

It can also provide shelter on bigger, blown out days where a smaller more manageable wave known as 'Fisherman's' can be found.

In big swells the rips here can be very severe so take care as there are no lifeguards on duty on any of the beaches up here.

You can get daily surf reports and photos for this spot from the local surf shop a - West Coast who also hire equipment and offer surf lessons.

Abersoch is nearby for more supplies, surf shops, cafes and pubs etc. There are plenty of places to stay in the area as well as camp sites.

Wakeboarding at Pwllheli Marina

Wakeboarding at Abersoch
Image by Martin Aaron

Every summer in early July, Wakestock - Europe's largest wakeboarding and music festival, roles into Abersoch.

The festival combines Europe's best wakeboarders by day and the latest pop and dance acts by night. In the past bands such as Dizzee Rascal, Moby, The Zutons and Pete Tong have all rocked the main stage.

As you'd expect, the town becomes very crowded during festival weekend and parking can be tricky.

The festival and camping area is located on the outskirts of town where there is parking provided and a regular courtesy ferries people to and from the town to watch the wakeboarding contest down at the marina.


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