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Corinne's Surf Tour

Corrines Surf Tour

Calling all ladies… Embrace the surf lifestyle this summer and join UK professional surfer Corinne Evans on her female only 'Corinne's Surf Tour.' With a fun and relaxed approach to surf coaching, Corinne has developed a series of action packed surf days that will have aspiring surfer girls standing up & riding waves in no time. Taking place at various UK locations throughout June and July, Corinne will start the tour on Saturday 6th June at Rest Bay, Porthcawl.

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Flying the flag for women and girls that want to give surfing a try, Corinne's passion for surfing is truly infectious. Starting back in 2010, Corinne's Surf Tour has grown from strength to strength, earning her the support of UK Action Sports and Lifestyle brand Animal. With a host of additional dates in this year's calendar, Corinne is looking forward to welcoming guests old and new. 

Corinne commented 'Women's surfing is on the up with top female surfers really pushing the boundaries these days. It's so exciting to see and if I can inspire more women to pick up a board and get out on the water then great. The drive to get more women and girls into the sport is what I wake up for. I want to help them feel confident both in and out of the water.'

Corinne's Surf Tour https://youtu.be/AhM5tSZ3MOY

If perfecting the 'pop up' is on the agenda this summer then pack a bikini, leave any worries at home and join Corinne on one of her all girls surf days. Taking place at various locations throughout the UK, ladies can master the art of surfing in a fun, friendly and all female environment. Combining a pre-surf warm up with a 2 ½ hour surf lesson from Corinne & her team, the days are perfectly scheduled with a relaxing post-surf beach yoga session closely followed by a delicious lunch at one of the local beach cafes. With the promise of a surf inspired goodie bag to take home too, there's truly no better way to spend a day at the beach this summer.

Autumn Adventures in Bridgend!

We love Autumn down in Bridgend and here the fun never ends! There's plenty to see and do, and loads to get involved in. So with Autumn upon us, here's our quick guide to the best things to do in Bridgend this season:



Friday 27th - Sunday 29th September
Now in its 10th year, the Elvis Festival is one of the largest of its kind in the world and invites visitors to enjoy a weekend of rock 'n' roll in the Welsh seaside town of Porthcawl.
Head out to some of the many events taking place this weekend, such as The Three Kings Show, The Elvies and Red Alert, the best Elvis showband in the world.

FeastivalFriday 27th - Saturday 28th September
A visit to FEASTIVAL must be in your families' diary for the Autumn.
Feastival this year celebrates loads of foodie stuff activities for children to interact with, they can eat it, make it, love it, laugh at it.
There's leek-lobbing, spaghetti bridge building, chef's demonstrations, tasting sessions, food stalls and much, much more!


If your looking for adventure activities, then there's no better place to
come!  Get outside this Autumn and enjoy a wide range of activities including: Surfing Lessons, Quad Biking, Paintballing, Kayaking, Gorge Scrambling, Raft Building and many more.


Enjoy the fresh Autumnal air and changing scenery whilst playing a relaxing round of golf!
The friendliest golf club in South Wales, the 18-holes have many unique features including a 19th century walled garden and mature horse chestnuts across the course.
Pop in to the clubhouse after you've enjoyed the course for a warm welcome and well deserved drink!

Friday 25th - Sunday 27th October
The 2013 'SplashUp' is going to be one of the most exciting FREE water sports and musical events in South Wales.
There will be water activities for you to enjoy, such as a Lifeguard Iron Man and a spectacular night surf with activities for beginners to sample, such as the brush board and tarp surfing, and live music in the evenings.

hallowSunday 27th October
Bring the kids along in fancy dress for ghoulishly fun evening including a spooky walk, Halloween arts and crafts, storytelling and if you dare a creepy house to explore!

The sea around Bridgend is the warmest during the Autumn months, so IMG_9483 copynow would be the perfect time to learn to surf! Couple that with the wide-spread opinion that Bridgend provides some of the best surfing in the UK, and there's no excuse not to take to the waves! Hire a wetsuit, grab a board and get out on the ocean!
 

fireTuesday 5th November
A fabulous display of fireworks and a big bonfire at the Hi Tide Inn in Porthcawl to celebrate Bonfire Night. With the weather creeping towards Winter, warm up with one last Autumnal festivity in Bridgend before the cold really sets in!!


Bridgend, the UK's Leading Place to Water Activities: Top 5

As the days get hotter and hotter, you've got to find a sure-fire way to cool off. Luckily for you, Bridgend has some of the best water activities in the UK! Paddle Surfing to White Water Rafting, you will not be short of ways to cool off in the summer heat (and with this heat wave, you're going to need). Read up on these five great water activities in Bridgend!

Heading Out to the Sea © Visit Wales

Heading Out to the Sea © Visit Wales


Paddle Surfing
The new and growing water sport, Paddle Surfing, is one of the greatest things to hit Porthcawl! Easy to learn and great fun, just imagine yourself paddling along calm waters - splashing your family or simply relaxing. Many different companies throughout Bridgend offer this fun and exciting activity, like the Adventures Activity Centre!
 
Coasteering
One of the more exciting things to do in Bridgend, coasteering is everything from cliff jumping to scrambling in caves against the amazing backdrop of the Bridgend coast. It's a great activity for anyone, as great activity providers such as Adventures Wales have instructors who know just how slow to take it so that everyone has a good time, no matter how confident you feel!

Sea Kayaking © Visit Wales

Sea Kayaking © Visit Wales


Sea Kayaking
For something you're not likely to find many other places, sea kayaking is ideal for those looking for something fun. It's just like surfing... only you're in a kayak. Fun and easy lessons combined with the exhilarating rush of adrenaline as you catch a wave! Many different companies in Bridgend offer this as an alternative to surfing, so you definitely won't miss out!
 
Windsurfing
This exhilarating activity is great for your cooling-off needs. Whether it be the wind in your hair or the ocean spray, you'll be sure to be just cold enough that the sun shining down on you will pair to make the perfect temperature. Ocean Quest, a great local company throughout Bridgend, offers Windsurfing along with a slew of other options. Make sure this is on your "Must-Do" list!

Surfing © Adventure Wales

Surfing © Adventure Wales


Surfing
If Paddle-Surfing and Surf-Kayaking aren't for you, there's always classic surfing to fall back on. And it's a classic for a reason. Surfing is a great activity for kids, families or even stag parties! Beachbreak Surf School is a fun and local school in Porthcawl that offers basic surfing lessons for even the most inexperienced including lessons on land to the first expedition out to sea!


Enjoying holidays in South Wales

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl

Surfing at Rest Bay, Porthcawl


Horse-riding on picturesque, mountainous terrain; surfing on golden, sandy beaches and golfing on velvet, lush greens.
It might sound like a famous video advert for California that starred David Beckham but this montage is advertising the South Wales borough of Bridgend.
Tourism officials for the borough have launched a viral advertising campaign they hope will showcase the area's little known charms to a wider audience.
The video, produced by local authority run BridgendBites, more than slightly resembles an advert by Visit California which hit TV screens last year, albeit without the all-star Hollywood cast including former governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
It does however use a little artistic licence, and feature some clips of activities in neighbouring areas including the Neath Valley.
A spokesman for Bridgend council said: "This particular video was produced as part of a tourism competition held last year in conjunction with the Adventures Outdoor Activity Centre near Porthcawl where participants were asked to nominate what sort of activities they wanted to try.
"The winners were then invited to come to Bridgend County Borough and sample the activities as part of their prize.
"Whether it's surfing at Rest Bay, pony trekking in Merthyr Mawr, the competition was designed to promote Bridgend County Borough as an ideal base for enjoying holidays and outdoor activities throughout South Wales."
Like the Visit California video, which boasts cameo's from Major golf champion Phil Mickelson, actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger and former LA Galaxy footballer David Beckham, Bridgend's effort focuses on the area's natural beauty, its water sport activities, good food and premium golf courses.
However there are no glittering testimonies from the area's famous faces, who might have included Bridgend born actor Ruth Jones, Porthcawl schooled Rob Brydon or local assembly member and First Minister, Carwyn Jones.
Instead, the BridgendBites campaign invites visitors to: "Sleep under the stars in a Mongolian Yurt.
"Connect with nature on coastal and valley walks."Party with a thousand Elvises.
"Play a round of golf with a view."Surf a wave at beautiful beaches.
"Dare to Discover Bridgend, South Wales."
Bridgend's new foray into the tourism industry follows efforts made by neighbouring Port Talbot last month.
The industrial heartland was subject of an advertising campaign offering lucky competition winners the chance to holiday in Port Talbot, or as they labelled it "the home of Richard Burton."
Tourist organisation Visit Wales, which is behind that campaign, hopes to highlight Wales as a visitor destination by tempting Americans with the story of Burton's rise from working class Welshman to one of the best known, richest actors on the planet.
In their advertising, Visit Wales promises Americans: "an exclusive glimpse into the places, the passion and the people that shaped the iconic actor."
Despite pre-conceptions many have about the area, Bridgend council say their borough is a perfect holiday destination.
A spokesman added: "The county borough is situated just twenty minutes from both Cardiff and Swansea and enjoys a prominent position along the M4 corridor.
"The area also features a rich cultural and historical heritage throughout its three valleys, four town centres and popular coastal resort, so it should come as no surprise that we are marketing Bridgend county borough not only as a tourist destination, but also as an ideal base for exploring further afield."
Councillor David Sage, Bridgend's deputy leader, said: "Bridgend County has so much to offer visitors, but isn't the first place that springs to mind as a holiday destination.
"We wanted to showcase the variety of unique experiences that are available here - from overnight stays in Mongolian Yurts, surfing to spas and golf to gorge-walking - and to do something really innovative that would challenge current perceptions of the area.


Porthcawl Splashup

Porthcawl Splashup 2012

Porthcawl Splashup 2012


The 2012 Porthcawl 'SplashUp' is going to be one of the most exciting FREE water sports and musical events in South Wales. The event will showcase the town of Porthcawl as one of the leading venues in Wales for watersports and lifestyle attractions. It takes place in Rest Bay, the Esplanade and in Porthcawl town centre on Saturday 20th October, from 8am-11pm. www.splashup.co.uk