Cressey's Surf Academy is based near the beaches of Porthcawl, about 25 mins outside of Cardiff, but offers lessons all along the South Wales coast wherever the best conditions are for that day - we go where the waves are!
Here are directions to the main beaches used for CSA Surf Lessons:
Leave M4 at Junction 37, follow A4229 towards Porthcawl. Follow signs towards Rest Bay beach at Nottage roundabout OR continue into the Town Centre and drive along the Esplanade out of the town. Take the next turning on the left keeping the coast on your left, and you come to Rest Bay. Parking is approx £3 for the day. We meet in the Car Park next to the Cressey's Surf Academy van.
CONEY (SANDY BAY)
Leave M4 at Junction 37, follow A4229 towards Porthcawl. Follow signs towards Porthcawl Town Centre. At the last roundabout before the Town Centre take the 1st exit into New Road, towards the Fun Fair. Follow the road round to the left and take the 3rd exit at the small roundabout ahead (playpark on your right, Sidolis Cafe on your left).
After about 300m at the next small roundabout turn right into Mackworth Road. Follow the road down to the end. Before you get to the amusement arcades and shops turn left into the High Tide Car Park which looks onto the beach. This is free in winter, but a small charge is in place during summer months. We meet at the front of the Car Park - next to the Cressey's Surf Academy van.
View a map to Coney Beach here.
Leave M4 at Junction 40, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A4107 into Port Talbot Town Centre. At traffic signals turn right onto the A48 (Talbot Rd, leading to Hellbronn Way). Pass the Train Station on your left and go straight over. At roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the B4286 (Afan Way). Follow signs for Aberavon/Hollywood Park. Turn left onto Victoria Road, and you'll see the beach and a Car Park at the end. Turn right onto Princess Margaret Way, which is the road which runs along the seafront. Go straight until you see the Art Sculpture on your left, and the Apollo Cinema on your right. We meet at the Car Park to the left of the Cinema Car Park - next to the Cressey's Surf Academy van.
View a map to Aberavon Beach here.
Exit the M4 at junction 35, and then follow the A473 towards Bridgend. When you reach the roundabout with the A48, continue west (2nd exit), then turn left at the next roundabout onto the B4265 (Ewenny Road). Follow this to St Brides Major, then turn right onto the B4524 (Bull Hill). When you reach Southerndown turn left onto Beach Road and follow this to the car park. (3.5 miles, 16m).
View a map to Southerndown Beach here.