Marloes Sands Reviews and Ratings
(United-Kingdom – Wales – Pembrokeshire)
Visitor reviews of Marloes Sands surf break
October 22, 2010
skinner from United Kingdom
Marloes is a true gem when its working,the waves hold face well in both on and off-shore winds.Handles a big swell well too.its a fairly fast wave for the area and can pack a lil' punch too. As stated in the editors review rocks can be a hazard they pop up pretty much everywhere big ol' chunky ones too! Also beware of strong fast rips! It's a fair track back from the beach but it's always worth the trek down!! Locals can pose a problem but then they are very rarely there!
Marloes Sands Ratings
Based on 3 votes. Vote
Quality on a good day: 2.7
(1 star: Even when the swell and winds are optimum, the waves are poor quality, 5 stars: If conditions are right, the waves will be World Class).
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
(1: Marloes Sands is a fickle surf spot that only works a few times a year. 5: Reliable year-round spot).
Regional Rating: 2.5
(1: Marloes Sands is usually very poor quality compared to other spots in United-Kingdom - Wales - Pembrokeshire. 5: the best break in United-Kingdom - Wales - Pembrokeshire).
Difficulty Level: 1.7
(1: Suitable for Groms. 3: Intermediates. 5: Expert tow-in surfers only).
Onshore Wind: 2.0
(1: even a light onshore ruins the surf. 5: Marloes Sands can offer better rides with a light wind behind them).
Other Options: 2.0
(1: If wind or tide conditions are poor at Marloes Sands, it will be poor everywhere nearby. 5: other locations nearby provide a rich variety of wind and swell exposures).
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
(1: An unsuitable spot. 5: Wind and wave conditions at Marloes Sands are often excellent).
Water Quality: 2.7
(1: Known health risks from pollution. 5: Never any pollution).
(1: Often too crowded. 5: Marloes Sands is an isolated spot where you are unlikely to meet other surfers).
(1: Getting to Marloes Sands requires an overland expedition or chartering a boat. 3: A 30 minute walk from the nearest parking. 5: Park a vehicle right by the break).
(1: An ugly industrial backdrop. 5: A spectacular setting).
Local Attitude: 2.5
(1: Locals are hostile to visitors. 5: Either there are no locals who surf, or else they are accommodating and friendly).
(1: No convenient places to stay indoors. 5: A wide variety of accommodation near Marloes Sands for all budgets from hostels to luxury hotels).
(1: Camping at Marloes Sands is not possible. 3: Camping tolerated but no facilities. 5: A nearby camp ground has excellent facilities and a good vibe).
(1: Besides the surf and the solitude there is nothing to do when it is flat. 5: Marloes Sands is in such an interesting area to visit that getting wet is a bonus).
Equipment and Repairs: 1.0
(1: Nothing can be sourced, not even wax. 5: Quality surfing equipment can be purchased or hired. Major repairs can be fixed too).
(1: Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. 5: A wide variety of places to eat and drink at Marloes Sands, from fast food and cafes to fancy restaurants).
(1: Alcohol is not allowed in the country. 5: There is an excellent pub near Marloes Sands where you can stay or park a camper van overnight).
Based on 3 votes. Vote
March 15, 2010
Q, VoG from United Kingdom
I've only surfed Marloes a couple of times but what I found was a great wave that packs some punch, set in beautiful surroundings and pristine water. Hellish lumps of bedrock poke up through parts of the otherwise sandy beach so its worth seeing it at low tide before you venture in. The beach curves around from SW facing to south facing and therefore it offers cross-offshore conditions when the wind is from the northerly sector. A great asset in this part of Pembrokeshire.
It is a bit of a drive down some narrow winding lanes to get here and there is nothing to be found other than the beach, a youth hostel and the spectacular coastal path on arrival. Parking is close to the beach at the top of the cliff and it is a relatively short hack down to the beach.
(editor: Low tide exposes a small beach on the other side of the isthmus to Gateholm Island. Not a great wave, but it can be just surfable when Marloes is too small)