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Published on July 7th, 2014 | by Max

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The Bitches

The Bitches is a tidal river wave between the west Welsh coastline and Ramsey Island, near St. Davids. On the flood tide, the water is funneled through the narrow channel and accelerates up to 8 knots or more. Combined with a set of rocks, the fast flowing water causes hydraulics to form a glassy river wave that sometimes barrels. The wave can get two meters high and is probably one of the glassiest and biggest river waves out there.

Spot Details

Country: Wales
Nearest town/city: Haverfordwest
River: Atlantic Ocean

Address

  • St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales, Great Britain

Directions

  • From St. Davids in Pembrokeshire keep heading west until you see Ramsey Island. The wave can only be reached by boat. There is a couple of agencies in and around St. Davids that can take you to the wave. Amongst others, Venture Jet is one of the companies that offer professional guidance to the wave.

GPS Coords

  • Latitude: 51.864455
  • Longitude: -5.329583

Spot Location

Wave Details

Characteristics

  • A glassy wave with some barreling sections.

Conditions

  • The minimum tide for this spot to work is 6,5 meters. The less wind and swell the better. The wave is surfable year round, but wind and swell conditions make April to October the ideal months to surf The Bitches.

Dangers

  • The area behind the wave is eroded and huge eddy lines (up to 400 meters) form whirlpools that may suck you down. It is recommended to wear a PFD and to make yourself familiar with the conditions and dangers by consulting a local agency, such as Venture Jet or others. The warm water makes the wave an attractive spot for sharks, though they seem to appear very rarely.

Tips

  • Get in touch with a local agency to consult on current conditions and safety advice.

River Gauge

The Bitches Photos

    Dropping into The Bitches Wave, WalesView from the BoatLooking Back from to Boat to The BitchesSurfing The Bitches Wave in WalesThe Smooth BitchesMax Turning on The BitchesLove the Glassy WaveThe Spectacular Bitches Wave in WalesRiver Surfing The Bitches Waves, PembrokeshireDropping in From the BoatSurfing The Bitches Wave Near St. Davids, Great Britain

Haverfordwest Weather Forecast

Today Monday
It is forcast to be Chance of Rain at 7:00 PM BST on May 28, 2017
Chance of Rain

20°/15°

It is forcast to be Chance of Rain at 7:00 PM BST on May 29, 2017
Chance of Rain

18°/12°

The Bitches Videos

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NU.ART surfstuff

If you want to learn more about river surf trips, wave quality and safety get in touch with NU.ART surfstuff prior your trip.

Venture Jet

At the spot, touch base with Venture Jet – the guys that operate the wave trips.

Safety

Before you head out, read the detailed safety advices at the-bitches.co.uk.

 


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Since Max started to surf at the tender age of seven, he has now been surfing for more than half of his life -- and he has no intentions to put a stop to that! Not only is Max highly active local in the river surf community, but he also runs his very own surf shop, NU.ART surfstuff. Please welcome this brilliant guy at Riverbreak!



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