Surf School

A world-class surfing school is being set up at Seaside Award-winning Aberavon Beach

Aberavon Surf School

Sports Wales and the council's physical activity and sport service have helped set up Surf School Wales, run by local British international and world champion surf lifesaver Nik Thomas.

Council sports officer Derek Jones said: "This is an exciting venture provided by a local club that will benefit local people.

"The authority is delighted to work in partnership with Surf School Wales, as this new club will be an asset to the local community and benefit secondary schools by linking in to the Sport Wales 5 x 60 initiative.

"It will also compliment the excellent facilities on Aberavon Beach that include the well-established Surf lifesaving and canoe clubs."

The seafront is already on the crest of a wave after being awarded the coveted Seaside Award from Keep Wales Tidy for the sixth year running.

Council leader Ali Thomas welcomed the awarding of the Seaside Award.

"This is another tremendous accolade for Aberavon Beach, which will in turn further boost tourism in our county borough," he said.

"This award is the result of a lot of hard work and investment and I am delighted to see the council's plans for the future of the seafront coming to fruition."

Mr Thomas said the award followed on from the massive attention the area received from Michael Sheen's Passion weekend.

"It compliments our other world-class tourism attractions such as Margam Park, Afan Forest Park and the industrial heritage of the Neath Valley area."

It is estimated that well over £30 million of private sector investment has taken place on the seafront, with another £4 million spent by Neath Port Talbot Council over the past decade.

Recent council investments include the sunken gardens, while the opening of the Cinnamon Kitchen restaurant represents the latest private sector investment.

The seafront will be further enhanced with the replacement of the Afan Lido, with the council aiming to start work on the new leisure complex later this year.