An Interview with Alys Barton - Adventure Parc Snowdonia



Alys Barton has been busy since her first season in 2017. Quickly climbing the ranks of women’s surfing, this Team England powerhouse calls the wild Welsh seas home, recalling her first surfing experience as being pushed into the waves on her dad’s Webber Shortboard at the Gower’s iconic Langland Point. 

After lockdown forced her to take an extended break from competitions, Barton is back with a bang. In 2022 alone, she’s competed in the ISA World Juniors in El Salvador, hit the shores of France, Spain & Portugal and returned home to reclaim her place on the podium at the Boardmasters Open.  


We recently caught up with Alys to talk about her exciting year ahead, favourite surf spots, and what the future of female surfing looks like.

Hey Alys, thanks for taking some time out to chat with us – First up, what’s life looking like for you right now, is there anything in particular you’re training for? 

Right now I am coming back off getting a second place in the Pantin Classic Qs and becoming European junior champion which I’m so stoked about! I am back at home now and getting ready for Boardmasters in mid August. Aside from competing I am always trying to push my surfing to become more progressive. 

You recently joined the ISA World Juniors in El Salvador, what was that experience like? 

This was an awesome experience. The team was amazing and everyone was supporting each other in and out of the water! It was such a great opportunity to have at a young age and I’m incredibly thankful. 

We’ve been lucky enough to have you surf with us at Surf Snowdonia – what’s your favourite thing about surfing in a Wave Garden? 

It’s so awesome! I haven’t experienced a wave like it before. It has power behind it which allows you to practice high performance surfing throughout the entire wave. It’s situated in such a picturesque location, and the great vibe at Surf Snowdonia definitely adds to the experience.  

How do you feel about being an upcoming female surfer? Do you think there’s still work to be done to even the playing field between male/female surfing? 

I think that surfing and all sports are changing quickly. Everyone is adapting everyday to how it’s changing, especially in the space of women/girls surfing. In terms of the playing field though, it’s evolved so much – the equal pay scenario being a great example!

Worst wipeout? 

Ooo this is a good one I would probably say in Playa Hermosa Costa Rica. This wave is powerful and heavy but can be so awesome when you get a good one. 

Best wave? 

I love surfing in France and all the breaks there. The waves are always so fun and the people you meet in the water are so great ! 

Favourite Welsh surf spots? 

I love surfing the reefs at home. They are usually quiet and you can score some pretty fun waves. I do also love surfing my local spots Llangennith and Langland ! The vibe in the water is brilliant. 

Ultimate song on your pre-comp playlist? 

Honestly? Anything Disney….

Are there any other female surfers that you look up to/follow on social media? 

For sure! I definitely look up to surfers like Caity Simmers and Alyssa Spenser! I really enjoy these girls surfing. 

Best advice for female surfers who might feel intimidated by a male-dominated lineup? 

No one owns the lineup! Go out there and do your thing! Most importantly, have fun.

Inspired by Alys? Get in the water at Adventure Parc Snowdonia 

Our all-new Water Parc Pass gives guests access to a fun-filled day on our inflatable assault course with inclusive access to kayaks and Red Paddle Co SUPs. There’s plenty of parking along with hot showers and a choice of food, beverage and accommodation options. The coffee is good and the people are friendly – we can’t wait to see you. 

We take great pride in our accessible, inclusive surf community where everyone can learn, practise and enjoy. Many of those who surf with us can also receive helpful tips on getting the most out of their session from our lifeguards and instructors who can be found in and around the lagoon. If you struggle with your confidence in the sea, or would love to introduce your child to surfing in a safe and controlled environment, our lagoon is the perfect place. 

Want to keep up with Alys? Find her on instagram at @alysbartonsurfer and on TikTok at @alysoxleybarton  

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