About Us

RibRide is home to a small but dedicated team, who love what they do. When at work, they are a highly professional, hard working and friendly bunch, who are committed to making your visit as enjoyable and memorable as possible.

When not at work, you will find them out enjoying the amazing outdoor environment we have on our doorstep. Whether it is efoiling, kite surfing, mountain biking, windsurfing, sailing, paddleboarding, kayaking, surfing, running, cycling or swimming, Anglesey and North Wales really do provide the perfect natural playground for them to escape to after a busy day at work. Well it is either that or the pub!

Founded in 2005, by Phil Scott and Tom Ashwell, RibRide started out running trips from Victoria Dock in Caernarfon, before relocating to the Moel y Don Jetty, Anglesey in 2007. In 2014 the whole operation moved to where we are today at Porth Daniel, Menai Bridge.

Since the very early days RibRide has prided itself on its commitment to excellence in everything it does and as a consequence has won numerous awards and consistently received great reviews from its RIB Riders on TripAdvisor, achieving certificates of excellence from 2012 to 2020.

Awards include;

  • Daily Post Business Awards -The David Williams Judges Choice Award 2019
  • Go North Wales Green Tourism Award 2018 – Activity and Attraction of the Year
  • Go North Wales Green Tourism Award 2017 – Our Green Award
  • Blue Flag Sustainable Boat Tour Operator 2018 and 2018 – Blue Flag
  • National Tourism Award for Wales
  • TripAdvisor certificate of Excellence from 2012 to 2019
  • Anglesey Tourism Award
  • Visitor Attraction Quality Scheme VAQS, the Visit Wales’ quality assurance scheme for tourist attractions, assessing RibRide annually.

The Core Team

Tom Ashwell

Know best for... Being the owner no-one thinks is the owner.

What brought me to North Wales:

Island life; 15 years living on a yacht took its toll on my ability to fit in with real life. Anglesey is about as fast-paced as I can handle.

When I am not at work you’ll find me
.. on the water.

My favourite boating tip is
... stop staring at instruments! Instead look up, look around and use ALL your senses. You’re better equipped for this than you think.

Favourite memory on the water is
... that’s as hard as picking my favourite child. Whether I’ve been soaked to the skin, burned to a crisp, lost a race, won a championship, elated with a sunrise, terrified in a storm, skippered a great RIB tour or got my dates wrong and my jokes fall flat on another. After a lifetime working on the water there are so many wonderful memories, don’t make me choose!

The Shore Team

The Skipper Team

Will 'Windy Bill' Bedder

Know best for... the great RibRide Search And Rescue of 2015 (Ribride have photos)

What brought me to North Wales:
Resettled in beautiful North Wales after leaving the Navy

When I am not at work you’ll find me... Kitesurfing and walking my cockapoo (not at the same time)

My favourite boating tip is
... Listen to head skipper Charles

Favourite memory on the water is
... Stroking a very friendly seal pup just off puffin island.

Tom Scarth

Know best for... having a mullet

What brought me to North Wales: Fresh air, beautiful women and even better beer!

When I am not at work you’ll find me... Sailing the Irish Sea or on my mountain bike

My favourite boating tip is
... If you can’t tie knots, tie lots!

Favourite memory on the water is
... Navigating the kyles of bute at night only using radar and transits, scary but exciting!