The North Devon coastline is one of the most beautiful, varied and swell heavy
stretches in the UK. Due to the West facing sands North Devon has some of the most
consistent waves in the country. With Ireland bearing the brunt of the raw Atlantic storm
swells we often get the leftover, and more manageable, 3ft lines. With numerous
headlands there are plenty of protected spots for windier days too. Being so close to the
Gulf stream means the South West is home to some of the Warmest waters in the UK,
with highs reaching a balmy 20 Degrees Celsius. All of this combined means there’s
consistently fun, surfable waves throughout the year.
There’s a real array of spots to choose from here in North Devon, with loads of amazing
breaks for all skill levels right at your doorstep. We almost always run our sessions at
Croyde Bay which, at Low tide, enjoys fast sandy bottomed barrels perfect for advanced
surfers to work on manoeuvres. From mid to high tide the banks transform, creating
much more mellow waves that still have that renowned Croyde punchiness and power.
These are much more suitable for green wave first timers right up to advanced
shredders, looking for a slightly mellower session. Regardless of the tide there’s always
plenty of white water which makes it an ideal location for beginners to get started.
Though summer does welcome tourists, second home owners and seasonal workers
there’s such a large number of spots that you’ll always manage to find good waves,
regardless of the crowds. Head to Saunton Sands, a reeling beach break that
often welcomes thigh burning 100 metre rides. Woolacombe, voted one of the best
beaches in Europe sees lots of sunbathers and families playing in the shallows,
however head out just beyond the crowds and you’ll find a haven of fun, playful rides.
All the beaches are within driving distance so you can travel between them throughout
your stay, and get a real feel for our beautiful coastline.
Surfing in North Devon is so special, not only because of the wave quality and
consistency but also due to the location and the landscape beyond the surf. Traditional
English seaside villages, complete with thatched cottages and quaint harbors scatter
the coastline. These little coastal pockets have all the excitement of a larger town with
endless restaurants, seafront pubs, live music and events yet still regain their
quintessential village feel. Everything is just a short walk away and by the end of your
stay you’re bound to feel like a local.