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Devons Surfing Beaches


The beautiful Devon coastline has much to offer surfers, both experienced and novice surfers will find a beach to suit, and this page will help to point you in the right direction! Come and catch the waves now!!!

The Devon coastline, when conditions are right, can develop some of the best and most consistent surf in the UK. Surfing is best during the winter in North Devon when swells from storms far out in the Atlantic Ocean are coupled with fine weather .The south coast of Devon offers good surf anytime if a low pressure is moving up from the Bay of Biscay.

Surfing in Devon today is even more popular than back in the 1980`s when it held its own British Championship Tournament. Croyde village just south of Woolacombe on the north Devon coast is fast becoming the surf capital of Britain and a truly international surf centre. The reason for this is simple –the surf. The low tide breaks on Croyde`s golden sands produce hollow clean powerful waves as good as any in the world.

 These clean predictable waves of the north Devon coast have produced some of the Britain`s greatest surfers. The likes of Richard Carter and Ralph freeman, both former champions cut their surfing teeth on the waves of Croyde.  Just north of Croyde, Woolacombe Bay`s sweeping sands offer great surf in a south westerly blow as the cliffs protect the waves from all but the fiercest of gales. Despite not having the power of Croyde surf, the waves of Woolacombe can still "ride high" when crossing the mid-tide sandbank.

For the real experienced surfer though the reef at Croyde and Downend point are where to head, but novice surfing can be enjoyed in North Devon at locations such as Westward Ho! and Saunton Sands.

The south Devon coast is more sheltered, with Bantham being the best known of the surf beaches here. Wild and non-commercialised it is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The best breaks are to be found near to the mouth of the river Avon. However, the inexperienced need to be wary, as notorious rip tides abound in the area. When the surf is up, other beaches that come into their own along the south coast are, Broadsands, Dawlish Warren, Bigbury and Challaborough.

The British Surfing Association has a good presence in Devon and lessons are easily available. Courses usually run in sessions of two and half hours. There are introductory courses, half day tasters and longer two day courses for the more advanced surfer. Private lessons, wetsuit and board hire are all available.

The surf facilities in Devon are good too, with numerous surf shops stocking leading brands such as  , a tuition centre and life guards throughout the summer months. All in all when the "surf`s up" Devon is definitely the place to head.

Last Updated: 28 Apr 2015