Ah, Devon. Home to wild and dramatic landscapes, beautiful beaches and quaint villages.
And let’s not forget the surf or the cream teas.
Boasting two national parks – Exmoor and Dartmoor – Devon is often overlooked by holidaymakers making a beeline for Cornwall. But this county has much to offer in its own right, with an incredible variety of beaches and a comparable quality of surf.
North Devon’s coastline is similar to Cornwall’s, but on a grander scale – vast glacial cliffs plunge into the Atlantic, backed by forested valleys and verdant peaks beyond.
If you’ve never visited or surfed in Devon, come and join us. You’ll soon realise just what you’ve been missing out on.
There are waves to suit everyone in this scenic corner of North Devon, which is just an hour off the M5.
No matter what stage you’re at, we’ll find the perfect peaks for you. In Saunton, mellow longboard waves roll in, while there’s a faster, more powerful left-hand point break at Lynmouth.
Close to Croyde, some beaches like Putsborough offer shelter from certain wind directions (we’ll explain more about this during our theory sessions).
We’re committed to getting you on the best waves and we’ll explore all options, depending on the surf.
With fun waves at all stages of the tide, it’s easy to see why this golden beach is the jewel in North Devon’s crown.
From hollow barrels at low tide, to a more mellow wave as higher tide, it provides long rides and is popular with the pros.
It’s one of the best surf beaches in the UK – and is also our base for the weekend.
This three-mile-long sandy stretch of beach is a popular choice with longboarders.
Its slow-rolling, gently-peeling waves make it perfect for practising basics including popping up on unbroken waves, duck diving and turtle rolling.
Sheltered from northwesterly winds, it’s just around the corner from Croyde with a short walk to the beach from the car park.
At the southern end of Woolacombe beach, Putsborough is a good option if the wind switches to a southwesterly direction.
It’s ideal for beginners and intermediates on a rising tide, who want a slightly more advanced wave than Saunton.
There’s a beachside cafe that has a great view of this beautiful beach – perfect for a post-surf snack.
This wide, exposed beach picks up a lot of swell and provides fun waves at all stages of the tide.
A classic beach in the area, Woolacombe is a great option for all surfers – whether you’re learning or want to practise trickier moves.
With one of the UK’s longest left-hand waves, this is heaven for goofy footers.
It’s a point break, so best suited to advanced surfers, and generally works in bigger swells. A southerly wind will generate clean, glassy waves.
The break is also set against the dramatic backdrop of Exmoor National Park, with its rising green cliffs making this a truly magical surfing spot.
Being located in the southwest, Devon has one of Britain’s higher average annual sea temperatures (thanks to the Gulf Stream in the Atlantic Ocean). It also boasts warm summers, mild winters and excellent swell exposure.
Early spring and autumn sees fewer crowds and summer temperatures – the best of both worlds!