North Devon Cottages Good for Surfing

North Devon is famous for its beautiful landscapes, long sandy beaches and world class surf-spots! Year after year many flock to the beaches of Woolacombe, Putsbourgh, Croyde and Saunton Sands for the great surf. The beaches are perfect for beginners looking for a few lessons and also experienced riders looking for some clean barreling waves!

Surfing is an activity the whole family can enjoy, so if you’d like to experience the thrill for yourself, North Devon is the perfect location to try!

Where are the best surf spots in North Devon?

The most popular surf spots in North Devon are located at Woolacombe, Putsbourgh, Croyde and Saunton Sands. During the summer months these spots become very popular with tourists looking to catch a few waves. There are also many ‘secret’ spots around the coast of Devon; you’ll have to ask the locals about those ones though shhhhhhhh.

To ensure that everyone is safe during their time at the beach, popular locations are patrolled by RNLI lifeguards or Surf Lifesaving volunteers during the summer months.

Croyde Bay, on the north coast, is one of the most popular thanks to its hollow and powerful low tide waves which become more beginner-friendly as the tide fills in. Former English and British champion Richard Carter and Ralph Freeman are just two surfers who have contributed to Croyde's reputation in the British and European competition arena while Scott Rannochan heads the new crew, taken the sport to new heights.

Due to its north westerly facing direction, Putsborough gets a lot of "clean" surf when everywhere else isn't and when the south westerly storms batter the coastline, the locals know it's time to head to "Puts" as it's affectionally known. Waves tend to peak in size the further north you go, with the southern corner near the cliff offering an aided paddle out thanks to the rip-current.

If you want to learn to surf, head to Saunton with its vast expanse of sand. As you approach Saunton from the road, you are greeted by a three and a half mile stretch of golden sand which faces due west and is cut off to the south by the combined estuaries of the rivers Taw and Torridge. Due to the large nature of the beach, there is always plenty of room for everyone especially at low tide when the sea can retreat up to 500 metres revealing a further two and a half million square metres of sand! Backing onto the Atlantic, when there is a good swell it can produce line after line of beautiful long slow "rollers" that prove to be an irresistible draw for longboarders from all over the country.

There are a number of surf schools in the county which offer tuition and support to those who want to learn, those who haven't hit the waves for a while, and to those who just want to get out there and find the perfect wave! Equipment, suits, and boards are in abundance in this area so finding a stockist is easy for those new to the sport.

What makes North Devon great for Surfing?

The Atlantic sea has a very long fetch, so the waves travelling across the sea have plenty of time to grow in size as the wind blows and enough time to form themselves into sets of waves, ready to break along the beautiful shores of North Devon.

Can I hire out surf equipment?

Yes! Throughout North Devon there are many surf instructors happy to hire out equipment for a day, a week or a month!

Can I surf all year round in Devon?

Yes, many keen surfers choose to surf all year round! The water does get very cold during the winter months, so a winter wetsuit, boots, gloves and a hood is essential.



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