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North Devon Surfing

The North Devon surf stretches from Saunton in the West, through the very picturesque Croyde and past Woolacombe to the shores of Lynmouth, situated between Exmoor and the sea. Saunton beach has the reputation of Britain’s premier long boarding beach and Croyde has been considered England’s best beach at low tide (however, it ’s A-frames are not for the inexperienced).

Putsborough offers shelter from south westerly winds and Woolacombe is again popular for long boarders.

North Devon gets similar swell to Cornwall, a little less if the swell direction is from the North West. Winds for the main beaches are ideal from the South East and the surf is most consistent in winter but works well whenever there is a low swell in the swell window.

If you have never tried surfing before or want to brush up on your technique why not take a lesson with a professional BSA qualified instructor. All schools provide board and wet suit hire as well as tuition.

Check out the latest surf conditions at

North Devon Surf Schools:


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Ocean Backpackers
29 St.James Place
EX34 9BJ

Tel: 01271 867 835

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