We all know that North Devon is a haven for surfers and one of the best places to catch the waves in the UK, but where in the region should those new to the sport head to get the best currents? We’ve selected some of our favourite surfing hotspots in North Devon to get you started, surfers, where do you like to surf? Let us know your suggestions on Facebook or Twitter.
We’re starting off with Woolacombe because it is a great spot for beginners. It offers the same conditions as the other beaches along the coast, but the current isn’t quite as strong, so for those of you just starting out or feeling a little rusty, it’s a good place to build up your confidence. Not only that but Woolacombe consistently wins Best Beach awards and who doesn’t want somewhere pretty to start off their surfing adventure?
The beach at Woolacombe stretches across three miles and the currents vary depending on where abouts you launch from so you can easily challenge yourself and gain skills without having to sacrifice some of the gentler surf. Woolacombe is also popular among long boarders and has a host of organisations along the front who offer equipment hire and tuition if you fancy giving it a go when you arrive.
If you find the surf at Woolacombe a little much or want to give the kids a lesson, don’t give up, just head around the corner to Combesgate Beach, it is more sheltered so the waves are much gentler.
Another safe place to surf is at Westward Ho!, the beach here has mostly gentle waves compared to other areas of the coast and is one that can be surfed during all times of day, unlike some, where you have to choose your tide times wisely.
This is a great one for younger surfers too because during the high seasons there are lifeguards and well established surf schools and activity organisations on hand throughout the summer.
If you’ve ever been to Croyde you will know that the surfers love it. Croyde Bay is where you’ll find much faster waves and there is parking available at the nearby National Trust car park for the walks at Baggy Point and accommodation with its own private access to the beach, so this is a great option for holiday makers and day visitors alike.
Much like other areas of the North Devon coast, you’ll find plenty of surf schools and place s where you can hire boards and wet suits for the day, just be aware that Croyde is rockier than Woolacombe so those with less experience will need to have their wits about them. The beach here is also smaller than the one at Woolacombe and can get very busy, especially during the summer months, so do bear that in mind too.
Though the whole of the North Devon coast is ideal for watersports, Lynmouth is the only place where you’ll find point break, a wave that breaks along the headland, making it a great one for more experienced surfers. This is definitely not one the faint hearted or those who are new to surfing because of the rocks and some of the stronger currents but it can provide some of the best surf in the country.