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Surfing first took off on the North Coast of Devon in the late 60s and early 70s and to this day the area around Croyde is still a thriving centre for the UK surf industry. There are lots of surf shops and several surf equipment manufacturers and the small town of Woolacombe has a real ‘surfy’ feel. Braunton is also home to the UK’s only Surfing Museum.

The climate in Devon is similar to that in the rest of the South West peninsular, warmed by the Gulf stream with often very hot summer days. Through the winter the sea temperature drops considerably so you’ll need a full winter wetsuit, boots and possibly gloves. It’s perfectly fine to surf all year round in Devon, but if you are booking a surf lesson in the winter, check the surf school offers winter suits, boots and gloves from November onwards.

The Devonshire coastline is famous for it’s beauty, with many parts of the north coast being within the Exmoor National Park. The beaches themselves vary from tiny picturesque coves to wide stretches of sandy beach backed by sand dunes.

Surfing on the North Coast of Devon

Devon has a North and South coast with the quality of the breaks being dependent on specific conditions. The North Coast picks up a large amount of swell from the Atlantic and is therefore the most consistent. On the whole, the beaches on the North Coast of Devon work under similar conditions of those in North Cornwall, if a little smaller.

The North Coast has plenty of surf schools with the majority being based around Croyde, Woolacombe, Westward Ho! and Saunton.

Surfing on the South Coast of Devon

Just like South Cornwall, the beaches of South Devon require larger swells to wrap around the peninsular and push up the English Channel along the South Coast. For this reason, the waves in summer are often very small apart from the odd swell sucking spots like Bantham, which picks up more swell than other beaches along the south coast. Because of this, it’s often best to surf south coast spots when the tide is pushing in and towards higher tides. A good tide timetable is essential when seeking out spots on the South Coast of Devon.

Hunter Surf School

Hunter Surf School

Beach Road, Woolacombe, Devon, EX34 7BA 5
Welcome to the Hunter Surf School! Our team of fully qualified and experienced surf coaches are on hand to ensure you experience the thrill of surfing, coasteering and stand up paddle boarding in a supportive and safe environment. Our Surfing ...
Walking on Waves

Walking on Waves

Saunton, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1LG 5
Walking On Waves surf school is based on Saunton Beach in North Devon right in between Croyde and Braunton. Come and join me for some fun in the sea... After years at the top of the competitive surfing game (British and ...

Barefoot Surf School North Devon

Georgeham, Braunton, Devon EX33, UK 5
Barefoot Surf School is a family run centre based in beautiful North Devon (near the classic surf beaches of Croyde, Woolacombe, Saunton and Putsborough). All lessons are held at Putsborough Sands, where our reputation for patience and professionalism has been supported ...

Discovery Surf School

Bigbury-on-Sea, Kingsbridge, Devon, TQ7 4AR 5
Discovery Surf School has been operating at Bigbury-on-Sea on the South Coast of Devon since 2002 and we pride ourselves as a top quality school, ensuring small groups and guaranteeing to get you up and riding in your first surf lesson. We ...

Surf South West

Moor Lane, Croyde, Devon, EX33 1NZ 5
Surf South West run surf lessons, surfing courses and surf holidays at Croyde Bay in Devon, and Saunton Sands, North Devon, England. Established in 1996, 2014 is our 19th year as the premier surfing centre providing surf lessons in the ...

Bantham Surfing Academy

Bantham, Kingsbridge, Devon TQ7, UK
Bantham Surfing Academy’s highly experienced and SurfingGB qualified instructors provide, professional tuition and surfing lessons for beginners through to elite levels in a safe and friendly environment. Bantham Surfing Academy also offers supervised surfing sessions & Kids club. We are the ...

Lyndon Wake Surf School

Croyde, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1PA
Situated on Croyde’s famous Baggy Point, surrounded by beautiful National Trust coastline Lyndon Wake Surf School offers surf tuition and surf coaching for all levels and aptitudes as well as exhilarating coasteering sessions that allow you explore North Devon’s renowned ...

Point Breaks Watersports

Croyde, Braunton, Devon, EX33 1PA
Point Breaks Watersports are the longest standing surf school in Croyde, on the beautiful North Coast of Devon. Our instructors are all passionate surfers who love passing on their skills. Our lessons are around 3 hours long giving you loads of water ...

Surfing Croyde Bay

Hobb's Hill, Croyde, Braunton, Devon EX33 1LZ, UK
Surfing Croyde Bay is a Surfing GB approved Surf School and offers a wide range of surfing lessons catering for all levels and experiences. We offer everything from novice Taste tester sessions to advanced one to one sessions, as well as various clubs ...