Surf Schools in Devon 0
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.
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.