Devon Surf the most consistent waves are found on the North Devon Coast. Well known Devon surf beaches such as Croyde, Woolacombe, Putsborough, and Saunton Sands the latter more suited to the beginner/ novice but only after surfing lessons from a qualified coach. Best surf, ride-able waves over say 3 feet in height occur during the winter months when ground swells roll in from far out in the Atlantic Ocean, and a high pressure overhead gives lighter winds reducing wind swell and chop. Why not stay at Ruda Holiday Park the beach of Croyde Bay is just a few steps from the park?.
At Woolacombe Bay waves become higher on an incoming tide - and more and more surfers rush down the sandy beach. Across the Taw/ Torridge estuary river mouth from Saunton is Westward Ho, with similar conditions but far less crowded. Check out conditions online with Croyde surf cam, Devon Surf Woolacombe surf report more surfcams at Croyde bay surf report
On the more sheltered South Devon, Bantham is perhaps the most well known surf beach- uncommercialised and delightful- an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Bantham's best breaks are towards the mouth of the River Avon- but so are its notorious rips so not for the inexperienced. Other South Coast beaches of note, when the conditions are right, usually a low pressure tracking South West from the Bay of Biscay, are Bigbury and Challaborough. Dawlish Warren. Broadsands. Teignmouth and Sidmouth deserve a mention too.
Take surf lessons from a British Surfing Association (BSA) qualified surf school. Surf courses are usually run in sessions of 2 to two and half hours. These range from half day tasters to a full day introductory course, maybe made up of two sessions, to two days of 4 sessions, or weekend or other multiples of half days sessions. Even private lessons (1-2-1) are available. Any lesson will start with an introduction and include basic water safety skills, and wave awareness. Wetsuit- 3 to 5mm depending on the season, a board, a surf leash, and boots all in good condition be provided:- foam or softboards for the beginner; skim and body boards for the novice; long and short boards for the seasoned experienced surfer. (Though any serious surfer will already have their own custom built long board.) Did you know that the water temperature in October at around 16c could well be warmer than the air temperature?
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Our Surfing Lesson Tips: Do go as part of a small group. So ask what the ratio of instructor to group numbers will be. 5 to 1 ideal ratio. Courses are designed to suit all abilities from novice/ beginner intermediates to competition hardened locals. Rip tides: Woolacombe and Croyde often have bad rip tides stirred up by low water sand hollows so are not for the inexperienced- at Woolacombe undertows tend to pull the unwary surfer towards the rocks and Morte Point. Do not be one of those needing rescue-that is assuming anyone notices you being swept away and dials 999. At nearby Saunton the waves are often gentler -and more suited to novices-with a long fetch they seem to roll in imperceptibly until hitting the shallow sloping beach.
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Other water safety tips:
Beware rip tides. Offshore winds. Rip tides. Rocks.
Follow directions of lifeguards. Take heed of warning signs.
Do not swim and drink. Never surf immediately after a meal.
Never surf alone or at night. Know your limits.
Never hire or use a board without having taken advice from experts.
Be considerate of other beach users.
Have a good Surf Holiday in Devon.
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