A surfer’s paradise

PUBLISHED: 12:19 28 April 2010 | UPDATED: 12:38 28 April 2010

Croyde Beach

Croyde Beach

All watersports, especially surfing, are hugely popular in North Devon. Here, Trev Toes Lumley, from Eyeball Surfcheck, provides a guide to the best local surf breaks

Putsborough Beach

Croyde Beach

Considered one of the best beach breaks in the country. Works best around low tide when the sand banks, rips, and general shape of the beach help create A frame peaks. The waves are fast, heavy and hollow at low tide, for more advanced surfers only! The waves at Croyde, generally, break closer to the shore than most beach breaks in the UK. Mid to high tide offers a fuller more mellow wave.

  • Best time to surf: 1-2 hours before low tide (if spring tides), low tide, or on the pushing tide for neap tides. But, like any beach break, this depends on the conditions, sand banks, etc
  • Best wind direction: Light offshore east and north easterly, although south easterly is also off-shore, but can start to get a slight side chop
  • Hazards: Strong rips at low tide and it gets very busy.

Putsborough Beach

Combesgate Beach

Located at the far end of Woolacombe Beach, Putborough has good amenities and access from the car park. Puts, as its known, can be a bit fickle on the dropping tide but can be really good on the push. Excellent shelter from the headland on south westerlys and sometimes westerly winds

  • Best time to surf: On the pushing tide
  • Best wind direction: South westerly, sometimes westerly and easterly
  • Hazards: Rips at low tide
  • Notes: Can be the best bet if high winds make other spots unsurfable.

Combesgate Beach

Located to the right of Woolacombes main beach. It can get shelter from northerly winds, barrels at times when the banks are set up. Good at winter time.

  • Best time to surf: Can only be surfed at low to mid tide due to the rocks
  • Best wind direction: Light/off shore
  • Hazards: Mainly rocks and rips at low tide.
Saunton Beach

Saunton Beach

A huge beach over three miles long, sheltered from the headland in north-north westerly winds. A nice slow wave with some massive long rides to be had on the right day. An ideal place for beginners or longboarders. Avoid low tide as the walk is long!

  • Best time to surf: Mid to high tide
  • Best wind direction: Light/off shore
  • Hazards: Rips at low tide.

Woolacombe Beach

Woolacombe Beach

Known as Main beach this is the right hand part of the three mile stretch of sand. It surfs well on all stages of the tide and is popular all-year-round.

  • Best time to surf: Low to mid tide
  • Best wind direction: Light/off shore
  • Hazards: Rips at low tide and it gets busy with other users
  • Notes: Excellent beach for any ability, boardhire is available nearby.
  • DAILY SURF REPORT

    Find out surfing conditions in our daily surf report, supplied by Eyeball Surfcheck! CLICK HERE >>

0 comments

More from North Devon Gazette

Reports have come in of a collision involving a cyclist on the A39 this afternoon (Sunday) near Brendon.

Read more

There are reports of queueing traffic and delays to bus services between Barnstaple and Braunton today (Sunday).

Read more
09:00

Community groups and businesses are invited to bid for a £25,000 cash pot to help keep North Devon unspoilt.

Read more

A Northam man who hopes to have bagged a Guinness World Record has handed over a cheque for more than £3,000 to Children’s Hospice South West.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:15

A two vehicle collision is causing delays on the A361 in Barnstaple today (Saturday).

Read more
Yesterday, 14:00

Take a look at our ten favourite pictures sent in by Gazette readers for our ‘landscape’ photo challenge.

Read more
iwitness24
Yesterday, 13:16

Crowds gathered on Barnstaple Square today (Saturday) to watch and celebrate the royal wedding.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

Young people in North Devon will be given the opportunity to learn about computer coding this summer.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:44

It’s the final day of the Devon County Show, and while the sun is shining, the traffic leading up to the entrance is also heavy.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

North Devon ramblers are inviting people to step out and join them for the Walk About Festival from Saturday, May 26 until June 3.

Read more