Gulfstream Surfboards

Gulf Stream surfboards are completely handmade with total commitment to the art and craft of high quality surfboard manufacture. Created in Croyde and made in Woolacombe, North Devon since 1993 by shaper/ owner Julian Matthews.

“When I started Gulf Stream I realised that surfers really do want a unique product made specifically for them. So, as well as our range of ‘off the peg’ boards, I decided to create an easily accessible ‘made to measure’ service. The customer gets all of the usual benefits from our use of the finest materials added to exclusive access to the design process and of course the signature Gulf Stream look.

“Our aim is to bring together the finest techniques of traditional surfboard manufacture with the innovations of modern professional surfing.”

The result is a comprehensive range of ocean going surfboards with all of the advantages of owning a Gulf Stream – unique shape, bespoke art, resin detail and fine finishing.

Learning to Surf?

If you want to have a go at surfing this is one of the best places in the country to be. There are a number of suitable local beaches and a host of surf hire centres and surf schools.

The first thing we would like to mention is surf etiquette! Remember, there are a lot of good local surfers around who want to enjoy the waves when they appear. There are also likely to be a lot of children splashing around in the shallows. Please try to recognise your skill level, your place in the water and look out for and respect other water users.

The best beaches for learning are Saunton Sands, Croyde and Woolacombe. They have the best facilities and Croyde and Woolacombe are lifeguarded in the summer months (a red & yellow flag designates a lifeguarded area and a black & white chequered flag designates a surfing zone). Ask the lifeguards if you are not sure where you should be.

At Saunton Sands it’s easy: park up, walk into Surfed Out’s hire shop and within a few minutes you can be strolling down towards the water in your borrowed wettie, Mini Mal under your arm and the Beach Boys singing in your head!

Here are some links to useful surfing information —>

Surf equipment hire:

Surfed Out Saunton Surf Hire

Little Pink Shop – Croyde

Hunter Surfboard Hire – Woolacombe

Surf shops:

Surfed Out – Surf Shop, Braunton

Loose-Fit – Surf Shop, Braunton

Gulf Stream Surfboards – Braunton

Tiki – Braunton

Surfing Tuition:

Walking on waves – Sarah Whiteley’s Saunton based surf school

Surfing Croyde Bay

Surf forecasts / surfcheck:

Eyeball Surfcheck – North Devon surf report and webcams

Magic Seaweed – surf forecast

Second Skin

The Second Skin Surfshop is based in Braunton within a few miles of the surf breaks of Croyde, Saunton, Woolacombe and Putsborough. They have extensive experience in the wetsuit market and have specialised in surfing suits for over thirty five years and can ensure that you’ll get the correct size, style and thickness for your requirements. They stock over 150 new surfboards, secondhand surfboards, and 300 wetsuits and they pride themselves on choice, customer service and sound advice.