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