If you’re on the hunt for the perfect ‘Surfari’ spot for your coastal break, then look no further than North Devon’s surfing beaches.

This swell-lined slice of the UK holds its own as a board-rider’s dream destination and has just been named one of only 12 Surfing Reserves in the world, rubbing shoulders with well-known big name surfing hotspots like Malibu in the US and The Gold Coast in Australia – testament to just how darned good the waves here actually are.

Not just for the pros, this stretch of coastline is just as good for those taking to the water for the first time, and you’ll find that surf hire companies who offer both lessons and equipment for hire are plentiful in the area.

So, suit up, wax down and set off…here are North Devon’s best surfing beaches to head to on your next North Devon holiday.



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Croyde is one of North Devon’s premier surfing beaches, producing consistently good waves thanks to its west-facing bay.

Conditions when right, are deemed to be world-class, plus its sandy bottom offers more forgiving waves than at some other local beaches. Waves here are suitable for surfers of all levels, from beginners to seasoned veterans, so understandably surfers descend on Croyde all year-round creating a vibrant atmosphere, particularly during the summer months.


Lying between picturesque Baggy Point and Morte Point, Woolacombe is arguably one of North Devon’s best-known beaches and with its three mile sweep of golden sand it’s easy to see why it’s such a popular spot.

During the summer months conditions are geared towards beginners with smaller ‘learner waves’ being ideal for families looking to dip their toe into the sport, while autumn and winter deliver the bigger swells that intermediate or advanced surfers flock to the North Devon coastline for.



Renowned as a fantastic surfing beach due to its consistent Atlantic swells and sandy bottom Putsborough offers smooth, forgiving waves ideal for surfers of all levels. With a variety of breaks depending on wind and tide, surfers can enjoy everything from mellow, longboard-friendly waves to more challenging sections.

Nearby surf schools and hire facilities make it convenient for beginners and experienced surfers alike, while the beach’s stunning natural scenery enhances the overall experience. Additionally, Putsborough tends to be relatively uncrowded, offering surfers ample space to catch waves and enjoy a relaxed atmosphere in the water.

Photo Credit: Visit Devon




This gently sloping beach is perfect for beginners with fun and friendly waves to enjoy.  An exposed beach break also means that surfing is possible all year-round, and while it can get crowded here, (which really just adds to the cool vibe) it’s still a top pick even for locals. Also billed as one of the safest beaches in North Devon, it’s a great spot for beginners too with Barefoot Surf School offering both lessons and equipment hire.

Please bear in mind that no matter how safe a beach is deemed, sticking to the rules and safety precautions is really important.

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