A good beach for the occasional surfer and very popular with locals and visitors alike. Crooklets Beach in Bude is suitable for beginners to intermediates. In 'town' you are spoilt for choice for rideable waves.
There are currently 250,000 surfers in the UK.
The biggest surf normally occurs on a pushing tide, especially on the Bristol Channel coast.
Croyde Bay in North Devon and Fistral Beach in Cornwall are two of the most popular surfing beaches in Britain.
The first ever degree in surfing was offered by the University of Plymouth.
The record for the most number of surfers on a board was broken in 1989 at Fistral Beach, Newquay. Twelve surfers rode a 37ft longboard shaped by Tim Mellors.
At low tide the beach stretches from Summerleaze to Northcott Mouth with rideable waves all the way along its length. The further north you head, the thinner the crowds.
A big draw though is the right-hander that breaks before and just after low tide at Wrangles Rock. It’s a hollow wave that can provide a cover-up or two. At high tide there is the infamous shore break in front of the Bude Surf Livesaving Club to wash away the cobwebs.
Location of Crooklets beach.
Can be surfed up to 6ft and the best winds are from the south east or east. Sheltered at high tide from a north / north westerly. To the south, in front of the harbour, a long left hander breaks off Barrel Rock.
As the tide pushes in a short right comes into play at Cross Rocks, which can be clean in a strong south westerly. Paddle out off the outdoor swimming pool.
Very popular beach because of its close location to Bude town centre. Good parking and facilities, including plenty of surf shops to gain some inspiration.
last updated: 04/03/2008 at 12:30