offers more quality beachbreak waves, which in the past have
been ridden by the sports elite. The venue was once a popular
venue for top national and professional contests.
quality beach breakers
beach is more exposed to south westerly winds than Puttsborough
but as the tide line bends around to Mortehoe, it can offer
punchy peaks in most winds except from the northerly quandrant.
Further up the Bristol Channel are wavefields aplenty, and when
the big storm swells sweep across the north coast Lynmouth comes
into play. One of Devon's premiere pointbreaks, the pebble and
rock bottom ensures perfect breaking waves and some of the longest
rides in the county.
Sands: ideal for beginners
Just south of Croyde, Saunton Sands offers much slower breaking
waves courtesy of its gently sloping beach. It is an ideal location
In recent years Saunton has also been a popular destination
for longboarders, who skillfully ride the waves from the two
to 10ft range.
Across the Torridge Estuary, lies Westward Ho! and spots beyond.
Popular with surfers from Bideford, the waves break almost identically
to Saunton, although a series of rock outcrops offers a more
challenging wave when conditions allow. Again winds from an
easterly direction are offshore.
Devon's south coast, which stretches from Lyme Bay in the east
to Plymouth Sound in the west also boasts plenty of surfing
locations, but swell direction plays a major part in the quality
of waves which break on the shore.
The surf is more consistent during the winter, when powerful
North Atlantic swells manage to push past the Lands End/Brittanny
gap causing waves to break along the whole coastline.
lifeguards at the ready
Bantham, in the South Hams, has attracted surfers from Plymouth
and further afield for over thirty years.
With Burgh Island as a backdrop, it is a scenic surfing location.
Waves break through all stages of the tide, although rip currents
can be strong at times. Other popular surfing beaches nearby
include Challaborough and Wembury.
In Torbay, surfing has grown steadily over the years, with Paignton
Pier and Torquay providing quality surf when conditions are
right. Waves are also ridden at Dawlish Warren, Sidmouth and
along the East Devon coast to Lyme Regis.
With such a diversity of surfing locations around Devon, it
really is a case of where there's a will, there's a wave!