Devon is known for many things, but perhaps the hippest and most happening right now is the epic surf rep. Atlantic rollers, a huge sandy beach, laid back tunes of the Beach Boy's greatest hits. Saltwater runs through us.
Getting plenty of UK surfing holiday action is easy. Woolacombe beach is super long, gently sloping and west-facing, and backed by green rolling dunes. No wonder it's voted England's best beach by Tripadvisor again. But if you're looking for the best quality surf action that really makes it worth waxing your board, for sure it's the long rolling ocean waves breaking on the beach that make for classic boarding conditions and a totally deserved reputation for surf excellence. So it's little surprise the bay plays host to a number of European surfing events every year.
Experienced surfers are on the quest for barrel waves and slow breaks at low tide, Woolacombe is at the top of North Devon's golden coast where you'll find legendary powerful surf spots like Croyde and Saunton too. Underwater reefs and the Gulf Stream's prevailing offshore winds heading straight for the beach are what seasoned surfers search for. It's this swell from the wild Atlantic Ocean and beautiful sandy beaches that make this stretch of Devon and Cornwall surf coastline world famous... so there's no need for a long trek to France, Spain or Portugal.
But beginners needn't fret, there's calmer days too plus surf lessons in the sea, you can read a surfing lesson review in our blog. Safety is always a priority so before you head into the sea you should check out the latest surfing conditions as they can change quickly, so please pay attention to the RNLI beach lifeguard advice and get their latest forecast and tides for Woolacombe Beach. And if you want to test out your body boarding skills first, the surf's perfect every time on our unique Wavesurfer surfing simulator at Golden Coast.
Let rip and ride the tide
Surf's up next to your Park
It's easy to get geeky about gentle sloping ledges, how come west facing matters, wind direction and wave lengths. But if it's your first time in the surf all you need to know is Woolacombe's a top surfing spot and stacked full of surf shops and lazy lounging beach bars.View beach guide
We're making waves
How do you guarantee surf whatever the conditions? Simple... you make your own wave! That's just what you'll find at Golden Coast, and there's a laid back Beach Club built around it. With 60,000 gallons of water rushing under you every minute it's totally radical man.
Wavesurfer body boarding: £20 ppExplore Golden Coast
Catch a wild wave
If you're a rookie or a bit of a kook, no aggro dude. And if you don't know what that means, no sweat but you might need lessons partnered exclusively by the friendly folk at Woolacombe Surf Centre. A great day out they'll kit you up with all you need, not just the lingo!
Half day: £32 pp | Full day: £62 ppBook surf lessons
Stay the surf way
Real holiday luxury is simply spending time together doing something you really want to do when you want to do it... but if filling every hour of the day being active sounds a bit too full on, you can catch the chill out vibe in a comfy place to call your own.
Post-surf siesta pads
Longing for a little bit of "I could get used to this" then you want to hone in on a sleek surf styled New Wave caravan or funky glamping Surf Pod. And more than you ever dreamed of, Surf Village lodges come with your own hot tub to relax in after day in the ocean.Find out more
Camping & Touring
Flexible surfing stays
Ready to pitch up when the waves are perfect, then if you're travelling around Devon & Cornwall surfing you can kip in your own tent, tourer, campervan or motorhome. Or if you just want to get into the West Country groove with the beach on your doorstep it's here.Find out more