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Popular with holidaymakers, Devon has a varied landscape with surf on both its north and south coasts and waves to suit all abilities. Like Cornwall, the best surf can be found on the north coast where the beaches generally pick up lots of swell from the Atlantic. It also has the same climate and is where surfing took off in Devon during the 60’s and 70’s.

The pretty village of Croyde is Devon’s surfing mecca and produces a world class barrelling wave. It’s also home of the annual Goldcoast Oceanfest surf and music festival and is big wave surfer Andrew Cotton’s home surf break. Surf schools are in abundance in the area and for beginners, the beaches of Saunton and Westward Ho! are ideal mellow wave spots for building your confidence.

The waves on the south coast have to push a long way up the English Channel and so it needs a bigger swell to work. Surfing in the summer is relatively uncommon but Bantham picks up more swell than the other beaches.