Woolacombe beach, Man surfing on wave at sunset
Woolacombe beach, Man surfing on wave at sunset

Devon - Woolacombe beach

Visit North Devon's most well-known surfing spots.

In North Devon, there's a long sandy beach called Woolacombe. It's north Devon's most well-known surfing spots and has a nice regular set that's great for beginners, intermediates, and longboarders alike.

It's not surprising that so many people come to enjoy the waves here because of the stunning location and beach. The shoreline further down the beach is backed by enormous dunes, making for an impressive view while surfing.

Woolacombe Beach is offshore in all Easterly winds and works with any Westerly swell, but the best waves are at mid-tide.. Except for a rocky point at the beach's northern end, there aren't many rocks on the beach.

This place can get crowded, but the vibe is generally laid-back, and lifeguards keep an eye on the beach all summer long. The waves here are definitely fun even when they aren't big. If you venture around the rocky point to Combesgate, there are fewer people and the opportunity for some pretty epic barrels. The only drawback is that there are more rocks and a strong rip here, making it best for experienced surfers.


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