Croyde has been a hot spot for surfers for many years. The beach sits within a natural bay which produces good waves for surfing. The influence of the Gulf Stream creates a Maritime Climate which creates cooler summers, milder winters and a warmer sea, all ideal for surfing. Complete beginners surf alongside UK national champions all year round, with Christmas day being no exception!
When the conditions are right, waves in Croyde bay can reach 7ft high which attracts the more experienced surfers. Most of the time the waves will be a less intimidating 2-3ft which is ideal for beginners and intermediaries. The more experienced surfers may also venture further as the whole North Devon coast offers a variety of surfing conditions.
It is not just the waves which break on Croyde beach that make this location as special as it is. Five minutes south of Croyde is Saunton Sands. Saunton is well known for its long and slowly breaking waves which make it ideal for long boarders. The B.L.U (British long board union) hold their last event of the year at Saunton.
Directly to the north of Croyde lies the beautiful Putsborough Sands. Putsborough is sheltered from the persistent south westerly winds, provides good clean waves when everywhere else is blown out. At the north end of the bay from Putsborough nestled into the hillside is Woolacombe. Woolacombe produces waves for all abilities through all stages of the tide making it popular with all types of wave riding craft from surfers through to kayakers.
All these surfing opportunities ensure that Croyde and its fantastic location make it the premier surfing venue on the north coast of Devon and Cornwall.
Croyde and Saunton have an array of shops and businesses that cater for surfers with equipment hire and sales. There are also surf schools where you can join in a group lesson, or choose one-on-one tuition if you prefer a crash course. Complementing the surfing equipment shops are surf lifestyle shops selling surf and beach inspired clothing, jewellery and household items. Croyde also offers surfers pubs and cafes for some 'apres surf' entertainment.
Surf a bit flat? Want to do your bit for the local environment? There are regular beach cleans on the local beaches. These are a great opportunity to meet local people who love and care for their environment, and who would be very happy to welcome you to an organised event.
Or you can organise your own mini beach clean using the bags and pickers that are provided at the beach entrances in Croyde and Saunton Sands.
Because of its location, Croyde beach remains unspoilt by development. The dune system and the rugged headland of Baggy Point serves as a buffer, protecting the beach and giving it a sheltered, self contained feel. Well maintained, Croyde beach is clean and consistently wins awards for its water quality. In season, the beach is protected by a dedicated team of lifeguards who manage the waves so that swimmers, surfers, body boarders and kayakers all get a fair share of the surf!