Get a Workout by Surfing the Waves of Devon

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If you’re looking for a new, exciting sport to get your blood pumping and adrenaline running, surfing may just be the sort for you. Besides the cool, relaxed lifestyle that’s associated with the sport, there are also a great number of health benefits to be gained from surfing. There a number of celebrities known for their love of surfing, and when you realise it’s such a great full body workout it’s not hard to see why it’s become so popular in recent times. Interested, the NHS has been prescribing surf therapy courses for years as a valuable and cost-effective way of administering valid care for mental health problems like depression and anxiety. With the introduction at the Olympics, and the recommendation of famous figures, it’s easy to see why the sport is gaining popularity at increasing rates. So if you want to hop on the bandwagon, and hop on a surfboard, where is the best place to hit the waves?

At first, you may think of the popular destination in Cornwall like Fistral beach and Watergate bay. While these places to check out, there are also very popular places for surfacing on the coast of Devon. Locally based holiday retailer Luxury Coastal shares their specialised knowledge of the surrounding area and recommend some great beaches in Devon to catch regular sets, big barrels, and fun sized swells. Let’s go on a trip to Devon and discover some of these amazing places:

Get a Workout by Surfing the Waves of Devon

Bantham Beach

As beach situated in an AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) you will no doubt be swept up in the amazing beauty of the scenery as you are swept up in the waves of the beach. Surf the sparkling clean water against a backdrop of spectacular beauty. The surf conduits are reliable yet often have the influence of the strong winds and the shift in the sand back of the River Avon, at the mouth of which this beach lies.

Putsborough Beach

This stunning, privately owned beach is a sheltered one, considered to be one of the safest in North Devon. If you’re a beginning in the sport of surfing, this safe beach would be a great place to learn and get started. As it is protected by the headland the surf is smaller so for less experienced surfers it’s a great option. If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, check out the neighbouring beach Woolacombe.

Croyde Bay

The best beach breaks can be found at this bay in North Devon, even rivalling the beach breaks of Cornwall. Croyde Bay is strong competition against Newquay as the most popular surfing spot and that high praise is well deserved. The faster waves are perfect for short boards, with fantastic barrels taking over the sea at low tide.


This location is one of the secret places of North Devon, better suit for the brave surfers challenging themselves with a winter surf. In the right conditions, you can expect to catch some awesome waves but with the offshore winds and large waves, it might be a spot that’s better suit for the more experienced surfer. When the break is working, these expert surfers flood the area, creating an awesome atmosphere and authentic vibe. 

So, if you’re planning on exploring into the world of surfing, you can make Devon one of your destinations to practise your skills. Even if you’re an experienced surfer, you’ll find some great challenges on the waves of this Southern coastal area. Whatever your level, you’ll find you have an amazing surfing trip when you visit the beaches of Devon.