the best surf schools in north devon compared

Every year, tourists from all over the UK and even further afield flock to beautiful North Devon to experience the sun, sea and surf! The coastline in North Devon is perfect for tourists wanting to try adventurous watersports – from bodyboarding and kayaking through to parasailing. However, the most popular pastime is of course surfing. It’s a fun activity, but whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned surfer there’s always room to learn from local instructors. In this blog post, we’ll explore five of North Devon’s biggest surf schools including all the Croyde surf school locations to help those looking for some surf lessons work out which organisation might work best for them.

Surf Saunton

This school is located right on the beach at Saunton Sands. Saunton Sands is renowned locally as one of Devon’s most beautiful beaches, as well as being one of the greatest places for surfing. For beginners, Saunton Sands is also a great place to start their learning journey. The beach stretches across three miles, meaning that those tourist crowds are often a little thinner than elsewhere in Devon. All of Surf Saunton’s instructors are ISA qualified and have also completed beach lifeguard training. This will be especially important for parents who want to know their kids are in the care of people who know what they’re doing. When putting lessons together, Surf Saunton work to cater directly for the individual/s they’ll be teaching, as they understand there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to learning.

Surf South West

Surf South West is based in Croyde Bay and has been now for 22 years! Over that time they’ve gained a wealth of experience in teaching everyone from complete beginners through to those who visit Croyde every year to surf. They also provide both individual lessons and structured courses, so whether you desire a day of surfing as a fun activity, or an intense, action-packed surfing getaway, they’ll be able to bring those ambitions to fruition. Surf South West even provide surf instructor, stand up paddleboarding instructor, and lifeguard training for individuals who are wanting to turn watersports into a career. Surf South West is, therefore, a firm favourite for those with more surfing experience who take the sport seriously and are looking for their next big wave!

Croyde Surf Academy

Also based in Croyde, where some of Devon’s most incredible waves can be found, Croyde Surf Academy is a friendly business that is brilliant for absolute beginners. They even make a guarantee to have you up and standing in the first lesson, and if not – the second lesson is on them! Croyde Surf Academy was voted best ‘Devon’s best play activity’ by the Sunday Times, and for anyone with kids, they’re a brilliant choice to help youngsters feel more at home amongst the waves. Private tuition is offered all year round too, with group lessons available for most of the year (March until November). This is an accredited school where the emphasis is on fun, and Croyde Surf Academy’s glowing reviews online definitely prove that.

North Devon Surf School

Teaching surf skills since 1988, North Devon Surf School have most certainly earned their reputation as one of the UK’s best surf schools. They have received formal accreditation from the UK surfing governing body, being rated as a centre of excellence. Based on glowing customer reviews, they have also been classified as a Centre of Excellence by Trip Advisor. These ratings will be helped greatly by the fact that the North Devon Surf School centre is only 50 metres away from Westward Ho!, and thanks to this brilliant location students can be sure they’ll catch a few amazing waves.

Surfing Croyde Bay

Rated the number 1 surf school in Devon by TripAdvisor, the brilliant Surfing Croyde Bay is located, as the name might suggest, in the beautiful Croyde bay area. It is, again, recognised as a centre of excellence by Surfing England and receives brilliant reviews from holidaymakers in North Devon as well as locals keen to learn. Surfing Croyde Bay has received a fair amount of attention in the media and has been featured by the likes of the BBC, The Independent and even Vogue – so definitely one of the most fashionable surf schools around! If you’re looking for a combination of adrenaline-fuelled thrill-seeking and teaching with professionalism, Surfing Croyde Bay is the surf school for you.