SURF SCHOOL CROYDE
with an award winning surf school
“Highly recommend the surf school at Croyde bay!! We were a group of mixed ability, including complete beginners. We had three sessions over two days and all felt we had improved over the weekend. Really knowledgeable staff, great communicators! Also good quality boards / equipment.”
KATE HAZEL – LONDON
A SURF SCHOOL LIKE NO OTHER
Being featured in The BBC, Vogue, The Independent, Airbnb, Carve Magazine, Surfing England, alongside a multitude of 5 star TripAdvisor reviews, video tutorials, and surf blog insights is something we’re very proud of. Come and learn to surf and experience the difference, at the very best surf school in Croyde.
“At Surfing Croyde Bay, we want you to enjoy surfing as much as we do. So whether you’ve never stood on a board before or have been doing it for years, we want to help you progress to your full potential. My extensive coaching including time as Head Junior Coach – Team GB and Team England, has all been put into practice at Surfing Croyde Bay. We are the best surf academy in the area bar none, find out why!”
THE BEST CROYDE SURF ACADEMY
If you are looking for the best surf school in North Devon then you’re in the right place. The best surf academy translates into the best surfboards, the best wetsuits, and most importantly the best surf instructors. You can rest assured you’ll be in the best hands with the highest level of Surfing England instructors, who are all fully qualified lifeguards.
Surfing Croyde Bay isn’t just the best croyde surf academy to learn to surf in Croyde. It’s the best surf academy in whole of the UK! You’ll get a highly personalised experience with the lowest instructor to student ratio 6:1 of any Surfing England Centre of Excellence.
With Surfing Croyde Bay there’s a course for you. Choose from a range of surf experiences that cater for all levels and experiences. Choose from beginner, family, private, corporate and performance surf experience sessions. All available from a single lesson to multi-day courses.
WE'VE SELECTED THE BEST SURF SCHOOL EQUIPMENT TO MAXIMISE YOUR ENJOYMENT LEVEL
“Basically the board you’ll use is amazing for learning. The brilliance of the Softech board, is that you can progress to a standard where transitioning to a hard board isn’t as big a step as normal.”
Damon Beveridge – Director Of Surfing Croyde Bay
Softech are the world’s leading soft surf board company. Surfing Croyde Bay has teamed up with Softech to make your initiation into surfing a fun, exciting and memorable experience. You’ll take your surf lessons on a board that’s best for you. You’ll use high quality boards which are designed to be buoyant and super stable so first timers can easily catch and ride waves, and build the skills to start performing basic turns.
YOU ARE IN SAFE HANDS
Steeped in surfing history, Croyde Bay is known the world over for its amazing surfing conditions. It doesn’t just stop at surfing, with amazing food and drink in Croyde Village, coasteering, stand up paddle-boarding, cycling and beautiful coastal walks. Croyde really is a special place, and we think you’ll think so too.
How To Choose The Best Surf School
10 KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR SURF SCHOOL
Do you use Softech equipment?
What is your teaching ratio?
Do you have Level 2 ISA surf coaches?
How old is your fleet of surfboards you use for lessons?
Will I get my own board to learn on?
Do you have hot showers?
Do you have heated changing facilities?
Is there safe storage for belongings?
How many wetsuits do you have in stock to choose from?
Are your coaches led by an inspiring team leader?
SURF SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS
The most important aspect of a surf lesson is your instructor. They should be a qualified surf coach, with a beach lifeguard qualification who has a passion for teaching surfing.
Your surf coach should be helping you to progress, giving you pointers and direction, and supporting your learning needs. Their attention should be on you at all times!
At Surfing Croyde Bay we are lucky enough to have the Team GB Head Junior Coach as a Director. His knowledge and expertise is continually passed onto our Level 1 and Level 2 ISA surf coaches. We also run the well respected Surf Development UK programme out of Croyde which has led to a string of Team GB surfers. The lessons at Surfing Croyde Bay are the very best that you can get!
SURF SCHOOL EQUIPMENT
You should check with your surf school what equipment you will surf on, and wear.
A warm modern wetsuit is essential. You won’t get the best out of your surfing lesson if you’re not comfortable. Make sure the wetsuits aren’t old, baggy or have holes in the neoprene. Make sure there’s a wetsuit that fits you!
Surf equipment varies massively at different surf schools. You should make sure there’s a board that will be right for your size. You should make sure that you will have your own board and you won’t be sharing. You should also make sure that the surfing equipment is modern and is of decent quality. The best learning boards are Softech by far. You can check out why here.
At Surfing Croyde Bay you will be provided with a nearly new Tiki Wetsuit. Tiki is a local North Devon wetsuit company who provide wetsuits to professional surfers around the world. They are of high quality, warm, and we have multiples of every size. You’ll get a modern, warm wetsuit that fits.
Your board will be this year’s model of Softech. The boards on offer range from the broadest learning boards up to 8 feet in length, down to the flash performance boards at 6′ in length. The surf school hire fleet is second to none in Croyde, and we have the best equipment by far.
A SURF SCHOOL THAT GETS THE BASICS RIGHT
Not all schools offer the basics, believe it or not! Your Croyde surf academy should provide you with a place to store valuables, warm changing facilities and a hot shower after your lesson.
At Surfing Croyde Bay we are the only surf academy in Croyde that has hot showers. We think it’s essential to be able to return to the surf school after your surf lesson and get warm and change in comfort. We are also the only surf school with a cafe attached so that after your experience you can get a snack, pasty, ice-cream or drink quickly and conveniently.
WHY THE 6:1 TEACHING RATIO MATTERS
The student to reacher ratio means the number of students that the surf instructor will take into the water. So a 12:1 ratio means the surf instructor will have 12 students to teach at once. A 8:1 ratio means the surf instructor will have 8 students to teach at once. The lower the ratio the more personalised teaching time you will receive.
The 6:1 student to teacher ratio at Surfing Croyde Bay, is the lowest ratio of student to surf instructor of any Surfing England Centre Of Excellence. You can be sure that your lesson will never contain more than 5 other people. Your instructor will have ample time to give you 1:1 feedback during your lesson. You will progress as fast as possible based on your learning ability.