Devon is renowned the world over for having excellent surf spots, whether you’re a novice or a veteran. Home to huge barrels and fun-sized swells, hollow tubes and regular sets that pound the sand in perfect rhythm, here are the best beaches in Devon for catching the waves.
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A 3mi (5km) stretch of sand that extends toward Woolacombe in the north and Baggy Point in the south, Putsborough can sometimes see some pretty big waves. On days when the surf is small, it offers a great wave for the beginner surfer, but in bigger swells it is perfect for the experienced rider. There is a strong rip current near the south end of the beach near the cliffs, which can be useful for some but dangerous for those with little experience, so, as with any day in the water, know your limits and be careful when surfing here. Remember to talk to the locals if you’re new to the area.
This rather huge beach is a firm favourite among surfers in Devon. It can get a bit crowded at the weekends, but there is so much space that it’s hardly noticeable. Saunton has slow walls of water, which can offer beginners a good stead for getting up and riding the waves. There is a known rip current along the side of the cliffs, but it is a great place for a long board at low tide. The car park is free if you arrive in the morning for a dawn surf; late in the evening or during the winter months, and through peak times in summer, there is a charge.
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