Surfing at Saunton Sands

Saunton Sands in situated on the north Devon coast and has become one of Devon’s most popular beaches for surfing and wave sports alike. The beach is about 5km long and is sandy with a rocky cliff on the northern end, which is also where the car park and entrance to the beach is situated, along with a few surf shops and eateries. You can hire boards from here and various surf schools operate on this beach. The north Devon shoreline gets more than it’s fair share of swell, which provides surf on Saunton sands for most of the year (check out their surface for updates). It’s a great place for beginners and regulars alike with room for everyone, although the best surf tends to be the northern end, especially near the rocky shore, but there is surf all along. Braunton is just a few miles along the road with plenty of surfing shops and other amenities and there is plenty of accommodation in the area for all tastes, from camping to hotels.

I have been surfing for around 10 years and Saunton Sands was one of the first beaches I surfed, so it holds a lot of great memories for me, from surfing late in the evening with the sun going down to long sunny days with friends and family. I never get bored of turning up and heading down the beach with my board, there is often plenty of wildlife to see too. I have shared waves with porpoise, various fish and birds over the years and although it can get get busy on those hot summer days, every now and then you get the beach to yourself and it’s just brilliant.

I recently stopped in Saunton at the last minute and grabbed my surf board. When I arrived the surf didn’t look very big but when your in town ‘it’s rude not to’ so I headed down to the beach and got into the sea. As with so many times in the past the surf picked up every now and then, giving me a few great rides, it did help having my longboard, and although the waves weren’t massive the beach was fairly quiet and the surfing was relaxed and great fun. It’s nice to get decent sized waves when surfing, but sometime its just nice to be in the sea, surfing and having time to take in the surroundings. I also had time to play with the Go Pro HD as you can see from the video, great fun and typical of Saunton sands.


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