About Bantham

South Devon's most famous spot, a good swell catcher with consistent banks sculpted in the mouth of the River Avon. There's a consistent right near the rivermouth and in the middle of the bay there's a right and a left. Inexperienced surfers watch out for rips, especially on dropping tides. Popular break, crowded when good.

Source: Bantham Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all when small, best for experienced surfers when big.

Local Vibe

Doable

Welcoming Intimidating

Competitive with tight local crew on the peak.

Crowd Factor

Moderate

Mellow Heavy

Crowded when it's working, and never really quiet.

Spot Rating

Fun

Poor Perfect

Consistent spot with good banks.

Shoulder Burn

Light

Light Exhausting

OK, except when big.

Water Quality

Fair

Clean Dirty

OK but can be nasty after rains due to runoff in the River Avon.

Additional Information

Hazards

Rips, crowds.

Access

Drive through village, car park behind beach.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard

Seabed

Sand

Best Season

Works year round, but best September - February.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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