About Croyde Beach

One of the UK's most popular surf destinations, this is a high-quality, hollow, peaky beachbreak, hemmed in by Downend Point to the south and Baggy Point to the north. The currents and swells conspire to produce heavy, low-tide barrels and excellent waves as the tide pushes in. The average surf here tends to be a bit smaller than in Cornwall, but six-foot Croyde can offer board-breakingly good Hossegor-like conditions. Gets crazy busy in small summer waves.

Source: Croyde Beach Surf Guide

Ability Level

Intermediate - advanced

Beg Int Adv

Mostly for intermediate-advanced surfers only, OK for beginners when small... but there are better options nearby for learning.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Large local crew plus huge influx of visitors.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

One of the UK's best beachies on its day, hollow and heavy peaks.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Heavy and rippy when swells picks up.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

OK - can be sewage after heavy rains.

Additional Information


Crowds; rips and board-breakingly heavy waves when it gets big.


There is beachside car parking just behind the dunes on northern edge and on Baggy Point.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, longboard, bodyboard, bodysurfing


Sand with rocks at N and S end.

Best Season

Works year round but best in the clean swells of Autumn -September – November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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