About Putsborough

This quality beachbreak, at the southern end of Woolacombe Sands, can throw up some decent banks and, in a solid swell, can deliver hollow rides almost on par with its better-known and more-crowded neighbour, Croyde. The huge mass of Baggy Point, at the southern end of the bay, offers protection from the wrath of southerly and southwesterly winds that can wreck nearby spots, although it also means that the waves are usually a foot or two smaller. Easy parking overlooking the waves. Can get crowded.

Source: Putsborough Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Good for all, especially when small.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating

Pretty tolerant so bring a relaxed vibe.

Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

Can get busy, but manageable.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Fun banks that can be excellent, peaky, hollow waves on those big winter swells.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Generally OK, can be heavy going when big. Rips by headland.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty


Additional Information


Watch out for rips by the point when big. Crowds.


There's ample parking overlooking the beach behind the café. Road to beach is narrow and windy.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, sup, bodyboard


Sandy bay, occasional rocks at high.

Best Season

September - February as it needs bigger swells.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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