About Woolacombe

A 2 mile long stretch of sand that offers many peaks and loads of room to spread out. Popular high tide right at the northern end where the town is, plus the stream here helps sculpt consistent banks. Looking south there are a number of lefts and rights that work through the tides. Good option to escape the Croyde crowds.

Source: Woolacombe Surf Guide

Ability Level

Beginner - intermediate

Beg Int Adv

Generally good for all comers, but best left to more experienced surfers when it gets big due to rips.

Local Vibe


Welcoming Intimidating


Crowd Factor


Mellow Heavy

its busy but manageable as there's plenty of room to spread out.

Spot Rating


Poor Perfect

Flexible, fun beach break with loads of potential to find good peaks in clean swells.

Shoulder Burn


Light Exhausting

Not too bad.

Water Quality


Clean Dirty

Pretty clean - can be sewage discharge after heavy rains.

Additional Information


Rips when big.


Large car park in Woolacombe overlooking the sea, or on Marine Drive running parallel to the beach, just back from dunes.

Bring Your

Shortboard, fish, funboard, longboard, sup, bodyboard



Best Season

Works year round, but best September - November.

Swell Consistency and Wind Overview

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