Croyde Bodyboard Holiday | North Devon’s bodyboarding hotspot
Ability: All abilities welcome from new bodyboarders to experienced shredders.
If there were a bucket list of surf spots in the UK, Croyde Bay would definitely be in the top three. We’re heading to North Devon this May and October, the optimum swell season, for a 48 hour bodyboard immersion mission to score the infamous low-tide barrels at the UK’s sickest beach break.
‘Devon’ is derived from the name of the Britons who inhabited the South West at the time of the Roman invasion known as the Dummonli, meaning ‘deep valley dwellers’. Like the Roman’s, we’ll be invading the land of the deep valley dwellers for pastures new, but in search of bodyboarding riches. This is our first conquest to Devon, and we’re excited to make Croyde the latest destination on our awesome list of bodyboarding coaching weekends. Not only is Croyde one of the finest beach breaks in the UK but it’s conveniently situated just one hour from the M5, making it a more accessible spot for those coming from the North and the East of the country. What’s more, the pristine sandy beaches of North Devon set the backdrop of what is one of the UK’s most beautiful counties, where rolling green hills and farmland merge with the stunning Dartmoor and Exmoor national parks.
Our aim is to offer a full bodyboarding immersion, with 3 surf sessions, photo and video analysis, coached by a team of enthusiastic and accomplished bodyboarders in waves made for booging. So whether you’re an experienced rider or novice to the sport, you will definitely go home a better booger.
With its French like sandbars and California style laidback beach vibe, Croyde is certainly the jewel in North Devon’s surfing crown. However, Devonshire has an abundance of other quality surf spots up its sleeve, from the mellower breaks of Saunton and Putsborough, to the punchy waves of Woolacombe, and the endlessly long rides of Lynmouth. Not to mention the surrounding secret spots along this unchartered coastline. What’s more, we’re heading there during prime surfing season! According to the Stormrider guide, October is the most consistent time to surf in Devon with an 80% consistency rating. In October the air and water temperatures are also reasonable, the winds consistently offshore and the marauding summer circus has long since departed.
October is not only an ideal month for waves, but in recent years the South West has enjoyed a series of glorious late Indian summers, where boardies and flip-flops at the beach are not uncommon in October. Even in an Indian Summer free year, Devon, influenced by the North Atlantic Drift, benefits from comparatively mild Autumn temperatures with average highs at and lows at 11°C and 15°C respectively, and comfortable 14°C water temperatures. A full 3/2mm or 4/3mm will be more than sufficient.
Drawing on our local knowledge and our many visits to Croyde we have secured a cluster of high spec caravans that are a short walk from the beach and excellently positioned for local amenities. We have twin and double rooms and these cater for individuals, couples or friends. We will use our cluster of caravans as the base for the weekend which will increase the group ‘vibe’, make logistics easier and also offer a good nights sleep! Please click on the accommodation tab below for further information.
Rob Barber and his coaching team offer tuition tailored to your ability with instructors that are Surfing GB qualified and fully insured. Experienced lifeguards, some having twenty years of surfing and ocean experience. Intermediate and advanced level coaching is tailored towards the individual with in depth photo and video analysis. As a beginner, you’ll never be thrown straight into the deep end. We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Don’t stress if you’re used to smaller waves or you’re a total novice – there’s something for everyone. In fact you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good quality waves.
Beginner level coaching includes:
- Bodyboarding safety, beach awareness and how to catch waves
- How to paddle out, gain speed, duck dive and wipe out safely
- Learning moves such as cutbacks, barrel rolls and three-sixty spins
- How to get the most from your equipment while having heaps of fun
- Video and photo analysis
In order to book, follow these steps.
1. Fill in the form on the right hand side of this page
2. You will then be emailed an information pack and a Frequently Asked Questions sheet.
3. Read the information and follow the instructions to contact us to pay.
4. Remember we have limited numbers on each trip so please book early for the best price.
5. If you want to hear what other bodyboarders have thought of the holidays, read our Trip Advisor reviews here.
6. Once you have paid you will receive an online enrolment form, when you have completed and returned this you will be confirmed on the trip.
Guests are to make their own way to North Devon. We meet on the Saturday at 9.30am at a predetermined beach that is offering the best conditions for the day. The coaching weekend will come to a close around mid to late afternoon on the Sunday. You will be emailed exact meeting details three days before the event.
With fantastic local produce and passionate producers, Devon’s food and drink is gaining a reputation for being outstanding. The secret to its culinary success is in the landscape; served by the clean and temperate waters of the Atlantic makes for some of the finest seafood in the UK, while the lush fertile soils of the valleys produces excellent fruit and vegetables. The county is famed for a number of regional specialities including Devonshire cream teas, Pasties (similar to the Cornish pasty but crimped along the top as opposed to around the edge), and the knee knocking Scrumpy cider.
Clients are expected to purchase their own food and drink throughout the weekend. On Saturday and Sunday we’ll lunch at a good local restaurant/cafe on the advice of our local guide where we encourage you to try some of the tasty specialities mentioned above. A particular favourite post-surf snack is the breakfast brunch pastry in Croyde’s Post Office come bakery. On Saturday evening we’ll have a discounted group meal and a few drinks in our favourite bar/restaurant, in Croyde.
The weekend includes:
- Three separate in-water sessions, Saturday sessions are two hours long covering all aspects of bodyboarding you wish to focus upon. The Sunday session will be longer.
- Two of your in-water sessions will be filmed and these will be analysed. This will include demonstrations and move-by-move break downs to help you conquer every aspect of the sport.
- Q and A sessions about bodyboarding equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction and bodyboarding fitness.
- Photographs will be taken to help you to improve your riding. You can buy the shots at the end of the weekend for £20 and £10 for the video.
We offer kit hire for the weekend, this needs to be booked well in advance;
Pro standard Bodyboard Hire £8 per day
Swim fin hire £8 per day
Wetsuit hire £8 per day
After many weekends spent in Croyde on surf trips or attending bodyboarding competitions we have been fortunate enough to trial a good spread of the accommodation.
After reviewing all of the options we have chosen the best location and economically priced accommodation. We have organised a cluster of caravans each of a high spec (see below), a short walk from the beach, with parking and excellent onsite facilities. There is a mix of twin rooms (two single beds) and double rooms.
We will use our cluster of caravans as the base for the weekend which will increase the group ‘vibe’, make logistics easier and also offer a good nights sleep!
Central heating, double-glazing, Bathroom with shower, TV, oven, gas cooker, Fridge/freezer, microwave, grill, dining area. They are non-smoking.
Friday and Saturday Night
Individual, single bed, £110 per person
Couple, double bed £75 per person
Sunday night special
How to book your accommodation?
When you book your bodyboarding weekend with us we will request your accommodation requirements. We then organise all logistics and you will receive an email saying where you need to be on the friday. We will then take payment for the accommodation in cash on arrival at the site.
If you can’t make the dates, or you’d like to arrive early or stay on for extra days, then contact us and we can help put together the perfect bespoke package for you. Call us on 01637 879571.