North Devon’s bodyboarding hotspot
Croyde Bodyboard Camp
Stunning Devon bodyboard weekend with beach side accommodation option
Variety of beaches and surf spots
Perfect for all riding abilities
Fancy some scorching French-style sandbars and a laid-back Californian vibe but don’t want to spend hours on a plane? Come join us on our new Croyde bodyboard camp, scooping into some of the best barrels in the UK.
Water Temperature: 7°C – 18°C
Local Currency: Pound Sterling
Local Beer: Devon Rock
Surf 2ft – 6ft
Beach, reef and pointbreaks
Perfect for foundation, intermediate and advanced riders
Bespoke one-on-one coaching tailored to your skill set
Secluded caravan accommodation next to the beach
Beautiful coastal village with character and charm
On a 48-hour immersion mission, we’re plundering North Devon’s bounty at the best times of the year for swell, maximising what Croyde and its surrounding coastline is famous for – some of the sickest waves in the south west.
Perhaps you’ve only dreamt of experiencing the mesmerising beauty of a funnelling tube? Or maybe you’re an experienced barrel rider, and are after a low-tide shot of adrenaline while sharing some amazing waves with a group of likeminded people.
With our Croyde bodyboard camps, you too can now experience the best coaching available at one of the top 3 beach breaks in the UK.
Devon’s north coast is just an hour off the M5 and boasts some of the best waves in the country.
From hollow low-tide sandbanks to peeling point breaks, the stretch from Saunton to Lynmouth offers something for everyone, set among a stunning ice-age landscape of giant cliffs where Exmoor National Park tumbles into the sea.
The jewel in North Devon’s crown, Croyde’s low-tide sandbanks are something to behold. Reeling above these lumps unfurl some of the most perfect hollow barrels you can find in Britain, making tube-riding a virtual guarantee.
Unlike lesser beachbreaks, Croyde doesn’t need size to give power, and is just as happy spitting you out of 2ft barrels as it is when it gets big. As the tide pushes, there are super fun shoulders to carve into and roll out of, giving you ample opportunity to take your bodyboarding to the next level.
Sheltered from northerly winds around the headland south of Croyde, Saunton is a huge stretch of beach, perfect to advance your riding when getting into the sport, or building on a foundation.
A mellower spot, Saunton gives nice long walls to ride, an ideal place to gain confidence in the water and nail the basics such as paddling, duckdiving and shifting your weight when chasing down the line.
The main spot to hit if the winds switch more southwesterly, Putsborough is a beautiful stretch of beach giving more punch than Saunton Sands.
Able to make sense of and straighten out messy swell, Putsborough offers good rides to beginner and intermediate riders on a rising tide, who want a step up from Saunton.
Further up the bay from Putsborough, Woolacombe is another wide, exposed beach, able to hoover up swell and deliver good rides throughout the tides.
Being less protected than Putsborough means it handles more swell, and when the stars align it can offer some epic low-tide banks not dissimilar to Croyde. Another classic beach in the area, it loves nothing more than some solid swell and an E/SE wind.
One of the longest left-hand point breaks in the country, north-facing Lynmouth is capable of peeling 300m waves down its rocky reef, linking up sections and giving endless opportunities to get shacked, play in and off the shoulder and carve buckets.
The high, dramatic Exmoor backdrop behind Lynmouth is absolutely breathtaking, making a session here feel all the more epic. The wave itself is a hidden gem, often lighting up in bigger swells when the west-facing beaches suffer in the wind.
As well as these main spots, this special corner of north Devon is littered with a number of secret spots to seek out and enjoy.
After years of competing and spending time surfing Croyde and the surrounding area, it’s fair to say we’ve seen and experienced our fair share of North Devon accommodation!
Drawing from this experience, and to maximise our location for waves on this bodyboard camp, we’ve now secured a series of high-spec caravans a short walk from Croyde Beach to act as our headquarters for the weekend.
These are available in twin and double rooms, catering for individuals, couples or friends. Each features central heating, double-glazing, TV, oven, gas cooker, fridge/freezer, microwave, grill, dining area and a bathroom with shower. All have parking, are non-smoking and are well-positioned for local amenities.
Staying on site in such a tight-knit group helps to drive up the amp before we paddle out, to share the stoke after an awesome session, and to increase the camp vibe during a brilliant weekend of tracking down and scoring the best bodyboarding waves possible with new friends.
When booking to join us on the weekend, you simply need to state your preferred accommodation and we’ll organise all the logistics. You’ll then just need to pay 15% non refundable deposit for the accommodation and then the balance in cash on arrival.
If you’d like to arrive early or stay on for extra days, then call us on 01637 879571 and we can help put together the perfect bespoke package for you.
Friday and Saturday Night
Individual, single bed, £110 per person
Couple, double bed £75 per person
Sunday night special
Devon’s air and sea climate is a positive combination of factors – being located in the south west means it has one of Britain’s higher average annual sea temperatures, with warm summers, mild winters and excellent swell exposure!
This is great for a few reasons – we maximise our chances of hitting decent swell year-round, giving us the best run of the sandbanks that consistently deliver, session after session, season after season.
This weekend is about progressing your riding and building on your skills so you continue to reap the rewards – whether that’s tweaking your speed line, improving your rail control, or flat out shredding in high-quality waves, whatever the temperature.
With fantastic local produce and passionate producers, Devon’s gastronomy is quickly growing its already strong reputation. As well as its seafood coming fresh out of the clean and temperate waters of the Atlantic, the lush, fertile soils of the county’s valleys also produce high-quality fruit and vegetables.
Of course Devon’s culinary treasures also extend to the classic Devonshire cream tea (jam on cream, never cream on jam), pasties (similar to the Cornish pasty but crimped over the top not down the side), and of course the knee-knocking Scrumpy cider.
On day one we ask you to bring a packed lunch, on day two we will eat at a great local café/restaurant, and on the Saturday evening we’ll have a group meal and a few drinks at our favourite bodyboarder-owned Croyde eatery.
Guests are free to purchase their own food and drink over the weekend – we’d particularly recommend the breakfast brunch pastry in Croyde’s post office/bakery!
For further information on food see the FAQ’s
Our coaching team offers daily tuition, tailored to your ability with instructors who are in-house qualified and fully insured. Experienced lifeguards, some have 30 years of surfing experience and 20 years of worldwide travel experience, including multiple-times British National Champion and Team Coach Rob Barber.
Foundation level instruction
You’ll never be thrown straight into the deep end. We’ve got your back whatever your ability, and that’s a promise. Likewise, intermediate and advanced-level coaching is also tailored towards the individual.
Don’t stress if you’re a beginner – on this camp there’s something for everyone, and we all have to start somewhere. In fact, you’ll be amazed how quickly you master paddling out to catch good-quality waves, and we’re committed to patiently helping you progress.
To aid with this, we send out a pre-event form to measure your ability before you arrive. If you’ve not attended a coaching weekend or holiday before, don’t worry – we can have a surf assessment, get to grips with your riding and help plot you a path of improvements.
Our coaching cover all levels of riding, with separate ability groups and instructors to suit your standard, whether you’re a novice or a pro. Some of the riders that have attended our weekends have wanted to learn the most gymnastic aerial moves. The use of video and photo analysis plus the invaluable in-water tips after each ride can see you improve your style and nail those specfic moves that you’ve always wanted to land. We help everyone achieve their goals.
If you’re coming by road, Croyde is located about an hour from the M5 on the A361, just west of Barnstaple. This makes it a much more accessible spot than Cornwall for those coming from the North, Wales, the Midlands and east of the country.
We’ll meet at a predetermined time on the Saturday morning, which will be confirmed in an information pack we send you three days before the camp, and we’ll be finished early afternoon / after lunch on the Sunday, giving you good time to get home. If you’re coming by train you will be dropped to Barnstable where you can get a taxi to Croyde or we will pick you up if timings work with our logistics team.
Accommodation (Friday and Saturday night)
Individual, single bed = £110 per person
Couple, double bed in private room = £75 per person
Sunday night special
We have pro standard equipment available to hire for the weekend, let us know your requirements and sizes at time of booking:
Bodyboard Hire £8 per day
Swim fin hire £8 per day
Wetsuit hire £8 per day
Photo and video
Photographs will be taken throughout the sessions 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 will head to a local pub for a meal on Saturday evening, you should budget around £12 for this. Then we have lunch on the Sunday which will be around £10. This is optional.
Devon is a county famed for its wild and dramatic landscapes, located in England’s remote south west.
Boasting two national parks – Exmoor and Dartmoor – Devon is often overlooked by excited holidaymakers whizzing through it on the way to Cornwall. It has much to offer in its own right however, with an incredible variety of beaches and a comparable quality of surf.
North Devon’s coastline is similar to Cornwall’s, just on a grander scale – huge glacial cliffs carve and drop sharply into the crashing Atlantic, interposed with dense, forested valleys winding their way up into foggy peaks beyond.
The pristine sandy beaches, quiet coves and untouched cobbled fishing villages of North Devon all help make it one of the UK’s most naturally beautiful counties, and it is rapidly becoming a favourite bodyboard camp with our guests, who never realised what they were missing.
Pro-standard bodyboard hire – £8 per day
Swim fin hire – £8 per day
Wetsuit hire – £8 per day
Bodyboarding is one of life’s great pleasures, and that’s why we offer an excellent selection of kit hire for the weekend, which can be ordered in advance and that we’ll bring along, so all you need to think about is the surf, sea and sun! If you have your own kit please bring it along.
Feel free to call us on 01637 879571 and we can chat with you about what you’d need to hire so it’s ready and waiting for you when you arrive.
Being Britain and not the tropics, we’d recommend a board with a bit of flex! Therefore aim to bring a board with either a stringered PE or a low-density PP core.
To help with this, we can supply hired boards which are perfect for use in British temperatures and wave types.
If you need to hire one for the weekend, or are interested in trying one different to your own, get in touch and we can get you sorted with the right-sized board so you can get the most out of the weekend.
Although Devon waters are some of the mildest in the country, we’d still recommend bringing along a decent wetsuit.
A winter 5/3mm is perfect for the cooler times of year, or a sealed-seam 3/2mm is ideal for Devon’s balmy summer and autumn seasons.
It’s essential to use a pair of comfortable, powerful, bodyboarding swim fins to get the most from the awesome waves on the camp.
It’s a simple insurance policy on any trip or weekend, so don’t forget a leash – it’ll save you a whole load of unnecessary swimming.
A decent board bag will keep your kit safely protected, and have room left over for bulky things like your wetsuit, fins and a towel. They range from £20 to more than £100 – the more you pay, the better storage and protection you get.
Board socks perform a dual purpose, protecting your board from the sun, and drying you off as it’s a handy towel. The humble board sock is a great all-rounder.
Fin socks are a standard piece of kit for Britain, even in the summer. They protect your feet from rub and sharp rocks, as well as keeping them toasty on the early morning sessions.
If you don’t wear wetsuit socks and want to prevent rub around your heels, it’s worth considering a set of heel shields. They make fins comfortable, stop chafe and have different thickness levels to suit the snugness of your fin.
Don’t let a lost fin ruin the rest of your trip. Bag a set of tethers and know you’ll pop up from every duckdive and wipeout with both fins still attached.
There are a range of sun creams geared specifically for bodyboarding. We can attest they actually stay on in the water, and we’ve tested them in some searing conditions.
While we can’t guarantee bright blue skies, there’s nothing worse than having to sit out on an epic session because your suncream washed off yesterday and today you’re painfully crispy.
Please bring multiple layers to be ready for all weather conditions.
Please bring a packed lunch for Saturday
We want to maximise your time in the water on this camp, which is why we offer three in-water sessions over the two days.
The Saturday sessions are each two hours long, and can be catered to cover any aspects of bodyboarding you wish to focus on. The Sunday session will be longer, giving you a chance to put into practice the developments you’ve made, and build on things you’ve learned.
Two or more of your in-water sessions will be photographed and filmed, and these will be covered in the post-surf video analysis. This will include demonstrations and move-by-move break downs to help you progress faster. We will also use our instructional clips to break down moves for you.
As well as coaching, we’re also keen to develop your learning and understanding of the sport in general. This is why we offer a separate Q&A session, answering all things bodyboarding: equipment, travel, safety, surf prediction, understanding pressure charts and bodyboarding fitness. Learning is tailored to each ability group, and no question is too big or small.
Photography and video analysis will be available throughout all sessions to help improve your riding, and each of these will be available to take away and keep at the end of the camp too, for an additional £10 and £20 respectively.
If you are staying in our caravans for the Friday night we check in after 1.30pm. Then head out as a group for a bite to eat in the evening.
If you are just arriving for the coaching sessions you arrive on the Saturday morning.
The coaching ends by Sunday lunch time and most people leave by mid afternoon.
If you choose to stay on for the extra night you will check out by 10am on Monday morning.
All details regarding arrival times and meeting points are sent to you on the Wednesday before the camp begins.
Frequently Asked Questions about our Croyde Camp.
Do I need a visa?
At present, there is no visa required to enter the UK for European citizens. However, this can vary for non-European visitors, so you should seek advice about any possible visa requirements from your travel agent in advance.
What currency should I take and how much will I spend?
The currency in the UK is the British Pound, which you can pick up from UK travel agencies, banks or post offices.
If you are an international traveller, please get your money changed before the trip or bring a card to take money out from the ATM. Getting this done ahead of time will help to maximise your surf time and minimise the stress of looking for a place to exchange your currency on the weekend.
In addition to food costs (detailed below), we recommend bringing around £8 in change for any beach car parks which we may use on the surfari. If you are car sharing with other riders on the course we will ask you all to chip in for the car park.
What will we do about food?
For Saturday morning we suggest that you organise your own breakfast. Bring a packed lunch for our Saturday surfari.
There are plenty of shops, restaurants and bars at the beaches which we will be visiting if you want to venture out after your bodyboarding sessions for a snack, but it’s still a good idea to bring some food along with you as the cafe’s can be busy (when the weather is good) or closed (if it’s raining!).
On Saturday night we will have a group meal, at our favourite, bodyboarder owned restaurant just 5 minutes from camp, so aim to budget around £12 for that. We will take orders on Saturday morning during our welcome meeting.
On Sunday morning you will need to organise your own breakfast. If you’re staying in our caravans we usually opt for some toast, fruit or cereals.
Sunday lunchtime we will all go for a bite before heading off home. We use this time to review the final photographs and video footage, give and get feedback, and have a fun awards ceremony.
If you budget £25 – £30 in total for food over the weekend that should be plenty. From experience, it’s worth bringing some snacks in your bag to keep you fuelled during the day.
How do I make payment?
We require full-trip payment at the time of booking. However, in certain circumstances we can accommodate a payment plan, so please contact us if you need to discuss this. You must pay in full no later than six weeks before the weekend begins.
To pay with debit or credit card, we will send you an online Stripe invoice, which is quick and easy to pay. This applies to both UK and international customers.
Can I make contact from abroad?
If you are based outside of the UK and would like to chat through the weekend details, we can be contacted through WhatsApp, Facetime or Skype, just let us know by email and we can arrange this with you.
How do I pay?
Payments are all made via our online invoicing system called Simple Invoices. Once you have confirmed you wish to join a trip we will send you an online invoice via email. Within this email there will be a link where that will take you to our secure payment system where you will need to enter your credit or debit card details to make the payment. In some circumstances we can facilitate a payment plan, just let us know if you wish to discuss this. Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the holiday start date.
What happens if I want to cancel my booking?
If you can no longer join the trip please let us know as soon as possible via email, your cancellation will be effective from the date which it is received by Bodyboard-Holidays. Cancellation charges are payable as follows:
Over 12 weeks – deposit only (one third of the total trip price)
36 days to 12 weeks – 50% of total cost
21-35 days – 75% of total cost
Under 20 days – 100% of total cost
However if your cancellation is within the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to make a claim. Further information here. https://bodyboard-holidays.com/terms-conditions/
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