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NORTH DEVON’S BODYBOARDING HOTSPOT
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Fancy some perfect French-style sandbars and a laid-back Californian vibe but don’t want to spend hours on a plane? Come join us on our Croyde bodyboard camp, scooping into some of the best barrels in the UK, at the best times of the year for swell and low crowds.
Join British bodyboard champions, Rob Barber and Damian Prisk on a 48-hour bodyboarding immersion mission at the UK’s finest beach breaks. We want to maximise your time in the water, which is why we offer three in-water sessions as well as an optional bonus session on the Friday. In addition to all the riding, there’s expert coaching, video analysis, ask me anything sessions and with lots of awesome beachside accommodation options. You can enjoy simple pleasures like pizza and beers on the beach at sunset.
If you are looking for a short break in the stunning southwest, where you can make the most of your water time, enjoy social hangouts and meals with likeminded people, all the while making improvements to your bodyboarding, then this is the camp for you! From hollow low-tide sandbanks to peeling point breaks, the stretch from Saunton to Lynmouth offers something for all abilities. We offer bespoke foundation, improver and advanced instruction.
202208octAll Day09Croyde Coaching Weekend£239
october 8 (Saturday) – 9 (Sunday)
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may 20 (Saturday) – 21 (Sunday)
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october 7 (Saturday) – 8 (Sunday)
£239 per person
Can’t make it for a whole week, why not join us for a day!
Saturday only, £139 per person
Sunday only, £119 per person
The evenings are for kicking back, watching a stunning sunset at the beach, enjoying a social meal and discussing the best waves of the day (cost of meal not included in price).
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. This particular stretch is set amongst a stunning ice-age landscape of giant cliffs where Exmoor National Park tumbles into the sea – a view not to be missed!
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 beach breaks, 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, duck diving 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 for riders of all ability. The deep water gulley that runs up the side of the rocks offers a great conveyor belt to get outback on bigger days.
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 breath-taking, 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! You organise your own lodgings for the weekend, they are not included in the price, please see our recommendations below.
Airbnb (some of our favourites but more plenty more available!)
Of course, there are many more accommodation options and it’s up to you how many nights you stay. If you can’t find anywhere to your taste in Croyde, there are more options nearby in Braunton and Woolacombe. Please see Booking.com and AirBnB for a large range of options.
Many take the option to make a long weekend of it and join us for our Friday afternoon Bonus Session, or meet us on Saturday morning for the standard weekend of coaching or make a mini break of it and stay Sunday too!
We generally meet at EX33 1NP on both days so bear this in mind when choosing!
With fantastic local produce and passionate farming foodies, Devon’s standard of gastronomy is quickly surpassing 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, the culinary delights of Devon can’t be alluded to without a significant nod to the classics. Devonshire cream tea (cream first, jam second. And don’t get caught doing otherwise!) pasties (similar to the Cornish pasty but crimped over the top instead of down the side) and, last but not least, the classic knee-knocking Scrumpy cider. Probably best to have a few of these AFTER your bodyboarding session, you’ll thank us for it!
On Saturday we have an optional group meal and a few drinks at our favourite bodyboarder-owned Croyde eatery. You’ll receive details of how to opt in for this when you sign up.
Guests purchase their own food and drink over the weekend – we’d particularly recommend the breakfast brunch pastry in Croyde’s post office/bakery!
We have four levels of bodyboarding progression. Using our exclusive bodyboarding Tree of Knowledge, we plot your progress through each stage using land, water and video analysis. These include pre and post weekend videos and tutorials.
Our coaching team comprises multiple-time national champions, Damian Prisk and Rob Barber. The photography and video analysis team are highly trained to capture all of your rides and deliver high quality land and water footage.
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 the east of the country. If you’re coming by train, you will stop at Barnstable where you can then get a taxi to Croyde.
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. We’ll be finished early afternoon / after lunch on the Sunday, giving you good time to get home.
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. However, it has much to offer in its own right 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.
North Devon’s pristine sandy beaches, quiet coves and untouched cobbled fishing villages all help to make it one of the UK’s most naturally beautiful counties. Thanks to its warm and welcoming atmosphere, our Croyde Bodyboard Camp is fast becoming a firm favourite with our guests.
£12-£15 for the optional Saturday meal
Thankfully, Devon’s air and sea climate benefits from a reassuring combination of factors. Being located in the south west means that the county experiences higher average annual sea temperatures, warmer summers, milder winters and excellent swell exposure. Perfect for bodyboarding weekends in the UK!
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 all about progressing your riding and building your skill set. This will allow you to experience real-time improvements, which, in turn, will boost your confidence and maximise your fun! Whether that means tweaking your speed line, improving your rail control or flat out shredding high-quality waves; our expert instructors will be there to make it happen.
At the time of booking, you will receive an email listing all of the kit you need for your bodyboard weekend.
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January 29 (Sunday) – February 5 (Sunday)
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february 11 (Saturday) – 12 (Sunday)
march 2 (Thursday) – 16 (Thursday)
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march 11 (Saturday) – 12 (Sunday)
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May 27 (Saturday) – June 3 (Saturday)
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june 10 (Saturday) – 11 (Sunday)
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july 8 (Saturday) – 9 (Sunday)
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july 8 (Saturday) – 15 (Saturday)
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October 27 (Friday) – November 5 (Sunday)
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december 2 (Saturday) – 3 (Sunday)
If you are not paying in full at the time of booking, we do offer a deposit system if needed.
You can either:
Full payment must be made 12 weeks prior to the trip start date.
We can’t guarantee your place until we receive payment (in full or a deposit).
You’ll then be sent a trip confirmation email and a link to an enrolment form to complete.
Yes definitely! We pride ourselves on being super welcoming and friendly. Most of our guests arrive solo and leave with a host of new bodyboarding buddies.
Due to this trip being in high demand and having limited spaces, we can only hold your space for up to 24 hours without payment.
Single day options are available, just select a day that when you book
Group booking discounts are available, please contact us for more information.
ASAP! These weekends fill up quickly and, with limited spaces available, sell out fast. We operate on a first come first serve basis. If you want to secure your place on the weekend, it is advised that you pay as soon as you can.
If you are based outside of the UK and would like to book or chat through the weekend details, we can be contacted through our online chat.
We have a great mix of all ages from young whipper-snappers to silver surfers.
The gender ratio at the moment is around 60% men to 40% women. However, this is constantly changing and Bodyboard Holidays is inclusive to all.
You’ll be asked to fill in an enrolment form as part of the booking process. You’ll signify which level of bodyboarder you are. You may be in a different group suited to your ability, however, there will be plenty of time to see each other back at the villa and during our social evening meals.
We choose the time of year and location for our events based on local knowledge and historical swell data. In the event of flat waves or stormy conditions, we will offer alternative activities to help you get the most out of the ocean conditions. This may include stand up paddleboarding, coasteering, kayaking or other coastal activities.
We may also adjust the format of the weekend. For example, choosing to run all of the sessions on Sunday if that’s when the waves are at their best.
Please visit our T&Cs for more information.
With decades of experience and knowledge within our team, we pick the best dates when the surf conditions are most consistent and will be most suitable for the group. We’ll send you a brief predicted forecast in the pre-weekend pack on the Wednesday before the weekend.
We chose Croyde due to the huge variety of beaches. The beautiful long sandy beaches offer peaks for all abilities, the skill is to know which is best on the tide and wind conditions that are on offer. That’s where our local guides are worth their weight in gold. We pride ourselves on having you in the right place for the best waves for your ability each weekend.
We do not offer a discount for bringing your own equipment.
Yes! This is a scenario that we are very familiar with. You can join the bodyboard weekend with us while the rest of your family enjoy Croyde. Please see our “Accommodation” section for recommendations. Book early to avoid disappointment and get the best prices.
You will be sent your pre-arrival information email on the Wednesday before the weekend. We will also send you the Saturday morning meeting time and location in the same email.
Yes, absolutely. We offer a bonus bodyboard session on Friday. Just message through our online chat to let us know that you are interested in attending this. We can deliver extra bodyboarding lessons at any time just let us know when you would like one.
Yes! There are wild camping spots in the area if you are lucky enough to find that perfect spot.
We choose our favourite coastal restaurant because of the range of great menu options that it has available. All dietary requirements are catered for.
We finish after lunch on Sunday afternoon. We often have lunch together and you can expect to leave by 3pm. If you need to leave earlier then please let us know at the time of booking and we can make sure that your group sessions are organised so that you finish in time to get away.
Yes, we can store your bag and other belongings at the event.
We have a full range of hire equipment that we can present to you. We can also recommend the most suitable board for you to progress on but this would need to be pre-booked before the weekend. If you have reservations about your kit please let us know in advance and we can help you out.
If you are under 18, we will need to chat to you on the phone and you will need to be accompanied on the trip by a parent or guardian throughout the holiday. If you are 60 or over we’d love to chat with you about the trip before you book. Please contact us via our online chat.
Please refer to the “What to budget for?” section.
After meeting on Saturday morning, we’ll split each group according to ability levels. After getting changed, we’ll take a short walk to the beach. If we decide to go mobile to a different beach, you may be asked to drive your own vehicle. This would be organised with you prior to the weekend, we car-share to reduce our environmental impact. If you don’t want to drive – no worries!
There is a pay and display car park a short walk from our meeting point. We will supply further details and costs in the pre-weekend information pack.
Yes! Several people bring their dogs on our coaching weekends. Some customers leave their dog in their van whilst they surf.
Alternatively, we have a selection of dog-friendly care options to make sure you don’t miss out on all the fun! Get in touch via our online chat to find out more today.
We do not have access to a public shower at this event.
Please refer to the “Food” section.
Yes, partners are welcome to join the meal, just let us know at the welcome meeting and we will add them to our booking.
If your circumstances change and you can’t join the weekend, please let us know as soon as possible via email. Your cancellation notice will start from the date we receive it.
We hold part or full costs, depending on when you cancel:
Cancellation may fall under the terms and conditions of your holiday insurance policy and you may be able to claim.
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