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HOP ON BOARD FOR A BIRD'S-EYE VIEW OF YOUR FAVOURITE SURF SPOTS
The last major beach town on the north side of the southwest peninsula before everything goes a bit Bristol Channel is good old Woolie. One of those towns with a deep surfing heritage and surfers to match.
1. The quiet in winter, mad busy in summer beach has been the training ground for British/english champs like current UK Tour and English champ, not to mention WSL campaigner, Lucy Campbell. Her ex-pat bro Stu who also took the title back to Devon in 2011 out of the clutches of the Cornish and Geordie hands who’d hogged it since 1984.
2. Woolacombe Surf Club was founded in 1962, as part of the North Devon Surf Life Saving Club/woolacombe SLSC and are always dangerous at the Interclubs.
3. The Red Barn has been home to Woolacombe’s surfers since the sport hit the beach. Amazing collection of classic local surfboards on display in the rafters either made or surfed by local surfing ‘legends’. Hard place to leave.
4. Marisco. Of course, the Red Barn is slightly easier to leave if you are heading into this den of iniquity! The Marisco has played host to carnage since 1967 and is now the longest running nightclub in the country. Anyone who has surfed Woolacombe has ended up here at some point. Apart from under 18s … Wahem.
5. Combesgate low tide peaks in the little bay just north of town. 6. Woolacombe open expanse of beach that ranges from mellow log friendly peelers to punishing winter walls. Reliable, consistent and understandably popular with all kinds of surf craft. Can be a high tide right off the rocks but the main beach works on all tides.
7. Putsborough at the other end of the beach is the go-to spot when it’s all a bit stormy and windy for Woolie or Croyde. One of those joints that can get surprisingly good. Handy conveyor belt rip in the corner.