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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.

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