Welcome to North Devon, the first cold water World Surfing Reserve
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The ultimate surfing holiday in North Devon
Braddicks Holiday Centre is conveniently located at the far end of Westward Ho! offering an extensive collection of holidays for surfers. From short breaks to long breaks, couples or large groups, we have a surfing holiday for you with an unbeatable location.
Extensive range of accommodation
Braddicks Holiday Centre will be your number one choice due to its stunning beachside location and a fantastic range of holiday accommodation. Our park features a selection of premier accommodation, from villas and apartments through to modern caravans with sun decks, all of which are just yards from the beach, so a quick surf is literally only a couple of minutes away.
*Maximum capacity includes use of the pull-out double bed in the lounge. Images and layout plans are for guidance purposes only to show the range of accommodation available. There are a number of varying models within each range and both the interior design and fittings are dependent on the model and manufacturer. The flooring within accommodation will be either carpet or lino. All accommodation is accessed by steps. You will be able to park close by, but we are not able to guarantee there will be a parking space next to your accommodation. We cannot allow smoking in any accommodation. Bed linen and beds made up on arrival.
Surfing in North Devon
England has an incredibly versatile and varied coastline with an abundant amount of beach-breaks, reefs, slabs, point-breaks and river mouths that will appeal to surfers of all abilities.
This huge variety of waves is what appeals to people wanting a UK surf holiday, especially when they are prepared for the cold winter weather.
Devons offer the most consistent coastlines, although the North East of the UK also receive good consistent waves in the winter months due to the type of reef and dominant offshore winds that prevail.
The UK receives the majority of its waves through the low pressure systems in the North Atlantic, which is the most prolific swell generating Ocean on earth. During the Northern Hemisphere winter months massive storms travel thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean before arriving on the British Isles, when wave spots in North Devon come to life.
Due to the geology of the area here is a surprising variety found in the waves here, from a-frame peaks found, rocky reefs, point-breaks and even river mouths, this area will appeal to surfers on all levels. The tides here affect the breaks due to their size, so have some options lined up for different breaks during your surf holiday in Devon.
It’s surfing in England so don’t expect too much with the weather, over half the days of the year are overcast with the weather in Devon and Cornwall changing in the blink of an eye. Luckily for Devon and Cornwall the Gulf Stream runs up past the counties making the water a lot warmer than the rest of the UK, you may even get some great longboard waves in 26°C sunshine.
A 3/2 is perfect for the summer months with water reaching 19°C in the height of the summer, and after a long flat spell the water can get even warmer, so you may even be able to go for a surf in a shorty or long john.
Winter sees the water temperature drop to 10°C meaning a 5/4, gloves, boots and even a hood for those extra windy days are essential, especially when a chilly NE wind blows. Be prepared to wear a winter suit for at least 6 months of the year.
Lessons and Equipment Hire
There are also many Surf Schools locally so if you wanted to learn how to surf whilst on holiday you can that too.
If you wanted to arrive and hire a longboard, shortboard, kite surf equipment or Kayak there are many local operators that offer complete hire facilities including wet suits.