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Owned and run by Sarah Whiteley former UK and European surf champion & Max Shepherd British SUP team member.


Surf Lessons, Surf Shop and Luxury Camping in North Devon with Walking on Waves.

Walking on Waves Surf School, is North Devon’s favourite surf school, surf hire and surf shop. We run Surf Lessons from Saunton Sands Beach. Our surf shop and equipment hires are based at Croyde Bay Holiday Resort.

Walking on Waves Surf School offers something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to get up and riding for the first time or you’re keen to get out there and tackle the waves for yourself. Why not stay in one of our luxury bell tents and take part in an entirely different holiday experience!

Saunton is an awesome beach to teach, learn and progress on. It helps us in the development of new standards and techniques and it’s also a great playground. The beach is known for its long, slow waves although the high tidal range can shake things up, the great thing is that even when busy you can escape the crowds along the 3 miles of shoreline and the atmosphere is mellow and friendly.

  •   We booked lessons for our two children and we're so glad we did! Max Is an amazing instructor, on meeting the children he instantly made them feel welcome. Over the 4 days Max gave undivided attention to the children during their lesson, explaining, showing and...More

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  •   This was a great experience for our whole family. Two teens - 15 and 12 - both want to come back next week! Both were delighted to stand up on their first attempt! Our instructor, LJ, was fantastic and made us feel safe and very...More

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  •   Had an amazing instructor Sam, who was very friendly and patient. He managed to get me standing on the surf board and doing a few runs, something I never thought I would manage as a novice at the age of 57! Have now got the...More

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  •   We sent our friends to learn here while we surfed and the instructors left them to it in very strong waves, my friends board nearly knocked her out and no one saw, I ended up showing her the basics as they couldn't handle the amount...More

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  •   Sarah had been recommended to me by a friend who is a pretty decent surfer, but I had no previous experience, and went along mostly to keep my 10 year old daughter Amy company. Amy took to surfing like a duck to water (no surprise...More

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There are many reasons why Walking on Waves is your one-stop-shop for all things surfing during your trip to North Devon.

  • Free Parking – for all Walking on Waves customers.

  • Easy Access – quick and easy access to the beaches.

  • Surfing for all – we cater for all ages and abilities.

  • Last Minute Hire – hire right up until the minute we close.

We’ve also put together a fantastic line up of some of the best Surfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding and Outdoor Pursuit instructors from around the world.


First Wave sessions are designed to get you off the beach, in the water, and having fun as quickly as possible. We meet up at our Walking on Waves HQ. Get to know each other and jump into our warm winter wetsuits. It’s only 10m to the beach (although a bit further if the tide is out). We’ll then go through the safety drill and give you a chance to practice before we get wet. With the help of our expert instructors on-the-water coaching techniques, we’ll have you up and riding in no time.

Walking on Waves Family Surf Camp is closer to the beach than any other site in Croyde. As a gift from us, six hours of surf tuition is thrown into the price of your bell tent pitch. Boarding in the bell tents will have surfers a pebble throw from Croyde Beach. Less than a five minutes walk from Croyde village, and a 25-minute stroll to more breaking waves at Saunton Sands where our Saunton Webcam is based, as well as our HQ for our surf school.

Walking on Waves surf shop is now open all year round for surf lessons, hires and sales with free parking and easy access to the beach for those of you hiring or taking lessons. We have stock of everything that you could possibly need for your surf trip to the beach. Available at both Saunton Sands and Croyde Bay, we have the latest and greatest surfing equipment for rental for all levels of rider.

Tired of carting your board up and down the M5? We’ll store your surfboards and deliver them to Saunton beach, or our shop in Croyde for you to take charge of for the duration of your stay. When you leave, drop the surfboards at Saunton or Croyde and we’ll take them back to storage. It couldn’t be simpler. No need to worry about loading your boards at your house and unloading your boards at the beach, why not let us take care of that for you?

Don’t fancy surfing? Why not experience a relaxing two and a half hour SUP tour to discover an entirely unique side of North Devon’s outstanding natural beauty or alternatively get the adrenaline flowing with an exhilarating coasteering experience along the North Devon coastline.