This is so crowded I got hit on the head by a frisbee while paddling out and then run over by an inflatable. It’s a bloody zoo complete with a serious sewage problem. Has a good wave but is way too crowded.
I have been pissed off so many times at Croyde mainly by the influx of crowds. Try getting in for a set before 8:00 especially in the summer. But when it rips it can be better than Fistral and could be classed as one of the top breaks in England.
The best spot I have found in the South West. On a good day Croyde rips. It is crowded, but more experienced surfers won't find too much company out the back on a good day because frankly, the likes of me won't be able to get out there! Nearby Puts is a mellower break and Saunton, though I haven't surfed it, looks like a longboarders paradise. The village of Croyde complements the whole scene with a fantastic laid back atmosphere, cracking pubs, more eye candy than you can shake a stick at and the perfect way to unwind after a perfect day surfing.
Sewage... UV may kill the bacteria but you still have the gross stuff floating around. The sooner they stop pumping into the sea the better. It is stupidly crowded as well, with parents not looking after their kids. On two occasions I have had to drag kids out of the rips that start as the tide goes out. Go along the coast a little, or get here early. Unfortunately nature has done its stuff here to create good waves but we have come a along and screwed it up!
Instead of whinging about the crowds go when they are not there like outside of the school holidays or early\late in the day. If you are serious about your sport this isn't an issue because Croyde has an excellent beach with really reliable conditions.
Croyde, as all of Britain knows, is a class set up that can alternately offer waves ranging between atrocious and world class. Unfortunately this variation means it suffers from crowds who either don't know their limits and exaggerate their ability, or surf there for the image regardless of the waves. To reduce the pressure in the line up travelling surfers should explore elsewhere for their own good as well as the locals.
Crowds?? Come to east coast of Oz! Awesome wave with plenty of options. I had it almost to myself many times in the winter with 2-3 mates. As good as I've had anywhere. A great town, friendly locals (and how good are the bargirls at the Thatch!). Kicks Fistral!
Oh dear.....I may never visit Croyde now. That will please the 'locals' though. Please remember that living near a beach makes you privilaged to surf at will! It does not make you the owner of the sea, so respect other people trying to enjoy the same sport you love. The 500 mile round trip I have to take to Fistral twice a month to try and get better at the sport I love makes me 10 times more comitted than people whinging about 'tourists' yet finding it difficult to walk 10 yards to the beach in case their tenth ride of the week might be spoiled by people that are there just to love learning to surf. Dont forget that we all would like to live close to the sea but what sort of overcrowding would you find then? Respect the fact that when we are gone you can carry on. Get a dose of respect for others. Above all respect the wave god and he will always deliver! Enjoy surfing!
My favourite break in England. People who complained of over crowding should try it out of the holiday season as the waves are better and the crowds have gone. You just have to look at the photos posted to see what croyde is capable of.
Croyde is a good beach for experienced surfers, this is because tends to be crowded with little kids and has powerful undertow so beginners beware, other than that on good day croyde is excellant surf!
Saunton, Croyde and Putts all within paddling distance of each other. What more could you want? Want to chill? Go to Putts. Want to rip? Go to Croyde. Want to Longboard? Go to Saunton. Want to moan? Go home.
Jesus, what a bunch of moaners. As someone new to surfing over the last couple of years I love Croyde, so it's busy in the summer, get up early or go late. If it's good I drive 550 miles round trip to enjoy it. The camping in town's great, the pubs are fantastic and my kids love the dunes.
Croyde is one of the best spots in the UK - and by Croyde I mean Croyde/Saunton/Puttsborough.
Three great beaches all within striking distance.
On top of all of that Croyde itself is about a million times nicer than Newquay, which let's face it is just naff as hell with its lines of crappy B&B's and amusement arcades.
Oh yeah - and I'm a London surfer - so what...You're welcome to visit London next time the swell is good here - I won't get local about it...