Walking on Waves

North Devon’s leading surf school, surf hire and surf shop operating from Saunton Sands and Croyde bay.

Walking on Waves

Sarah Whiteley grew up looking over Saunton Sands, right between Croyde and Braunton. After years at the top of the competitive surfing game (British and European Champion), she decided to return to her roots and give something back to the sport by setting up Walking on Waves Surf School. Chances are you could get lessons from one of Britain’s most successful female surfers.

I believe in, and take pride in, working with surfers at all levels – from the first attempt to competition coaching. There’s a joy that comes from seeing someone stand up for the first time that invigorates me every time. Equally, there’s a sense of fulfillment at helping someone nail a maneuver that they’ve been working on for 3 months.

Sarah Whiteley

What We Offer

If it’s your first time putting on a wetsuit or you’re a seasoned expert, we’re sure you’ll be advancing with the help of our dedicated instructors.

Surf Lessons

Available from our Croyde Bay shop, or bookable online, we have the latest and greatest surfing equipment for rental for all levels of rider.

Surf Hire

Our fully stocked surf shop is packed with brand new gear and second hand equipment for your trip to North Devon.

Take a two and a half hour SUP tour to discover an entirely unique side of North Devon’s area of natural outstanding beauty or stay a few nights on our ‘Surf Camp’ in our glorious bell tents.

Our SUP tours take part in the heart of North Devons area of outstanding natural beauty and are an entirely unique way to experience the North Devon Coast.

Our Croyde shop has a surf school and surf hire. You can find us right at the front of UNISON Croyde Bay Holiday Resort (EX33 1QB for Sat Navs). If you’re on your way to Putsborough, call-in en route as there’s not much mobile signal there. That way you can arrange your lessons and hire without a detour and the parking is free whilst you are using the facilities. Croyde offers a more advanced wave, more suited to intermediate and advanced riders.

  • Intermediate to advanced wave

  • Golden Sand

  • Great access to location

Saunton is an amazing 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. When the beach is busy, you can escape the crowds along the 3 miles of shoreline.

  • 3 Mile Long Shoreline

  • Slow, peeling beginner and longboarder wave

  • Golden Sand with very few rocks


A few kind words from our wonderful customers and friends.

We signed up for the three day (6 hour) course. We are 50+ and had never tried surfing before. It was worth every penny. The staff were professional, friendly and encouraging. All equipment was provided. This course was the highlight of our holiday.


A fantastic experience. The whole team made our first experience of surfing great fun, as they were enthusiastic, encouraging, experienced and very patient!


This beach is perfect for beginners, you are not more than waist/chest depth in the water and the waves are sufficient but not scary. When you are told the wet suits are warm and you won’t notice how cold the sea is – believe them, we stayed toasty for the few hours we were out!

Waves Ridden
Happy Customers
Boards Hired


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