Putsborough may not be as well-known as neighbouring Croyde, but it attracts plenty of swell and reasonable peaks. Baggy Point offers great shelter from SW-S wind and there’s a rip along the cliff that’s a great help when it’s big. Putsborough suits surfers of every ability and has an easterly offshore wind direction and a westerly swell direction.
Putsborough is one of the area’s most relaxing places for a surf, and it only gets really busy when it’s not surfable at the more popular beaches nearby, so check out the conditions for all of them before choosing.
As this spot is sheltered by huge headland it’s often still good for a surf even if the wind picks up and blows out the area’s other beaches. The waves really pick up as the tide pushes in and they’re fantastic towards high tide (just look out for the rocks). There is no lifeguard cover at Putsborough, and although it’s reasonable safe to surf there can be powerful currents closer to the headland.
There’s a car park above the beach, and it’s worth bearing in mind that you need to walk down a steep lane to access the beach which can be slippers on a wet day.