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Learn to Surf weekend in Croyde

Surfsouthwest.co.uk offer a weekend of surfing lessons. A full day on Saturday, and half a day on Sunday. We would have to arrange accommodation according to numbers. These surfing weekends are available from mid March. Anyone interested?

MEETING ARRANGEMENTS:

Hi all.  I suggest we meet up on June 6th Friday evening at 8pm (or earlier if you need to get fed there) at The Thatch on the B3231, Hobbs Hill, in Croyde (see thethatchcroyde.com).  They are not far from Croyde Bay beach.  Their postcode is  EX33 1LZ, Phone 01271 890349.  It's a large two-storey building with a thatched roof (naturally).  They do "hearty English breakfasts" from 8.30am to 12Noon, and carry on serving food until 10pm (locally-sourced, fresh, free-range etc). 

I will have a Bristol Meetup sign on a table if I can get a table.  I am aiming to be down in Croyde from about midday to work out where everything is.   If we decide we like The Thatch maybe we'll meet there again on Saturday after our first day learning to surf.

Mike Winston[masked]

  

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Shame I´ve seen this a bit too late !
    Is there another one planned by any chance?
    Or anyone here who is interested in some body boarding weekend day trips (I should add I only just discovered the joys of body boarding so still at the "splashing about level" )

    September 13, 2014

  • Jon E.

    Offers have come in so hope to book soon

    1 · July 6, 2014

    • Chris N.

      Any thoughts on a kite surfing weekend? Ive always wanted to try.

      1 · July 10, 2014

  • Chris N.

    When's the next event?

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Jo

    Fabulous weekend. Looking forward to the next one. Would prefer a host without a beard though !

    4 · June 9, 2014

    • Jon E.

      I agree. The weekend would have perfect if it wasn't for facial hair

      1 · June 10, 2014

  • Lisa

    Thanks Jon for a great event!!! Great people, accommodation and site. Must arrange another one before the end of the year. PS Great host even with the beard.

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Lucy

    Amazing weekend! Great surf, top campsite and best of all - lovely people! :-)

    2 · June 10, 2014

  • Lucy

    Thanks all for such a brilliant weekend!! It was so lovely to meet you all - even the bearded host! :-) hope we can do it again soon xx

    1 · June 10, 2014

  • Chantal

    Lovely to meet everyone briefly and to see friendly faces in the waves. My face will survive to see another day and hopefully another surf trip. Hopefully next time I can hang out a bit more.

    2 · June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent weekend. Thank you Jon for organising....let's book next one in!

    4 · June 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Jon for organising the weekend, great fun, great location, great weather and great people.

    3 · June 8, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Thanks for organising this I had such a great time! Would love to go again! Sorry I missed you at the thatch I turned up late after putting the tent up. Band was good though!

    2 · June 8, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Sun + surf + campsites with a view + lovely people = happy days!

    3 · June 8, 2014

  • Jon E.

    The host was amazing. Great surf and luxury accommodation

    2 · June 7, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Me again :-D. To the people who replied to my last post about renting at ralfs here's my no. [masked] my current suggestion is 11 at ralfs in the car park, look for a silver corsa :-) is this OK?q

    1 · June 6, 2014

  • Lucy

    I would love to join you on this sounds fun and I love Croyde!! ;-) I've only just joined the group and this is my first ever meet up experience - so lot quote managed to work out how to add my pic?! However I will look into booking a camping pitch at Ruda as it sounds like most of you will be there and meet you down there! :) x

    1 · May 15, 2014

    • Michelle

      Hi Chris, I have just finished packing my car! You're more than welcome to join my. I do have a surf-board spanning from the passenger seat foot-well to the boot so it'll need to be behind the drivers seat. I'll be leaving Totterdown at 4pm. See you tomorrow! Michelle

      June 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will not be able to escape by 4, thanks for offer but think I will make my own way down. See you tomorrow.

      June 6, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Hi, to the people not having lessons do you want to organise a meetup for sat? I suggest Ralfs surf shop opposite the Thatch, ill be hiring there (turns out roof racks are expensive...). The swell looks best at mid day, any takers? Kayleigh

    June 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi That sounds good, I just called Ralf's and they said no need to book =)

      1 · June 5, 2014

    • Lucy

      Sounds good! I'm planning on just going body boarding not surf lessons so would be great to meet - what time? And how come loads of people are not going now- rain doesn't matter when you're in the sea??

      1 · June 5, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everyone, unfortunately my Dad had a fall today and I am going this afternoon back to Suffolk to see him and will not be able to join the surf weekend. I have spoken to the surf school and my accommodation. Really sorry and hope you all have a great time. Warmly, Christina

    June 5, 2014

  • Chantal

    Hi everyone, my first meet up. I am going to be staying at Ruda with my sister (for her bday) and also friends. I think most people are keen to surf and it is always nice to meet up with a group. Any suggestions on where we might catch up with you?

    1 · June 1, 2014

    • Jon E.

      As Mike says, Friday evening at 8pm, The Thatch in Croyde village. We are aiming to get to Ruda on Friday afternoon. Jon[masked]

      June 2, 2014

  • Jon E.

    It is almost time people!

    Directions:

    SatNavs: Enter Croyde Bay, North Devon, NOT the postcode.

    Leave M5 junction 27 Follow North Devon link road (A361) to Barnstaple, at roundabout turn left onto the A39 towards Bideford. At second roundabout turn right and at roundabout with stones go straight ahead over the bridge, at second set of traffic lights turn left towards Ilfracombe and Braunton . At second set of traffic lights turn left (B3231) signposted Saunton & Croyde, continue on the coastal road to Croyde Village. In centre of the village turn left onto Jones’s Hill then next turning on the left Moor Lane (follow signs to Baggy Point & Cascades fun pool at Ruda) Continue on this road until you reach Ruda situated on the right hand side of the road.

    MAKE SURE YOU TAKE MOOR LANE! If you don't you end up going up a steep single track nightmare of a lane.

    June 2, 2014

  • kayleigh

    hi Im thinking of camping overnight at wolly, meeting you all on the friday then surfing sat (probably skip lessons and hire) does anyone else surf? I dont mind helping people with the basics if they want to save money (im not an expert though!) here's the link (below), £14 overnight camping might be fun if there was a group of us...? https://www.pitchup.com/campsites/England/South_West/Devon/Woolacombe/woolacombe-bay-holiday-village/?nights=1&depart=2014-06-07&adults=1&arrive=2014-06-06&type=4&availability=on

    Kayleigh :)

    May 1, 2014

    • kayleigh

      Hi Paul, I'm not sure if there are better sites still available, wooly just came up in a availability search. Have you found any others? Matt has booked a pitch at woolly so I'll probably go there to keep people together

      May 10, 2014

    • Chantal

      I could very well be up for some help Kayleigh. Going to be around all weekend so hopefully we will catch up.

      June 1, 2014

  • Michelle

    Hi all!! I may well have left it till the last min but I'd very much like to join you in Croyde next weekend and was wondering where people were camping and if anyone wants to share a lift. Cheers! Michelle

    May 30, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I will be leaving after work on the Friday, happy to car share with anyone else going at the same time.

    May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody, I plan to drive down from Bath leaving Friday lunchtime and leaving Croyde to come back mid-afternoon on Sunday if anybody wants a lift from here and is happy to contribute to fuel. Cheers, Christina.

    May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi fellow Learn to Surfers - also can offer lifts but planning to leave N. Bristol at lunchtime on the Friday, leaving Croyde mid-afternoon on Sunday...

    May 26, 2014

  • matt

    Hello, If anyone needs a lift from Bristol and is happy to contribute to fuel, I have 2 spaces...aiming to go down on Friday evening and coming back sometime Sunday.

    May 11, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Matt, thanks but I don't finish work until 5pm so I'll have to pass thanks & make my own way down, thanks anyway though :o)

      May 26, 2014

    • matt

      Hey Louise...maybe we could work out the best time that suits everyone as i'm quite flexible now i've got out of work and it seems mad to each drive down separately. Kayleigh, are you up for sharing if we go just after 5...?

      May 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    All booked up at Wooly...whoop whoop! :o)

    May 25, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi I've just put my name down for this. I have camp stuff, so is it best to get a pitch at Ruda or Wooly? Thanks in advance x

    May 25, 2014

  • Lucy

    I would love to join you on this sounds fun and I love Croyde!! ;-) I've only just joined the group and this is my first ever meet up experience - so lot quote managed to work out how to add my pic?! However I will look into booking a camping pitch at Ruda as it sounds like most of you will be there and meet you down there! :) x

    May 15, 2014

  • Matt D.

    What time does the lesson start each day?..

    May 14, 2014

    • Jon E.

      http://www.surfsouthw...­ just lists AM and PM sessions. From memory they start at 10am and break for half hour lunch at 12pm.

      May 14, 2014

    • Matt D.

      Nice one, thanks. I've rescheduled my wakeboarding event for 22nd June now, so as to not clash with this, so may come for both days now. Will see if any mates are interested :-)

      May 14, 2014

  • kayleigh

    just booked to stay at wolly hopefully see you all soon! :)

    May 13, 2014

  • Rea

    Hi
    I am still trying to find out whether someone has blocked booked some accommodation? or does everyone have to find their own accommodation? Thx Rea

    May 12, 2014

    • Jon E.

      I did two months ago and it was filled within a few days. Tried to get more on the Ruda site but everything was booked apart from camping with tents. This is your best option for under £50 accommodation in Croyde.

      May 12, 2014

  • Jon E.

    Just checked and there is camping available at less than £30 per night at the Ruda holiday park where everyone is staying. Full access to holiday park facilities and opposite Croyde beach.

    May 11, 2014

    • Jon E.

      And even more importantly, parking!!

      May 11, 2014

  • matt

    Hi Vicky, I've booked for a tent pitch from the Fri 6th to Sat 7th June at the pitchup link that Kayleigh gave...looks good!

    May 9, 2014

  • kayleigh

    hi again, so far robby, matt and I are looking to camp (see link below), any other takers? Richie G are you still looking to camp? would be nice to get a group at the same site Kayleigh

    May 2, 2014

  • Rea

    Hi I have just said yes to this weekend read a few comments below? about accommodation? do I need to find my own place to stay? has anyone got room in a caravan? thank you Rea

    May 8, 2014

  • Paul K.

    Hi Jon I only joined up yesterday. My friend Jo said there might be a spare place in the 6 berth. Is it still available? Looking below, it looks like its gone. Thanks

    May 6, 2014

    • Jon E.

      Sorry, it went within a few hours of me posting it. I've tried to book more accommodation but they have only got Monday 9 June to Friday bookings left.

      May 6, 2014

    • Paul K.

      No worries, Ill look into the camping options

      May 6, 2014

  • Jon E.

    Booked Ruda Holiday Park, Croyde, North Devon from Friday 6 June to Monday 9 June.

    The upgraded SIX birth accommodation has three bedrooms, flat screen TV and room for drying out wetsuits.

    Ruda is a luxury holiday village on Croyde Bay. It has an indoor swimming pool with water slides and rapids, surf shop, surf school and entertainment. All entertainment areas have free Wi-Fi.

    http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk/devon-holidays/ruda/ruda-holiday-park.htm

    Wet suits, body boards and surf boards can be hired from the surf school and shops in the village. I'll also take my spare body board.

    People can come down Saturday and leave Sunday if they want.

    Shared costs are about £20 per night so call it £40 for weekend. My account details are JPS Eldridge[masked] 602136.

    Booked accommodation is limited. Those that pay first get priority. Other accommodation is available on Ruda and the Croyde B&Bs should not be full out of season. See you in Croyde!


    Jon[masked]

    1 · March 21, 2014

    • Jon E.

      Due to a cancellation a space has become available. To be fair I have to offer it on a first come first served basis.

      May 5, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Jon I'll take the place in the 6 berth if it's still free?!

      May 5, 2014

  • Lauren M.

    Hi everyone, I was actually just searching for outdoor meetups near me and saw this one. Coincidentally I work at Croyde Bay Resort.
    If anyone is still looking for accommodation there is still availability here! Self catering cottages that fit up to six are as low as £209 for the 2 nights.(Friday and Saturday) we also have hotel rooms and some summer chalets. [masked]) Literally a few meter walk from Croyde beach. Recently moved here from New York so would be nice to meet some new people! Side note; I love the Thatch :)

    May 3, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hey Lauren Welcome to Great Britain lol I'd definitely be up for a proper bed and a roof over my head rather than camp, anyone else in agreement ;)

      May 3, 2014

  • Zoe T.

    Hi guys, I'm totally new to this way of meeting and this message board system but sounds fun! What do I need to do to get it firmed up ? is it book your own stuff and meet there or some kind nominated person arranging who I can just pay and rock up?
    Thanks kindly
    Zoe :-)

    April 23, 2014

    • Jon E.

      Hi Zoe, you will love the activities these groups do. The problem with Croyde is accommodation. It's a tiny costal village with a few B&Bs and campsites that get booked months in advance.

      April 24, 2014

    • Belinda K.

      Hi Zoe If you can't get accomm that weekend, we're going surfing the following weekend. However we're staying in beach huts right in the sand!!!! http://www.meetup.com...­

      April 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Mike, I'm now booked in with the surf school for the Saturday and half day Sunday. If anyone is still looking for a B&B, The Thatch has a luxury double for £110 and Devonia Cottage also in the village centre (www.devoniacottage.com) has a beautiful en-suite King room for £105 which looks a lot nicer than The Thatch. I am staying in the other room at Devonia. I will meet you on the Friday evening at The Thatch. Really looking forward to the trip! All best, Christina

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi everybody,
    I'm keen to join this weekend.... can I add my name :o) Do I contact the surf school directly to book my lessons, if so should I say I am part of this group or advise Troy's name? Are most folks doing the full day Saturday and half day Sunday course? I am happy to camp (I have a tent) but will also have a look for accommodation options nearby.
    Best wishes and thank you,
    Christina

    April 27, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Christina. See www.surfsouthwest.com to book your surfing direct. I think most of us are doing Saturday + half Sunday. No need to mention the group. I have put some arrangements for meeting up on the Friday evening in the event-writeup. Good luck with finding accommodation - the Thatch does accom and so does Thistledoo, but I don't know if they are full yet. Cheers,

      April 27, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Might look up camp site if anyone wants accommodation but has missed the boat (like me) let me know, also anyone else looking to do a half day course? I just need brushing up (and funds are low) kayleigh :-)

    April 15, 2014

    • kayleigh

      No one's come back just yet, I'm going to look up places at the end of April unless you have found any reasonable camp sites near by?

      April 19, 2014

  • Belinda K.

    If you prefer going the next weekend, we've got posh converted huts on the beach- literally in the sand - all in (incl board, wetsuit, dinner, breakfasts, accomm and host) only £139 each (extra lessons £15 half day). In Cornwall. Details are here http://www.meetup.com/Explorers-Connect-Bristol/events/177666012/ and on our main website www.explorersconnect.com

    April 18, 2014

    • kayleigh

      Ah I'm climbing in France that weekend :-(

      April 18, 2014

  • Melanie

    I'd be interested in this. I learned to surf before but that was a couple years ago. I'd love to do it again.

    February 8, 2014

    • kayleigh

      Hey, so I might just go for the half day surf lesson as I just need a refresher, I noticed you can surf too so thought I'd offer this cheaper option if you just needed brushing up

      April 15, 2014

  • Lisa

    As requested, I have paid you the £5 deposit this afternoon. Please forward on the name of the caravan to see what luxury we get.

    April 13, 2014

    • Jon E.

      It is a brand new (2014) 3 bedroom 6-8 berth extra wide Lynton class caravan. It is currently being advertised at £330 for this weekend in June. http://www.parkdeanho...­

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Jon E.

    The accommodation for six is now fully booked. If more people want accommodation I am happy to check prices at Ruda. It will be more expensive than my advanced booking but not too bad with six sharing.

    April 9, 2014

  • Jo

    Hey John. Was nice to meet you yesterday. I've just made the payment for accommodation. How many places are left now ?

    April 7, 2014

    • Phill

      Hi John, just transferred money for the deposit for the accommodation into your account, keep an eye out for it, thanks, phill

      April 8, 2014

    • Jon E.

      Thank you Phill. Full now!

      April 8, 2014

  • kayleigh

    Hey, sounds great, any places left? i can (kinda) surf but a refresher would be good, how much are the lessons?

    March 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kayleigh. See www.surfsouthwest.com for prices and availability. I am doing the beginners' course for £89.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • ellie

    sounds good, let me know what I need to do now

    March 21, 2014

  • Melanie­ changed the date and time to Saturday, June 07, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    March 21, 2014

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