Concierge.com's insider take:
You'll catch some excellent waves on the north coast of Cornwall and (less so) Devon. Good surfing beaches run south–west from Harlyn down past Newquay and Portreath, as far as Porthmeor in Cornwall. In Devon, visit Croyde Bay and Woolacombe Bay beaches. The British Surfing Association website provides a list of approved surf schools in all of these areas (www.britsurf.co.uk).