Incredible North Devon

The North Devon coast is renowned for its excellent unspoilt beaches offering miles of clean golden sands, clear blue seas surrounded by dramatic cliff faces and rugged headlands. With many of the beaches located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and often surrounded by National Trust land, they offer stunning scenery all year round, regardless of the season. 

Head inland a little and you will find sheltered estuaries and picturesque bays surrounded by steep wooded banks and lush Devon countryside.

We run our lessons across 3 locations in North Devon. Being a mobile school allows us to operate at the best location for both your chosen activity and weather conditions. Our favourite lesson locations for Kitesurfing are situated on beaches, which offer shallow and flat waters. This makes them perfect to learn kitesurfing! For paddleboard and wing lessons the local estuaries and inland beaches protect from the Atlantic swell, providing flat water perfection and miles of space.

With uncrowded beaches and miles of unspoiled pristine coastlines, inland waterways and clear water, the North Devon Coast offers perfect conditions for water sports. 

Below is more information about our favourite spots.

“Give me a summer’s day on a paddleboard, and I’ll have the best time of my life.”

Kitesurfing Westwatd Ho High res 02 Following the Wind

Westward Ho! Beach

Westward Ho! is an amazing destination for kite sports in the UK. With over two miles of sandy beach there is space for everyone. The large flat sections of water that form in between the waves are perfect for beginners, whereas seasoned riders will enjoy playing in the surf.

When there’s no surf and the wind drops, paddleboarders will love cruising through crystal clear water with views out to Lundy Island and beyond.

How to Find Us

Look out for our Green van at Sandymere Car Park, Northam Burrows Country Park. Follow the sign posts to Northam Burrows Visitor Centre and turn left in to the car park, rather than right which takes you to the centre.

A member of our staff will be ready to meet you at our school trailer and van which is parked opposite the pebble ridge and beach access.

Map of Westward Ho! and Northam Burrows

northam burrows Following the Wind

Instow sands Following the Wind

Instow Beach

The picturesque seaside village of Instow is located on the banks of a sweeping river estuary and is the meeting point of the rivers Taw and Torridge. Far reaching estuary views, a long, sandy shore and sheltered water make this a haven for water sports. This is our preferred location for teaching both our Wing-foil and Paddleboarding courses. Back on dry land the Tarka Trail and the South West Coast Path both pass through the village, providing some of the region’s most scenic walks and cycle rides.

How to Find Us

A member of our staff will be ready to meet you at our school trailer and van which is parked in Sandhills Car Park.

nomadic van


Parking in Instow
is Open all year, this car park, literally right on the beach. Fairly level, some parts slightly sloped. No facilities, but a five-minute walk to 24 hour public toilets on the main village road.
£6 for 12 hours
£12 for 24hrs
paddle boarding torridge Following the Wind

Little America Beach

Our preferred spot for teaching the majority of our Paddleboarding courses. This section of the Estuary has easy access to the water’s edge and some great views. For beginners we run our courses here around high water for minimal tidal flow. For the more experienced paddler we can use the incoming or outgoing tide to gently push us up or down the river and to go on a little trip. Our route will take you past woodland, rocky coves, boats, villages and even shipwrecks.

How to Find Us

Take the A386 from Bideford to head for Torrington, after approximately half a mile you will see a lay-by on the left where a member of our staff will be ready to meet you at our school trailer and van.

little america bideford Following the Wind

Jump to:




What they say

gift vouchers Following the Wind

Gift Vouchers

The ideal Christmas or Birthday presentCLICK HERE to purchase

Gift Vouchers are available in any amount and can be purchased for all courses and holidays on offer. Vouchers are normally sent out by email the very same day as ordering – perfect if you’ve left it a bit late! We can also pop one in the post if you prefer.