Here at Surfside we love nothing more than seeing our customers enjoying sea kayaking as much as we do. Our customers enjoy it so much that they have taken to TripAdvisor to shout about it. We are so proud to be voted No.1 for ‘Things to do’ in Combe Martin and receiving a certificate of excellence for the last 6 years.

With this in mind, we thought we would share, why Combe Martin is such a great place to kayak, and why you should choose Surfside Kayak Hire for your kayaking adventure. Whether it is your first experience of kayaking or you are a seasoned paddler you will be warmly welcomed at Surfside.

Our shop and kayak hire business is run and owned by Gary & Helen who wanted to bring their passion and enthusiasm for kayaking to Combe Martin. Being fully qualified British canoeing paddle sport leaders with over 30 years kayaking experience, they wanted to establish Combe Martin as the kayaking centre of North Devon and to attract people who were holidaying in Devon to visit this wonderful area, so after lengthy discussions with The Harbour Master, RNLI and Combe Martin Parish council in 2008, Surfside kayak hire was born.

Our location here in Combe Martin is perfect for ease of travel, located just 4 miles from Ilfracombe, 9 from Woolacombe and 13 from Lynton and Lynmouth. Combe Martin is situated right on the edge of Exmoor National Park, it’s super accessible with an abundance of public car parks, and dining options, it’s a great place to base your UK holiday, or visit on day trip.

Combe Martin village lies within North Devon’s “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” at the heart of this historic village, is our beautiful sheltered bay with over three miles of stunning coastline to paddle along.

Due to the geography of the land, and the large tidal range, the inner bay is transformed into a ‘lagoon’ style area which is easy to launch from and very sheltered. This is the perfect place to learn to kayak.

Further out of the bay, we are afforded the most beautiful scenery and the view back to land is stunning. Littered with small coves and secret beaches, this stretch of coastline, is steeped in local histories and legends. Upon a high tide, we have access to small covered cave, which is such a pleasure to paddle through. This area of our coastline if often described as ‘Little Thailand’.


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