Summerleaze Beach is a few minutes walk from the town centre of Bude town. It is the first beach many people stumble across when visiting the town and is also the home of the Bude Sea Pool. The sea pool lies on the North side of Summerleaze Beach nestled beneath the cliffs. On the south side of the beach lies the large breakwater which provides some shelter from the brunt of the Atlantic. There are plenty of ways to access Summerleaze, with level access from the main car park, the steps above the sea pool and across the bridge at the end of the canal, always free of water at 1pm everyday.
With surfing being such a popular activity, Summerleaze provides the perfect beach for surfers of all abilities. The main benefits for a beginner surfer at Summerleaze is the length of the bay and the shelter that the breakwater provides the bay at mid and high tides. The length of the bay causes the sand to form a gently increasing incline, which in turn causes the waves to break softly over a long distance (more ride time for you!). As well as helping to reduce the size and power of the waves in the bay at Summerleaze, the breakwater also causes the waves to peel along in a right hand direction (right-hand if you riding the wave) which is often favoured by Natural or Regular footed surfers (weirdos!). On a good day you can surf waves at Summerleaze for over 200 meters!