Surfing Irelands West Coast
Surfing on the Wild Atlantic coast can be an exhilarating experience. The West of Ireland is littered with reefs, point breaks and beach breaks. The challenge is finding them and getting the conditions right. Luck and persistence play a big part in wave hunting, but once scored will not easily be forgotten. On the north west coast lie many of Irelands consistent off-shore gems; places like Easkey and Bundoran to name but a few. Kelly Slater refers to Ireland as a ‘cold paradise’ so if it’s good enough for him!
September and October are prime months for Irish Surfing as it’s quite consistent and the water is still warm. Check the conditions and get local advice befored heading on a wild goose chase.
In Ireland you can still find many spots of emptiness – and even perfection! Especially if you can stay on top of the ever-changing weather, wind, swell and tides. With no man eating sharks, insane crowds, aggressive locals (generally) and pristine waters, Ireland really is a cold water paradise.
Lahinch is a great spot to sample some of Europe’s best. There is plenty to do on flat days in this popular surf and tourist town. Located near the famous cliffs of Moher, with its legendary big wave ‘Aileens’, there are surf schools and board rental facilities all along the beach front. For the more experienced, there are many challenging reef set ups along this wild and rugged coastline. Tuition is available for all levels and advice is available from the surf shops or surf rental providers. Other popular surf friendly towns with similar facilities include Strandhill and Bundoran.
Surfing is a very popular activity for stag weekends in Ireland and if your a beginner, don’t get frustrated if you can’t rip after one go at it, it’s a tough sport, just relax and enjoy being in the water and count yourself lucky if you get to ride along being pushed by the Emerald green Atlantic swell surrounded by some jaw dropping scenery and experience a sublime feeling which can prove to be utterly addictive!