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Surf spot: PMPA Point, Bundoran, Donegal

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Bundoran is often referred to as a ‘Ireland’s Surfing Capital’. The towns coastal area is blessed with a large range and variety of beach, reef and point breaks. From the World class reef break of the Peak, to the ever consistent Tullan Strand, Bundoran has a wave for all styles and levels of surfer


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PMPA POINT

PMPA is situated at the south end of the bay. It boosts a freight train stand up left-handed barrel. PMPA is definitely for experts only. It’s a very shallow slab of rock onto reef with a vertical takeoff and dredging tube all the way to the end of the reef… or “Wilsie’s corner”, as the locals call it.

PMPA is very popular with local and visiting surfers alike. It can get busy with surfers, body boarders and water photographers all trying to ride or capture one of its cavernous pits. It breaks best on a straight west swell on a high tide and offshore wind.

Things to watch out for

  • PMPA is a very shallow wave and claims its fair share of broken boards and broken skin every year.
  • The wave allows very little room for error and is not a place you go to practice your turns.

No prizes for guessing why it’s actually called ‘PMPA point’…

Surf spot: Bundoran (Inside Left), Donegal

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009
Bundoran, Co. Donegal, Ireland


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Just to the north of the peak is Inside Left. On good days its offers a long left with barrel sections. The wave can be fickle but when it’s on, it’s definitely on.

Inside Left is a low tide only wave. It breaks along a shallow ledge of reef producing a hollow take off and barrelling first section, followed by a long pealing wall. Inside Left can be tricky on take off on very low tide, but offers a great platform for turning and manoeuvres. It is definitely for intermediate to advanced surfers only.

Watch out for the shallow sea urchin filled pools on entry and exit. Booties are a good idea!

Surf spot: Blackspot, Bundoran, Donegal

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Bundoran is often referred to as a ‘Ireland’s Surfing Capital’. The towns coastal area is blessed with a large range and variety of beach, reef and point breaks. From the World class reef break of the Peak, to the ever consistent Tullan Strand, Bundoran has a wave for all styles and levels of surfer
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Blackspot

Situated at the very south end of Bundoran on the Donegal-Leitrim border, Blackspot offers two waves for the price of one. At low tide it is a short, very hollow, slabbing left-handed barrel and at high tide it turns into a long double hollow section right-hander.

Blackspot needs a swell from 3 foot upwards to work properly. Light offshore wind and keeping an eye on the tides are essential for surfing here.

Things to watch out for

  • Blackspot has a pretty tricky entry and exit area with slippy rocks and swell ebbing and flowing for several meters over the rocks.
  • Watch out for shallow sections at both ends.

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